Finally – Some Real Praise And Respect For Rafa, Our Fans, And The Team

TV pundits Dean Saunders and Glenn Hoddle both think that Newcastle manager  Benitez will already be planning in his own mind for the upcoming January transfer window.

Rafa will be thinking of how he can further improve his squad at Newcastle, given how the lads perform through the end of this year.

So far we are doing very well – thank you very much.

There will still be half a season left for the team in January, and each place in the Premier League looks to be worth around £2.5M if you look at the payouts made last May.

Rafa was disappointed with the summer transfer window, so hopefully, Managing Director Lee Charnley is already working on bringing in some new players in January.

Lee Charnley – hopefully – already working on January transfers

Dean Sanders is a former coach under Graeme Souness at Newcastle, and he had this to say today about Newcastle:

“What a club it is when winning. You can’t play for a better club when it is winning.”

“But knowing Rafa, he’ll be thinking ‘I hope the Board don’t think that’s me done and that we’ve got enough.”

“We still need players – we’re papering over the cracks at the moment.“

Glenn Hoddle, the fomer England manager,  thinks that Rafa will already have told the Newcastle Board – make that Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley – that we still need new players brought in during the January transfer window.

This is what Glenn Hoddle had to say :

“I think he would have done that as soon as the window shut, even before this nice little run.”

“He would have been saying ‘hey, whatever happens, don’t think I’m satisfied with this, these are the players I want and let’s go and build this squad.”

“I think what’s he’s done, is that he’s got a good dressing room. I think there’s been a question mark about the dressing room in there.”

“He’s got a young captain, who is leading by example, but he’s got good pro’s in there now.”

“I think they went through a few years where it was a little bit disruptive behind the scenes; that’s very difficult for any manager if you’ve got that disruption.”

“But I think they’re all on the same wave length now.”  “They’ve got that passion up there and they’re living off that passion from the crowd.”

“There was a time when I think they went out on the pitch there a little apprehensive and now they can’t wait to go out in front of that crowd.”

“When you play like that as a football team, that’s the formula and chemistry you want.”

Rafa didn’t seem to get the support from the Newcastle Board he wanted last summer.

So we hope he gets that in January and we will then do a lot better in the Premier League.

That’s if Ashley really goes out of his way and fully supports his manager.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • RUNAWAY777

    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Hibbit you keep the good work up while iam away bro would have gone to brighton game this week but no ticket so will try the new car out up otterburn over the weekend happy days for all our supporters one more win and ill be on a high when i fly out monday.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #2

    What a shock Rafa is going to get when we sell Gayle from under his nose on deadline day at 10 45 PM

  • hibbit

    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #3

    sorry mate but i actually like Arma up till he went to Coventry i had seen a lot of him and bobbies description of him till then was pretty accurate the kid look destine for great things
    i think the club have made a couple of poor decisions with the choice of loan clubs for him and the kid has gone backwards very quickly in my mind its areal shame

    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:06 PM
    Comment #11
    RUNAWAY777 what did you end up with ??????????

  • toonluvva

    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #4

    The assumption from the pundits is that we have a well organised board here!

    Sorry, but to me NUFC is not run on the same lines as other PL clubs, especially the more ambitious ones.

    The business rationale is simple survival to ensure maximum exposure on the TV for SportsDirect, That’s all!
    I honestly believe that if this could be achieved by putting the players on his favoured Zero hours contracts, he would.

    Come January it will be the same missed opportunities and excuses for “not getting the players over the line.” Which in reality means we weren’t prepared to pay out a decent fee/ wages to attract quality players.

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Hibbitt – I’m sure the club didn’t decide where to loan Armstrong out to – he himself decided.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Some people have a long history of digging up the past. 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m not convinced it’s always in a clubs best interests to loan out bright young orodpdcts to the mercies of 2nd rate coaching setups

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #8

    oops better add. I think Armstrong is a very good young player and would love him to succeed at the top of the game.
    I have absolutely no desire for him to fall by the wayside.
    (Caveat added to prevent abuse being directed towards me)

  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Krul will have a blinder against us! You just couldn’t make this up, what timing!!

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Tim Krul has left Newcastle to sign for Brighton on a one-year deal.

    The Netherlands goalkeeper, 29, agreed a season-long loan move in August but has now joined the Seagulls on a full-time contract.

    Krul has ended his 12-year association with Newcastle and can now play against them in the Premier League on Sunday.

    He played 185 times for the Magpies, who signed him from ADO Den Haag in 2005, and made his Brighton debut in Tuesday’s EFL Cup loss at Bournemouth.

  • mfw13

    Sep 21, 2017 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #11

    The thing is, it doesn’t make business sense to shell out $$$$ unless you are going to try and break into the top six, which Newcastle are clearly not ready to do yet (if ever). There’s not point in spending lots of money just to finish 7th….


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