Midfielder Sends A Positive Message To Our Frustrated Fans


One of the strengths of Newcastle United last season was that everybody associated with the club – the coaches, staff, players, and fans stuck together throughout the good times and the bad.

And we had a difficult period in the last two months of last year and went 9 games and picked up only a single point.

That stretch went from October 30th when we lost 1-0 at Burnley to 16th December when we lost 1-0 at Arsenal.

Our 2-2 draw at West Brom on 28th November was the only point we took from those 9 league games and at one point in the second half of that game we were 2-0 down.

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Then we hammered West Ham 3-2 on 23rd December and started to win some games.

But the fans stuck with Rafa and what he said would happen did happen – we started winning again and ended up in 10th place in the league.

A terrific finish for a time that lacked class players.

But every one of our players had the grit, determination, and work effort to get points in some tough games.

Rafa Benitez talks to Jonjo Shelvey last season

We need the same things this season and not let Mike Ashley derail the Rafalution.

But Ashley seems to be doing his very best this summer to do just that.

Here are some positive words from Jonjo Shelvey as reported in the Shields Gazette today:

“As a professional footballer, I don’t think you can get involved in that stuff off the pitch,”

“You have to leave that down to the people higher up.”

“The gaffer knows what he’s doing. He’s been there, done that and got the T-shirt.”

“We’re obviously all behind him and behind the club as a whole.”

“You hear what the fans are saying, and what they want, and hopefully the owner will produce that.”

“But, if not, we have to stick together and fight and try and do what we did last season.”

“I think all we need to do is stick together in and around the group. It’s a very, very young team, and we’re inexperienced in terms of Premier League games and stuff like that.”

“But I think the main message that we need to send round to the fans and the players is that we need to stick together and fight as one.”

“There are still a lot of things going on at the football club that we don’t know about,” said the 26-year-old.

“But, for me personally, I feel I’m doing all right.”

“I’ve worked hard during the summer to keep my head and keep training well, so I can keep putting it in during the games.”

Shelvey must keep concentrating on his discipline and control when he plays and we cannot have any more red cards from the former Liverpool man.

Shelvey is a player who is shaping up to be one of our most important players in the coming season.

Comments welcome.


113 comments so far

  • Mr Funky

    Jul 28, 2018 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1

    I hope we are going for Giorgian De Arrascaeta and Joe Bryan. I don’t think we will go forr another striker now we have Muto

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 28, 2018 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #2

    The ledge,
    On previous.

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  • Jib

    Jul 28, 2018 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Newcastle United are one of several teams to have made a bid
    for Liverpool striker Danny Ings, according to reports.
    Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Southampton are also claimed
    to have submitted offers for the striker, who is valued at £20m by
    his current club .
    (Times)

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #4

    That’s good news Jiblets

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  • outside the box

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #5

    putting two and two together and getting five thinking maybe a swap/loan /makeweight aarons for bryan.
    .aarons was let go by bristol city so will have some affinity with the club .
    also city looking for goalkeeper .like to see joe bryan at toon

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  • outside the box

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #6

    always been impressed by okazki at leicester seems to me muto looks same type of player.still need a cf but cannot see rafa letting mitro go until a replacement has been sorted.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #7

    According to the Telegraph were were a high spending club last summer, spending 38 mill. Is that true? We spent a lot when we were relegated (sissoko dosh) but did we spend that much last summer

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  • Jib

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #8

    Munster

    Atsu £6.2M
    Lejeune £8.7M
    Joselu £5M
    Murphy £12M
    Manquillo £4.5M

    plus Merino later on

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  • jane

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #9

    “So the club supports the local food banks and you laud it for doing so? It’s the very least it should do.”

    also this

    https://nufoundation.org.uk/

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #10

    Munster,
    We spent 12M ish on Murphy, 5M each on Joselu and Mankini, 9M on Lejuene and about 7M on Atsu. So sounds about right, we still somehow managed to have one of the lowest Net spends though.

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  • magscar

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #11

    “There are still a lot of things going on at the football club that we don’t know about,” said the 26-year-old.”

    What is Shelvey going on about? Contract stall, sale? Something we don’t already suspect?

    Little surprised no one seems to have picked up on it

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  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #12

    Last season we brought in

    Atsu 6m
    Lejeune 8m
    Joselu 5m
    Murphy 12m
    Merino 7m
    Manquillo 3m

    That’s 41m by my reckoning

    What did we bring in in sales though I’ve drawn a blank… I remember our net spend being something really low like 12m or something though but can’t for the life of me remember who we sold!

