Rafa Wants Players To Forget About Takeovers And Transfers – Just Do This


Rafa Benitez has had a lot to put up with since he came to Newcastle.

He was unsuccessful in avoiding relegation, and that was a huge disappointment to start off his Newcastle career.

If we had avoided relegation in May 2016, he would have started with a better class of players – including Georginio Wijnaldum, Andros Townsend, Daryl Janmaat and Mousa Sissoko who is now playing well for Tottenham as their holding midfielder.

But we were relegated, and those players wanted out, although Rafa has tried to sign Townsend since we were promoted back to the top league in May 2017, but with no success.

The manager has not been supported financially by the owner, and there have been too many distractions off the field over the last 16 months of various takeover attempts.

All of them have so far been unsuccessful and there’s news Ashley is about to pull the plug on his latest attempt to sell the club.

But the papers have been flooded with press reports about what is – or could be – happening with these potential takeovers.

Rafa Benitez – in training

And now we have the winter transfer market in full swing but no sign of any players coming in after it’s been open for three weeks.

Rafa has been asked in the Chronicle if the takeover has had any ill effects on the pitch:

“Again, we try to keep these things outside of the pitch because they are not of importance to the players.”

“If you play against a team and you lose, people say: ‘Oh it is because of that.’ But the players, they do not worry about what is going on in terms of takeovers.

“Maybe the English players worry a bit more because they hear everything, but the foreign players like Ki Sung-yueng and Yoshinori Muto, they do not have a clue.”

“The players might watch the TV and see what people are saying, but they were focused on beating Cardiff.”

“The players are quite focused, and against Cardiff, they were really, really focused  (and did not listen to the animosity against the owner).”

“The players, especially the foreign players, they are not bothered about what people are saying.”

“They are just worrying about what happens on the pitch.”

Rafa has used his immense experience in management to keep the players concentrating only on what’s happening on the pitch during both training and in matches.

With the Magpie Group starting up their protests again at our home games against the owner – hopefully, our players will be too professional to let that distract them from playing well – as they did last Saturday.

We need as many wins as possible in our seven remaining home league games to survive in the Premier League this season.

Wonder if we can sign any good players in the final 10 days of this transfer window?

Comments welcome.


456 comments so far

  • SPRINGY

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #1

    I wouldn’t be lookin at vids of almiron and building ya hopes up….i think if we were willing and able to get him it would be done by now….al we are doin is highlighting this player and how much he’s goin for to other teams… utter bollicks

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #2

    There’s one more line from Rafa from that interview.

    “The players also read Ed Harrison’s excellent Nufc blog and get information from there, they believe there’s a lot of very clued up bloggers on there who know there stuff, not Jesper obviously”

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  • G

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Has any kind of announcement been made saying the takeover is off, or is it simply tabloid guesswork?

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Afternoon op,same old,same old…no news is the same shitas every other day! Lol

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Toon22 is Andre Yedlin !!!!!!

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  • G

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Not that I actually believe MA wants to sell.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Springy

    I’m reliably informed by Elvis at the chip shop the deal will be completed on the 12th of Never!

    He’s firm on that date.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #8

    G
    Just paper tittle-tattle i think…been different stories poppin up other last week or 2…seems weird.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Op
    Ahhhhhh same date as the takeover,messi signing and ashley drowning in his own shite!….champion..a date to look forward to!Lol

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  • Toonces

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #10

    SPringy

    “If we were willing and able…”

    Since when have we been able to do any incoming transfer business over the past several years in such a way?

    Even Wijnaldum and Mitro dragged on.

    1
  • toon22

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Why Mike Ashley’s latest takeover talk has not gone down well with Newcastle fans

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/mike-ashley-latest-takeover-talk-13887270

    Hes no intention of selling the club ever

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  • hibbit

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #12

    G
    don’t worry there hasn’t been one to say its on either !!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #13

    If you believe the press we are currently talking to teams in Portugal, Spain, Italy and France – looking for loan deals.

