Rafa – Newcastle Must Stay A Premier League Club – We Have Massive Problems


Rafa Benitez had given a long interview in the Chronicle today, and he admits that the importance of the FSA Cup has diminished over the last several years because of the massive money to be made by being a Premier League club.

Clubs in the Premier League will concentrate on staying there at the expense of the FA Cup.

It’s all about money of course and if Newcastle are relegated we lose at least £100M during the next year.

Rafa has talked about how football is all about money these days, and therefore he has to see what kind of team he will field in each round of the FA Cup.

Rafa Benitez – it’s all about money

Rafa will take the FA Cup one round at a time.

But for today’s game at home to Luton Town there’s no reason Rafa cannot field a strong side since our next league game is next Saturday at home to Swansea.

Rafa was asked in the Chronicle today if the Premier League’s big money has relegated the importance of the FA Cup:

“Yes.” 

“I remember when I was at Liverpool, we had to win the league and now at any top side, some of them it’s just to stay in the top four.”

“Why? Because you have the Champions League money, so everything is around money.”

“If you have more money, you can buy better players, you can play better football, so it’s always the same situation.”

“The question is that Newcastle United Football Club is a massive club, but now we are newly promoted.”

“And just here in the Premier League with massive problems because we have to stay up.”

“That is the priority and the money is so big now that if you don’t stay in the Premier League, you lose £100M already.”

“We have to stay in the Premier League, but at the same time, we will try to win against Luton.”

“I don’t like to lose any game, but if you lose in a cup competition, it’s always worse because you have a bad feeling after.”

“In the league, you have an opportunity to change it, but in the cup, you cannot. Obviously, it’s a bad feeling.”

“Yeah I understand the fans’ frustration at Newcastle’s FA Cup record, but at the same time, every year is different.”

“So we have to be realistic and it’s not the same Newcastle United as even five years ago as it is now.”

“But we will try to win this game and then see where we are in the future.”

One reason Newcastle must win is that would take our winning streak up to two.

And then hopefully we can make it three wins in a row next Saturday in a crucial relegation encounter with Swansea City.

We must win that game, and if we cannot get all 3 points, we cannot lose it and let Swansea gain 3 points on us.

We were hoping to have a new striker in by then – but that doesn’t look likely now.

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127 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Peter Beardsley is under investigation at Newcastle United, according to a report. The Mirror claim that Yasin Ben El-Mhanni has accused former United forward Beardsley, the club’s Under-23 coach, of “conducting a sustained campaign designed to humiliate him”.

    It adds that El-Mhanni’s complaint, which will be heard at a grievance meeting on Thursday, has been supported by a number of his team-mates. El-Mhanni is reportedly “deeply unhappy” and felt he had to make a formal complaint to get his complaints heard. The 22-year-old winger, signed in the summer of 2016, made two FA Cup appearances for Newcastle last season. Beardsley, one of Newcastle’s all-time greats, went into coach at the club after hanging up his boots.

    Read more at: https://www.shieldsgazette.com/sport/football/newcastle-united/newcastle-investigate-peter-beardsley-over-bullying-allegation-1-8943348

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #2

    The biggest problem we have has been a problem from the second he walked through the doors of SJP and until he’s sold up and moved on the problem will never be resolved.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Firebug

    Sadly it’s not the first time serious issues have arisen from the way Beardsley treats the youngsters

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  • firebug666

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Jack

    First time I’ve heard anything bad about Beardsley like. It might, however, explain why not many are making an impact and breaking into the first team, unhappy players don’t play well.

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  • shearerclass09

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #5

    What a morning go from seeing the club has been sold. Turns out to be a broken link to our little football juggler saying that Beardsley has been stealing his lunch money. The joys of supporting this club!

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Firebug

    It happened about ten years ago I my memory serves me, but he was cleared of all allegations

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Have to hope that the Beardsley incident is dealt with fairly.
    Just hope that it’s not an old school v new school approach to training regimes. The former where you scream and shout like an Army Sargent the latter where you ask nicely.

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  • sparky55

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    The spoofer got one thing crucially wrong…it won’t be Ashley telling the world he’s sold…it’ll be Amanda.

