Report – Newcastle United A Tiger Waiting To Be Unleashed

It’s not surprising the West Ham hierarchy are keen on Rafa Benitez.

Two years ago last June he was very close to signing on at West Ham as manager before his hometown club Real Madrid came calling.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic seems to be doing better now after a difficult start this season and should have really have had all 3 points last weekend.

But they allowed Crustal Palace to equalize with almost the last kick of the game and dropped another two points.

The current Vice-Chairman of West Ham United is Karen Brady, and she seems to be a big fan of Rafa Benitez.

Karen Brady – West Ham Vice Chairman

In her column in the Sun this week she has praised Rafa.

And it’s not only for his management skills but also because of his vision and ambition – and knowing the vast untapped potential at Newcastle United.

This is some of what Karen wrote in her Sun article this week:

“Benitez went to St James’ understanding far more clearly than his employer that the Toon are a tiger waiting to be unleashed.”

“Mike Ashley the gambler was initially tempted by the huge potential of the club.”

“But Ashley the businessman admits he has not been able to work out how to operate the intricate internal machinery that makes one up.”

“With Rafa’s management skills there is now a fair chance of transforming Newcastle into one of the few clubs, with the support and profile to challenge the very best.”

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17 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 2, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #1


  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 2, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #2


  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 2, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #3


  • toontaff2

    Nov 2, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Unleash the tiger! 💡

  • hibbit

    Nov 2, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #5

    people have every right to be apprehensive when you look back on the lies and deceit of the last 10 years
    but things are about to change

  • sparky55

    Nov 2, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #6

    This is very old news ed…these Brady comments have been doing the rounds for at least of couple of weeks now.

    Why not slow down the number roof posts and give us something decent to chew on

  • lochinvar

    Nov 2, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Southend boss Phil Brown says taking charge of Sunderland would be his “dream job”. (Basildon, Canvey and Southend Echo)

    Oh you are awful but I like you

  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 2, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Yeah like what’s happening later this month!

    27th onwards 😉

  • martoon

    Nov 2, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Jib – Leigh Griffiths is quite a decent striker from the snippets I’ve seen of him and probably a realistic striker option for NUFC to pursue!

  • clinath@ed

    Nov 2, 2017 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Wonder if Ms Brady is angling for a roll under the new regime??

  • Mag52

    Nov 2, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #11


    ‘…….in her column in the Sun this week’.
    Sounds pretty up to date to me.

  • Jib

    Nov 2, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #12

    After the comments about most likely interest
    coming from the middle east
    Bahrain would be my choice

    King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has close ties
    with our royal family and can quite often be
    seen at F1 races round the world
    He’s making a big effort to drag his country
    into the 21st century vis a vis womens and civil rights

  • clinath@ed

    Nov 2, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #13

    Been think for a while about this for a while, my apologies if I screw it up during the typing…But, do you think the new owners see us us as potentially one of the the EPL teams that could compete in a European league?
    There has bee talk for years about the BIG clubs around Europe breaking away?Creating a separate SUPER league, qualification based on Club value etc etc….
    Any one want to expand on this, or am I just waffling??

  • Mag52

    Nov 2, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #14


    Or maybe attempt to seduce Rafa down to the big smoke when Bilic gets his marching orders.

  • Jib

    Nov 2, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #15

    Countries with involvement with ownership of PL clubs
    other than British


    Plenty of scope for wealthy folk from
    other nations to get involved

  • lochinvar

    Nov 2, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #16

    Leigh Griffiths is from Edinburgh and I guess has family ties in Scotland. Having played for both Hibs and Celtic has probably achieved as much as he can with Scottish clubs.
    Hasn’t always made friends with Authority but clearly likes scoring goals and is a robust player who would relish playing at SJP for NUFC. Importantly he would settle here being close to home ties and not be distracted by the London scene as seems to be the lure for Junior Abrahams and others. Would be a good move and just a pity we didn’t have him for the games against Huddersfield, Brighton and Burnley as it’s those type of games where he would have made an impact.

  • JohnJ

    Nov 2, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #17

    I’m totally opposed to any of our English teams being enticed into a European League in any way shape or form – if it’s not broken why “Fix It”. To me this idea smells bigtime of GREED. Our leagues are based on values that have been shaped & honed over many years – we need all our teams even Sunderland if I may say – where would the poorer clubs be without the income from home games against the likes of Man U or Liverpool I wonder? In the clarts I suspect! We have a wonderful system where teams such as Waford, Brighton and Bournemouth can reach the Premier League and have visits from the so called big six or seven. So as I say “If it’s not broken don’t fix it”


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