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

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Benitez Has His First Big Challenge For Next Season

Sunday, May 29th, 2016 · 12 Comments

News today in the Chronicle that Rafa Benitez is looking at ways of how he can keep Moussa Sissoko at Newcastle next season, as we go down to compete in the Championship.

It was noticeable that Rafa liked the way Moussa set an example in training during h nine weeks Rafa was managing Newcastle last season.

When Benitez dropped Jonjo Shelvey he made Moussa captain and certainly his performances improved for Newcastle after the 26 year-old had a fairly poor season for the team.

But news that Sissoko is one of the players Benitez wants to keep at the club, even though there have already been some big clubs interested in the player.

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Rafa Benitez and Moussa Sissoko
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Will Rafa Let These Two Star Players Leave This Summer?

Saturday, May 28th, 2016 · 155 Comments

The two Newcastle players most likely to want to leave Newcastle this summer, now that we are in the Championship, are Gini Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko – the player who thinks he should be playing for a Champions League side but has contented himself with being at Newcastle for just over three years.

Moussa will be playing for France in Euro 2016 – and if he plays well Newcastle may even be able to get the £20M they want for the player and quite honestly if a club bids that much we should sell him.


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Advice To Rafa – Ditch Those Players Who Won’t Cut The Mustard

Saturday, May 28th, 2016 · 49 Comments

Freddy Shepherd has been talking in The Sun today about Mike Ashley, Rafa Benitez and the plight Newcastle find themselves in at the moment with the club being back in England’s second division for the second time in seven years.

And Freddy says it’s possible to stay down below for one season and not lose too much and be able to recover – but not for two seasons.

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Rafa Benitez – rebuilding both the team and the club
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Ashley Can Redeem Himself – He Pulled A Rabbit Out Of The Hat

Saturday, May 28th, 2016 · 5 Comments

Former Newcastle Chairman Freddy Shepherd has been talking to The Sun today in an exclusive – and he says that Mike Ashley’s success in persuading Rafa Benitez to stay at Newcastle by ripping up his past failed structure for the club, is the best bit of business Mike’s ever done at Newcastle.

And Freddy could be right about that.

Ashley has even come in for some praise for getting Rafa to stay – and that’s after we have been relegated for the second time in seven years.

Hopefully this is a sea change at Newcastle United.

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Freddy Shepherd – Mike pulled a rabbit out of the hat
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Richard Keys Upbeat For Rafa And That Mighty Club Newcastle

Saturday, May 28th, 2016 · 32 Comments

Richards Keys hasn’t always been complimentary to Newcastle but on his Twitter account he seems to gone all out to tell everybody he’s delighted that Rafa Benitez is staying at Newcastle and maybe that finally we can return to having Newcastle United being successful again.

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Richard Keys – time that mighty club got it right again

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