Benitez On How To Turn Things Around – Reaching Our Target Will Be Difficult


In the last eight games, Newcastle have gone from being very comfortable in the league table to 5th bottom and being the team most out of form in the Premier League.

And we have the worst record in November and so far in December.

It’s been a calamitous fall, and one of the worst Newcastle have had in our Premier League history.

But the good thing is it’s happened early in the season, and there is time to correct things and get Mike Ashley and/or Amanda Staveley to invest in the transfer window next month.

Getting some good players in and having players like Jamaal Lascelles back in the side should make it possible to survive this season.

Maybe.

Rafa Benitez – reaching our target by Christmas will be difficult

But it will not be easy, and it looks like this is the third successive season in the Premier League we will be fighting against relegation.

Hopefully the cause of those relegation seasons – owner Mike Ashley – will soon leave Newcastle United and a new era will begin.

Tthe first achievement in that new era has to be we remain a Premier League club by May – otherwise, it will be (another) disaster.

Here’s some of what Rafa has said in his press conference today on what needs to happen to turn things around:

“The main thing is to analyze what is going on and to try to find solutions. Leicester is a good team and we conceded a late own goal.”

“Against Everton, we made a mistake and then couldn’t manage in the second half. We have to learn how to do that if we want to win games.”

“We have to stay calm, keep going and cut out the mistakes. It’s not enough to do well for 15, 30 or 45 mins.”

“It is a positive, but we have to do it for longer and take our chances. You also need a bit of luck. Soon it will be enough to win.”

“We have what we have, we are what we are. That is the reality. We have to stay united if we want to come through this.”

“The target is still 20 points for Christmas, but yes it will be hard.”

We have only two games to go before the halfway point of the league – 19 games played – so we will have to beat both Arsenal and West Ham away to meet the target.

That seems amazing given that we had 14 points and 10 games to play to get only 6 points to reach the 20 points target by Christmas.

Amazing and worrying at the same time.

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387 comments so far

  • Jib

    Dec 15, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #1
  • Munster Mag

    Dec 15, 2017 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #2

    If we are firmly in the bottom 3 in Jan, do we stick with ex world class Rafa and hope he stops rotating ( one thing that scousers hated) or take a gamble and sack him? I guess stick and hope and get the rosary beads out? In fairness, I thought we deserved something the other night.

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  • Vask

    Dec 15, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Charles

    On the ground at Newburn riverside business park… There has been preliminary appraisals about extending the metro out that way using the old lines along Scotchie road but you’d be looking at 2030 in keeping with the Local area plan completion date. So its a possibility but just not next week.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 15, 2017 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Magscar – sorry if a bit of Titanic humour resonates but we can’t go back and change it can we?

    You speak of those spoiling for a fight and then you agree with posada who feels the need to berate bloggers for “confrontation”.

    And here I was thinking we were having a civil exchange. No fantastic agreement, but no dire insults either. Does that fit with Posadas evaluation? Hmm.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 15, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Rafa just confirned he has no idea how much money he will have to spend in january, despite all this talk of a £30million transfer kitty.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 15, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #6

    We played well last game, missing a go to man.

    Play mitro.

    How much worse can he be? Worse case scenario we don’t score. Which we’ve been doing. Or a red card. That too.

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  • G

    Dec 15, 2017 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Vask, are you talking about the rail line that is now part of the Cycle paths along there? Awful lot of industry been built on the top of stretches of that path now, so difficult to see the logistics side of it.

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  • Bambams

    Dec 15, 2017 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Hibbit

    What’s your take on that…..

    Do you think Rafa does know how much but is unwilling to suggest for fear of other clubs putting prices up….or he simply does not know.

