Newcastle Player – Takeover Will Be Exciting For Everyone


Rob Elliot is the current Newcastle number one goalkeeper but it seems Rafa wants to give more competition and may even bring in another goalkeeper in January.

Newcastle do have young Freddie Woodman coming through, but the England U21 International must get some games out on loan soon.

And he could do that in January if Rafa brings if another goalkeeper comes in at that time.

Rob has been interviewed in the Chronicle and he starts off by saying the days of players coming to Newcastle so they can move on to a bigger in a couple of years are over.

Rob Elliot – takeover will be exciting for everyone

Rafa wants to build a top side at Newcastle, so there’s no reason to move to another club with the world-class manager at the club.

This is some of what Rob has said in the Chronicle interview:

“This club is definitely not a stepping stone club anymore and it should never be,”

“Those days are gone now. The players here are all young, all hungry, but most importantly they are all wanting to play for this club.”

“Last year, players left the Premier League to come and play for this club in the Championship.”

“That shows the size of us and also the fact the manager is here, the age of the players coming in, they’re here to develop and get better and take the club forward.”

“We’re now in the top half of the league and we can keep developing that, not just for this season but hopefully for more to come.”

“There’s obviously interest from various groups, which is exciting for everyone.”

“Hopefully someone comes in who can take the club forward, which will be great. “

“It’s a great thing for the club all round so the club can kick on.”

Rafa is doing a great job at Newcastle and to have us in 7th place in the Premier League will only help the takeover.

Newcastle fans are hoping this is the real thing and that owner Mike Ashley is not using it as a ruse as he seems to have done before.

Newcastle and Rafa Benitez need new owners with the same ambition that Rafa and the fans have for the club.

Then we can really go places.

Comments welcome.



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81 comments so far

  • Spoof

    Oct 24, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Rafa was so frustrated in the summer, now we can see why, what he is doing now is really good, but where might we have been with the up-grades that Rafa wanted, if and hopefully when the club gets sold if Rafa then gets the type of backing that is getting mooted then exciting, very exciting times are ahead of us.

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  • hibbit

    Oct 24, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2

    i honestly believe Rafa knows exactly whats going on with this takeover and that’s what calmed him

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  • Spoof

    Oct 24, 2017 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #3

    hibbitt

    I’d go one step further and suggest that Rafa new of a probable sale in the summer which is why he stayed after the transfer window let down.

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  • martoon

    Oct 24, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #4

    hibbit – Do you think Rafa has actually had conversations with potential bidders or just more generally that he knows there will ne new owners?

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  • lochinvar

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #5

    If Rafa is calm it could well be that one condition of the sale of the club to new owners is that Rafa is included in the assets and maybe he gets a % share of the ownership to tie him in to the planned development of all things bright and beautiful over the next 3-5 years

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #6

    lochinvar

    jib actually alluded to something like that a week or so back, ie rafa on the board or similar.

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  • clinath@ed

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #7

    Everton have proved that spending loads of money is not always the solution

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  • clinath@ed

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Rafa on the board would be a great move. But right now……not sure!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #9

    clinath…it’s about getting the right players and the right balance!

    …sometimes that costs a fortune sometimes it doesn’t! It seems Everton just didn’t get it right!

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  • Spoof

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Rotonda

    As much as I like Rafa I would be very wary of giving him to much influence, give him full running of all football matters by all means but he won’t always be as good as he is now, what we don’t want is what Arsenal have now, Wenger has been an absolutely fantastic manager for them but he is now well past his best before date but due to his stature he will go when it suits him and not the club, we don’t really want to risk happening to us.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #11

    Gotta say their game schedule has been horrendous where ours has been in our favour

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Just because it has not worked out for Everton and Koeman it doesn’t mean that spending very little money is the way forward, had we have spent Evertons kind of money with Rafa at the helm and the ambition of their owners, we may well have been even higher in the league with people daring to suggest a possible CL qualification as it looks like Liverpool and Arsenal may well have off seasons which is sometimes what it takes to break that top four.

