Rafa Must Be Frustrated At Not Being Backed By Ashley – Speaks About Confidence Factor

It’s interesting to compare the prices of the two teams playing yesterday at Stamford Bridge.

The Chronicle is reporting Newcastle’s team cost £72M to assemble while compared to way over £300M for the Chelsea players.

That was mentioned during the TV broadcast yesterday and shows how money in today’s football is king.

Rafa has talked about the best six teams in England being those with the highest wage bills, and he’s right.

While Newcastle played yesterday with good organization and spirit at Stamford Bridge, there was a (vast) difference in class which showed up after we went ahead in the game and gave Chelsea a 3-1 win and it could have been more.

Rafa Benitez – frustrated with lack of support

But it was three clear defensive errors that led to the three Chelsea goals and Rafa has to try to get our players to cut these out since it’s cost us many points over the last four games when we have conceded a massive 12 goals.

Easier said than done of course.

Rafa was asked if lack of confidence is a problem for the Newcastle players and this is how he answered that:

“No, it’s a problem with the level of the Premier League.” “You could see the team working really hard.”

“You could see the team were still trying as they forced two corners towards the end when it was 3-1.”

“But that is the Premier League.”

“I am not really concerned about anything apart from improvement with the players that I have at this time, that’s it.”

“I didn’t realize anything (Chelsea fans jeering), I was just concentrating on the game.”

Rafa must be feeling a little frustrated that he has not been backed in the last two transfer windows by owner Mike Ashley and now he has a team that could struggle to survive in the Premier League.

We spent around £19M net this year on players – that’s chicken feed in today’s game, and that doesn’t buy you many class players.

Rafa is now meeting other world-class managers in the Premier League like Antonio Conte, and he probably has the weakest side he has managed since he took over at Valencia way back in 2001.

One point in the last six games is worrying, and we are hoping for a win soon.

But our next two games are against Leicester City at home and Everton away and will be difficult with both sides coming into some good form.

Then we are at Arsenal.

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24 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 3, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #1
  • Veltman

    Dec 3, 2017 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Two things cracked and lighten me up yesterday afternoon.First 15 minutes performance and Mbemba’s try and workaholic performance.Not entirely sure he’s at fault for the second as he was under gung ho pressure from the bigger lad.But he looked even more impressive at right back or right wing back.Hope from now on,he is assured of a starting place.
    Onwards and upwards..

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 3, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #3
  • Nufc-83

    Dec 3, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Catchy I actually agree with Jib today your last few posts have been utter tosh.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 3, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #5

    er um ed

    Everton is also at Home

    Next Week – Bloody big week for the TOON got to get at least one win out of the two games.

    Gonna a be hard very hard as both teams have new managers and are hitting a bit of form as for us we are bang out of form – huffing and puffing not playing to bad but most teams in the Premiership have much better players.

    The class difference is starting to show and the opposition has found our weakness and are exposing it merciless at the minute.

  • Nufc-83

    Dec 3, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Not comparing prices is the biggest one lol

  • lochinvar

    Dec 3, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #7

    If there hasn’t been a second bid just wonder how the Mackem journos think they know something that never happened has been rejected ?
    Ah well it gives them something to do on a quiet and dreay Saturday on Wearside as they had no football worth writing about

    British financier Amanda Staveley has had a £300m bid to buy Newcastle United rejected by owner Mike Ashley. (Sunderland Echo)

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 3, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #8

    NUFC 83

    now that surprises me, NOT

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 3, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #9

    My match by match predicter I had us on 18 points at the minute 24 by January 01st and 4th bottom come May with 39 pts

    Going to be Tough and with NO SALE on the horizon and NO cash I fear a Mackem melt-down

  • hibbit

    Dec 3, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #10

    Charlie the way things are going i would take that

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #11

    Dr Ed
    This guy was still living in Chapel Hill when this was recorded

  • geordiemark

    Dec 3, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #12

    the last 6 games we have played we should have beat burnley, Bournemouth, Watford and west brom, the defeats man united and Chelsea and I wouldn’t have minded, to get 1 point out of that lot is down to rafa and the players, theres something not right here something is going on in the back ground none of us know about, can I smell conspiracy here meaning Amanda having words with rafa to loose games to get the club cheaper because that’s really what I think, unless I am to old now and should head towards the old peoples home 🙂

  • Nufc-83

    Dec 3, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Nothing is going on the squad is just low on quality it is that simple. Rafa clearly does not rate mitro although others seem to (short memories). Don’t get me wrong I am questioning Rafa’s decisions but bottom line is if any other manager we could attract was at the helm we would be sitting bottom of the table no doubt.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 3, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #14

    I would deffo take 39 pts and hope three teams cannot better it.

