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Xisco – Players Get A Good Feeling At Newcastle

Xisco has talked in the local press today, and says it feels like Newcastle are a different club from the one he joined four years ago, when Kevin Keegan was the manager, and the Newcastle regime at the time had no idea how to run a football club.

Marveaux and Xisco in training – all smiles

But all that has changed and Newcastle are now a very well run club, and our finances are under control, unlike many clubs in England, including many clubs in the top half of the Premier League.

Of course in Xisco’s first season on Tyneside, there was complete turmoil at the club when Kevin Keegan resigned, and to cut a long and complicated story short – we ended up relegated from the Premier League for the very first time.

But since the relegation, the last three years have been successful as Derek Llambias and Mike Ashley have come to terms with how to run a football club, and the strategy we are now on seems a sound one.

Xisco has shown an excellent positive attitude in training,  and he has been rewarded with a trip to Brugge, and will likely start on the bench tonight.

This is what the 26 year-old former Spanish U21 player had to say:

“This season we have a young squad and some young players in the first team.” “It is very different to the first year when I came here.” “You get a good feeling training with these lads every day.”

“It makes me feel good that I made my decision to stay here and work with them.” “I decided to stay and get a chance here. And I’m happy I made the decision.” “I’m still a Newcastle player and the reason I came here to play for the first team.”

“I have just worked hard. All I want to do here is help the team.” “I have one more year and I would like to play.” “It is the manager who decides who will play though.”

We hope Xisco gets on tonight, and the squad Alan has taken to Brugge includes Romain Amalfitano,  Sylvain Marveaux and James Tavernier, who will all be hoping they can see some action in the game, since they haven’t played for a while.

Here’s the squad that traveled to Brugge yesterday:

Rob Elliot, Tim Krul; Mehdi Abeid, Romain Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana,Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Cisse, Fabricio Coloccini, Shane Ferguson, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Davide Santon, James Tavernier, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Mike Williamson, Xisco

It seems that Rob Elliot could start in goal since Steve Harper is not in the squad, and we thought Yohan was not traveling?

What do you think the team will be tonight?

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12 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang

    Nov 8, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Ibiza…Ed or Debuchy? 😉

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 8, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Jesper…Debuchy….nowt wrong with wor Ed’s memory 🙂

    Xisco Xisco Xisco!

  • jesperfuglsang

    Nov 8, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Great attitude 🙂

  • ochytoon

    Nov 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Xisco looks like one of my brothers mates. Not that that’s relevant at all….

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew and the phrase 'kill your darlings'

    Nov 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #5

    This one goes out to ppB and you Ibiza 😉

    …an odd if you like!!!

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Nov 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #6

    X.I.S.C.O he is Oooooooooooooooooooo

  • Scottiedog

    Nov 8, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #7

    2-1 to Newcastle tonight – Xisco to come on and score the winner!!

  • blew

    Nov 8, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Xisco says the previous regime did not knpw how to run a football club……how true, thats why he cost £m5.8 and £50000 per week

  • AmericanGeordie

    Nov 8, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #9


    Bench: Krul, Tav, Saylor, Abeid, amalf, Marvo, Xisco

    (I really hope he rests Cabaye & Santon; however, if they’re on the plane I suspect they will be dressed.)

  • Ketsbaia9

    Nov 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #10

    It’s about time that Abeid and Xisco were selected for the first team. We need a bit of class in the squad. I’d like to think Marveaux will start tonight.

  • derekm

    Nov 8, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #11

    good luck to xisco and all that, but it’s not too difficult to see why he ‘ DECIDED TO STAY” – could well be no one on this planet is prepared to offer him even half of what his ridiculous NUFC contract gives him!

  • jodemode

    Nov 8, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #12

    I wish Xisco all the best… When he was younger he was a promising talent. Shame about the KK scandal that followed. I bet it took a lot of confidence from him.


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