Pundit – Rafa Benitez Will Keep Newcastle In Premier League


Graeme Souness was named the manager of Newcastle when he took over from the sacked Sir Bobby Robson in September 2004.

But Graeme lasted only 18 months in the job before he was fired and replaced by Glenn Roeder.

The 64-year-old Scot won 36 of 83 games as manager of Newcastle with a win ratio of 43.4%.

At the beginning of the season Graeme, who is now a Sky Sports pundit, didn’t think Rafa would stay at Newcastle until Christmas.

But now he thinks it’s Rafa’s ability that will keep Newcastle United in the Premier League this season.

Graeme Souness– Sky Sports pundit

This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Mirror today:

“I think Newcastle will be all right and that is only because in Rafa Benitez they have a top manager.”

“He will have them organized and solid at the back and that will be the basis for them to pick up enough points to guarantee safety.”

“There will be some difficult moments.”

“Scoring goals is obviously going to be a problem because at the moment the center-half Jamaal Lascelles is their top goalscorer.”

“They aren’t going to be able to rely on him to score goals for the next nine months.”

“Goalscorers cost fortunes and the club have not given Rafa the money to recruit one.”

“But it was a big statement when he said he was staying with the club.” “Rafa is a proven winner.”

“This is a different kind of challenge but if he succeeds it will be a good one to add to the CV.”

We hope Rafa will be at Newcastle for many years to come – and under new owners shortly.

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47 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 1, 2017 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #1

    SHUT UP YOU OLD GREY GOOSE. same script as Janice last week. if we had taken half of the chances we have created, we would be a little higher right now.

    keep creating the chances, and the goals willl come

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  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 1, 2017 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Real fans jet wash their drives. I stay on my armchair because I park on the road.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 1, 2017 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #3

    2 Hours 55 minutes to kick off

    1
  • Veltman

    Oct 1, 2017 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Old grey goose, ha ha, nice one.
    Aye, I’m hoping Merino will nick one today.
    Everytime I see him in the starting lineup,
    I started to feel more and more confident.
    What a cracking player he is.Still can’t believe we got him for penuts.

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  • AncientC

    Oct 1, 2017 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Mitrovic also has 2 goals to his name, and would likely have more to his name by now, if he was not (unfairly imo) banned for 3 games. Gayle has not has much of a run out for us in the PL yet either. It seems premature to imply the side has no quality in the forward department. Mitro was scoring in preseason too, how many young international forwards have been scoring like Mitrovic in recent international games…

    Anybody can sit at a desk and say Rashford is a good young player after he has made his impact, how about the one’s with potential?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 1, 2017 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #6

    I cannot see us getting anything out of this game – although I hope I’m wrong.
    Think their forwards will be too clever/nippy for our defence and our forward(s) not able to score at will – even though their defence is suspect.
    so I’m thinking we’ll get beat 1 – 3.

    Just like it though for us to play great and beat them. Really hard to judge what level we are really at.

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 1, 2017 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #7

    going to watch the match with a Norwegian pool fan.
    got to say i’m nervous about this one.
    they will give us plenty of chances, but their front 3 are good

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 1, 2017 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #8

    clicked win for an optimistic win. settle for a draw

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  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 1, 2017 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Mister Tuff…..I think we are two players away from being a half decent side, striker and a proper no.10 required. I’m sure Rafa realises this and will try and address it in January. It will probably mean moving a couple out that we don’t expect but if it improves us then so be it.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 1, 2017 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Catchy……. Being as Norway is quite near to Denmark could you not invite Jesper over to yours for a few beers so he can watch the match in peace?

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 1, 2017 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #11

    No matter how bad Liverpool defence is, our attack is so rubbish we are not going to trouble them. We will be under so much pressure in defence that we will eventually cave and floodgates will open. We will probably hold them until 35 40mins and then the pressure will give way.

    Prediction. Newcastle 0 Liverpool 5.

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  • BenArfa the magician

    Oct 1, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Today I think we will be spanked they are a top heavy team with speed just too much for us. i’d actually start Lejuene in this one if he is fit not sure who to drop though.

    Although they are pretty poor at the back not sure if Joselu will get his 3,5,6,8 how ever many shots he needs to score, Gayle will come on to play in front of Perez and thus giving us no attack. Oh and of course our resident Diame will make his cameo appearance and add zilchio to the game.

    In saying all this I hope i’m way way off the mark and the boys do us proud out there.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 1, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #13

    I love toon,
    What an inappropriate moniker?

