Rafa Rues Mistakes Made In Summer – But Remains Upbeat – Will Manage The Current Situation


Rafa is a down to earth individual, and while we all know he thinks big mistakes were made by the hierarchy in the summer transfer window, he seems happy enough in the job he has at Newcastle.

It’s a big challenge to his management abilities to keep a team that lacks some class,  in the Premier League this season.

We watched Rafa’s press conference yesterday, and he seemed as relaxed as ever, and he explained how he is teaching the players and what he and the team have to do in the weeks ahead.

Rafa seems completely unfazed by losing six of the last seven games, and he is keeping everything in perspective and concentrating on improving the team.

Rafa is hoping for some help in the January transfer window from owner Mike Ashley.

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And we don’t know if Ashley will give the manager much to spend, but if he doesn’t get the funds, Rafa will bring in loan players.

The manager seems to have a plan and just needs to know how much is available to him so the club can start going after their transfer targets.

This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today as he talks about his Newcastle career so far:

“When I decided to stay here in the Championship, that was a big decision.”

“I was thinking this is a top side that can do well, just changing things. We had to change things.”

“Then we won the Championship, we were promoted and I was expecting everything would be right in one way.”

“So we made mistakes. It is obvious we made mistakes because with a couple of things done in another way, we could be in the middle of the table.”

“That is the reality, but we cannot change that.”

“Now I have to be realistic and manage what we have. If I start making mistakes and changing everything, maybe if we lose.”

“it might be that I change 10 players and change the formation and we lose, you will say: ‘Rafa has lost control, power or is cracking up.’”

It’s helpful to have a manager who is calm, cool and collected and with massive experience at the club.

Hopefully, Rafa and his coaching team can get us out of the lowly position we are in the league at the moment.

It would be great if we don’t have to suffer through yet another relegation fighting season.

If that happens, it would be the third time in succession in the Premier League that Newcastle are fighting for survival.

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237 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 13, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Bu**ar, it got the other foot now. Think I”l have to paint Go-Fasta stripes on my Zimmer to keep this pace up.

    I can just picture Rafa, after running the same video on repeat for several hours, saying.

    “OK Matt say this out slowly after me, I………….. must……………….track …………the……………full……………back…………back.

    Matt after doing this for around 50 times excuses himself to visit the Loo and stands banging his head against the netty door.

    Then goes back to listen to Rafa (very patiently) doing the same to the rest of the players in turn.

    Mysteriously most of them have similar head injuries!!

    9 Hours 40 Minutes to KO

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  • toontaff2

    Dec 13, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    9 hours 38 minutes 😆
    Keep up, Bill!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 13, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Has he ever made ten changes to a team, is there a hint for tonight in that comment.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 13, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    todays going to hard enough without the clock watching

    9 hours 35 minutes and counting

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  • toontaff2

    Dec 13, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Is there mischief afoot with links to this Richmond Boakye? 😮

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 13, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #6

    toontaff2, Trying mate but I’m running out of Sanatogen! 🙂

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  • hibbit

    Dec 13, 2017 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #7

    enjoy the morning lads

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 13, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #8

    My missus apparently got a lot of little jobs lined up and there will be a lot of Hiatuses throughout the day so please excuse any tardiness by me.

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  • PureGeordie

    Dec 13, 2017 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Hibbitt

    What have you heard regarding Chris mort this morning mate?

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  • manxpie

    Dec 13, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #10

    Jacko the irony in that post is pretty amazing!
    All ive done is point out that people are saying stuff that isnt true instead of lapping it up I’ll believe it when its official lets face it its ashley we are talking about

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  • manxpie

    Dec 13, 2017 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #11

    Anyone else imagining catchy with a tinfoil hat on while hes typing after last nights revelations

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 13, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #12

    All joking aside there was an item on MSN news about a long cylindrical object spotted flying very close to the Earth with speculation that it might be an Alien space ship.

    Check it out there is a picture of it, could be a hoax but why shouldn’t there be other sentient life out, there might even be Toon supporters if they are picking up our radio transmissions.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 13, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #13

    8 Hours 58 minutes to KO

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  • posada

    Dec 13, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #14

    Manxpie
    Good to see a fellow Dickhead on the Blog.
    Sadly, some don’t like reality.
    They prefer their fantasy world.
    Also, the mania that is passing gossip endlessly round.

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  • posada

    Dec 13, 2017 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #15

    Bill
    It was Shire. He travels up for all the games in a space ship.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 13, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #16

    Posada

    So your saying I’m lying when I say I travel up for every home game????

