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Rafa Benitez Keen On This Young England Midfielder

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 · 100 Comments

Last summer Newcastle were interested in Leeds United’s 19 year-old Lewis Cook – and news today is that Rafa Benitez may be interested in bringing the player to St. James’ Park this summer.

The youngster has only one year left ion his contract at Leeds, where he had another very good season and he has so far played 85 times for Leeds United with two goals – and he looks like a future star player in the making.

Some top Premier League clubs are also said to be interested in the 9 times capped England U19 International

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Lewis Cook – 19 year-old English central midfielder
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Hero Chris Hughton Talks About Rafa – A Proper Football Person

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 · 11 Comments

Newcastle have been relegated from the Premier League twice and the last time it was a tremendous effort from Chris Hughton and assistant manager Colin Calderwood that got us promoted with a massive 102 points and 30 wins back in 2010.

That was only 4 points short of the record Championship 106 points (31 wins) of Reading in season 2005-2006.

Chris is now manager of Brighton and Colin is his assistant down south – and they have done really well.

Brighton were so unlucky to miss out on an automatic promotion last season – Middlesbrough had a better goal difference by just 2 goals and were promoted.

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Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood while at Newcastle
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Newcastle Fans In Shock – They Can’t Believe It – It’s Fantastic

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 · 85 Comments

It is hardly surprising that Newcastle fans today are still in some kind of shock, that we have managed to get Rafa Benitez to stay on at Newcastle, even though we are a second division side, but that should only be for one season.

In early March, things looked really bad when the squad had gone off on a week’s holiday in the south of Spain.

Head coach Steve McClaren had promised everybody who would listen to him, that he would sort things out with the team following the humiliating 5-1 defeat at Chelsea.

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Jamie Carragher – fantastic for Newcastle
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Pundit Not At All Shocked By Rafa Staying At Newcastle

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 · 24 Comments

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson knows all about Newcastle United, having been a coach at the club during Kevin Keegan’s first spell in charge at the club.

So it’s not a shock to Mark that world-class manager Rafa Benitez has decided to stay on at Newcastle, even through Newcastle are now a second division side, following our self-inflicted relegation.

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Mark Lawrenson – I’m not shocked
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All Things Have Come Together For Me At Newcastle

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 · 19 Comments

Rafa Benitez was appointed as the new Newcastle manager for at least three years yesterday and he gave a press conference at 7:00 pm last night and then gave a few more interviews and was able to cover a lot of information – including why he decided to stay at Newcastle – a second division club – even though he turned down some big money offers to take the challenge at Newcastle.

Rafa sees Newcastle as another Liverpool – but maybe even a bigger opportunity since there’s only one club in the football mad city of Newcastle upon Tyne.

And Newcastle,  unlike Liverpool, hasn’t won a trophy since 1969 and hasn’t won a domestic trophy since way back in 1955 when we demolished Manchester City 3-1 in the FA Cup final – a game my parents were at.

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Rafa Benitez – Newcastle United manager
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