Things To Return To Normal This Week – But January Could Spell Trouble

We are hoping that Rafa Benitez will be able to travel to Newcastle today to start to get ready for our next crucial game against Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.

The goal of that game will be to get another 3 points against a very decent side who drew 2-2 at home to Manchester United last weekend.

Rafa Benitez proved last week and over the weekend that even if he is not present physically in training and at the game, he can still have an enormous influence.

We won the game at Swansea 1-0, and the lads played really well.

In that sense, things should be a little easier against Stoke City with Rafa being on the touchline in front of another sellout crowd at St. James’ Park of over 52,000.

Mike Ashley – must support Rafa with funds in January transfer window

And we could hear from Rafa for the first time after the transfer window closed about what he thinks about things now at Newcastle.

We expect him to say he has his 25 man squad in place and his priority is to get the very best out of the players he has available.

That’s exactly what he did last week, and Rafa and his coaching team were simply first-class – make that world-class – in the way the team was prepared for the game.

We are now hoping that Mike Ashley will give Rafa some money to spend in January and not only that but have Lee Charnley work now on which players we can bring in during the January transfer window.

Don’t leave things late and we must do a lot better than we did last January when Ashley refused to spend any money and that really annoyed Rafa Benitez.

Mike must get past doing as little as possible to keep Newcastle in the Premier League, and if we do well through the end of the year, he may not want to do anything at all in January.

But Rafa is the opposite of that and he wants to improve Newcastle in every single window whatever the current form and results of the team are.

That’s what a successful manager does and Mike should work to make things at Newcastle such that Rafa can be ultra-successful at the club.

That’s really Mike’s job as the Newcastle owner.

If he doesn’t want to do that then hopefully, he will sell the club while Rafa is still the Newcastle manager.

Comments welcome.

Update – the Chronicle are reporting Rafa is now back in Newcastle


5 comments so far

  • Billy Whitehursts V sign

    Sep 12, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #1

    I watched the U23’s last night and enjoyed the game, will be good to see more of the games on the TV. Coverage and commentary weren’t great but it was good enough.
    I don’t think Shelvey did anywhere near enough to demand a start on Saturday. To me his attitude didn’t look great. Although he captained the side he didn’t look interested and played for himself not the team.
    He tried far too many “worldy” passes of 60 yards + and none came off. He even tried a 60 yard shot and although quite close ultimately” it just gave the ball away like all the others.
    We had Aarons, Roberts and Fernandez playing well on the wings and looked dangerous when we played the ball to them through the midfield. Despite that Shelvey stayed selfish; needs reminding there is no I in team me thinks.

  • mactoon

    Sep 12, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Rafa looks as though he has a squad which will be capable of beating a few of the teams around them and stay away from the bottom 3. If this is the case in January I doubt Ashley will think it necessary to spend on players in the January window. He won’t change his approach and the more successful Rafa is, the less he will be inclined to do so.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 12, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Victor Fernandes of the U23’s impressed me. Great dribbler of the ball and has a good left foot too. I reckon we’ll see him play for the first team in the not too distant future.

  • Sav

    Sep 12, 2017 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #4

    We just have to remind Ashley its ‘Every Penny’. Having that late, pre-recorded Sky interview in front of the watching world can still bite him in the arse. If the new money wasn’t paid over by the last window, much of it surely will have been come January. We just need to keep repeating it.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 12, 2017 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m assuming we lost £40m last year in the championship – which is why Ashley loaned us 40m to balance the books.
    And we spent £12m more than we got back from sales.
    How do you work it out that “every penny from sales (-12) and promotion (-40)” means we still have more to spend?


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