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  • Shoulders knees

    Dec 13, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #17

    Morning all.

    thought i would check in , been keeping off lately as its been too sad, 😉

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 13, 2017 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #18

    I’m just passing on the info i received by text.

    Hope it happens because everyone associated with NUFC needs a lift!!

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 13, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #19

    Smileypooemoji

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Dec 13, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #20

    Good morning lads still no news yet well not even going to think about the takeover today we really need to be positive tonight and get the upper hand from the start to the end not all these side pases and back passes get the ball forward and put them on the back foot .

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 13, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #21

    Jacko

    It’s maybe a bit strong to call people d–ks. It would just be nice to have some balance and rationale with some posters. Posada for example is always a glass half empty character who generally doesn’t appear to be able to ever see a silver lining or anything positive.

    After 49 years of personally watching NUFC, maybe a bit of an escape from reality now and again is not a bad thing. It may all be bull, who knows, but let’s wait and see before condemning everything to fail. I think it’s just the endless re-inforced negativity and arrogant ”I know best” mentality from some posters, whether it be the takeover, Rafa or whatever that sadly divides folk on here.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 13, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #22

    Wasn’t going to bother but I will re-post this

    By a lot of peoples criteria it seems that everybody with a different opinion is a Dickhead.

    That’s how people are I’m afraid and we just have to live with it.

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 13, 2017 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #23

    Posada

    I travel up to games with Shirebrook.
    So please get ya facts right before shooting ya mouth off

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  • JackButler

    Dec 13, 2017 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #24

    Raffa joins a very long list of people that Ashley has lied to, leaving them to deal with the mess he creates, can’t wait to see the back of this pathetic excuse of an owner

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  • Thump

    Dec 13, 2017 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #25

    @jazzy: So you’re saying it’s your spaceship?

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 13, 2017 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #26

    Thump 😆

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  • posada

    Dec 13, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #27

    Jazzy
    In the Space Ship ?
    With the Sheikh who’s buying NUFC.
    The source of all your gen.

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  • JackButler

    Dec 13, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #28

    Gotta say, that after an extended break from the blog, it’s so nice to see that peace, harmony and the spirit of togetherness is as strong as ever

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  • rozehnal

    Dec 13, 2017 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #29

    Heard that the sports direct sign has been taken down. Is this true?

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  • Bambams

    Dec 13, 2017 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #30

    Rozenhal

    I will know in next 30 mins if it has been.

    I very much doubt it

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 13, 2017 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #31

    It’s not a space ship but a spice ship – sent by Ashley to curry favour with Amanda

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  • Oldgit1

    Dec 13, 2017 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #32

    @ Rozehnal Where’s your source, or are you mischief making

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  • Bambams

    Dec 13, 2017 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #33

    Rozehnal*

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  • rozehnal

    Dec 13, 2017 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #34

    Just seen it on twitter off someone but I am not sure just wanted to know if you guys knew anything. I’m no shire guys lol.

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  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 13, 2017 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #35

    Okay, I understand that everyone has a right to express there opinion. That’s fair enough.

    I personally don’t understand why people attempt to spoil the positive vibes that are now eventually popping up, on a usually miserable blog, under the tenure of Ashley… All for the sake of what? Being ‘realistic’?

    It’s like going to a Santa’s grotto and telling all the children that have gone that santa isn’t real because that’s realistic.

    We finally have something to possibly cheer about yet people are constantly belittling this with negativity. It’s okay to be reserved about the potential sale, but quit expressing it 24/7 and leave us – who would like to believe in a brighter future – to enjoy it.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Dec 13, 2017 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #36

    What day its lashing down in the toon be some mistake tonight with that ball skimming off the surface tonight let hope it goes or way.

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #37

    I don’t know about any Sports Direct signage being removed from SJP but there are some pictures coming through of the Mackem’s stadium which is looking a little underused to say the least

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=football+pitch+in+desert&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari#imgrc=sCsuoPM_j1_j6M:

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  • lesh

    Dec 13, 2017 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #38

    Shire

    It seems that the take over jigsaw’s taking shape – we hope.

    However, I wonder whether there will be some sort of announcement made tonight.
    I may be wrong but I can’t see it as the FA would need to undertake its Fit and Proper Person test to clear a new owner before a change can be ratified. There’s room for forms of words to indicate agreement in principle, I’m sure.

    Anyway, thanks again to you and the other posters who’ve provided the pieces for the jigsaw – we just need that final piece to complete it.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 13, 2017 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #39

    Runaway

    You never know the ref might even award us a penalty.

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  • lesh

    Dec 13, 2017 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #40

    Essex

    Them Hiatuses can be painful and even more so if you try to put your foot down and your good lady smacks you. Ouch!

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