Rafa Refuses To Comment On Planned Protest Today


Rafa Benitez held several interviews with the press yesterday, and he was all about getting everybody involved at Newcastle to be pulling in the same direction – much like last season.

Last term was difficult, and we struggled in the first half of the season before coming away in the second half of the season thanks in lathe extent to loan signings Martin Dubravka and Kenedy.

Dubravka is now at the club permanently, and Kenedy is with us on loan for the full season.

Those two players alone mean we are a better side than we were a year ago at this time.

Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley

Rafa was also asked if he had some words for those that are planning a protest against owner Mike Ashley.

The newly formed Magpie group are planning to protest today after another terrible transfer window – at least in the way Ashley seemed to withhold (available) money from the manager.

This is what Rafa said as reported in the Chronicle:

“It is two different things. I am not the one to say whether I am happy or not happy.”

“It is my experience to focus on football,”

“The fans know that is crucial to us to stick together. The fans will be behind us is key – that is the key.”

“We want to perform at the same level as last year. Last year we didn’t have anyone scoring 25 goals and we finished 10th.”

“The wingers are scoring, Ayoze Perez is scoring, Dwight [Gayle] is scoring. Everyone has four, five or six goals.”

“The reason we were strong is because we had these goals and the defense was a real unit.”

“Hopefully, someone will score 25 goals this season, but we need the fans behind the team.”

The planned protest today will take place outside the Sports Direct store on Northumberland Street at 11:00am and has been organized by The Magpie Group.

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12 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 11, 2018 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #1

    Dwight is scoring?????

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  • Aces-of-Eights

    Aug 11, 2018 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #2

    That letter mentions owner and Charnley have decided going forward communication is key however they don’t tell us where the money has gone? More tripe we hear this every season lets pull together for the good of the club bla bla but nothing will ever change with fatty. Get protesting and protest hard. This is all bull.. as if Lascelles and Rafa wanted to sign that letter they were probably contractually obligated to sign it. Only gullible naive people will believe that letter

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  • DaveD1000

    Aug 11, 2018 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #3
  • hibbit

    Aug 11, 2018 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    this joint club statement convinces me things are happening behind the scenes and that Rafa is well aware of what’s going on, and now Lascelles has been let into the secret

    2
  • c-dog

    Aug 11, 2018 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Hibbit me lad. Another profile of mine on here is ShirebrookToon.

    1
  • hibbit

    Aug 11, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #6

    posada
    that figure for a forensic due diligence is correct for a company the size of nufc
    the time scale was approximate but would be close

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  • Jib

    Aug 11, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #7

    DubaiMicky

    “Dwight is scoring”

    Spanish has a past tense
    called the preterite
    which is for an action that was
    done in the past
    when speaking in English they often
    get mixed up

    He was talking about last season

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 11, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #8

    See Shearer reckons the best bit of business done by any club was the Toon’s signing of Rondon

    1
  • Jib

    Aug 11, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #9

    After the manager says in the most
    laid back manner don’t worry about
    my contract it will be sorted in the
    future just get behind the team.
    Then folk come on here saying

    “Get protesting and protest hard”

    You have to wonder what their motives are

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  • mac the jaffrey

    Aug 11, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #10

    So here we go again, strap yourselves in boys and girls, it’s gonna be a helluvva ride..

    Personally I think we could do ok, no glamour signings but we are stronger and more experienced than last year. Sure everyone else has bought and bought expensively, but will they gel ok? Will they adapt straight away? The premier league takes some getting used to when coming over from European slower leagues but we’ve not got that to worry about this season.
    So here’s to a good un, here’s to the lads giving it all for the shirt and here’s to attracting a nice shiny new owner by the end of the season!

    HWTL

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  • Jib

    Aug 11, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #11

    Jail you fool no-one with half a brain
    You ARE c-dog

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  • ArtyH

    Aug 11, 2018 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #12

    “We want to perform at the same level as last year. Last year we didn’t have anyone scoring 25 goals and we finished 10th.”

    “The wingers are scoring, Ayoze Perez is scoring, Dwight [Gayle] is scoring. Everyone has four, five or six goals.”

    “The reason we were strong is because we had these goals and the defense was a real unit.”
    Problem is Dwight is gone and so is arguably our best C/H.

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