Rafa Accepts Responsibility For Newcastle’s Current Form

Leaders take responsibility when things are going wrong and can also take the credit when things are going well.

Beware of those so-called leaders who only take credit when things go well – they are not leaders at all – they are opportunists.

Rafa Benitez is a born leader, and he is now in one of the most significant management tests of his career – to keep Newcastle in the Premier League this season.

And if we were to pick a manager to do that for us – it has to be Mr. Benitez.

Only one point in the eight league games makes us the worst performing team in Europe at the moment – but that is hardly surprising

The good news is that things can only get better – and what we need is a win = even a shock win – although beating Arsenal on Saturday will be very tough.

Newcastle’s current Leaders – the most important is the man in the middle

Chris Hughton is the only Newcastle manager who has ever won at the Emirates, and he was fired weeks after the accomplishment in late 2010.

It was a mistake by Darlow that ended up losing us the points last night but this is a team game, and Rafa has always refused to blame individual players.

We also hit the woodwork twice in the first half, so we are also not having any luck at all.

Here’s what Rafa said when asked about Karl Darlow’s mistake last night that allowed Wayne Rooney to score the winner:

“One day it is one thing, one day it is another one.”

“Still we are making individual errors which are costing us.”

“We have changed the team, changed the shape, changed the players – but still we are losing.”

“We have to all take responsibility, all of us, including me.”

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10 comments so far

  • nufc 11

    Dec 14, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Lejune a player learning the ropes over Clark a full international well rounded defender with the better partnership with lascelles where is the logic? Darlow no pl experience over Elliot the more experienced safer hands where is the logic? Diame passenger 57 not even going to comment, Joselu over Mitro where is the logic? Joselu can run faster not buying I’m sorry

    RAFA has left himself open for criticism end of.

  • Toon_Tom

    Dec 14, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #2

    “We have changed the team, changed the shape, changed the players – but still we are losing.”

    Because Rafa is continuing to persist with all his recruits and putting out a poor first 11 each week. Diame is so so bad, Perez is shat, Joselu isn’t good.

    Start playing our best defender, Mbemba, at the back to shore up the back line, give Mitro some games. He bangs them in for Serbia because they respect him, love him and trust him so give him a go. Shelvey has to go now, can’t see him playing again and Darlow is too inconsistent. For the first time in 20 years we dont have a solid Keeper between the sticks.

    Keeping the faith but it doesn’t look good right now

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Dec 14, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #3

    If Shire is in doubt and thinks PCP might walk away it’s not looking good

  • lochinvar

    Dec 14, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #4

    Rafas interview on the radio last night made for difficult listening. It was stilted and terse and he sounded very stressed.
    We could have been two up against both Leicester and Everton and that could have been six points. In both matches we gave those points to the opposition.

    Clearly Diame needs to be on a slow boat to China or League One and I feel that his selection by Rafa is the one that other players have lost confidence in.

    Darlow May also have played his last game for NUFC as Elliot needs to be back with young Woodman on the bench until Rafa gets his much sought after International level keeper preferably on 1st Janauary along with Danny Ings and Luke Shaw, the Chelsea lad and a few more.

    I would also get Cathro back to the training ground and pitch side to support Rafa and gee up the players. They say it’s lonely at the top and Rafa is becoming isolated and that’s a concern.

    Will Rooney be retrospectively charged for his elbow on Ritchie ? If his name was Mitro it would be all over tgevpspets and TV by now.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 14, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #5

    * the papers

  • hibbit

    Dec 14, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #6

    did you see this from last night


    Dec 13, 2017 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #10
    We should all acknowledge that Ashley has saved this club financially and we owe him our gratitude. I will always remember the Ashley era with fondness.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 14, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Here goes
    How the F**k did we loose that last night.
    Not saying we were great far from it but Everton were SHOCKING – worst team in a long time at SJP – two shots on target scored with the rebound from Darlow’s howler.
    we huffed and puffec hit the woodwork twice created chances but our shooting was poor – powderpuff.

    If Rafa plays Gayle he has to go two up front. Looked a little boy lost trying to close down their defenders then trying to get on the end of the long balls.

    Lot more solid at the back with Lascalles and Lejuene together but had nowt to do. But both had upteem chances to carry the ball bu passed to shelvey who slows he game down.

    One of the problems now is the confidence has gone so instead of one/two touches on the ball we need 5/6 then play the safe ball/backward sideways ball

    Me if we had went two up top last night we would of won – but saying that Rafa has got a dilemma go two up front and concede goals
    go one up front and not score.

    quick merit marks last night:

    Darlow 4 – had nowt to do again at fault for the goal
    Manquilla 7- best game in a toon shirt – excellent first half attacking and defending
    Lascalles 7 – good game sadly been missed
    LeJuaen 7 – defended well and his passing superb
    Yedlin 6 – good going forward bur defending still poor
    Shelvey 3 – gets caught in possession if it’s not a Hollywood ball its a square pass. TO SLOW for premiership that’s why he is a liability when he looses the ball are chasing dives in with outstretched legs and gets a card
    Ritchie 6 – a lot better than late hit woodwork- was starting to loose it before being hooked
    Diame 1 – absolute hopeless looks like a poor mans Shola
    Merino 7 – Another good game invovled in most things good unlucky with shot that hit woodwork and go across front of goal but got to be stronger and stand up in tackle
    Atsu 5 – decent game but sadly no end product with his crosses comes back on himself
    Gayle 5 – sadly not the same player when upfront on his own – lot of running and chasing but cannot do it on his own.

    I gave MOM to Manqulla just ahead of Merino as he had a over-all sound performance

    Ref Atkinson 3 gave Everton the benefit of the doubt to many times – Rooney lucky boy to stay on and 4 minutes extra wouldn’t of mattered would not of scored – should of been double for the ammount of timewasting

  • toontaff2

    Dec 14, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Well, I agree with most of Charlie’s report, but Manquillo and Yedlin are 4’s for me! Both useless and as well as 2 forwards, we need 2 full backs and a midfielder.
    Think I was close to a punch up in the bogs at half-time – must have rattled some of the Shelvey Support Group (Chavs) – Shelvey is shyte, end of – SELL!
    Noted the Darlow song has stopped – GET RID!
    As for Diame – 😆 😆

  • toontaff2

    Dec 14, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #9

    Whilst on a roll –
    AncientCorbyn, :Lesh and co – Absolutely sick of your maybot/Brexit/Trump etc jibes – Please just STFU! Stick your politics where the sun does not shine! This is a football blog – All types are welcome and no one gives a flying what their politics are.
    But, Catchy should be removed from this blog, partly for his own sanity, partly for the sanity of the rest of us!
    I’m sorry, calling anyone a ‘nonse’, think he meant ‘nonce’, is just totally unacceptable.

  • neverwin

    Dec 14, 2017 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10

    About time that he did.
    Some selections so annoying – Diame for gods sake to name just one.


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