Rafa Talks About Almiron, Barreca, And Wolves – Fans Upbeat


Rafa Benitez gave his press conference earlier today for the tough game at Wolves on Monday night.

Everybody is fit except Jonjo Shelvey and fourth choice goalkeeper Rob Elliott.

And Rafa will not take any chances with Jonjo with local lad Sean Longstaff playing so well in central midfield.

Left-back Paul Dummett (hamstring), goalkeeper Karl Darlow (elbow), and central midfielders Ki Sung-yueng (hamstring) and Mo Diame (hip) are all available to play.

That’s good to have them back for the 13 game run-in to the season – and the bench on Monday night at Molineux will be strong – not to mention the starting eleven.

Miguel Almiron – in training yesterday

Rafa was upbeat as usual and he has talked about Wolves, and new signing Barreca and Almiron:

“They have a good manager and some very good players – they have players who have been champions of Europe and internationals at every level. They are doing really well.”

“He (Antonio Barreca) knows what we want and we’re working on that. The week away will be another opportunity for him to get to know his teammates.”

“He will need some time but he is very focussed.”

“When you have so many days without a game – especially with new players – it is important for everyone to know each other better.”

“We’re not going there on holiday – we’ll be doing double sessions and we’ll have time to adjust things.”

“He (Almiron) has been talking with the nutritionist already – he’s quite professional. Everything we try to do with every player, we will do with him.”

With almost a full squad now available, Sean Longstaff looking like a budding star for us, and getting in new signing Almiron and Barreca to the club, fans are naturally upbeat.

Now we need to get some wins on the board.

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101 comments so far

  • martoon

    Feb 8, 2019 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #41

    Bobby – cheers great story about meeting up with your family.
    The thing I remember most about the Leases End was the toilet – it was like an open sewer, you never forget that smell!

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  • Bobbybee

    Feb 8, 2019 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #42

    Mart, in fairness, it WAS an open sewer. 🙂 Luckily I’ve been blessed with a large bladder. I never use a toilet at any game. Then again those in the leazes end just pissed down your back! 🙂 That’s what caused most of the fights I reckon. It was like a waterfall down the steps. Disgusting.
    But the noise was monumental. There was a lad who always wore a sheepskin. Blond haired lad, sideburns, skinhead, used to get on the barrier.
    “Go left go left” Repeat in unison ” Go left right left” repeat “Go left go right go pick up the step, go left go right go left” Repeat . “I wanna be a magpie Ranger” repeat “only live for sex and danger”…
    Ah yes, those were the days alright. 🙂 Absolutely MENTAL, LMAO! 🙂

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 8, 2019 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #43

    The stiffs are one up at half time Vs their Southampton equivalents. Our last chance of silverware this season, at least in a national competition.

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 8, 2019 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #44

    One of the reasons I love this blog is for the stories of times gone by. Keep em coming lads great stories of great times

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  • Bobbybee

    Feb 8, 2019 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #45

    Rob, people forget that before SJH made us everybody else’s second team, purely because of KK and his attacking football, we spent as much time in the second tier as the first.
    There was one game in the mid seventies against Ipswich which, had we won, we would’ve actual gone top of Division One. About as close as we ever got to winning it!
    It was blowing a gale. Never seen a game played in such a storm. It was freezing as well. The ball was kicked and just went straight up and back the way it started! It was crazy.
    Anyway, we scored. You must’ve heard the roar in sunlun! I was in the Leazes as always and it was going crazy. Playing them off the park – they were a decent team then under SBR I believe, but can’t be certain. Long time ago. I wasonly about 18 or 19, but we, were battering them. For that short time, Newcastle were top of Division One.
    Half time came. Still one up. Then the announcement. Game abandoned.
    I always thought it was abandoned because of the high winds because that was what went around the crowd. Nobody could remember a game being abandoned because of high winds ever before, so it had to be a conspiracy. :). Anything to stop us, going top 🙂
    Turned out it was to do with the icy pitch, but tbh, I never knew about that for years. I was always convinced it was high winds that caused it.
    Turned into a full scale riot. People demanding their money back which was never going to happen. Directors cars were destroyed – they never parked there again after that match. Never seen anything like it at SJP before. Absolute chaos.
    At first nobody would leave the ground, so the police moved in and that kicked off big style.
    Our walk back to Central Station to get the train back to Darlington was like a walk through a war zone. Glad didn’t drive them, every car was demolished.
    I didn’t get that like. Mindless vandalism was never my thing at any age, so seeing our own city smashed up by our own fans had me gobsmacked. Shop windows smashed in and looting, it was just crazy.
    Anybody else there that day? Absolute madness.

