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News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

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How Rafa Will Demand Improvement Before Wednesday

Monday, September 26th, 2016 · 6 Comments

The simple way in which Rafa Benitez improves a team and improves the players during a season is that he considers every game to be a learning exercise.

Every game is approached in a way that we can win it, but after the game Ciaran Clark has given some insights as into what Rafa does.


Rafa Benitez in training with his players
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Benitez Confident – If Players Keep Doing This

Monday, September 26th, 2016 · 1 Comment

We’ve often said that Rafa Benitez doesn’t mess around and certainly doesn’t play mind games with anybody – he is very straight forward.

He respects every team that his team plays and he respects their manager and Rafa makes it clear to his players that it will not be an easy game, but that he wants to win.

That goes for every game and he keeps saying the next game is the most important.


Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
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Why Players Fully Accept Rafa’s Way Of Doing This

Monday, September 26th, 2016 · 2 Comments

Ciaran Clark had his best game for Newcastle at his old club Aston Villa on Saturday and the Villa fans will have seen how improved Ciaran has already become under Rafa Benitez.

But that’s why players want to join Rafa Benitez – they want to improve their game and work for a successful side that can win things.

Hopefully that will be the case with Rafa Benitez at Newcastle – if it isn’t  it will certainly not be for the want of trying.


Ciaran Clark in action on Saturday
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Rafa Discusses DeAndre Yedlin’s Ankle Injury

Sunday, September 25th, 2016 · 29 Comments

We probably could have guessed that Newcastle will assess the extent of DeAndre Yedlin’s ankle injury on Monday and see how bad the damage is and whether there is any chance of the 23 year-old American playing against Norwich on Wednesday night.

Yedlin was our Man of the Match on Saturday with around 50% of the vote and he had an impressive game especially attacking down the right wing and his cross in the first half was turned into his own goal by Tommy Elphick.

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DeAndre Yedlin in action on saturday
Our Man of the Match

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Newcastle Could Sign Talented Ireland International In January

Sunday, September 25th, 2016 · 5 Comments

Newcastle are said to be in the running to sign Everton midfielder James McCarthy in the January transfer window, since James has struggled to get game time under new Dutch manager Ronald Koeman on Merseyside.

It’s strange but managers prefer certain kinds of players and it seems that Koeman doesn’t rate the Glasgow-born 39 times capped Ireland International.

His home town club Celtic are also said to be in the running for James, who started his career at Hamilton Academicals after trying out and being turned down by Celtic as a youngster.

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James McCarthy – Newcastle interested in this player
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