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Rafa Realistic But Upbeat About Season – Indications He Could Be Staying Long Term


Rafa Benitez answered every question put to him at his press conference, and he’s one that doesn’t shirk his responsibilities.

He pointed out that two Chelsea players brought in during the last couple of transfer windows cost as much as Newcastle have spent in the previous six windows.

One way to think about it is that both teams brought in a new first-team goalkeeper in the summer.

Kepa (Arrizabalaga) from Athletic Bilbao cost the Blues £72M, and Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague cost us £4M.

Watching the game on Saturday you couldn’t tell which one cost £72M and which cost £4M, but to be fair Kepa had very little to do.

We firmly believe that Dubravka will soon turn out to be one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.

Rafa Benitez – the Pied Piper of Newcastle

Rafa said Newcastle cannot build a top team quickly because we don’t have the money.

But let’s take a step back.

The defenders we now have are better than last season – especially when Lejeune returns to the team.

We have brought in Fabian Schar, and Federico Fernandez and both played really well on Saturday – especially Fernandez who had a great game.

If he keeps playing like that Fernandez will be back in the Argentine squad.

The defense looks better than it was last season and now we have more experienced players at the back we could get quite a few clean sheets this season.

Rafa is very pleased with the defense but admitted we need to be better up front.

We brought in Rondon and Muto last summer, and we have yet to see them fully integrated into the team.

Kenedy also adds more than we had this time last year.

And we also brought in free agent Ki Sung-yueng, who was an excellent player at Swansea.

So if we can get a full-back, a number 10 and another striker brought in during the January window we will have a much better side.

Thinking only about the time Rafa has been at Newcastle – about two and a half years – these are the players he brought into Newcastle:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Clark, Schar, Fernandez, Sung-yueng, Diame, Hayden, Ritchie, Lejeune, Rondon, Muto, Murphy, and Kenedy.

Rondon and Kenedy are on loan for this season.

Also players he inherited like Jamaal Lascelles and Paul Dummett are much better players today.

We suspect we have a better team than we had just a year ago, and with Rafa’s contacts and his standing in the game, we could have a top team sooner than we think.

We hope we can have a top team sooner than we think.

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But it will take longer than Rafa wanted – because of Ashley’s thriftiness and love of money – so much so that the owner doesn’t like to spend it.

We have an inkling Rafa may even be resigned to staying at Newcastle long term because in a year or two we will have a much better team.

And Rafa knows he will always have the 100% support of the Newcastle fans – and that’s worth a few points each season.

So rather than be disappointed at Rafa’s comments in his press conference today we think he’s thinking about staying long-term at the club.

That would be terrific.

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183 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 28, 2018 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #1

    catchy in norway

    Aug 28, 2018 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #8
    NO , like i have said,, i fully understand what you are all trying to say, you could have used rocky 4, it was the same thing..

    Why does it have to be if someone does not like something, he has a problem? why if someone see’s something different, he has the problem, pardon the pun, its not black and white, some guys like blonds some like red heads,Track runners, 5000/10000 meters, some save energy and go for a sprint finish and some kick for home 3 laps out.

    Its the same guys who said why get rid of pardew, we will only end up with Moyes or Pulis, and im meant to be the negative one
    ?

    why you use the same arguments as if its only about 1 game, its like your so stupid to read what people say, you read bits and make a whole different argument based on your new narrative. only to pat yourself on the back and make yourself and your buddies from your echo chamber feel good?

    IFRAFAGOESWEGO. whats that all about, dont you think you should walk before he goes, shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted seems a bit silly to me.. but alas, i think these things are lost on most of you, your all to busy having the same arguments and thoughts as you did 2y4y6y8years ago. Einstein said the definition of madness is doing the same thing but expecting a different result.. I rest my case

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  • Online Guy

    Aug 28, 2018 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #2

    A Pain in the blog

    Very good post re Ali ..tactics .

    John Gibson could not have presented it better , John ?

    5*

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  • A Pain in the Blog

    Aug 28, 2018 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Catchy

    “you could have used rocky 4, it was the same thing..”

    The ultimate in incomprehension.

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 28, 2018 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #4

    catchy in norway
    Comment #9
    robleenio

    do you think Lascelles is intelligent. i think he is Steven taylor type of player, a nugget.

    i think he proved it last year, when he thought he was so clever to say his thoughts on Zonal marking after scoring 2 goals, those dried up,, why the hell would he tell people?

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  • Black and white armpit

    Aug 28, 2018 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #5

    A pain in the blog, great piece of writing, sadly however I think it will be lost on scratchy.

