Rafa Benitez Gets His Wish For PreSeason Training Camp


There is news in the Chronicle today that Newcastle could return to Ireland for their preseason training camp as Rafa did last summer for what was then a very important upcoming Championship season.

It’s just as difficult a task this coming season, as we prepare to do battle back in the Premier League and it’s not too surprising Rafa doesn’t want to travel far this summer.

Rafa Benitez with Championship trophy

The manager again will have a new team that he wants to gel during the preseason.

The Chronicle are reporting that Newcastle United look like returning to Ireland again for preseason for a second successive summer.

Newcastle were at Dalymount Park in Dublin last summer and the same venue is possible this summer, with Rafa and the club extremely pleased with the facilities last summer.

And Rafa was able to do what he wanted to do – build the team spirit with new players and do a lot of coaching and training with the squad.

Newcastle had some offers to play in the Far East and the United States for July, but it seems Rafa has got his way and they will be off to Ireland with pre-season games arranged with some European clubs, both at home and away, as preparation for the Premier League.

That’s just one of the many jobs Lee Charnley and his staff have to do in what is going to be a very busy summer for Newcastle United and certainly for Rafa too.

It’s clear Rafa wants to concentrate fully on getting his new Premier League side ready for the upcoming season.

Sounds good to us.

Comments welcome.



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68 comments so far

  • ScoopSouthAfrica

    May 19, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Hi Ed…..
    Just want to say congrats on the new look web layout, really great. Just one please please, add the links to the bottom as per previous as as the comments grow you don’t really want to scroll back up for the next article.
    Cheers

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  • BenbulbenMag

    May 19, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Great news, hopefully it’s in Carton again as its beside me. I was able to meet a few players last year.

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  • Jib

    May 19, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    Dalymount Park is Bohemians ground.

    The training camp is at Carton House , Maynooth , County Kildare

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  • DubaiMicky

    May 19, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Well, this is a different look!

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  • Tsunki

    May 19, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Nice respray Ed!

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  • G

    May 19, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #6

    Wow, you’ve been busy Ed. Loving the new look to the blog.

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  • Tsunki

    May 19, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #7

    ?

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  • Jib

    May 19, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #8

    The /\ symbol on the right hand side of the bottom takes you WHOOSH !!! straight to the top

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  • Tsunki

    May 19, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Ah. Just testing emoji’s. Still naff 😀

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  • AncientC

    May 19, 2017 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #10

    Dear Ed. Further to my requests for Previous/Next article links under the post box, could you also click on the next blog page I wish to see, once I get to the bottom of the comments. Thanks.

    #FirstWorldNufcBlogProblems

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 19, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #11

    It takes longer to refresh and load on mobile than the previous blog layout. Take some getting used to but I’m liking it!

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  • Tsunki

    May 19, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Dear Ed, couple of requests –

    Milk but no sugar
    Blinds instead of curtains please

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  • BeeGuy

    May 19, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Nice new page fellow adopted Tar Heel!

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 19, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #14

    ?

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 19, 2017 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #15

    Emojis still crap

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  • martoon

    May 19, 2017 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #16

    Tsunki & G – according to Ed all the work was done by a Polish guy called Kacper Tylenda – not sure if he actually posts or not?

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  • ScoopSouthAfrica

    May 19, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #17

    Very true JIB, but then you have to scroll down to the link a bit….. Just being a bit pedantic.

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  • G

    May 19, 2017 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #18

    martoon, he’s done a cracking facelift then.

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  • Tsunki

    May 19, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #19

    Wot – no photo montage???

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  • martoon

    May 19, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #20

    I have to say I agree with others. New look is great but 2 niggles that need tweaking are the next/previous links should be at the bottom and the comment box is too small.

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  • ToonRich

    May 19, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #21

    I’m just gonna come out and say it…No likey!!

    It looks fantastic tbh, but liked the simplicity of the old one!

    Any new players linked today??

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  • SPRINGY

    May 19, 2017 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #22

    It’ll take a bit gettin used to but looks good ed…hope ya as well as ya can be mate

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  • SPRINGY

    May 19, 2017 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #23

    ?

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  • Mag52

    May 19, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #24

    Takes a while for ancients like me to get used to new things, but am liking the new set up Ed. Congrats.

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  • one fine day

    May 19, 2017 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #25

    Has our resident incendiary bomb popped in to test the emojis yet ?
    Oh ..an hour away you say ?

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  • SPRINGY

    May 19, 2017 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #26

    Cant get emoji’s to work….never have on here tbh! Lol

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  • magspuggy

    May 19, 2017 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #27

    Websites new skin looks great

    Font size is too big in the comments box.

    Pages take longer to load on andriod phone.

    Would like the previous/next page tab at the bottom near the comments box.

    ???

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  • ToonRich

    May 19, 2017 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #28
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  • magspuggy

    May 19, 2017 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Smileys also dont work
    And show as ????

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  • SPRINGY

    May 19, 2017 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Magspuggy
    Thought that was just my phone….hopefully the refresh rate is something that get sorted and next tab but like the look of this new blog….just a few tweaks needed me thinks

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  • clinath@ed

    May 19, 2017 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #31

    😉

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  • Average_Contents

    May 19, 2017 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #32

    Ofd

    Haha, I thought I had it nailed down.

    Touché.

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  • Ron Knee

    May 19, 2017 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #33

    Aleksandar Mitrovic named in Serbia squad for WC Qualifier vs Wales on June 11.

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  • SPRINGY

    May 19, 2017 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #34

    clinath
    Cant get emojis to work… not tech savvy enough…so al just be the caveman on the blog!hahaha

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  • magspuggy

    May 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #35

    @ springy its just a tadge slower
    With a few tweeks its going to be spot on.

    The fellas done well with the rebuild and free of charge so i dont want to pull his hard work apart .

    Hwtl

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  • SPRINGY

    May 19, 2017 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Just reading on sky that we are linked to Ashley Barnes… ano its an old story but could it be the price tag that could have us linked to him for 6m…is he a genuine option?

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  • SPRINGY

    May 19, 2017 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #37

    Magspuggy
    Cant complain to much mate,its a great job…think its just the caveman me not used to new tech!haha…..took me 3mth to use a bloody android phone after i bought it man! Lol

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 19, 2017 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #38

    Wonder why Atsu hasn’t been officially confirmed, or as he and I missed it?

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  • SPRINGY

    May 19, 2017 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #39

    Hail
    Cant say I’ve seen it like…so maybe its not all done and dusted as sky believed

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    May 19, 2017 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #40

    Mitrovic hasn’t had a bad season when you consider his Serbia record. Even when playing for us, if you only include his starts he’s played 11, scored 4 and set up 6. That means he’s been directly involved in a goal a game when he starts. I think if he’d been given a run he’d have got a few more goals as well. Definitely worth keeping.

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