Rafa’s Friend Not Sure He Will Stay At Newcastle


45-year-old Italian Fabio Pecchia was at Newcastle for three months when Rafa first arrives on 11th March 2016.

But Pecchia was only at the club for three months before going off to manager Italian side Hellas Verona for a couple of years, and this year he has joined Japanese club Avispa Fukuoka.

Pecchia keeps in touch with Rafa who is basically his mentor in football management.

Fabio still remembers the three months he spent at the club, but we were relegated, otherwise, we expect Newcastle to be in a better position in the Premier League than we are now.

Fabio Pecchia talking to Steven Taylor – March 2016

We would have been able to have kept Gini Wijnaldum, Andros Townsend, Daryl Janmaat, and Moussa Sissoko at the club and built on what we had then.

Pecchia has been interviewed in the Chronicle, and he doesn’t know whether Rafa will stay at the club beyond this summer:.

We often speak to each other. Even before I left for Japan, I asked him for advice,”

“If he keeps Newcastle up again this season, he has pulled off a sporting miracle.”

“Now, the aim has to be to compete and move to a higher level. Bigger investments are needed.”

“I don’t know if he will stay.”

“He has a good connection with the club and he is loved by the fans, but he also wants to win things – and he knows how to do it.”

“When we arrived at Newcastle, in March, the situation was very difficult and our only goal was to try and save the team,”

“If we had got there a few weeks earlier, we could have done the business. This was the biggest disappointment.”

“I was only in Newcastle for three months, but from day one it felt like home. The atmosphere at St James’ Park overwhelms you.”

“For me, for any Italian, to see a game like that one against Spurs (5-1) defies all logic.”

“A relegated team and 50,000 people who cheer on their heroes and above all sing the name of Rafa.”

“Extraordinary.”

We hope Rafa will announce he will be staying in the next few weeks but he probably wants to see Newcastle well clear of the relegation zone before he does that.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


9 comments so far

  • lesh

    Feb 5, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    The next Mike Williamson

    Wasn’t it Allardyce that was replaced by Keegan?

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  • lesh

    Feb 5, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Another little nudge to remindMikey boy that Rafa’s not for pi$$ing about?

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 5, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Miguel Almirón is just under 6ft and is not small with a low centre of gravity. At 63kg he is slender but with quick reflexes and not particularly being top heavy, has good balance and the ability to dribble past opponents.

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 5, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    “I was only in Newcastle for three months, but from day one it felt like home. The atmosphere at St James’ Park overwhelms you.”
    “For me, for any Italian, to see a game like that one against Spurs (5-1) defies all logic.”
    “A relegated team and 50,000 people who cheer on their heroes and above all sing the name of Rafa.”
    “Extraordinary.”

    Not bad for someone who was at the club for jut 3 months

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 5, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5

    I was in the metro centre (walking past Geordie Jeans I think) when I got a text from my brother in law that just said “Keegan’s back!”

    I must have stood there for two minutes reading it and trying to figure out what was going on ha ha

    That was when texts cost money. And sending or receiving one drained your battery 25% 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 5, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #6

    Lindisfarne – and he runs like Abe from Abe’s Odyssey 😀

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  • one fine day

    Feb 5, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Lesh @1
    Think he is talking about when keegan took us over as we were battling the drop to div three back then after ardilles was sacked .
    The second coming was after alladyce …here endeth the lesson

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  • posada

    Feb 5, 2019 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #8

    I hope someone is telling Almiron to be very careful in his first few games.
    Ben Arfa, Leguene and Hadaira all hurt in early games for us.

    As a sports person you programme your mind and body to do certain things in certain situations. The Prem can be different to what you are used to. Needs to protect himself at all times as far as possible. Don’t assume certain types of tackle won’t happen.

    Someone said that refs give more protection than ever. Not sure about that. Ben Arfa and Leguene. Did the other player even get booked.
    Might have been better protected if they were playing for a top four club.

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  • Big Archie

    Feb 5, 2019 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Let’s be sensible here. After the way he’s been treated and not backed, a) Ashely would have to be completely oblivious to expect him to stay, and b) Rafa would have to be a total knob.

    Apart from that – yeah, no problem.

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