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 8, 2019 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #46

    Well bobby, u know I would refuse a knighthood! 🙂

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 8, 2019 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #47

    Bobby I was probably on the terrace with u at Cambridge. Also, was it Oxford that had the shit view of the pitch? Think so. I brought my sis to Cambridge game as she sang ‘we are Japanese’ instead of ‘we are top of the league”! Great fun with the mags fans that day

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 8, 2019 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #48

    Memories…… Great pub at Blackburn for away fans… Speedier scored, the shite. Taking over peterboro. Knackers at Millwall (cold blow Lane). Southend when collymore killed us…. Great days Bobby and co

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  • jane

    Feb 8, 2019 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #49

    finished 3-0 (Charman, Toure x 2)

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  • jimiley

    Feb 8, 2019 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #50

    I go further back than Wyn Davies and Pop Robson. But longevity does not give anybody any credibility. Old farts should know better than to support this regime because they have nothing better to do. The owner is destroying this club. Thats the simple truth. And making hundreds of millions destroying it. Support the team and not the regime. If you believe that nonsense you are a simpleton who needs help.

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  • Bobbybee

    Feb 8, 2019 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #51

    Great shout on the Sheff utd game Jane. 3-0 already.

    Munster, crazy days mate. I’ll save my Millwall. Away day for another time. Could write a book on that day ffs. 🙂
    Watching this game then catching a movie with the other love if my life. ( The important one). Talk tomorrow lads. Be nice eh? Doesn’t cost much.
    Munster, like me, the pleasure of telling her where to shove it…. 🙂 Sooner poke my eyes out mate. Later pal. 😉

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  • jimiley

    Feb 8, 2019 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #52

    That land behind the Gallowgate should have been used to extend the ground into a 65k cathedral. All the top aspiring clubs are rebuilding into 60+ grounds. We are being left behind with the arc. Anybody who does not have a problem with Ashley selling off the land for his personal gain instead of developing the club is a total moron.

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  • jane

    Feb 8, 2019 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #53

    thanks Bobby they got away with the second, looked liked the keeper had 2 hands on it.

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  • martoon

    Feb 8, 2019 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #54

    Yeah Jimiley we’re all simpletons- I’m an Engineer, I sit with Doctors and Teachers but you are obviously so much cleverer than all of us and know best!

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Feb 8, 2019 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #55

    So you’d think Almiron and Barreca will start off the bench v Wolves, and that we’ll continue to go 5 at the back and look to break on the counter. If they come on, that’ll be our first real indication of how we might set up after the week of training together in sunny Spain. Rafa’s great tactically, so it’ll be fascinating to see how he thinks best to utilize the squad with the addition now of the two new lads. It is quite exciting because in Yedlin, Barreca, and Almiron you have real pace, which suggests we’ll be countering more often and more effectively, and that it’ll be more enjoyable to watch.

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  • jimiley

    Feb 8, 2019 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #56

    Martoon
    What the hell does your job have to do with your ability to reason? Arrogance personified. Cameron went to Eton and Oxbridge but look at the bollix he has created.

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  • jimiley

    Feb 8, 2019 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #57

    Martoon
    Where do you sit because I had a season ticket for decades and was never surrounded by doctors and engineers?

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  • jimiley

    Feb 8, 2019 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #58

    Martoon
    If you think that supporting the team is undermining the regime then yes you are a simpleton.

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  • jane

    Feb 8, 2019 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #59

    Sheffield Utd through that away!

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  • jane

    Feb 8, 2019 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #60

    threw even!