    Ashley doesn’t care and as far as he’s concerned it’s done and he’s moved on and has nothing to gain from telling the world it’s done.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #9

    lochinvar

    You could be right marra, El Mhanni in very clever with the ball, and maybe a bit too big for his boots, with Beardsley bringing him down a peg or two.

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  • sparky55

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Beardsley is my favourite player of all time…but he ain’t no coach bless him and he has previous so I can’t see this ending well for him.

    Perhaps Rafa’s way of edging him out.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #11

    To be honest, our youth setup isnt anything to write home about, the only decent youngsters we have were bought in and went straight into the first team setup. It’s just one more thing that needs to be overhauled when Ashley’s gone.

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  • Mickey G

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #12

    Yes about 10 years ago there was an accusation about Beardsley regime but he hung on to his job also he has been crap as a coach ever since. It’s amazing he’s still in a job. Could it be because he licks Ashleys fat stinky Arse? Sorry ex legend I think your time is up

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #13

    Have a feeling announcement won’t happen today as some of the itk’s had said but not to worry, all hints and suggestions and positive news snippets are acceptable sparky and Co, cheers. So if we get Saudi money do we go after man City? Or will it just be sustained investment and try to make us a top 6 club?

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  • Black'n'White'n'BroonAllOver

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #14

    Beardsley is my all-time favourite toon player, in a packed field that includes Rob Lee, Keegan, Shearer, the late, great Pavel the Geordie and, bizarrely, Glenn Roeder.

    But he’s always seemed like a dreadful coach. The results of his teams, prospects going backwards and reported unhappiness of the players (it’s been suggested many times before this) paint a pretty damning picture of his abilities.

    The only thing that suggests he might have something is that Rafa kept him on. Now Rafa doesn’t often promote the kids, but surely he wouldn’t want their development stifled, so he must think Beardsley has something to offer.

    Anyway, I pray that the youth setup is something that is massively improved with the takeover. Not many clubs have a great record but some do, showing it is possible to create a reasonable hit-rate if you have the right personnel.

    Hopefully we get to see one or two of ours today.

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  • sparky55

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #15

    The aim has to be we go after Man city but I think it has taken 10 years and maybe 7 / 8 managers for them to get this far so it it’ll be a long old haul and Rafa won’t be with us for more than 3 or 4 years because ultimately he’s not at the same level as PG, Potchy and the like

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  • firebug666

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #16

    Mick Quinn
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    No more TakeoverTalk from me especially on a match day
    But I will say it was no whind up,it was genuine info hence my tweet,I tweeted the fake news one to say look they agree with me jokingly,but deleted it because I suppose it was in bad taste

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #17

    Munster

    I’d be overjoyed to see us just try to grow and improve year on year, don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t turn down seeing what’s happened at City happen to us, but after everything Ashley has put us through, just having some ambition back would be the world of difference

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  • Bianconeri

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #18

    Regarding Peter the great. I wonder if that’s why he was bigging Hippo Heed up,he wants to share the same water hole.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #19

    Maybe the “Announcement” will be Mandy in the Directors Box…. Or is that wishful thinking?

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  • Bianconeri

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #20

    Luton 7/1 to win @ Coral Blimey they think we will win easy

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  • giimps

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #21

    Munster, I’m hoping if it’s Saudi or any money, we are planning to oust Real Madrid as the big boys of the money league….obviously not immediately but in 10 years with organic sustained investment and success on the pitch we could be allowed to become the best we can be, if there is going to be a European Super League, we need to be eating at that table to get our brand out there.
    Ousting Real is a pipedeream but I think we can be a lot more financially competitive and actually compete for cups and possibly even the league if the club is backed with investment and not just used as an advertising vessel for a tat shop

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #22

    A bus went missing – that’s a new one.

    Which person is it that has a boy in the U17 or younger?

    They had had pitchside gossip of takeover and may know something about Beardsleys temperament.

