BBC Pundit On Rafa Benitez – Others Have It Even Harder


BBC football Mark Lawrenson says that Rafa Benitez could well have a second successive January transfer window when no players are brought into the club.

If that happens we will have a serious fight on our hands against relegation but even with no reinforcements, we could be safe with Rafa’s experienced management.

Our opponents tomorrow are Swansea City,  a usually well-run club but Lawrenson thinks Newcastle will take all 3 points tomorrow and that would be another massive win for us, if we can do that.

Mark Lawrenson – BBC pundit

It would mean we have done the double over three clubs beneath us in the league table – Swansea City, West Ham, and Stoke City.

But if we don’t get any new players in this month Lawrenson says Rafa will just have to get on with it and that’s exactly what the manager will do.

He contrasts Rafa’s tasks at Newcastle with that of new Swans manager Carlos Carvalhal.

This is what Mark has said about the game tomorrow at St. Jame'”s Park:

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is still trying to bring players in – but might have to face up to the fact that this is going to be a frustrating month for him and just get on with things.

Even if they don’t sign anyone, I would still give the Magpies more hope of staying up than Swansea.

Swansea also need new players but I don’t know who they will be able to sign that could make a difference and, from the sounds of it, neither does their new manager Carlos Carvalhal.

If Rafa thinks he has it hard, then he should probably ask Carvalhal what he is thinking at the moment.

Mark thinks Newcastle will win tomorrow’s game 2-0.

You couldn’t really criticize Rafa if he is completely and utterly bemused by Mike Ashley’s thinking not to reinforce the squad so we can avoid another relegation.

But the way Ashley thinks has always been a big problem for Newcastle fans.

Three out of four Newcastle fans think we will win this game tomorrow.

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99 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    We are on 22 points after 22 games
    We have 4 home games where we
    SHOULD gain all points.

    Tomorrow vs Swansea
    Southampton and Huddersfield
    in March , and WBA in April.

    We have a few away games that
    we’ll likely get nowt , but also quite
    a few that are drawable.

    If I was a prospective buyer I’d say
    NUFC is definitely worth a punt.

    8
  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #2

    There’s something strangely familiar about one of the new bloggers posts, very negative and a very similar style to ewe know who.

    9
  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Say one positive thing about Lawro, he positively looks more and more like a wino.

    4
  • one fine day

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #4

    OP
    could be lol
    If anything the swans result will flush him out.
    Noticed him here lately but seemed to be typing from inside an opium den

    3
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Jib
    It wouldn’t surprise me if we got more away points than at home due to our style of counter-attacking football.

    Wins at Palace, Bournemouth and Watford

    We struggle at home to break teams down who tend to play our style at SJP by sitting deep. as we do not have the skill set or patience to break the opposition down. Yes we have Shelvey who can use the ball but ends up playing too deep and is wasted.

    Which leaves us a big problem as you pointed out we HAVE to win at least three of the four games and draw the other

    which would give us 19 points and 41 in total – GOING TO BE TOUGH to stay up but we can do it JUST!!!!

    1
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    If we can beat Swansea I reckon that will be them down its time to strike a killer blow

    Need a big game from Jonjo against his former team!

    4
  • mac the jaffrey

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #7

    Jib

    Couldn’t agree more, am convinced we’ll be reet, there are other teams who have a nosedive in them yet.

    2
  • hibbit

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #8

    all eyes on Rafa at 1-30 today will he give anything away !!

    0
  • lesh

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Jesper

    Sorry for my misreferencing of Manxpie’s post – it was 272.

    Here it is again and maybe you could translate it into decent English?

    “Fusk off lesh you absolute peapod!
    But i have just heard the fog has lifted and……………and THE DEAL IS DONE!!

    believe me as its well known within the nameless community that we can spout shite without any kind off reaction

    Numerous times btw how about you look at that, just once, when you see people preying on the most important part of your teams life ffs

    Or just get offended up to you?”

    7
  • martoon

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Optimistic Panda @2 – Lol – I had to read that twice before it clicked – very cryptic :mrgreen:

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #11

    runheed,
    Not being pedantic here but if we beat Swansea how is it automatically totally deserved. We might score from a blatant handball while Swansea hit the woodwork five times and have two perfectly good goals disallowed. I don’t care either way but just saying like.

    3
  • Spoof

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #12

    So no agreement with Staveley with another group allegedly holding back until safety is secured with us being only two points from the drop zone, yet when it comes to transfers we are possibly going to be weaker after January rather than stronger, I knew Ashley was a gambler but boy this is an absolutely huge gamble on his part, if l wasn’t a Newcastle fan I would be looking at his gamble with great intrigue and be finding it interesting, however I’m bricking it and I wish the oaf had never been born.

    7
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #13

    Nope, our fool from the valleys is at work at the minute, never ever been a day time poster.

    1
  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #14

    One fine day

    He’s done it before and dropped himself in it.

    The questions are exactly as he would pose them with a negative spin and a arsey time.

    1
  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #15

    Tone

    1
  • lesh

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #16

    So, Rafa’s expected to sell before he buys? All the trappings of Ashley through his henchman, Barnes.

    Over the last three seasons, Ashley’s hands on resulted in relegation. He went hands off for half of last season leaving sing-offs to Charnley and Rafa assembled a squad to get promotion. Ashley put his grubby paws back on the finances and blocked last winter’s spend. Rafa got us up – just.

    Ashley’s hands on again, spending severely restricted nay blocked and relegation’s a real possibility again!