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  • Bobbybee

    Feb 8, 2019 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #61

    See Jim, age has nothing to do with it. You were ‘boycotting’ during the eighties as well so you say. Seems you ‘boycott’ whenever we’re crap and you can’t have your own way. You come across like a spoilt brat most the time which gives you very little credibility.
    Should Blyth fans not go to games? They’ll never win anything.
    It’s not all about you. You have an opinion I disagree with but you’re SO RIGHT everyone who disagrees with you has to be wrong.
    We, see things differently. Coventry fans have had if far worse than us – ten times as bad.
    Bad owners are one of those things that are sent to try us. You even crucify the only real owner we ever had, why should anybody listen to you.
    Don’t go pal. PLEASE, never go again. You think you’ll be missed? 🙂 Seriously?
    It’s your right not to go. Nobody is asking you to go. Why do you keep coming on telling us what a great sacrifice you’re making? AGAIN.
    You’re a very bitter angry person which I expect has nothing to do with football.
    What is it about you that you think gives you the right to tell others how to live their lives? Sounds to me like you’ve made a mess of your own, you’d be the last person I’d take advice from. All that pent up anger. Calm down you’ll give yourself a stroke mate.
    Because you say something doesn’t make it right. I support NUFC not Ashley. Blame Sky, not the loyal fans for this. They fill his pockets, not us. Our contribution is nothing. Not even as much as, advertising ffs.
    You do as you see fit pal. It’s your money. Your time . Why don’t you protest outside whilst games are on then? Do something the world can see instead of just bleating on here.
    You think we should only go when things are bright and rosy, but that’s not what supporting a team is about.
    It’s never been easy supporting Newcastle. That’s just life.
    Let me tell you something – you will never persuade a single person to stop going. Other people might, who knows, but you won’t. You’re just a very bitter angry old man and frankly, I pity you. I’d hate to be that torn up by anger and hatred like you are. Seriously, I hope you find something in your life to make you happy.
    I’m. Completely messed up physically due to bad health, but I’m ten time better off that somebody like you. That hatred has more to do with something else in your life, nobody gets that messed up about a football club. You hate Newcastle and their fans, so don’t blame it on that. Whatever it is, I hope you find some peace in your life. Just accept, some fans will NEVER stop supporting the football club, regardless of who owns it. That’s just how it is. Learn to live with it.

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  • jimiley

    Feb 8, 2019 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #62

    He is after Pat Val now. Debenhams and H of Fraser and Hmv and some lesser stores on his list. Sports Direct is struggling. I wonder where all the money is coming from for him to buy the whole high street. Support the team not the regime. Verbal support is going to the team but the financial clout (the crucial bit)may be going somewhere else.

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  • martoon

    Feb 8, 2019 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #63

    Jimiley – I sit in the Sports Bar (Leazes End) and just pointing out that we are obviously not simpletons. The only arrogant one is you for insisting you must be right and everbody else wrong!!!

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  • Just a fan

    Feb 8, 2019 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #64

    Bobby bee
    Win the league in the seventies no chance

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  • jimiley

    Feb 8, 2019 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #65

    You see bobby you think you know best. Just read what you write. You preach tolerance and then go off on a rant. You claim you are much better off than me. Why?
    Its people like who are holding the club back.
    You talk about the old days. They were not golden. We had stars like McDonald, Davies and Keegan. The club has lived off one star player and the rest being average and they are great days??? We have been feeding off scraps since 1955. The exception being 1996/7 and a couple of good years under Sir Bobby. 1927 was the last time we won the league. Not happening any time soon. 1955 a domestic cup..
    We should not settle for a repeat of another 60 years like that but your attitude of a golden yesterday will just perpetuate the Geordie acceptance of mediocrity. We should be looking forward with great hope and all we can do is look backwards to better times which were distinctly average.
    We should be rebelling against this owner not accepting worse than we have had for 60 years. The club is a disgrace and shambolic.

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  • Just a fan

    Feb 8, 2019 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #66

    Bobby bee
    Less is more. It’s the digital age. We get pissed off after two sentences.

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  • Just a fan

    Feb 8, 2019 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #67

    Sorry Keep going .

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  • jimiley

    Feb 8, 2019 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #68

    Martoon
    There are many more than me who think that supporting this regime is wrong. Support is ebbing away and when Rafa goes there will be a flood. Wait and watch. I speak up whilst most are silent. They speak with their feet.

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  • Just a fan

    Feb 8, 2019 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #69

    I went to a game at Oldam new year’s Day from Manchester.
    Wife’s family is from Manchester.
    Took son
    When we got there every body was leaving
    It was a twelve o clock kick off
    Missed the match
    0 0

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 8, 2019 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #70

    Seems like when there’s no transfer window and no matches, we just get at each others’ throats. Shame really.

    I’m with Bobby – nobody has the right to tell anybody else how to live their lives. I applaud those who have decided to give up their season tickets, I also applaud those who are committed to support the team.

    Both groups are passionate, and passion runs over on both sides. The arrogance comes when one side tells the other why they are wrong, with no proof other than the strength of their own convictions.