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  • Bambams

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #23

    I must admit I had a little chuckle when I heard Grabban didn’t want to play for Sunderland anymore.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #24

    Deeney now £10m as he’s been kicked down the pecking order and is set to be replaced by Bournemouth’s Benik Afobe who’s also been kicked down the pecking order there.

    https://nothingbutnewcastle.com/2018/01/blogs/striking-boost-for-newcastle-as-club-will-sell-prime-target-for-10m/

    Seems to me we’re bottom feeding (again).

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  • one fine day

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #25

    From previous

    one fine day
    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:56 AM
    Comment #15
    Cheers jib
    To good to be true …was only the fact it was our blog I even gave it some time lets hope it’s not too far from the truth

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  • Bianconeri

    Jan 6, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #26

    Micky, Are we really after him though.He has a worse record than Shelvey and Mitro combined in saving cards.Mind he’s a lot better than joselu

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #27

    I think there were 2 players complained against him, and I’m sure one of them was Terry McDermott’s son Neale. Both players were moved out after the allegations of bullying. He should be kept at the club, but not given such an important job. My guess is Ashley is wary of being seen to pick on a club legend after the Keegan and Shearer debacles. They are possibly our 3 biggest heroes so to p*** them all off would be a full house.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 6, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #28

    Dubai, if the takeover is definite, why are we bottom feeding?

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 6, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #29

    Strange if going for Deany bigger nutter than Mitro and Shelvey

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 6, 2018 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #30

    Rafa not at the same level as potchetino? Sparky you’ll have guys shouting at you for that.

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  • Mag52

    Jan 6, 2018 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #31

    “…….winning would take our winning streak up to two”.
    Well said ed. That’s the upbeat attitude which has seen and will see us through our toughest times.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #32

    All of these stories of players being linked can be taken with a massive pinch of salt. Deeney, Joe Hart etc etc etc

    Anyone with a pair of boots is gonna be linked over the coming weeks

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  • sparky55

    Jan 6, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #33

    Cheers Munster…I sure as hell will now! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 6, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #34

    If we’re linked with Afobe, Deeney, and Ings looks like Rafa wants a physical presence upfront. There aren’t too many good ones going spare as these players are in vogue. Non of them are too clinical either. These guys are usually not much better at finishing than Joselu. We need goals from somewhere else if we go for this type.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 6, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #35

    Yas is a good lad, knows someone I know really well and even stays with his family from time to time. He’s been saying how bad Beardsley is at communicating with the youngsters and that they learn more from the senior pros than the coaches. Unfortunately for him he doesn’t have rafa guiding him but he felt the need to speak out after he exhausted all other avenues. It’s not just communication but also the belittling of kids in a manner which is more bullying.

    Really a sad indictment of the club, no wonder our kids don’t shine or come through. As much as I have loved Beardsley the player, as a coach and mentor to juniors he’s been a complete failure

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 6, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #36

    I might of missed something over the last few days, why is sparky and others saying Ashley won’t announce the takeover? Why if a deal has been done would the news not have already come out?

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 6, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #37

    Just hope that the sale of the club hasn’t been put on an instalment basis and that’s what Amanda might talk about today if there’s any substance to rumours of interviews.

    First installment Amanda joins the Board.
    Second installment Amanda buys some shares off Ashley.
    Third installment PCP invest when Premiership status secured
    Fourth installment Ashley thinks about selling out
    Fifth installment PCP buys controlling share

    etc etc etc

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 6, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #38

    Sparky potch was in school when rafa hit the big time. How dare u!!! It does seem though that the more defensive coaches ( rafa mourinho etc) are being userped by the high press all energy coaches ( pep, potch etc). There again, a player like Joselu puts rafa at unfair points of comparison. Fat Sam wud show them though, if he got the Madrid gig :). They don’t like it up em, them foreign lads 🙂

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #39

    Our Toon

    The deal may be complete but is being ratified by the FA, they have to go through a fit and proper persons test etc etc, so even if Staveley and Ashley have everything agreed technically the deal cannot be completed with the FA signing off on it.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 6, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #40

    Mike Williamson, I agree and I think if we do get serious money, rafa will want power pace and goals in one player upfront. Certainly a tall athlete whatever about the goals. I’d take afobe for now.

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