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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 Benitez – I Only Think About One Thing

Monday, October 24th, 2016 · 100 Comments

Rafa Benitez really has a great positive approach to football – he concentrates fully on winning the next game – that’s all he thinks about.

He doesn’t dream about being top of the Championship or think about winning trophies – as he says he likes to win each game as it comes along.

Whether that’s in the league or the cup he doesn’t much care – he wants to win every single game.

rafa benitez training

Rafa Benitez – just wants to win games
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Is This Rafa’s Team For Preston North End?

Monday, October 24th, 2016 · 9 Comments

It’s anybody’s guess as to what team Rafa will start tomorrow night in the EFL Cup against Preston North End at St. James’ Park in front of at least 42,000 fans.

But there are a few players the manager will want to give a start to including Matz Sels, Christian Atsu and hopefully Aleksandar Mitrovic – so we are assuming those three will be in the starting line-up.


Christian Atsu – should get a start tomorrow night
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Rafa – It’s Important Fans Think We Can Win Cups

Monday, October 24th, 2016 · 24 Comments

One of the things Rafa Benitez mentioned in his press conference earlier this afternoon is that it’s important the Geordie fans have the possibility of being able to see their side win some cups.

If we can win tomorrow night’s game against Preston then we will be in the quarter finals and then anything is possible.

But Rafa being Rafa – he has urged everybody to just focus on the next game against Preston North End and we have to win that one – we cannot get too far ahead of ourselves this season.


Rafa Benitez with coach Paco de Miguel
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Comments From Rafa Benitez’ Press Conference

Monday, October 24th, 2016 · 24 Comments

Rafa Benitez has just given his press conference for the game against Preston North End tomorrow night in the League Cup when we will try to extend our winning streak in all competitions to six in a row.

Rafa has said that he’s enjoying the moment and that it’s important for the Newcastle fans to have the possibility of winning trophies.

He’s right there!!


Rafa Benitez – finished his press conference today
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Rafa Explains How He Keeps Players Happy

Monday, October 24th, 2016 · 11 Comments

There’s nothing quite as good as frequent communication in an organization and nothing quite as bad when no or stunted communication exists.

In a number of years under Mike Ashley Newcastle fans will know what it’s like when the club didn’t communicate much at all with the fans and there are stories made up to fill the vacuum created.


Rafa Benitez mingling with players during training
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Newcastle Player Listening Closely To Rafa – Becoming Great

Monday, October 24th, 2016 · 60 Comments

Jonjo Shelvey had a tough start to his Newcastle career when he signed on for us for £12M from Swansea in the January transfer window.

But he soon found himself out of the side because in one game he would be great and the next game he would go missing.

But Jonjo deserves great credit for getting himself ultra-fit in the summer and when he arrived for pre-season training on July 1st he was ready to make a difference this season.


Jonjo Shelvey in action at QPR
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