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  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #13

    Dubs was brought in on last year’s budget too at the very end of the season at 4.5m

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  • magic hat

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #14

    With joe Bryan crocked last night in a friendly the question is will they now reduce there price or will we look elsewhere and would he be cover for dummet or a starter??

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  • AncientC

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #15

    I thought lesh made an excellent point this morning, but what exactly was the deal with Jib’s reply?

    Lesh: “Does it not occur to you that food banks support many who are in work but enjoying conditions that’ll not be far away from those employed at SD’s Shirebrook site. Remember when Ashley was hauled before Parliament to explain why employees were paid below the legal minimum?”

    Jib: “Ha ha ha
    You’re a real piece of work Lesh”

    Perhaps I am missing something and I am not seeing the funny side in SD employees being underpaid, nor how that is related to the very sorry need for some people to rely on foodbanks (when no person realistically should).

    Interesting how cynical Jib is when it comes to foodbanks, politician/s attempting to help Newcastle constituents with a petition, or criticism of SD treatment of employees.

    If only Jib was as cynical of Mike Ashley himself…

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  • getoutofworeclub

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #16

    The season when we went down yes we spent money but what about player sales so really we spent nothing if I remember rightly we made a profit so yet again money saved same this season we’ve spent peanuts and to the people on here the stick up for Ashley is a joke in my eyes not true fans and yet when Rafa leaves at the end of the season the same fans will defend Ashley am looking forward to pardrew and carver returning

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  • getoutofworeclub

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #17

    Ashley out

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  • jane

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #18

    “There’s also one other important factor. We tend to pay transfer fees up front in full”

    that’s a good point hadn’t thought about that. i guess it may sometimes give us an edge if we are competing for a player and the other team wants to pay in installments as the selling club will prefer to have the money up front. i seem to remember reading posts criticizing that we do this.

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  • getoutofworeclub

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #19

    Jane and jib Ashley mate

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  • getoutofworeclub

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #20

    Jane what do u think of wore new signing

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  • jane

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #21

    getoutofworeclub i don’t continually post about Ashley like some!

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  • getoutofworeclub

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #22

    Apart from Kennedy and the new keeper of course the rest r shit

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  • jane

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #23

    getoutofworeclub even your name tells us you are one of the obsessed.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #24

    Yes jane, that’s why we always land Rafa’s number one targets so quickly.

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  • the ledge

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #25

    AncientC#15 .spot on mate and then they say they are not defending Ashley .

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #26

    Do you have a boyfriend jane?

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  • jane

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #27

    “am looking forward to pardrew and carver returning”

    “Apart from Kennedy and the new keeper of course the rest r shit”

    getoutofworeclub you are a joke

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  • the ledge

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #28

    Oh Jane belt up that’s old news.
    And what edge have we ever had in transfers,modric ,Ali, Remy, the list goes on. ?

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  • jane

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #29

    if you say anything positive you are defending Ashley

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #30

    Sales out – Grant Hanley £3.5m Daryl Murphy £2m Florian Thauvin £9.5m Lewis Gibson £6m
    Total out £21m

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  • SredniVashtar

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #31

    Get Rondon and Bryan in and I will be very happy with this window.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #32

    TOF, long time no hear. Hope all well.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #33

    Just a temporary fault with the washing machine, not Mike Ashley at all…..oh, no! I’m in Janes’ camp.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #34

    The overrated Frenchman @26

    Is that an offer?…….you are smooth

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #35

    Jib, jail, lindisfarne tks for the info. The Telegraph article painting us as high spending isn’t really accurate. Maybe a pro Ashley journalist.

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  • the ledge

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #36

    #31 I would be happy with them too. But it does not hide the fact that Ashley feked up another transfer window ,and the club for the last decade .

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #38

    Bryan would be a canny buy at £4-8M but we have no chance under this regime with other BIGGER clubs showing an interest

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  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #39

    Lindisfarne

    Thanks buddy last summer’s sales totally left my memory!

    It looks a 20m net spend last summer, teams in and around us TBF spunked that on individuals!

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #40

    Jane

    I’m positive you and jib are one and the same!

    Does that mean I’m defending Ashley?

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