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  • Rob1971

    Aug 28, 2018 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Catchy it’s because you come on here and slate Rafa continuously even after a defeat in which you said you could understand him using negative tactics, yet you come on here and then proceeded to slate him for using negative tactics, your praise of him after any victories is very scant and always with a negative in it, you mainly post on here to criticise him.

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  • Rob1971

    Aug 28, 2018 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Catchy you could ask why do you always call fans who back Rafa clueless and sheep? if they don’t agree with your opinion you call them that?

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  • Jib

    Aug 28, 2018 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #8

    The Rocky 4 comment shows it went whoosh over scratchit’s heid.
    but I’ve said it before
    you are feeding his rather worrying craving for attention.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 28, 2018 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #9

    catchy,
    There was a whole movement of people who wanted Pardew sacked regardless of which second rate clown replaced him, and boy did we get a couple of second rate clowns.

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  • Rob1971

    Aug 28, 2018 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Rafa in your reason you are having dig at fans for backing Rafa, yet this morning you said Rafa was a quality manager who is too good for the club, so you want him to leave so we can get an inferior manager to improve things?

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  • Rob1971

    Aug 28, 2018 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Exactly Jail, is Catchy forgetting Carver followed Pardew, then Mclaren followed that, we may as well conveniently forget about Kinnear fiasco

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 28, 2018 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Pain

    what ever, it still dosent explain cardiff?

    if you think wasting 70 mins of match time is a good tactic, why do you watch football, why not watch Chess?

    a football match is 90+ mins, and while some teams on paper may be better, how do you know there not going to have an off day? you will never know if you dont try.

    I watched Wolves the other day, they had 28% of the ball, but that 28% they went for it, the reward was a point, because City had an off day, Chelsea are no where near City, we had 18% and did nothing with it until 75 mins.

    Cardiff, are terrible, and we looked just as bad, but the week before, when we woke up vs spurs, after we went a goal behind, we looked really good.

    is it bad tactics or bad players ?

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  • Rob1971

    Aug 28, 2018 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Wolves have one of the best scouts in the world working for them and spent way beyond what we have spent, they also didn’t have 3 first teamers missing from the squad, scored with a hand ball goal and drew, we were 3 minutes from getting the same result but ultimately lost to a penalty that never was and an own goal

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  • Rob1971

    Aug 28, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #14

    All these commentators slating Rafa, why didn’t they slate huddersfield, who have spent way more than us since they came up, got humped 3:0 at home by Chelsea with worse stats than us?

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 28, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #15

    rob

    so im supposed to just take crap but not dish it out?

    if someone treats me with respect, i will respect them back, am i supposed to just name the ones who slate me? that would be a pretty long list id have to type first before i get to any post.

    Hibbit asked me a few questions the other day, i responded in the correct manor, but insulting me with long winded Ali fghts to make a strange point about a single game was idiotic, he really thinks its about 1 game,, and whats worse is that pats on the back, its like im in the twilight zone where rules dont apply to anyone, only those who dont like boring football..

    i think we can finish 8th with this squad,, you guys think we can finish 17th and scrape through,, but only if Rafa is there.

    i shake my head in disbelief

    Jail give your head a shake man,, its like ground hog day, people are waking up to Rafa the way people woke up to pardew
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWLQm_F_3EU

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 28, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Rob¨¨you just made my point..

    chelsea had help,, yet we scored a great goal. a well worked goal,, i want to see more of that.

    Rafas scouts are not good

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 28, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #17

    catchy,
    Cardiff was a bad day at the office where the players didn’t turn up. It happened against Watford last year and Fulham the season before that. The same tactics were employed that got us first and then tenth, the same guy who had us unbeaten in six after he managed to sort out the mess his predecessors had left behind.
    It’s staggering to think that you honestly believe that an inferior manager will come in and get these, in your words average PL players playing good football.

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  • Rob1971

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Catchy Rafa doesn’t have the money the wolves manager had, he is working to a miniscule budget compared to them, I can’t understand your logic, you said this morning Rafa is a quality manager too good for the club with the way its working budget wise, so do you want him gone for an inferior manager? how is that going to help the club, why don’t the club do the best with the best manager they can get and back him with all the funds they have?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #19

    No catchy, you and your frothing rabid crew of loons on the good ship Donald think everyone is waking up to him. He had a 93% approval rating last time anyone checked.