    I would not be surprised for this to drag on

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  • Jib

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #9

    George Caulkin in the Times

    A few rows back from the dugout, a supporter leant on concrete and railed. “Rafa, man, sit down,” he shouted. “You’ve been beaten by a Sam Allardyce team. Sit down.” Faces pivoted towards him and voices were raised back. “You sit down,” said one. There was a “support the team” and a “piss off”. There was a push, a stumble and a howl of disapproval before the shouter was ushered away.
    In the dressing room, a little later, Jamaal Lascelles was bawling, too. After five weeks out with an ankle injury, the Newcastle United captain did not hold back. “I wouldn’t say it was calm,” he said. “There were a few home truths. I don’t want to leave it too late for things like that to be said. The reality is we’re not in a great position and sometimes things need to be said that players don’t want to hear. Hopefully it’ll get a reaction.”
    Long after his media duties had been fulfilled, Rafa Benítez was back in his office, plotting with his coaching staff.This is where Newcastle stand, fretting and edgy, teetering on a precipice once again. Their future is opaque and they are on the kind of run, with only one victory since September 16, where faith is shaken and certainties crumble. If, on the face of it, 16th in the table feels like just about par — they are still only three points from 11th — their route has been downward and headlong. When even Benítez is being questioned nothing is sacrosanct.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Bambams

    i think Rafa is 100% up to speed and in the loop and a big part of the new owner plans

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  • hibbit

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #11

    i was just sittig thinking were would be now if it had been Rafa that spent the £83m and not Steve McClaren

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  • Vask

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #12

    G
    I agree there us a lot of stuff around it but the difficult part would be from central to scotswood bridge but after that the lines are prettymuch in tact up to wylam and beyond. So perhaps underground work would have to be done. Of course there is always the amenity value of the land as well, so there would have to be a full appraisal. It’s just something I read. With 30,000 new homes being built in newcastle they need the transport links so it wouldn’t be just the stadium that would need the links.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Jib

    Re. the training photo’s Woodman seems to be in a lot of the shots, mmmmmhhh I wonder!!!!!

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  • Vask

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Hibs

    Was it not carr who spent the 83 mil?

    I think if rafa was here from the Christmas we would have been alreet, at least that season, would have been interesting to see how he may have done last season in the prem with his own transfers.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Haven’t been to that part of Newcastle for years, but wasn’t that part of the Newcastle to Carlisle route or is that something completely different

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  • Frank pingles come sock

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #16

    Rafa will know 100% what he has to spend / what’s going on

    You can’t sit down and discuss transfers if you have no idea on budget

    Ermmm ermmm. ….he would be good to buy ..,,erm how much is he …..erm £14/£15 Million ….would do you reckon ….erm erm I’am not sure if that’s too much ??? , well what about him for £8 Million can we try for him…..erm erm …no idea as I am unsure on the budget ……well could we get a loan …..erm erm I don’t really know

    Oh this meeting is going well

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Given that we’ve had some bad luck in recent games and some debatable ref’s decisions perhaps Saturday might see the football gods relenting a little for this game.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Jib
    Thanks for that post. I asked a couple of times since the Everton game if a fan did shout abuse towards Rafa near the dugout as there were a few comments around Twitter.

    Mister tuff
    https://mobile.twitter.com/s_moore94/status/941382329137844225/video/1
    Rooney elbow on Ritchie.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #19

    ronaldo aarons

    In some respects I agree with the words of the heckler, but perhaps he was particularly sharp and aggressive.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #20

    #NUFC defence with/without @Lascelles16 (2017/18)

    WITH: 10 games, 8 goals conceded – 0.8 P/G

    WITHOUT: 8 games, 21 conceded – 2.6 P/G

    Although I’m pretty sure we’ve only played 17 games? Unless they’ve included the cup game.