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  • martoon

    Oct 1, 2017 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #14

    I wondering if Rafa might start Gayle today – but if he does what to do with Perez because they don’t play well together!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 1, 2017 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Who can realistically play in centre mid. It has to be Hayden/Merino. Hayden/Shelvey or Shelvey/Merino, not a great deal of options without bringing in Saivet or Colback in from the cold.

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 1, 2017 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Jesper..

    you wanna come to watch the match at me mates house ?

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  • jasper

    Oct 1, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Anyone notice the number of empty seats in the stand opposite the cameras at the Emirates? First two tiers probably not 50% full. Lot of plastic fans amongst their S/T holders…

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  • sing in the corner

    Oct 1, 2017 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Hayden / Merino, Shelvey in the hole behind Jos?

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  • Jib

    Oct 1, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #19

    Wierdly it was Michel Keane who Everton signed
    from Burnley this summer who was most culpable
    in the Everton defence for Burnley’s goal.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 1, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #20

    It just gets better and better for Everton, got to be something going on behind the scenes there. Well at least their young keeper is used to picking the ball out of the net.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 1, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Starting to get a few butterflies in me belly, hope it’s not last night’s Vindaloo.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 1, 2017 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Sandro rooney Davy klassen on the bench for Everton. Lol.

    How many million did they spend? Haha

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 1, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #23

    Jail

    Don’t know if conkers are any good for butterflies!!

    1 Hour 26 Minutes to KO.

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  • MAUTITOON

    Oct 1, 2017 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #24

    2- 1 to the toon. merino and perez to score

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  • MAUTITOON

    Oct 1, 2017 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #25

    on a side note, COME ON YOU TOOOONNNNNNNN

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 1, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Weren’t we after Sandro (one of the several hundred we were supposedly after) he should have taken the magic manager option same as Merino.

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  • AncientC

    Oct 1, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Everton dropped Rooney for Burnley too. The Everton squad is good, but it’s not better than Rooney good. That was a big call for Koeman to make, not the type of call you can get wrong either.

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  • Mindshaft

    Oct 1, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #28

    I went for loss today, as everyone else is mentioning I just can’t see us troubling their crappy defence as we’ll be too preoccupied with defending- hopefully Rafa has a cunning plan

    Everton were the pundits pick as the team that could crack the top six this season – guffaw

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  • Ron Knee

    Oct 1, 2017 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #29

    George Caulkin

    Amanda Staveley is at today’s #Nufc game – a financier with an estimated £28bn under her management & reportedly open to buying a PL club.

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  • BenArfa the magician

    Oct 1, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #30

    George Caulkin?Verified account @CaulkinTheTimes 2m2 minutes ago
    More
    Amanda Staveley is at today’s #Nufc game – a financier with an estimated £28bn under her management & reportedly open to buying a PL club.

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  • Mindshaft

    Oct 1, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #31
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  • AncientC

    Oct 1, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #32

    “Amanda Louise Staveley is a British businesswoman notable chiefly for her connections with Middle Eastern investors. In 2008 Staveley played a prominent role in the investment of £7.3 billion in Barclays by the ruling families of Abu Dhabi and Qatar, and by the Qatari sovereign wealth fund.”

    Oh please let it be true.

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  • BenArfa the magician

    Oct 1, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #33

    Amanda Staveley was also involved in Sheik Mansour’s high-profile purchase of Manchester City Football Club in September 2008

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  • BenArfa the magician

    Oct 1, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #34

    She may well be looking at Liverpool though

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  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 1, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #35

    Koeman’s stock falling rapidly. Throwing money at the job like that doesn’t guarantee ending up with an efficient collective unit like what we’ve got. Wouldn’t mind raiding their squad mind to give Rafa more options.

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  • AncientC

    Oct 1, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #36

    The gallowgate is going to be pumping today too, perfect time for somebody like Amanda Staveley to be watching a game.

    I doubt she is there for Liverpool. The club that just agreed non-disclosures with possible buyers/investors is too much of a coincidence.

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  • BenArfa the magician

    Oct 1, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #37

    Ancient

    Maybe us maybe them she has been involved with a bid for them before apparently ? Knowing our luck it will be them.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 1, 2017 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #38

    She is one seriously posh totty, please let it be true.

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 1, 2017 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #39

    1 Hour 4 minutes to KO

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 1, 2017 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #40

    Once she sees the bare chested fine specimens of Geordie manhood at St James Park she’ll be hooked. 🙂

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