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New Signing – There Are No Problems – Stick Together – STAY CALM AND SUPPORT RAFA

Ki Sung-yueng is an experienced player having played over 100 times for Soth Korea and he is the current captain of his country.

Newcastle are going through some harsh times at the moment having lost three of our first four games.

And the next two are against Manchester City away on Saturday and then two weeks later we have Arsenal at home.

These two matches are difficult ones and we could lose both of them.

But – if we forget about the League Cup last night – we have lost only to Tottenham and Chelsea and we drew away at Cardiff.

And getting four top six teams in our first five league games would be tough for any team outside the top six.

Rafa in particular and Newcastle, in general, are getting panned at the moment – we are down at the moment and we suppose it’s an opportunity for pundits to put the boot in – sorry to sound so violent.

But it would not be the first time that pundits had tried to make a difficult situation at Newcastle even worse.

Ki in action last night at the City Ground

Fans have to stick together and support Rafa – stay calm and support Rafa – would be a good war-cry (?) for Newcastle fans.

Ki has been interviewed in the Chronicle today and he comes over as what he is – a calm and very experienced footballer:

“Last season this team was together with their discipline and they were working so hard to stay in the Premier League.”

“That’s why we finished in 10th position. Everyone was so desperate to stay in the Premier League.”

“There is no problem with anybody in the squad and the atmosphere is very good.”

“Maybe because we have lost some games outside of the camp people are trying to say something blah blah blah.”

“But these are difficult fixtures.” “We played Spurs and Chelsea and Man City next.”

“Of course we could have got something from Cardiff and maybe we could win but we still didn’t lose that one.”

“It’s a difficult time but we don’t need to have our heads down. It can happen.”

“It was disappointing (at Forest last night) and like Chelsea, as we lost the game in the final moments.”

“We had the same problems at Forest as we did on Sunday.”

“We’re very disappointed especially after we could have drawn the game after 90 minutes after scoring in the last minute.”

“We have to learn from this game and the last one against Chelsea.” 

“We have to focus on the last minutes of games so that we can get points.”

“Forest has already gone so we have to focus on Man City now.”

“It’s always great to have fans behind us and supporting us like at Forest.” “It was on a Wednesday night and a lot of them traveled to support us.

“We feel sorry because we couldn’t get the result for them.” “It’s always disappointing for the fans and I feel sorry for them.

“But we have to look forward to the next game now.”

“We have just started the season so we don’t need to panic or have too much disappointment because or fixture list has been quite difficult against tough sides.”

“Hopefully we can get something from the next game.” “If we can’t we have to focus on the next game.”

Captain-like and mature comments there from Ki there – and of course he’s absolutely right.

We have a very very tough start in the Premier League this season and yes – last night didn’t help things.

But Newcastle’s big strength are the fans – plus our world-class manager Rafa Benitez.

If we can stick together through these difficult times we will be much better off when we begin to play the weaker sides in the league.

We still think we’ll do better this season than last.

But if nothing else let’s all


That’s exactly what the players are doing.

Comments welcome.

163 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Aug 30, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s not wrong. “Blah blah blah”.

    Far too early to be in crisis mode. It’s almost as if some of you lot have just started following the toon 🙂

    IMO, not a great summer by any standards. Far too early to tell what Rafa and the team can produce though. It was similar last season.

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 30, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Another thing that annoys me about the fat twat is his lack of investment on the stadium (let’s leave Benton out of this for the time being), as we all know, when you own a house and a tile cracks or breaks on the roof, you fix it, cos if you leave it, it will only get worse.

    The fat twat doesn’t do that, he refuses to pay a bean for the upkeep of SJP.

    Now, imagine being sat at the top of the Leazes end, it’s what, 5 stories high? More? He’s taking no interest in basic maintenance just leaving it there every year, through heat and ice. Now, would I be happy about going to that height and leaping around cos we scored?

    It’s worse than disgusting what that fat twat has done to our club, leaving aside the team, he’s cut and cut and cut everything to the bone, and even less so.

    Hideous despicable animal, I truly hope he gets his comeuppance either in this life or the next.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 30, 2018 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #3

    I tend to agree with Belfast on Ashleys reasoning. He’s holding back a large slice of dough in case of relegation. If Rafa manages to keep us up he gets to keep all of said dough and the new lot of PL money can be given to the new manager. If Rafa doesn’t manage it he gets the satisfaction of seeing a section of fans turn on Rafa and seeing the golden fail with the dough held back to pay for the Championship. He’ll assume that we’ve a decent Championship side and some incumbent will be tasked with starting again to go through the whole rigmarole again.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 30, 2018 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #4

    *Golden boy fail

  • Just a fan

    Aug 30, 2018 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #5

    First it’s the squad then the training ground now it’s the stadium.what is the next bandwagon we are going to jump on.

  • hibbit

    Aug 30, 2018 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Just a fan of who ??????????

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 30, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #7

    I must have been watching a different game last night cos I don’t recall seeing a team that was “total sh!t” playing as NUFC.