    Is there no limit to the man’s stupidity?

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #17

    I loved the bit he said after I made that character assessment of him. You’re completely wrong he exclaimed, it’s West Glamorgan not Mid 😀

    2
  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #18

    Jail

    It’s too similar for me.

    2
  • Jib

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #19

    jail is right
    Welshie is a daytime poster
    Getoutofworeclub
    Is an intermittent shit stirrer
    with all the hallmarks of a
    resident of the village of the damned.

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #20

    No limit at all lesh, just pure spiteful stupidity. The sad part is though, our lives are affected massively if he sends us down the swanny, he won’t have to sell a yacht or a mansion. It’ll hit him for a 5% of his fortune.

    1
  • Jib

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #21

    Is NOT a daytime poster
    doh

    1
  • runheed

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #22

    Jail
    Yes indeed. That’s football though ain’t it. I do think we are a hard working team at the moment and the football gods would have to put that in the balance don’t you think?

    0
  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #23

    Jib

    You just described Welsh apart from the intermittent bit.

    0
  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #24

    Chronicle are reporting no new bids for club, Staveley the front runner.

    1
  • one fine day

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #25

    You’d have to think we have someone lined up as far as strikers go.
    The fact that we have allowed toney and Arma to go back out ……
    Surely in our current situ you’d think anyone who may be needed stays here to help the fight?

    3
  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #26

    Ash does seem to hang around with some equally dispicable and repugnant characters as himself doesn’t he. Bishop, Barnes, Llambias, Wise, JFK, the Express guy to name a few.

    Does Ash really think anyone would fall for this second bidder fairytale. Ed shouldn’t be giving it house room.

    It’s so disrespectful the constant shoddy treatment of Rafa, I’ve never seen anything so thoroughly unprofessional .

    8
  • lochinvar

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #27

    There is no other bid.
    It’s a wum scam fantasist .

    2
  • SColl

    Jan 12, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #28

    Something is definitely happening. Someone made a valid point why is there no transfers going out, Rafa made is clear a couple of weeks ago in regards to the players were surplus, i’m sure clubs have come in for our players but could it be that no one signing it off due to a transfer embargo which is standard when clubs are changing ownership.

    I personally, think this is a parting shot by Ashley, if the deal is done as people are speculating i wouldn’t be surprised if hes put a clause in there that it can only be announced after xyz date which will result in the Jan Transfer window passing. I must say if we stay up with the current squad of players Rafa has done extremely well.

    5
  • jimmysmith

    Jan 12, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #29

    Toney and Arma would be no help at all. I’d back Rafa to keep us up with what we have, but we could certainly do with a top number 9 and 10. I think the group is getting better as the season progresses though, but I’d certainly move on Mitro and Gayle and Colback to help bring a top number 9 and 10 if I could.

    2
  • Spoof

    Jan 12, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #30

    If we stay up the Staveley deal has a chance, but will we stay up, 50/50 @ best I’d say, we are in a right old mess.

    4
  • hibbit

    Jan 12, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #31

    Spoof
    get the right people in and everything is fixable

    7
  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 12, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #32

    I hope Ashley (no hope then) reflects on the interview with Lascelles, the club spent £80M on ne players to go with our then new manager Wally McBrolly. On the face of it the money was wasted, but it would appear that a lot of power was held by the established players that had been corrupted by the ethos of the club.

    Now we actually have a manager that controls the dressing room, it would be nice to see the same (or half) the level of investment and see some proper progress by the club.

    4
  • Spoof

    Jan 12, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #33

    hibbit

    I totally agree, I do admire your optimism by the way, however, I sadly don’t share it as I do not believe that we are near to getting Staveley or anyone else in for that matter, it appears to me as if Staveley is as stubborn and as determined as Ashley when it comes to getting a good deal and as a result I have serious doubts as to whether or not it will happen.

    I just hope and pray that your optimism is rewarded, but to me at present the future looks rather bleak.

    3
  • Jib

    Jan 12, 2018 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #34

    A few media outlets talking about
    Kelechi Iheanacho on six month loan from
    Leicester
    I quite like the look of that

    3
  • lesh

    Jan 12, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #35

    Bloomberg are commenting

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-12/selling-this-soccer-giant-could-get-even-tougher

    And as an added bonus, you’ll probably have a chuckle at Trump’s tweets at the end of the NUFC article.

    It’s strange they should have two psychopathic greedy people on the same page!

    2
  • hibbit

    Jan 12, 2018 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #36

    spoof
    i respect your honesty
    i also trust the people who gave me access to the information in the first place and till the information they gave me is proved wrong i’m going to stick with them

    7
  • north east lincs toon

    Jan 12, 2018 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #37

    Lawro you’re just a Leary twat that only says anything positive about Liverpool I wonder why

    1
  • Arthur1213_S'pore

    Jan 12, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #38

    Mike Cashley is playing Rafa and at the same time punishing us(fans) with a vengeance heart. RAFA we(Toon Army) got your back Brah… #NUFC#HWTL

    3
  • Spoof

    Jan 12, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #39

    hibbit

    Fingers crossed mate, I was only three year old when we won the Fairs cup, all I want is to witness a Newcastle captain lifting a cup above his head to then signal possibly the biggest party of all time, that ain’t likely to happen under Ashley, so the sooner he is gone the better.

    1
  • hibbit

    Jan 12, 2018 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #40

    Spoof the biggest party NUFC history will be the day Ashly leaves !!!

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