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Rafa Reduced To Mike Ashley’s Level Of Ambition

Rafa has had to explain why he must play a weakened side from those he plays in the Premier League and has reiterated to the fans that the Premier League has to be the priority this season.

The goal is to stay in the Premier League and finish as high in the table as we can.

That’s the same level of ambition from veery manager we have had since Mike Ashley bought the club eleven painful years ago.

But the way our new players played against Chelsea on Saturday – Fernandez, Schar, Ki, and Rondon –  makes us think they are good acquisitions for Newcastle and they fit right into the side.

They worked their socks off, and Fernandez in particular in central defense looked a terrific player.

Mike Ashley – Newcastle’s frugal owner

This is some of what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today:

“Yes, clearly. You have to manage your squad.”

“Depending on the transfer window, your squad is stronger or not.”

“You have to manage the team. You cannot forget that this one has a knock, this one has a problem or this one is tired, or this one will recover more quickly or this one needs more time.”

“First of all, because we have some injuries. Second of all, because we don’t want to play too many players in three days.”

“For example, Ritchie has a knock on his knee, so he cannot play – but some of these players, they were coming back from the World Cup and they were not fit.”

“They have to play, if not they will not be fit ever, because the match fitness is something you only get playing games.”

“These players have to play in these games in order to get that match fitness,”

“Some people say ‘at this stage of the season, you cannot be tired, you can play games, and maybe in April you can be rested.'”

“But the time it takes you to recover, you need at least three days. If you don’t have that time to recover, you lose something.”

“Even if you have the passion, even if you are fit, you lose a little bit. That is a scientific fact, it’s not just my opinion,”

Players coming back from the World Cup will play – Ki, Muto, and Schar.

But as we reported earlier today the team he could play is a strong one:

Sterry Schar Fernandez Dummett (c)
Ki Longstaff
Atsu Muto Kenedy

If Fernandez is to start the game at Manchester City on Saturday, maybe he will not start tonight and/ or get only 45 minutes.

But that team looks strong and includes five new players brought in over the summer – Schar, Fernandez, Ki, Muto, and Rondon.

And loan signing Kenedy is eligible for this game too. and he could be key tonight.

An excellent time to give them all some playing time.

We really hope we can win this game – we need a win – and it will lift the spirits of the fans.

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14 comments so far

  • Jib

    Aug 29, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Rafa Reduced To Mike Ashley’s Level Of Ambition

    A bit of an uncalled for snide dig

  • Jib

    Aug 29, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Shit has Catchy got to Ed ?

  • BenbulbenMag

    Aug 29, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s a fair and accurate observation by Ed. I don’t think it’s snide or uncalled for in the least.

  • Toon&oot

    Aug 29, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Not really jib. The fact is Ashley despite his previous claims of not being involved in the day to day running of the club, has a vice like grip on the finance of the club. A continuous lack of investment in no doubt has had a detrimental effect on the ambitions of the club. Look at the injuries we’ve sustained so far. Rafa can be ambitious as he likes but when he picks the team he has to deal with reality which was apparent on Sunday.

  • geordietom

    Aug 29, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Ashley’s low ambition as far as the toon are concerned … he’s nowt but a fulla mukka

  • geordietom

    Aug 29, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #6

    about Ashley and his shops … i’ve got 7 grandbairns i tell my kids NOT to buy owt from his shops for the bairns … which they dont … my little protest against the greedy git …

  • lesh

    Aug 29, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #7

    Off thread but the Mabot’s off to Africa and will meet and talk with victims of modern slavery. She could’ve gone to SD at Shirebrook and saved the air fare!

  • mactoon

    Aug 29, 2018 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #8

    “Rafa Reduced To Mike Ashley’s Level Of Ambition”

    I would say this title is a little misleading. Rafa has not lowered his ambitions for the club, they remain the same, he is simply unable to field the team he wants because he hasn’t got the strength in depth of squad due to not being given the backing he wanted.

    Benitez says he would have played a stronger side for Wednesday’s game at the City Ground ‘if owner Mike Ashley had backed him during the transfer window’.

    That doesn’t show a lack of ambition, simply a lack of choice of players.

  • lesh

    Aug 29, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Oh dear, another correction…..

    Mabot’s = Maybot’s

  • Jib

    Aug 29, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #10

    I’m fairly sure slaves get no wages.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 29, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #11

    Over the years I’ve read some shit some excellent and some hilarious posts..

    Yesterday someone comparing the rumble in the jungle to Rocky 4 was genius, topped the lot.

    Give it up lads you can’t compete with a mind like that.

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 29, 2018 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #12

    Just on the Lascelles / Ritchie spat, I’m sure it’s nothing. You don’t get to be a professional footballer without a severely competitive personality which is bound to bubble over occasionally.

    They’re two grown ups with two things in common – loyalty to Rafa and a desire to play competitive football. They’ll get over it.

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 29, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #13

    The article title does not refer to Rafas own ambitions for the club, but has been restricted to operating within those of the owner. If the every last penny statement is actually being adhered to, it is true in the sense of operating cash. But only from transfers in and out, the other money the club generstes from the PL and commercial deals is used to operate the club ie. wages. Rafa wishes to see more of this operating profit utilised into the infrastructure, in order to promote the club to potentially more lucrative players. Something he has great experience in doing but is being shackled by a laborious decision making structure.

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 29, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #14

    It’s not about Rafa’s ambition! It’s about juggling the squad got the good of the club!
    Regarding Rafa’s future ambitions I’m praying he’s waiting for Ashley to sell up. That is surely the reason for the zero spend in the summer. Surely!??


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