Assistant Manager Talks About How To Make This Star Even Better – Praises The Fans


Newcastle fitness coach and assistant manager Francisco de Míguel Moreno (Paco Moreno) thinks that Jonjo Shelvey is one of the best technical players he has ever worked with.

But as we all know his discipline record is poor, and everybody will be hoping he can clean up his act this season and if not there is a distinct possibility that Rafa could lose confidence in him.

Jonjo was basically responsible for our defeat against Spurs in the first game of the season when the game plan was working so well until the midfielder got himself sent off just minutes into the second half.

We don’t expect Jonjo to start against Stoke on Saturday, but he could get some playing time in the second half depending on how the game is going.

Jonjo Shelvey against Tottenham Hotspur

This is what Paco has said in the Chronicle today about Jonjo and our fans:

“He’s one of the best we have worked with technically.” “We have worked some very good players too.”

“He has those attributes and he is a very good player technically, but also with other things.”

“In general we know that his level is good.” “He knows he has to improve but knows exactly what he needs to do to achieve that.”

“Jonjo is a good player for us, there is no doubt about that.” “We can see him doing well in training and he’s glad to be back from suspension to play games.”

“Hopefully, we can play him soon, we’ll see what happens but he’s in good shape.”

“Last season we spoke about the warmth of the supporters from the very start.”

“It doesn’t matter what part of the country we play in, they are always there.”  “That is something that not every club has.”

“But we expect to see them everywhere we go.” 

“We are very pleased with them. I just want to say a big thank you to them and I hope they continue being behind us.”

The fans helped the team last season in the Championship when we were promoted in first place, and they will do the same thing this season – both home and away in the Premier League.

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8 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Sep 14, 2017 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #1

    If merino and shelvey are going to be shoe-horned into the same midfield why not? Hayden may be ok in this league but technically i think he falls a touch short, also why diame is allowed even to park his car so near the ground is probably a result of desperation and short staffing.

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  • Belfast

    Sep 14, 2017 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Could you stop slagging off the approved bloggers list please, just cause you got removed. C’mon just take it on the chin big son. Hehehe

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  • Belfast

    Sep 14, 2017 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #3

    You could make it back on there one day if you buck up your ideas. I’ll put in a good word if you don’t bully me.

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  • magspuggy

    Sep 14, 2017 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Tsunki. That was kinda my point i would like to see them both play i just wonder where the best place to play merino would be if jonjo gets his spot back. Haydens spot would be my best guess but he is a grafter even if not as talented as i would like he makes up for it with effort. Shelvey will get game time soon but with merino playing the way he is atm it would be a shame to see him on the bench.
    Not a bad problem to have but an issue all the same.

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  • Belfast

    Sep 14, 2017 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #5

    I can’t see him getting back in if we keep winning to be honest and I don’t disagree after that idiotic red card.

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  • Belfast

    Sep 14, 2017 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Although I am open to him playing as our number ten though.

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Sep 14, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #7

    I would love to see merino and shelvey playing along side eachother. I think they will not only compliment eachother but learn from eachother. Just imagine the passes that will be played out to the front men. Long ball and short.

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  • carl

    Sep 14, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #8

    From talk of Total Football to the Roy Hodgson variety. So is it now going to be strength over speed and aggression over finesse. Apparently with that squad of players there’s not going to be a jail free card without a back to the attritional style of football they usually play. Mind, Hodgson is not all that different from Rafa in recommending hours of defensive drilling in training. Only in England does the Hodgson type of failure get so richly rewarded. Not unless of course your Sam Allardyce who if things don’t work out could just be the next one up.

    By which time I hope at Newcastle we’re all looking up the league table and not down.
    Shelvey and Merino can play in the same midfield. Shelvey often doesn’t graft enough but Merino can do all of that and provide creative output as well. The way Benitez has spoken of Merino suggests he’s very much his type of midfield general. Hayden can do the tackle/ closing down grafting role. We need a fluid adventurous creative but with the Benitez required discipline at home.
    Hayden and Merino with Shelvey in front could work, but it’s not worth breaking up what is currently a winning combination with Perez in the 10 role. I personally wouldn’t be surprised to see Shelvey played there at some time . It’s actually a role that would probably suit him. Less tracking back. Jonjo can play the midfield general but it might just be too soon playing against a rugged Stoke with their capacity to inflame and get it in the mixer, not that were Arsenal. In the midfield I would stay as we are with Shelvey coming off the bench in the second half. Atsu for Murphy would be my only starting change.

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