    Think from when our defence was always like this with the likes of colocinni, Taylor and Williamson. A lot of fans always mentioned the need for a commanding cb, well here is the difference one makes and who looks like he is just going to improve. Bear in mind, 2 goals were from the first game when we were down to 10 men and another goal conceded when he went off injured v Bournemouth.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Vask

    it was more the £83m i was focusing on, but i get your point carr would have had a big say in it

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  • Little h

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #22

    I’ve just asked fate what the near future holds for Newcastle, using the only way to ask fate anything…. a series of heads and tails best of 5 in each questio the questions and results are as follows
    Q.1 Takeover (heads) vs no takeover (tails) heads won 3 times tails twice
    Q2. Good January (h) vs bad January (t) tails wins 3 times to 2
    Q3. Relegation (h) vs survival (t) tails wins 3 times to 2
    Final Q. Do we (h) or don’t we (t) sign a good striker heads wins straight 3
    Now that’s that settled I can just enjoy the ride

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Ben Marlow, an executive at 21st Club, who has advised on the recent takeovers at #EFC & Swansea, said that deals for PL clubs often included “contingency fees” to factor in the impact of relegation. “In my experience, these clauses are not unusual and make perfect sense.” #NUFC

    Interestingly, the Financial Times also says that Staveley has NOT upped her bid from £250M, but will increase her payment should #NUFC maintain top flight status. Also, in the same sense, it’ll decrease if #NUFC went down.

    The ONLY sticking point, as previously tweeted, is the relegation clause. However, negotiations remain fluid and could move more quickly if a price and deal structure can be agreed. (Meaning, they’re very nearly there.) #NUFC

    I read this report as Ashley and Staveley “virtually” agreeing. It now hinges on the relegation clause. The valuation of the club looks to me like it’s accepted. MA just isn’t happy with the clause. It’s now only down to structuring the deal. #NUFC

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #24

    Miles Starforth
    @milesstarforth
    ·
    1h
    Aleksandar Mitrovic will miss the Arsenal game with a ‘little problem with his back’, according to Rafa Benitez. Paul Dummett returns to the squad. #nufc #afc

    So no mitro on the bench again it seems…

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #25

    Lindisfarne
    I think what’s telling is that others around him made it known that he was in the minority.

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  • magscar

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #26

    Tsunki

    I have no mates on here so feel no need to step in and defend them but just tire of the jibes and digs at several posters who seek to offer their take however much I, you or others agree or disagree with them because it doesn’t fit the current perceived wisdom that makes for the generally held view.

    Whether or not you agree this blog is not a welcoming place for all and if your face doesn’t fit or you are not laddish enough it is an uphill struggle to post. I speak from experience.

    Yeah if you post an opinion on a blog then expect a response but surely some give and take can apply. My take is that many posters firstly start off with a general post then find themselves beset in less than friendly terms and not unexpectedly respond in kind. Not all but my feeling is most don’t seem to want to start a fight but simply state a view that no one else seems to be doing. Debate, ignore or slaughter the poster – I believe it should depend on how you read the poster’s demeanor and whether the view warrants your response enough.

    Blogs and the internet are largely the province of the young but us oldies do participate but aren’t always as familar with the cut and thrust of social media and the glee that some have in ridiculing or provoking folk just for fun with their mates. I believe both Jimiley ( his name) and posada ( something he said ) are more of my age (apologies if not) and may not take it in their stride. Yes there are others of similar who handle it differently perhaps ( hibbit) but do they feel the attacks that the 2 I mentioned do? I don’t know?

    There are many long standing running battles on here which many are tired of ( but some love) and I genuinely hope a new owner will give a chance for us all to regroup and reassess and make blog better than it often decends to. Pompous? if so i will take the hit it is what I think

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Think someone asked earlier about shelvey. Yeah his 2 game suspension kicks in right away. 2 yellows so can’t dispute it so red takes effect straight away.

    Rooney however will be off free and probably a pat on the back. With the games this weekend the fa would have put a statement out about the elbow if they planned to do anything.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Essex
    The rail route was on both sides of the river from Newcastle to just past Wylam where the north side crossed the river and joined the south side line at Hagg Bank.

    Now the north side has been converted into a Hadrian’s Wall National Trail footpath and National Cycle Route which is used by thousands every year so highly unlikely it would be converted back to rail or road.

