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Assistant Manager Heaps Praise On Meticulous Newcastle Man


Rafa Benitez knew exactly what he was doing when he brought in Bournemouth’s 26 year-old winger Matt Ritchie on July 1st, once he knew that Andros Townsend wanted to leave Newcastle for Crystal Palace.

Matt has been great for us so far this season,  not only on the field of play – but he’s a great lad too with a terrific attitude.

And that has not gone unnoticed by Scottish officials either,  with Matt playing well in Malta yesterday in Scotland’s very good 5-1 win in their first World Cup qualifier.

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Matt Ritchie in action last night in Malta

Manager Gordon Strachan has already said he thought Matt was brilliant in the game last night.

But now it’s his assistant manager Mark McGhee who has been praising the Scottish International, who was born on the English south coast in Gosport.

This is what Mark has said on the Sky Sports Jim White show:

“He’s been terrific,”

“I’ve said it before, he’s one of these boys who is meticulous in the way he prepares.”

“He’s one of these boys, you know – he’s got muscles in his eyebrows. Everything about him is athletic.”

“He’s brilliant as a character as well – and loves coming and playing for Scotland.”

You know we’d even hazard a guess that Matt had a really good game last night – and he is most likely already seeing the benefits of Rafa Benitez’ coaching.

With his great attitude, his obsession to improve his game and his obvious natural ability and athleticism – Matt Ritchie could become some player for Newcastle and for Scotland in the years ahead.

Hope so.

Comments welcome.


53 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 5, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #41

    Enter Clark.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Sep 5, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #42

    Quiet on here tonight. Does anyone think we should have a winter break in England? Personally Inthink it would be a bad idea.. If the mega clubs want one it will be only to preserve their self interests. Let’s face it it’s not as though we have horrendous winters.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 5, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #43

    All those internationals and he hasn’t scored. One week with Rafa….. Mitro will be watching that and aiming to play a blinder if he gets on against Derby.

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  • manxpie

    Sep 5, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #44

    murphy 1-0 mitro

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  • Our Toon

    Sep 5, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #45

    Good evening for us, mitro gets some much needed minutes, looks well off the pace so minutes today did him good. Murphy got his first goal for Ireland, simple header, not much movement and horrible marking but he’s done his job.

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  • Our Toon

    Sep 5, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #46

    Novo

    Winter break will only lead to the prem clubs taking players around the world and competing in friendlies for economic reasons, like most of Europe does now. No winter break, it’s a myth!!

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  • Our Toon

    Sep 5, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #47

    Murphy long way off mitro’s international record for goals

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  • Novocastrian66

    Sep 5, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #48

    Our Toon: Agree and what about the rest of the country outside of the Premier League. How would they fit their fixtures in? Premier league squads have enough players to manage the rigours of a 38 game season now more than ever. There was more justification for it when I was young. The first division was a 42 game season and pitches were like ploughed fields and quite frankly the winters were colder than they are now. But now I just don’t get it. I also don’t buy the bullshit that it would benefit the national side.

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  • manxpie

    Sep 5, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #49

    it was in jest ourtoon as it was built up as the 2 against each other

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 5, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #50

    Mitro is a long way off Murphys Championship goals so a bit of competitive rivalry about to begin.

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  • manxpie

    Sep 5, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #51

    murphy is definately faster than mitro tho would’ve liked seeing him start

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 5, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #52

    Awesome night tonight, God scores two goals for Wales and Murphy scores for Ireland, best way to silence the moaners who say he’s not good is enough is to put the ball in the back of the net, well done Murphy, competition between him and Mitrovic is going to be Interesting.

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  • manxpie

    Sep 5, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #53

    thank god no injuries for once for us in the internationals thinking just of the top of me head we’ve lost 3 years for 3 players from them nearly 2 in the last year! i was dreading ritchie getting crocked,

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