    Conspiracy theory: Could Ashley get us relegated say third bottom take the TV money which will be over 100 million for finishing 3rd bottom.

    Selling the club for 225 million say taking the 100 million – making 325 million
    which would be more than he is going to get at the minute – Gamble but the man is a gambler

  • geordiemark

    Dec 3, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #15


    I would recall all loan players back to the club well the ones we can recall, I would bring in the youngsters doing well in the reserves, maybe all that would kick the senior players in the arse they need

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 3, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #16

    gylfi sigurdssun 50 million 2017
    Hazzard 35 million 2012 yes right now 80-120 million drink water cost more than Hazzard
    coutinio 13 million 2013 , value right now 80-120 million, but would you play wijnaldum ahead of him, he cost 25 million

    take a player like Giggs or stevie G, never really had a value because they where never bought or sold, but at there very best would have commanded world record fees, but should a manager.

    the cost of a player really means nothing, its more about what the manager can get out of the player.

    Shearer, world record, dropped and asked to do things by ruud that didnt suit his game, and the goals dried up, yet under SBR he was a world beater again..

    values mean nothing, its a way to launder money and thats it

  • geordiemark

    Dec 3, 2017 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #17

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    wouldn’t surprise me if he done that but going by what people have said he needs the money now for his land deals so people say, ill wait till the end of December and if nothing happens after that then nothing is going to happen and we have been conned yet again by Ashley which wont go down well

  • toonbrother

    Dec 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #18

    the pro-Ritchie bias is sickening
    two goals in 3-1 defeat were directly attributable to his errors
    But he gets a free pass

  • carl

    Dec 3, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #19

    Reading and posting is no fun largely because of the negativity and catchy jasper duo endless rambling. We can certainly improve on our Watford performance at home against Leicester and return to winning ways. We don’t need fair weather fans but the sort of fans present at the Bridge yesterday. Let’s stay United we knew this was going to be a tough season but with Rafa we
    have a great chance to stabilise our
    place in the Premiership.

    For the likes of Catchy and Jasper let me remind the faint hearted that Newcastle only lost three games once Rafa Benitez took charge – all away from home – and went on a six-game unbeaten run at the end of the season, which included matches against Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham.

    For those on Twitter -Being the manager at the point of a team’s relegation does not mean being held personally responsible. That’s shared by McClaren and Ashley.

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 3, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #20

    Tough assignment yesterday, I thought the team stuck it out,worked hard but made some costly errors,under pressure, against a well established team of far superior opposition players, in all honesty.
    Rafa is searching for a combination and tactics to try and get enough points for survival. That,remember,was the objective at the start!
    I am truly embarrassed by the comments during and after the game. Have a go at me for saying that, I couldn’t give a monkeys.
    The team and manager need the backing of fans through thick and thin. That’s your job.
    All I read is pathetic,repetitive and insulting language being used against own players,FFS. Its not the analysis /critique people say it is. Just about every player described at one point yesterday as utter sh$t, crap,useless …’Ahaha’ etc. Stupid childish ‘play on words’ nick names… The stuff you would hear in junior school playgrounds.
    I am much more sick of the crap spouted on here than by what the manager and players are trying to do in a tough tough league we have managed to get back into.
    Its fine to have an opinion, but get a grip and stay behind the team.

  • jimiley

    Dec 3, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #21

    Well Rafa has wasted 30 million on Murphy, Joselu, Manquillo and Lejeune. He did the same at Liverpool except it was over 100 million. He is not a good buyer so can you blame Ashley for not wanting to give him the sweets in the shop? Rafas reputation is shot and he will never get a top 6 job again so he will probably stay here unless he gets the sack.

  • jimiley

    Dec 3, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #22

    Players are not useless. They are just inferior. One of the Chelsea players would cost more than our team. How can you expect us to win. We might fluke a win and thats what we hope for. But to expect us to get a result? And when we get outclassed the players get slammed. Very unfair.

  • Hatem_Indonesia

    Dec 3, 2017 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #23

    Blah…blah…blah..SACK BENITEZ…he can not save Newcastle united two year ago from relegation…


    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Ashley has made this season a complete washout by firstly being the skinflint he is & not giving Raffa the backing he promised & by going through this for sale farce that we have seen before. When this falls through the excuse will be it was too late to get players over line in Jan. Wouldn’t surprise me in least if he has no intention of selling & just wants to get his greedy fat paws on the t.v. money at end of season. Then the farce will start again with him a lot richer & no cash outlay


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