    Also there is no junction for traffic travelling north to come off the A1 you would have to come off at the Carlisle junction and double back down to Scotswood road.

    The A1 Road is bad enough most of the day never mind on match days.

    Leave the ground where it is for me!!!!!

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  • G

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #29

    Off subject, West Ham fan at work is saying Moyes wants Shelvey in Jan. If this is true I would take their hand off.

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #30

    I think mitro and rafa may well of had a bit of ding dong….he surplus to rafas requirements so guess he’ll be gettin cashed in jan…if a deal already hasnt been sorted.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #31

    G
    We needed reinforcement in cm as it was but if we sold shelvey, who would you buy to replace him with?

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #32

    Springy
    Don’t blame him in all honesty and surprised it’s taken so long as it’s a frustrating position to be in. They can’t have had a fall out previously as he was still on the bench and occassionaly played 10 mins here or there. If he had a fall out earlier in the season then he’d have got the jack colback treatment.

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  • G

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #33

    RH.. The fella from Milan who’s name escapes me. There was a link to him on Weds.

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  • G

    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #34

    Torino, not Milan. Senior moment there.

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 15, 2017 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #35

    Charlie – regarding the ground , it’s not going anywhere and the extension to the Gallowgate is still particularly viable even if it requires some major engineering work but that’s all possible and we have the expertise to do it. After all the Monument Metro build underpinning the Earl Grey Monument was regarded as a significant engineering feat in its day and thirty years later engineering competency has moved on further especially when you look at the London Cross rail links as an example.
    The East Stand may be more problematic but possible and if we build it they will come.
    Newburn was I recall one of a number of ambitious pie in the sky ideas mooted years ago as I said I think by SJH. Middlesbough and Sunderland followed that thinking and have their own “out of town” vacant lots now.
    What we don’t know is how the City Council think – they have ambition plans for the Science City / University expansion in and around SJP and whether or not they are quietly touting ideas that suit their agenda we don’t know, somebody should ask them – Jib seems to have plenty of time on his hands, maybe he could check out the position. Might keep him out of mischief.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 15, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #36

    G
    Oh yeah I know who you’re on about now lol, I’m thinking Milan??? Acquah right? He’s defensive mid he is, completely different. We need a defensive mid as it is but to replace shelvey you need a creative ball playing type cm. I’m not sure if there is much available to be honest. Possible wilshere on loan? But you gamble on his fitness.

    Don’t get me wrong, I would be open to shelvey leaving but only if you can get a quality replacement. I don’t personally see a viable option so it would probably do more harm selling him.

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  • G

    Dec 15, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #37

    Those last 2 comments were meant for RA, not RH. Gonna have to stop coming on here after drinking.

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  • Vask

    Dec 15, 2017 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #38

    Charlie

    I don’t think they would extend it further than the boat house or riverside country park at newburn because it would be out of the city limits. There is no reason that any re-establishment of a rail link wouldn’t include cycle path provisions, they would probly improve them as part of mitigation and pre-emption of any objection. We are seeing our (now former) green belt land being eaten up by development. If the council or goverment want it they have the knowledge and power to do so.

    Having said that…
    I agree that a new stadium is unneeded at present. But, if we get some super rich billionaire and that increases our fanbase we may have to look for land to build our new cathedral upon.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 15, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #39

    I’ve been advocating woodman getting games and actually being our number 1 at the start of this season since we never got an experienced keeper in. However, I would really question starting him v arsenal and then man city coming up after the next game. It could be likely that we ship in a few goals (especially v man City, they’re so wrong for us lol) so that’s not going do him the world of good. Plus the fans at the minute aren’t going to be as patient with him as they could be because of our predicament. Think now is a bad time to blood him, we missed our opportunity and we should either loan him out in jan or start to play him them.

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  • G

    Dec 15, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #40

    Thats him RA. I think him and Merino in the middle could work. I think after the pointless 2nd yellow against Everton we have seen the last of Shelvey under Rafa.

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