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #20

    jail

    its amazing how you read into things,, you name 3 games, yet he is defensive against everyone,

    it surprises me, you defend poor football,,, why like football if you dont like to win.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #21

    catchy,
    I mentioned foot all about being defensive, I mentioned three games about the players simply not turning up.

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #22

    rob

    I think Rafa is a very intelligent man,, and yes he shows it often when he sets the team up to lose, that he does not trust his squad, are you saying that the players are so stupid not to see that. are you saying they dont watch sky or bt and listen to the pundits, fellow pros having a go at the manager for being negative, do you think footballers in general want to play defensive football? If your in a top top team, being a bit more cautious might apply, KK could have been,but IMO if you have no chance of winning the title,, you can afford to play more on the front foot as p45 used to say

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Jail

    you mentioned 3 games, I can accept poor games, i cannot accept poor line ups, he could have played Mitro a lot last year before Jan,, but Joselu got the nod instead,, even when Joselu didnt want to be out there.. he benched Shelvey a lot too, apparently for the good of the team..

    the only top manager who handicaps himself.. fan tas tic

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  • Jib

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #24

    Injured list for Forest
    *Lascelles
    *Shelvey
    *Manquillo
    *Ritchie

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #25

    in your words, JAIL,, the players cost us 3 games, so then rafa cost us the rest

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #26

    Why should We wordy at the moment with a bit of luck could easily be unbeaten
    Spuds – matched matched them hit woodwotk twice they were lucky to have 11 left on pitch
    Might of got something if we had a go as the spuds were knackered last twenty minutes
    Cardiff – shite game we were poor forgot how to play football yet nearly got something out of the game. Me I would of hooked Kenedy half time as nowt was working for him
    Chelsea – would of played the same system I actually enjoyed the game – was like chess and for all their ball possessoon we nullified them until a dodgy penalty decision.
    Be interesting what team is picked for City as no one really had a bad game
    Maybe Kenedy for Ki and Lascalles for Clark
    Let’s annoy the pundits with our set up as I think all the criticism will pull the players together as team

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  • Jib

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #27

    Apparently the Yedlin “elbow” on Giroud
    was looked at by the disciplinary panel
    No case to answer – phew !

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  • Rob1971

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #28

    Your not answering the question Catchy, this morning you said Rafa is a quality manager, too good for NUFC the way it is being run so are you saying he needs to leave to get an inferior coach in? this is simply all down to you hatred of Rafa and how you want to watch the team, you were nowhere near slating Mclaren as much and he was far worse for the club, you were never on here after every defeat slaughtering his style of football

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #29

    If there was any words between Rafa and Lascelles, i would predict it was pribably more to do with the defender continuing to play with an ongoing injury. Any player wants to test themselves against the best but Rafa would be more cautious and want to use the squad.

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  • c-dog

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #30

    2 first choice full backs desperately needed. Yedlin and Dummet decent back ups but nothing more. Need a winger and center forward permanent. And a better DM. Talking 60 or 70 million.

    It’s money the club has so not unrealistic to ask for it to be invested in the squad. Only a fool believes Ashley isn’t making stacks of money at our clubs expense.

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Catchy “are you saying they dont watch sky or bt and listen to the pundits, fellow pros having a go at the manager for being negative” – they probably do, but I imagine they give less of a stuff about what Andy Gray and Richard Keys say than they do about the key philosophies of Che Guevara.

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #32

    Jib, I thought that incident may be examined, mainly as it led to our goal. Nothing in it, he lifted his arm to gain purchase as he turned, Giroud ran into it and I’m pleased the FA have seen it the same way.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #33

    c-dog
    70m at the very least

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  • c-dog

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #34

    Sitting in the bank hibbit, while Ashley makes 0.1%, completely agree

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #35

    Rob

    if only it was just Gray and kkeys

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Jail

    If Cardiffs match was an off day, what was spurs and Chelseas match then.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #37

    Its all ifs and buts but at the end of the day we havent won a match yet.

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  • kimbo

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #38

    On Sunday it was obvious we would concede a goal.I would like to make a point about goal difference and being frightened to lose heavily well 34 points and +1 is not better then 35 points and -100 goal difference, so attack attack attack. Least we will be entertained and if it is all about goal difference we are accepting we are going to lose.

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  • Rob1971

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #39

    Yeah catchy it’s allerdyce, sounness & Bellamy too, they are totally unbiased aren’t they, and also lambert who’s villa team got humped 8:0 by rafa while he was at Chelsea

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  • Rob1971

    Aug 28, 2018 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #40

    Welsh we gave spurs more of a game than man utd did, we didn’t deserve to lose that

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