Burnley Manager Has His Say On Rafa Benitez And Newcastle Players


It’s going to be a very tough game on Monday night at Turf Moor even though Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson for the first time this season is taking Newcastle to actually win a game.

We don’t know whether that’s good news or bad news.

Burnley’s classy manager Sean Dyche, who has been linked heavily this week with the vacant Everton job, has given his press conference today for the game on Monday night.

Sean says the best thing that happened to Newcastle this summer was when the transfer window closed on August 31st.

Rafa Benitez then closed ranks and began in earnest, training and coaching his side, and we have done very well – even though by the end of August we had lost the first two games.

We did the same thing last season, but in the subsequent 7 games we have lost only once at Brighton, and we have four wins and two draws – 14 points – not too bad at all.

Sean Dyche – Burnley’s talented manager

This is some of what Sean has said today during his press conference:

“It seems to me the biggest breakthrough for Newcastle was the transfer window closing.”  

“Everything then seemed to calm down and they could get on with it with the players they have got.” “They have a good solid structure and shape with Rafa, which he is renowned for.”

“Rafa also has good players, players who want to do well in this division.” “It will be a difficult game, as they all are, and we will have to be on top of our game again.”

“We have seen how tough this league is, it goes to show the sides who have had tough starts this season, that just shows the quality in the Premier League.”

“Nothing has changed (bring linked withy Everton job).” “You are flattered by the fact the work you do is recognized but it’s not our story.”

“I’ve been through it several times now and I just continue to get on with the job here.”

“I’m surprised to be here for five years in the modern world, but equally, I don’t think fans want managers changing every week.”

Burnley’s top striker Chris Wood, bought in the summer from Leeds United for a massive £15M is doubtful for the game.

Their other big striker Sam Vokes, a former Newcastle target when he was at Bournemouth, will be fit to play in the game.

Paul Merson thinks Newcastle will win this game 2-1 although Burnley are the favorites in the betting.

We hope Paul is right with his prediction – at least for this week!

Comments welcome.



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67 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Oct 26, 2017 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #1

    I hope all these attachments aren’t for real
    ?

    Anyway, I hope I’m not rocking the boat again in stating this opinion, in contrast to what both Ed and Rafa seem to believe:

    It should be Shelvey and Hayden fighting for a place next to Merino, rather than the latter two with the former.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 26, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Have they re-named it the Calamity Cup yet?

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  • jazzyp

    Oct 26, 2017 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #3

    27th

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 26, 2017 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s all about the 27th jazzy mate 😆

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  • Jib

    Oct 26, 2017 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #5

    We play Watford at SJP Sat 25th November

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  • jimmysmith

    Oct 26, 2017 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Hayden gets through a lot of great work defensively too, like Perez, which is key to our approach. I’m not surprised borh feature regularly. Ideally we could do with another option at ten, in place of the spot in the squad now occupied by an extra fullback, but in Shelvey Hayden, Merino, Perez and Diame we are quite well served in the centre of the park for a newly promoted side. If we can ship out Gayle and Colback in January, and bring in another number ten and striker, and of course Gamez and Haidarra come off contract at the end of the season, opening up a slot for one quality fullback, and maybe Darlow out and a new number one in and you can see how the group could really start to come together. Hopefully there’s plenty of money, but key is Rafa and astute buys.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 26, 2017 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Testing:

    nufcblog

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 26, 2017 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Woohuu 😀

    It worked! Thanks Jib and Chancel

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  • jazzyp

    Oct 26, 2017 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Shirebrook

    Are they clearing the decks for a big fire sale. And ya man definitely says the 27th

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  • calvinzolamakongo

    Oct 26, 2017 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Wonder how much it would take to get forsberg from liepzig hell of a player similar to eriksen

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 26, 2017 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Jazzy
    On or after that date yeah

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  • jazzyp

    Oct 26, 2017 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #12
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 26, 2017 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Forsberg is more of a winger where Eriksen is a ACM! You could compare Eriksen to Michael Laudrup…

    ….if Forsberg was a Laudrup he would be Brian Laudrup 😉

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Oct 26, 2017 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #14

    https://www.thenational.ae/world/english-football-s-economic-miracle-driving-staveley-s-newcastle-bid-1.670629

    Interesting perspective from the source – If we are viewed as being a Man City level project this could be very positive for the club and the area.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 26, 2017 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Jazzy
    Aren’t we all. How’s the motor?

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  • cyprus

    Oct 26, 2017 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #16

    I like this manager. Pragmatic but plays positive football. Gritty, he’s surely putting it on with that voice. Hope his head has been turned by Everton, but think not. Seems a real old fashioned pro.

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  • jazzyp

    Oct 26, 2017 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Shirebrook

    All fixed buddy and happy 17 days none disclosure to everyone.
    Not long now boys and girls

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  • jazzyp

    Oct 26, 2017 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #18
  • hibbit

    Oct 26, 2017 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #19

    shire
    your date is a lot more precise then mine i was given a two week window for completion from the end of November
    have you any idea which of the bidders have it ?????

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  • lochinvar

    Oct 26, 2017 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Shirebrook – you seem very well informed. This suggests you may be on the inside. Do you lead a consortium and can we expect a generous contribution towards the January transfer kitty ?

    PS I’m not working at present so would be available as Tea boy if there’s a position going .

    Keep us posted

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 26, 2017 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #21

    I mentioned Forsberg on my wish list several days ago when the 25 Neymar possible spending was first mentioned along with Muller and Lewindosky!!!!!!!

