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

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Rafa Explains Why This Current System Has To Change

Sunday, August 28th, 2016 · 52 Comments

Rafa Benitez has talked this summer about how unsettling it is for teams and managers to start their season in August with the summer transfer window still open until August 31st – and some of the big players in the team can leave at almost any time.

What would be much more sensible is to have the transfer window close before the first game of the season and then the club knows what their squad will be for the season.

But try to tell that to the powers that be in the game.

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Rafa Benitez during Brighton game yesterday
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Newcastle Set To Play Hardball With Wantaway Star

Sunday, August 28th, 2016 · 36 Comments

Newcastle are set to play hardball with Moussa Sissoko over his transfer – and the club will not let the French International midfielder leave for less than the £35M transfer fee they have put on his head.

Mike Ashley is said to be determined to get the full value for Moussa, who starred for France in the Euro 2016 Championships in the summer and outshone Paul Pogba who made a £100M move to Manchester United a couple of weeks ago.

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Rafa Benitez rates Moussa Sissoko
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Newcastle In Major Move For Top Target – But It Could Be Difficult

Sunday, August 28th, 2016 · 24 Comments

Newcastle are expected to announce the signing of left-back Achraf Lazaar from Palermo today and maybe Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy too, if Daryl can complete his medical today.

Both signings have come quickly after Newcastle were linked with the players over the last few days and  Newcastle had gone after a number of different targets.

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James McCarthy – 25 year-old Everton midfielder
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Rafa Benitez And Chris Hughton – Reactions After The Game

Saturday, August 27th, 2016 · 111 Comments

Two very popular managers were at St. James’ Park today – Rafa Benitez and Chris Hughton.

Chris did such a fantastic job for Newcastle back in the 2009-2010 season.

In his first job as a manager he got us promoted with a fabulous 102 points and 30 wins against all odds, when things looked really black in the summer of 2009 as owner Mike Ashley was trying to sell the club.

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Rafa Benitez and Chris Hughton this afternoon
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Newcastle 2 Brighton 0 – Video Highlights

Saturday, August 27th, 2016 · 55 Comments

Here are the highlights of today’s terrific 2-0 win against Brighton & Hove Albion for those around the world who couldn’t get the game live.

We notice that happens a lot this season.


Both goals came from set plays!

Who is that Yoan Gouffran – what a terrific strike after 24 minutes that hit the cross-bar – Rafa has made him into a new player.

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