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  • Ron Knee

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #13

    Spoof

    “Wenger is now well past his best …”

    Not sure about that! Arsenal are 5th and still playing attractive football.

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  • clinath@ed

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #14

    100% agree Jesper.

    Not implying that Jail

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  • clinath@ed

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #15

    I would love to look back from 20 years in the future and see Rafa emulate what Wenger has done at Arsenal

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  • Spoof

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #16

    jesper

    I agree, for Everton had to spend big on a straight replacement for Lukaku and bring some pace into the side, they done neither and are now left with a very pedestrian team full of number 10’s with there best number 10 being ostracized, biggest shame for me is that he got sacked now as i was hoping that Rafa may have stole Barkley from them in January but the chances are he will now be the first name on the new managers teamsheet.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #17

    spoof,
    What a bizarre comment, Alex Ferguson was still winning titles in his last year, SBR had gotten to a UEFA SF in his. Wenger is still there because up until now he has been keeping the board happy if not the fans, Wenger will not be there next season if he doesn’t bring in that CL prize money.

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  • EllaGuru

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #18

    I think our lads would do well to stop answering interview questions related to the possible takeover. It is not right that they are possibly losing focus on what their job actually is, which is to play football and win games for us. I understand that there might be excitement about the prospect of a new owner coming in and investing heavily, however this is not the players brief.
    I hope Rafa is able to keep the lads focused.

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  • lochinvar

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #19

    Rafa Benitez splits from his agent

    This looks like an interesting and possibly shrewd move. Does it signal that Rafa is indeed part of the future structure of the Board under new ownership and that he is clearing the decks to avoid any conflict of interests. Possibly this also leaves him and the club in an open and above board position to negotiate with other players that his former Agent represents. When you see the quality of the players mentioned you could be forgiven for letting out a little sigh of hope.
    I would regard this as a reflection of Rafa’s complete professionalism and integrity and ambition to be an integral part of a new era for NUFC.

    Spanish paper Marca have dropped an interesting piece of news for Newcastle fans on Tuesday, revealing that Rafa Benitez no longer has an agent.
    It’s confirmed that Benitez and his long standing agent Manuel Garcia Quilon have now gone their separate ways.
    It’s unclear what has sparked the split, although there doesn’t seem to be any bad blood between the parties.
    Quilon should remain busy, however, Whilst he’s lost Newcastle’s manager, he still represents footballers including Real Madrid’s Theo Hernandez, Napoli’s Jose Callejon and Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis.

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  • Spoof

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #20

    Ron

    Perhaps I was a bit harsh, but I do believe that he will not take them forward, he may still be decent but I doubt that he can get them challenging seriously again, but anyways I hope you get what my point was.

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  • Jib

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #21

    I know it’s sacrilege to some posters
    But
    I’m glad w are out of the last 16 of the League Cup
    being played tonight and Wednesday
    It’s the last thing we need at the moment

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  • tonynufc

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #22

    If and when we get new owners. We must get rid of. Charnley. After all he is the main negotiator for contracts/transfers. If he stays. There will b no point in new owners. He is useless.

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  • Spoof

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #23

    Jail

    What’s bizarre about, you seem to be claiming that he is still there purely because he gets then cl money every season but as soon as he fails to do that he will be out, well the thing is he failed to do that last season and they are now playing in the Europa league and not the cl, so I don’t see anything bizarre at all, and if you can remember it was always his choice, it was always a case of will he stay on or will he go, it was always up to him, so what was bizarre about it !

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  • Jib

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #24
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #25

    Bizarre to suggest that Rafa will not always be as good, great managers adapt to the times, Rafa could actually get better with age, Wengers stubborn policy not to spend big a few years ago seemed to have made Arsenal stand still and he has stagnated there. You seem to be suggesting that we are going to move so far forward that we we’ll be in a position to sack Rafa when he hasn’t won the league for a couple of years. Ha ha, aye bizarre.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #26

    Like I said spoof, it was his choice because the board are shite scared to sack him, that won’t be the case if he faild to deliver that pot again this year, they’ll be forced to act.