    And whenever I’ve seen him playing he’s been more of a number 10, although it’s been more Bundesleague highlight than full games.

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  • lochinvar

    Oct 26, 2017 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #22

    EssexGB – just to keep you on your toes

    vaastavikata par nahin aashaon ke aadhaar par kaamana karana

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  • Jib

    Oct 26, 2017 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #23

    I cannot help thinking that there may yet be something
    in the Turkish link – Murat Ülker the CEO of Yildiz Holdings.
    His name was revealed by the Evening Standard which journos
    do have the inside line on Ashley.
    YH were very quick to deny it but the Turkish media have gone
    very quiet since.
    Unlike the UK the Turkish press can be shut up by powerful people.

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  • Jib

    Oct 26, 2017 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #24

    A very long winded way of say “wishful thinking”

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  • beermonkey

    Oct 26, 2017 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #25

    so do we have a completion date then jazzy

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 26, 2017 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #26

    Anybody else apart from me and Tsunki getting these I phone adverts or virus threats that take over your page?

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  • beermonkey

    Oct 26, 2017 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #27

    jail

    i get them if i am on my moblie real pain in the arse
    had them a couple of times on my laptop

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 26, 2017 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #28

    Hibbit
    No idea who has it mate. Do you???

    I was told to expect something on or after 27th which ties in with what you posted earlier which in turn goes with what Sparky said about 15th December.

    Also heard Rumours of fatty selling SD

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 26, 2017 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #29

    Jail
    Try 1Blocker app. It’s free and I haven’t had any trouble since using it

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  • Jib

    Oct 26, 2017 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #30

    Jail
    A lot of these intrusive ads use flashplayer
    I have flashplayer disabled for this site
    Your fone should allow you to disable apps for chosen sites

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 26, 2017 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Lochinvar to echo Jib, Indeed it is.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 26, 2017 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #32

    Lochivar/Jib

    It’s a bit like those Japanese speaking movies where you get a torrent of dialogue and on the screen comes the translation as …………”No” 🙂

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 26, 2017 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Not wishing appear rude I’m sloping off to watch The Walking Dead and no I’m not in Sundaland.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 26, 2017 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #34

    Jib,
    It’s only started happening since I got this new phone a few days ago? It’s only a step up from s6 to s8?

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  • magic hat

    Oct 26, 2017 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #35

    These are my thoughts on transfers….

    The way I see it, we have 2 that definitely need to see the exit before we consider who to replace them with and that’s colback and saivet. A good premier league squad should be made up of 2 players for each position. ie 22 1st n 2nd choice players. Squad limit is 25 though and under 21’s can go unregistered. But the first team group should still in my opinion be around 25. Its obvious that you need 3 goal keepers, we found that out a few seasons ago. so that leaves 2 players one of which should always be a striker in my opinion.

    Our current squad.
    3 goal keepers = sorted if rafa want a new one then maybe darlow goes or woodman out on loan.

    2 x Rb= Yedlin, Manquillo, Gamez, (mbemba can easily play there and has in the past in my opinion his best postion,) Thats 1 more than we need. so maybe one should go.

    2 x LB = Haidara, Dummet. (both currently injured so various right footers have slotted in, Ciaran clark can play here, also probably colback at a push or one of the spare right backs) If we get a new leftback then i’d expect haidara to leave.

    4 x CB – Lejune, Lacelles, Clark, Mbemba. (at a push hayden can play here)

    4 x CM – Merino, Shelvey, Diame, hayden, Colback, Saivet. (thats 2 more than needed unless you dont count diame as a central midfielder)

    2 x ACM/10 – Perez (diame maybe but I’ve counted him in midfield. definitely room for a new addition)

    2 x Left wing / 2 x Right wing. – Murphy, arrons, Ritchie, Atsu. (although these can be inside forwards cutting in. We currently have only one right footed winger. In murphy so this could be a area to look at. Although personally i’d not sell any of them I’d certainly send arrons out on loan as a make or break chance for him meaning we could bring in another right footer.)

    3 x Strikers/ CF = Currently Mitro, Gayle and Joselu (I cant see joselu leaving as he’s only just arrived. who knows whats up with Gayle and whether mitro can be developed so its a case of one out one in here for me as we need a goal scorer)

    That’s my analysis the way i see it Gamez is the bonus player and wont go anywhere except maybe into a coaching role. Saivet and Colback need to go and incoming we need a upgrade on perez, if that player can play right footed from the wing aswell as in 10 role then perfect. Every other position is one in one out so we’d have to sell or loan someone to keep the squad balanced. That has to be our first piece of business in the next window.

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  • magic hat

    Oct 26, 2017 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #36

    Oh and my choice for that position would be ; Ross Barkley.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 26, 2017 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail
    What phone you got??

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 26, 2017 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #38

    Shire
    S8, do you have to browse through the ad block though?
    I might try Firefox instead of chrome.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 26, 2017 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #39

    Jail
    No it runs in conjunction with whatever internet browser your using. All the ads that are on this blog I no longer have to see.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Oct 26, 2017 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #40

    It wil be a major downer if the club isn’t sold. Shire, I hope you’re not on the wind up. You’ll be in for some major flack if you are. The grief the ITK’s, that used to populate this blog, had to endure will be nothing in comparison to what you will get if you pulling everyone’s chain.

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