    Yet another fine mess you have got us into Mr Ashlie

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  • Toonces

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #14

    And then we actually have to want to pay the going rate… Not going to to happen for Rafa, or us, under Mr. Cashley.

    I hope to be proven wrong.

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  • toon22

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Jan the 24th

    Thats a good date,its when MPs start discussing prem owners (Mike Ashley)

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  • Jib

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Huddersfield have appointed Jan Siewert to succeed David Wagner as manager

    2
  • toon22

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #17

    BlacknWhiteBarmy

    As far as wor Mike thinks its anything but a fine mess

    He wants his team for free,so he can buy shops with the cash we made for him

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Toon22 – fair point – 17th position is like winning the lottery for our illustrious owner

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  • Jib

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #20

    BlacknWhiteBarmy
    Engaging with a mackem
    Go and have a shower

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Maybe we can only get loan deals because no players want to sign for a club without any ambition.

    It’s a bit hard to put yourself in the window or develop your career if you’re a young player battling relegation in a poor side year after year.

    Unless you’re a defender, plenty of opportunity to show you’re skills.

    If I had a son or was a agent Nufc would be low on my wish list of clubs to sign for.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Jib

    I wish he’d buy us now, him Sting Jimmy Ant n Dec that young kid from the Tudor advert and Super Gran, they must have the money between them!

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  • hibbit

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #23
  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #24

    G@3………… We’re still waiting for OLG to let us know.

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  • Jib

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #26

    You forgot wacky jacky and david mcbeth

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  • toon22

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #27

    JIb

    Your blatant PR who has numerous alt accounts you post under
    Your payed to protect MAs online profile

    Its never MAs fault

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  • yogz69

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #29

    Jib I hadn’t noticed that till you pointed it out ???

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  • yogz69

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #30

    The question marks were emojis unfortunately unrecognised on here

    1
  • Jib

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #31

    toon 22
    hiya mackem
    which “uncle” is your Ma shacked up with tonight ?

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  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Thats not a nice thing to say someone give jib a good slap

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #33

    On Almiron. As he’d be in direct competition with Perez, let me compare them in my own opinion.
    Perez is currently a one in six scorer. Almiron probably one in two point five to three. Different leagues though, but Almiron appears to be more likely to score.
    Quicker by the looks of it and only goes down when he has no choice. Perez does go down too easily IMHO and stays down appealing, when the ref simply won’t change his mind. That is an infuriating aspect of his game. Get up and tackle back.
    Almiron plays with his head up and I like that in a player. Always looking for a player in a better position to score. Worth goals in a team.
    So yeah, if Ashley wants to please Rafa, get the lad bought now before someone else nicks him as usual. That said, do I see it happening? Unlikely sadly.
    Having said all that, I think the person to benefit most from bringing him in would be Perez. Absolutely.
    When he arrived he looked like a great player in the making, but he’s definitely stagnated lately. This may well be down to nothing more than a lack of competition for places. Until Muto arrived he simply had no competition and even Muto isn’t a natural No10. He is, tbh, an automatic choice and that’s no good for development. Giving him proper competition might be what he’s needed for a while. He’ll have to improve and that has to benefit the team.

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  • Jib

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Aces-of-Eights
    The kid has to learn
    Dish it out
    Get it back in spades
    Aces of Spades if you like

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  • Jib

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #35

    Aces-of-Eights
    Unless of course you’re a mackem supporter of the blog pest

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  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #36

    Almiron looks like he can get ball from edge of our box and run all the way to opposition goal with speed and control. Sissoko and townsend were others who could but them leaving messed up rafas team building. A ball carrier is what we need.

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  • Jib

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #37

    NUFC should look at the Falcons
    Their side is rammed with ball carriers
    😛

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  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #38

    Repent jib repent you nasty vile person

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #39

    Quiet on here this evening. I guess everyone must be out celebrating the takeover and the signing of Almiron, also breaking our transfer record………………….

    🙄

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  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #40

    Stefano sensi linked with barca now. The type of player we should have targeted

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