    Yes we made a couple of bad defensive errors, yes we didn’t get into their box a often as we should have but for the rest of the game we more than matched them.

    What I did see was the players getting very frustrated at the ref as he constantly gave fouls against our lads which as often as not weren’t fouls at all, often stifling our play.

    On another day with a different ref (although we never seem to get one that give us owt, OK we did actually get a pen off one) we might as easily have won that game 3-1.
    I thought the players were trying and if Atsu and Kenedy were to have just a modest improvement with their dribbling skill they’d be opening up the opposition and creating the chances for Joselu or Rondon a lot more than they do at present.

    Sorry but I disagree with most of the negative criticism being heaped on them, they are nowhere near as bad as many are making them out to be.

    And that’s my 2 pennorth post match contribution

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 30, 2018 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #8


    yes, but that was tongue and cheek. but you know the blog, only some can have a sense of humour on here.

    i know you don’t, but i disagree with your assumption that’s as simple as those 2 things, it’s like we cannot have both under your assessment. I don’t agree with your assessment, i don’t see what Rafa has brought to the a lot of other things with him.
    do the fans any more involvement than they did under pardew? no,
    if anything it’s worse with Rafa than with P45. simply because Rafa has a track record at other clubs, and people defend that for him, and no one can have a bad thought about him never mind a word.

    please forgive me for being very cynical, but i think he uses the fans to further his own gains, which i think is very dangerous. But as it has been pointed out to me today, Rafa asked for the job, it’s not like we chased him, he was out of work, and we had a vacancy. he gets 6 million a year, and for that amount I as a fan i expect to be entertained a bit, i don’t see any difference between him and pardew, in fact i’m sure p45 left his excuse book at the club, and Rafa is using every one of them at the mo.

    his treatment of players is not good, it’s like the players are just numbers on a page, he is throwing the players under the bus, but thanks them for there efforts.

    I don’t like any manager or any player coming out and saying the ref spoiled it, when they have spoiled it just as much.

    last night, the ref didn’t give a blatant pen, everyone seen it, but what about the 90 mins before that and not having a shot on target, who takes responsibility for that? if player and managers are going to complain or make remarks, let them be the first one to get up and say no pen, or no free kick, they do it in the name of winning.

    from pre season to now Rafa has had a dark cloud over us, nothing has gone right, and he is being so stubborn it’s not funny.

    i agree on his market mind, stack high sell cheap, it works for his other businesses, it’s not for real people though. it’s called human trafficking

  • posada

    Aug 30, 2018 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #9

    The Cardiff game was dreadful. That last night was nearly as bad.
    Think of April when we beat Leicester 2-1 away. Contested every ball, tackles flying in one after the other. Put them under pressure.
    None of our players are playing well. Kenedy in those two games was a joke. Touch like an elephant.
    Why ?
    We’ve lost Slimani and replaced him – Rondon. At least Rondon plays.
    Gayle gone Muto in – managers choice.
    Mbemba out – replacement no better in my view.

    As ever all blame is deflected to the owner.
    The Manager has to take responsibility for Cardiff and last night.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #10

    It will be very interesting to see this dark cloud lift when Rafa leaves catchy.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #11

    What do you want done about it, what does Charlie want done.
    You want everyone else to agree that it’s Rafa’s fault. Once 52K start agreeing with you Ashley has won and back down we go.

  • hibbit

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #12

    i think the new signing need to be given more than 2/3 game before fans on here right the off as shit

  • sing in the corner

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Rafa hasn’t thrown anybody under the bus.
    I think the players understand that backing the manager (investing in the team) when the squad is desperately needs some quality in certain areas improves everybody’s situation. Helps improve the level of performance / development of individuals already there. They are big boys and with Rafa it’s all about the group,not big time charlies.

  • toon22

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #14

    To be fair
    We spent 90 million on HOF
    MA made a mug of the whole club and its supporters
    But lets complain about the players we bought and borrowed with what was left afterwards and blame the manager

  • sing in the corner

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Hibbit @12
    You are dead right there. Patience is a rarity now. Rafa wanted the club to get their transfer window shit together early ,get players bedded in,,but the club knows better!

  • toon22

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #16

    Or maybe s9me shill could start an argument about politics
    Or maybe claim were being sold for the 20th time this year
    Simple fact since MA bought this club we have gone down the shitta and MA got ritcher

    But lets blame the manager…again

  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #17

    “The dark cloud will lift when Rafa leaves” ???? Madness pure and simple. It’s as if Rafa didn’t take us up out of the Champo on the first go and forge a very competitive team last season. Some of you should hang your heads in shame. You call yourselves supporters? Pathetic.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #18

    There’s only so much a manager can do.
    Rafas guilty of having too much faith in certain players, they haven’t performed.

    It’s not like we have the depth to just drop or rotate at will especially with the injuries we’ve had plus suspension.

    Both wingers were awful last night and that’s what made it such a poor performance, the midfield and defence had no outlet the fowards got no service and it was dire at times.

