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Rafa – Team Spirit One Reason Newcastle Were Relegated

Moussa Sissoko finally left Newcastle late on Wednesday night and Newcastle fans were little short of ecstatic he left for two good reasons.

One was that Mr. Complainer finally left the club he had continually embarrassed during the summer with his comments to the French press about wanting to join a big club.

And the second reason was that we got a terrific £30M for him.

moussa sissoko

Moussa Sissoko – finally left Newcastle  for a big club

Let’s make it clear – Moussa Sissoko is not worth £30M – although Moussa would probably disagree with that.

And just to show that Newcastle fans were right about the Frenchman all along, he disgracefully didn’t even have the decency to inform Everton he was going to sign for Tottenham.

When Everton found out he had signed for Spurs he had already gone missing and refused to take calls from Everton manager Ronald Koeman, who had a business jet waiting to fly him to Merseyside to sing for the Toffees.

Moussa may do well at Tottenham – they certainly have a very good young manager in Mauricio Pochettino – but he cannot hide out there like he did far too many times while he as a Newcastle player.

Last May we were talking about whether Townsend, Wijnaldum, Sissoko and Janmaat – our four high profile players – would stay at the club – they all left.

Rafa has been talking about the Newcastle squad and he is very insightful when he says a good team is not simply made up of a few good players.

This is what Rafa has said:

“Gini, Moussa and Daryl also wanted to play in the top division,”

“They are talented players, but our objective is very clear, and we needed every single player, like the staff and the fans, pushing in the same direction.”

“It can affect the atmosphere and the team spirit if you don’t have that.”

“Fans will know that sometimes the team spirit was not strong last season, and that was part of the problem why we got relegated.”

“A group of individuals with a lot of talent does not make a good team.”

“Our priority has been to build a strong team with good character, mentality and also talent. “Now we have a squad where every player who is here wants to work together to fight for the club.”

Well said Rafa Benitez.

At least we now know that every player at Newcastle wants to be at the club.

And the coaches, players and fans (and those flags at the Gallowgate end) will all be pulling in the same direction – to get promoted next May.

We know it will not be easy – and there will be some tough times during the season – but we can do it!

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • magscar

    Sep 2, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #1


    I have heard that theory before but not about Rooney. We made a serious bid then thinking we were ahead of Man U and were flush with money from sale of Woodgate to Real Madrid. Shepherd trying to justify sale to fans ” you won’t believe who we are after”

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Sep 2, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Sorry Ed. Of course he’s worth £30m. You might not like it because he thinks he’s better than he is. But Mrs Blackley would be worth £30m if two clubs were prepared to pay it and her own club wouldn’t sell for less.

  • lesh

    Sep 2, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #3


    Purely coincidental of course, but at the time of Shepherd’s ‘bid’ for Rooney, but Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, had his office in…
    St James’s Park.


  • one fine day

    Sep 2, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #4

    Love Rafa
    The utter shi@te flying around on the Spurs sites …and we get accused of being delusional?
    Coming from fans who we banged 5. 1 last year
    But only a few years ago under Keegans instructions took our foot off so as to humiliate tham moe than 7 .0
    They ids are a truely classless bunch of bellends …. Le sulk and Spurs ..perfect match
    Can’t wait till we are back up and seeing andros , daryl gini and the c@@t back at st James and ripping them apart under the best coach they could ever have had .

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 2, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #5

    It shows that Keith Bishop was money well spent when it’s now old man Carr taking the brunt for our shambles of a club. It was Pardew before him so they decided the new patsy would be brought out of the firing line and so they told us from now on McCardews have nothing to do with transfers. It obviously worked on some people.

  • magscar

    Sep 2, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #6


    As I recall ( mind you , could you believe club any more then than now?) Man U were not ready to go after Rooney that particular season and Shepherd thought he might have stolen ahead of them.

    Now you mention Stretford though, perhaps it was this transfer that I was thinking of.

    Rumours at time I aaaaam thinking of were if we assisted a particular club with getting a transfer going we would benefit somehow from another transfer?

    All a bit wooly now but Oldgit1’s post reminded me of a such an instance being touted around.

    Might have been Everton wanting us to smoke out Man U’s bid or was it Stretford ?

  • TyneMouth

    Sep 2, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #7

    The London Evening Standard is a free publication that litters the busses and tube trains of the capital every weekday. The Standard’s only recognisable football ‘writer’ is ‘arry Redknapp,… nuff said…
    The Standard is the only publication to comment regarding the payment details of the Sissoko transfer. No national newspaper or agency addressed this issue, for the simple reason that it is usually the norm for multi-million pound transfers to be paid in installments.
    The exception to this practise is Newcastle United, under the ownership of M Ashley, who pays cash to avoid interest rates on the debt.
    Regardless of most people’s opinion of MA’s business scruples, he didn’t make his fortune by giving his business rivals ‘an even break’ to paraphrase W C Fields…
    Incidentally, Spurs will also have to pay 20% VAT on at least £30M, +£6M, plus debt interest on the outstanding £24M over 5 years…
    The total cost of the Sissoko saga could eventually be well north of £40M on an asset who will be 28 next year!
    Nice one Mr Levy…

  • lochinvar

    Sep 2, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Well put, quite brought a smile to my face , hope it’s all spot on.
    Spurs are to Arsenal what the Mackems are to us….they just don’t quite get it or understand that whatever they do they are never part of and never can be part of the greater good.


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