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 8, 2019 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #71

    Just a fan, I did the same thing a few years ago for a Falcons match. They changed the kick-off time with a few days’ notice, we rocked up ‘early’ for a couple of pre-match beers and got there just in time for the second half
    🙁

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 8, 2019 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #72

    Who has Chi Onwurah’s direct line? I know Online Guy has contacted her previously. Someone said earlier she might be the only one in a position to lean on Newcastle City Council to try to get some answers over accountability on the Strawberry Place development.

    If it is finally proven that there is no option to extend the ground in that direction now or in the future, then I have no problem with the land being developed. However, proceeds from the sale of the land should go to the club, not the owner and the land should be used to promote the community in some way, not for an ever-growing transient population.

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 8, 2019 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #73

    Silence from the City Council regarding the strategic plan for the land around the Strawberry is deafening. Just hope that we haven’t got a T. Dan Smith type scenario lurking in the bushes thinking that they’ve a good idea to build a new Brazilia in the area centred on expanding the Science Park and a University campus with more student accommodation to create a soulless identity that wouldn’t look out of place on a Moon base. Doubt a £600m build of a new Stadium like Everton is on the cards but beware the idea of shifting SJP further East onto the edge of Leazes Park and a rebuild that allows a bowl like stand on all sides thus removing any ideas of expanding the Gallowgate or the East Stand so as to preserve the Georgian terrace of Student housing behind it. That’s been mooted before and would allow a 60,000 seater stadium still to be in the City but just not as we know it. The Freemen might just allow that without giving up too much land . Chia does need to get involved but it’s her lot I think who control the Council. This is what Spurs have done – broadly same site as White Hart Lane but a next Century Stadium . Beware would be Idealists in Counciks and Planning Offices who think that concrete is the answer to everything. Play Lindisfarne’s great song on the subject, says it all

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 8, 2019 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #74
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Feb 8, 2019 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #75

    I once walked across Madrid to the Santiago Bernabéu to see Real take on Juventus in the very early days of the CL naively thinking I’d get tickets at the gate, only to encounter an eerily silent stadium in eerily silent streets and later discover the match had been played the day before. A couple of years back I walked across Berlin to see a preseason match between Hertha and someone or other and found myself there precisely a week too early. Did something similar in Mexico City last year when I arrived Azul Estadia to see Cruz Azul take on Club America only to find the ticket office long shut and the match sold out. I’ve failed to see football matches all over the world. Lovely towns for a stroll though, Mexico City, Berlin and Madrid. 🙂

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  • lesh

    Feb 8, 2019 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #76

    Online

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 8, 2019 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #77

    Hmm when you’re in those cities do you ever try and learn some of the local language? Theres few handy phrases you might try to practise –

    “Haben Sie einen Fahrplan?”

    “¿Dónde puedo comprar un calendario?”

    “Welcher Tag ist es?”

    “¿Puedes ayudarme a encontrar mis pantalones?”

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 8, 2019 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #78

    Good words lochinvar

    If ‘Chi’s lot’ control the Council, then we should petition the Councillors who control the City Centre wards, specifically the wards directly surrounding St James’ Park. Since the boundaries were redrawn last year, it’s kinda difficult to find this information but see below.

    SJP now lies in the Monument ward, as do both Universities and the RVI. Straight away therefore there is a conflict of interest. Councillors for this Ward are all Labour and you can find their contact details (email and phone number) below.

    The other relevant ward is Arthur’s Hill, which lies directly to the West of SJP over Barrack Rd. This ward is the seat of the Leader of the Newcastle City Council, Nick Forbes. He used to be a Councillor in the Westgate ward, which SJP sat within before the boundaries were withdrawn.

    The interesting thing is that Nick Forbes wants to be the first Mayor of the brand new North of Tyne Combined Authority, an elected position starting in May this year.

    If Nick Forbes wants this position, let him tell us what he’s going to do about Ashley in general and the Strawberry Place development in particular. Let’s get in touch with his rivals and ask what they intend to do. In short, let’s make this a condition of their election. Sort Ashley out, you get our vote. Ignore the issue, someone else gets our vote.

    Nick Forbes contact details:
    https://democracy.newcastle.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=153

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 8, 2019 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #79

    I’d just like to mention I really missed bobby’s rants. It’s like stepping into a pair of comfy slippers. 🙂

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 8, 2019 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #80

    Contact details for the Councillors for the Monument ward around SJP
    https://democracy.newcastle.gov.uk/mgFindMember.aspx?XXR=0&AC=WARD&WID=13197

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