Rafa And Newcastle Are Surprising Pundits – It’s A Brilliant Job

It was generally agreed in December when we were fighting relegation that Newcastle were a team of Championship-class players now playing in the Premier League.

But since losing 1-0 at Arsenal on December 17th Newcastle have played 11 league games and won five, drawn four and lost only at Manchester City and at Liverpool.

That’s 19 points in 11 games, and we have scored 13 goals and conceded 9 goals.

So that’s an excellent record in the last 11 games, and we are hoping in the final six games of the season we can get more wins starting at home to Arsenal on Sunday.

BT Sports pundit Andy Townsend – it’s a brilliant job at Newcastle

One of the pundits who has been surprised at how Newcastle have done is Andy Townsend, the former Ireland midfielder who now is a pundit for BT Sports.

This is what Andy has said about Newcastle’s turnaround in a debate with Ian Wright (among others) on 5Live’s Monday Night club:

“I think it is a surprise (to see Newcastle in the top 10) and it is a brilliant job.”

“I watched them at Huddersfield at the start of the season and I looked at them and thought, wow, this is going to be a long old campaign.”

“Rafa has been Rafa. He must have been so fed up with the situation at the club and the new potential owners, thinking he might have money to spend and that never materialized.”

“But he has still been himself. He has still been out there, picking up on little things on the pitch and credit to him because I think he has done an exceptional job.”

“I would have had them in the bottom four by this stage, scrapping away, fighting like crazy to keep their heads above water.”

Newcastle are currently placed 10th in the league table, and we are hoping we can move even higher than that before the end of the season.

11Crystal Palace38-1044
13West Ham38-2042

If we can do that it will have been a second successive season under the guidance of Rafa Benitez.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 11, 2018 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #1


    Longstaff article although nothing really much in it. He has done well this season ha longstaff. 20 yr old, first full season in senior first team football. Blackpool were one of a few favoured clubs for relegation. Longstaff has scored 9 goals in all comp (8 in the leage) and 4 assists. For a young midfielder this is quite good.

    He only has one year left but I think he is a player. Hope he signs a new deal but goes on loan to a championship club, he did have a few asking for him in Jan but he was kept at blackpool.

    oh and all his goals have been fantastic strikes. Should check them out watching blackpool highlights on their youtube channel.

    I think he is the most likely player to come through and play for us in the first team.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 11, 2018 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Its quiet on here… Have you gone for tea with rob leenio. Could have invited me…

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 11, 2018 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Rafa has done a brilliant job. Why a host of people on here are flapping before at a poor run of form for bit, I don’t know, but this seems to be the norm. Panic reactions to turbulent times. In reality, you’d be deluded to think it’s plain sailing every month, especially with our new promoted side.

    I’ve had unwaivering support for him since he’s arrived and was one of the few I wanted while we had the other dross managers, and would love him to stay for many years to come. He’s worked wonders. (Klopp was always top). The Pardew out campaign and vision of years gone by is well and truly underlined and vindicated now with Rafa’s everything and the silver snake’s nothing.

    I really hope we can be rid of Ashley. I just hope he doesn’t start bumping up the price to unattainable levels now.


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