    I would have changed Kennedy and Atsu after 20mins yet I understand why Rafa didn’t, with the injuries we have and Citeh coming up I wouldn’t want Young Murphy Ritchie Rondon or Diame injured.

    I’m glad we didn’t attack more in the end, those players have barley been together a month.
    That’s what happens when you pi55 about in the market, Rafa is trying to cobble a side together with players who barley know each other who are all at different levels of fitness. Some have never played in the league or country..

    The levels of insight or in-depth thought as to why the players aren’t clicking yet from some posters is astounding, not.

    Panic, not yet, panic when Rafa goes.

    You all talk a good game, Rafa got us 10th, no other manager would have got us higher.
    I trust him to keep us up despite of Ashley.

  • toon22

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Remember it suits MA the fans turning on Rafa
    He gets the blame for us not spending our budget on footballers

    Every penny he said…utter bollocks it proved …again

  • hibbit

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #20


    why do you continue watch and comment on nufc if it pi$$es you off so much ?????

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #21


    Jail was being sarcastic with his dark cloud comment!

  • posada

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #22

    Rafa falls out with a lot of players or writes them off.

    Colback. Was an ok squad player. Does what it says on the tin. Plays CM and gets stuck in.

    Mbemba. Had to go. You can’t tell me he would not have been better than manquilla at RB. At least he was strong and quick.

    Mitro. But for the Fulham manager and the world cup, and the player himself it has to be said, we would have got scrap value for him at 8M.

    Gayle. Popular lad who scored 20 odd goals in our championship winning team. Had to go.

    Ritchie. If press reports are to be believed was on his way out to raise funds for a replacement.

    I’m not gonna defend MA as I dislike him as much as the next person. However, if you are a club owner certain aspects of Rafa would have you pulling your hair out.
    When you have paid 5-12M for and player and they are on a long term contract you don’t want your manager saying sorry can’t do anything with them.

    SBR a real genius. Pulled a team of misfits together very quickly. When the time was right off loaded the none tryers and the less able.
    Pistone 3M to Everton.

  • toon22

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #23

    I keep comenting here as i read things that are wrong or are blatant shills
    Im not going to be told what to thonk from either

    Since MA bought us were a shadow of our former selves
    MA is richer

    But its Rafa,the player,hes selling or anything other than a shitty owners fault

  • posada

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #24

    Yeh Rafa got us tenth.
    He then spent the summer saying those players that secured tenth were not good enough.
    Then he brought in several players who are on a par with them but not a lot better if at all.

    The attitude of players can turn bad very quickly.
    I think it has. The Cardiff game looked like the last days of SM.

  • toon22

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #25

    Was Rafa given funds he chose not to spend ?
    Are we saying he got every player he asked for ?
    Does Rafa like shopping in HOF

    Well never know lol

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #26

    Look what happened to those same players that finished fifth when it was obvious we weren’t allowed to compete.

  • toon22

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #27


  • Just a fan

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #28

    Need you ask?

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #29


    It’s far to early to Judge the players or the team.

    The players we got I think improved the squad but barely improved the team, one man’s to blame for that. If you need several players you can’t blow the budget on one.

    I doubt Rafa got one of his top targets more like several 4th or 5th on his lists. I’m not ready to throw him under the bus, could we have done better, yes, but we definatley could have done worse.

    I don’t think it’s attitude.

  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #30

    I didn’t catch that Essex. Sorry, if that’s the case Jail. It’s just so disappointing to listen to the so-called experts on here tell us all how to manage a club when all they are is WUMs. Rafa has been a successful manager for decades and has proven himself over and over again. He will right the ship this time as well. We have to get through the first 5 matches and accept we aren’t good enough to play top 6 sides right now. Cardiff was poor I agree. But after that we play teams we can compete against. If we had a decent owner we would have spent properly. I agree with those who say Ashley is already preparing for the next relegation and Rafa leaving us. That too is pathetic.

  • hibbit

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #31

    you honestly righting those new players off after 2/4 games ???

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #32

    Jail @26

    Spot on!

  • hibbit

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #33

    Just a fan
    with some of your post i do need to ask !!!

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #34

    SBR put a team of misfits together, he did and he was brilliant, but he also had the premier league all time record scorer to help him.

    Rafas got Shelvey as his best player

  • hibbit

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #35


    still no reply to my question i answered both of yours

    if Rafa and NUFC pi$$ you off as much as you say why do you continue watching them ???

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #36

    I bet Rafa wouldn’t mind a few of those misfits now

  • toon22

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Rafa has also an owner who refuses to back him and regularly sells without funding any replacement
    Im sure there arnt many managers who turn a profit from player transfers regularly

  • toon22

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #38

    Watching the champions league draw shows just how far we have gone in the last 11years


  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 30, 2018 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #39

    Magpie group meeting Wednesday September 5th 7pm labour club.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 30, 2018 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #40

    I wasn’t being sarky, it was in response to the child catcher from Norway who claimed Rafa has caused a black cloud over the club.

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