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  • expatmag

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #27

    I loved the story Bob Moncur told about Joe Harveys half time talk in the Fairs cup final second leg in Budapest. It went something like this:

    They were all sitting in tbe dressing room 0-2 down and if it werent for Willie McFaul, it would have been 6.

    Joe walks in and says, whats the matter lads?

    Moncur pipes up. I dont know whether you have noticed gaffer but we are fetting murdered out there.

    So Harvey says….all you have to do is score a goal. I know these foreigners. Score a goal and they will collapse like a pack of cards.

    Sure enough….within a minute….Moncur scores and followed by 2 more from Arentoft and Foggon, they collapsed and we won 3-2 (6-2 on aggregate).

    Ahhhhhh…..happy days……lol

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #28

    Spoof,
    On the contrary I’d suggest giving Rafa as much influence as possible, he seems to know every minute detail on what it takes to run a club and I think he has a very good idea on what it will take to bring us some kind of success.

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  • Spoof

    Oct 24, 2017 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #29

    Jail

    Yes some managers do stay at the top for a long time, until they retire infact, but some don’t, will Rafa still be at the top in ten years, perhaps he will perhaps he won’t, none of us are fortune tellers and safe guarding your future is not bizarre, not to me anyway.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 24, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #30

    Spoof…you are totally right I think…they should have made it a priority to replace Lukaku!

    I had hoped myself that they would have kept Koeman a bit longer…would have liked Barkley myself 🙂

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  • expatmag

    Oct 24, 2017 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #31

    We dont need to spend huge numbers initially because we really only need to fill 3 or 4 positions.

    I would go for Butland from Stoke. Quality keeper.

    As a CF, Why not make a bid for Cavani from PSG and Muller ftom Munich in the 9 and 10 rolls.

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  • Spoof

    Oct 24, 2017 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #32

    Jail@26

    I can see your point, I can certainly see the sense in what your saying, but me personally I would be a bit more cautious, I would rather have Rafa doing what we all know he is good at, and that’s football, he may well be good if he was on the board, but then again it could affect his footballing decisions, now that affect could be for the good, but it could also be for the bad, so why risk it when we all know that he is good at what he is doing now.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 24, 2017 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #33

    spoof,
    The last truly world class manager we sacked, well things really worked out well after that did they not?

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  • Spoof

    Oct 24, 2017 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #34

    Anyway Jail, to say my thought was bizarre was a bit harsh, disagree by all means, but bizarre was harsh mate!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 24, 2017 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #35

    So spoof,
    How far will Rafas standards have to slip before you think we should sack him, not qualifying for the CL one year or not getting past the QF in the domestic cups, or do you think he should be cut a bit of slack for the three leagues, two FA cups and one CL that he’s delivered.

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  • Spoof

    Oct 24, 2017 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #36

    Jail

    Who mentioned sacking him, not wanting him on the board does not mean I want him sacked, I really don’t know where you got that idea from.

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  • hibbit

    Oct 24, 2017 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #37

    spoof /martoon

    sorry for the late reply
    i believe he’s known since june when the club was being hawked round with ashley looking for a private sale

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  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 24, 2017 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Jesper@9…….. I agree with your comment and would hope that we will at some point be able to buy some top world-class players without it costing the club too much money.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 24, 2017 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #39

    I don’t know why eliot is excited. if the takeover does go through he’d be replaced almost immediately.

    Eliot has done ok, but hangs on to the ball so long instead of getting attacks going quickly from throw outs.
    Also has been beaten low down on his near post a few times now.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 24, 2017 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #40

    Jesper…….. Have you seen Barkley play?

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