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Player Reveals The Manager Has Always Had Belief In Us

Ciaran Clark came back into the side last Monday and had a solid game after he was given the captaincy by Rafa Benitez in the absence of Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey, and Paul Dummett.

Ciaran has been talking about the preparation for the game, and he has given an insight into how Rafa handles the players.

In particular, how Rafa’s man-management when we were going through that awful spell during the first ten games; that’s when we picked up only 3 points with three 0-0 draws away from home.

Rafa Benitez – gesticulating on the touchline

This is what Ciaran has said as reported in the Chronicle:

“The manager has always had the belief in us,” “We go back to the training ground after every game, we work on what we’re going to do, and he’s always right behind us.”

“It’s starting to turn around – we’re starting to get our luck in games, whereas maybe we didn’t earlier in the season – and he said it would.”

“It’s nice to be getting points now, and it shows how tight the league is. Three wins, and suddenly we’re 13th and out of the relegation zone.”

“We’re definitely looking forward now, we’re concentrating on West Ham and hoping we can pick up even more points.”

“The system worked well, and now it’s about getting focused and prepared for West Ham on Saturday, which will be a very different game,”

“We’re obviously desperate now to keep this going, and the three wins have been brilliant, but we want to keep this going and pick up even more points.”

“We’re full of confidence now – the performances are showing that. We have to keep this momentum going.”

Even though Rafa will say that Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey are fit again in tomorrow’s press conference, we don’t expect either player to start the game on Saturday.

We expect an unchanged side with Rafa relying again on the team that did so well last Monday night in getting our first away win of the season – 2-1 at Burnley.

We must have a decent chance of beating West Ham United on Saturday to make it four wins in a row, but we also know it will not be easy.

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Note: Three Newcastle fans are launching an unofficial children’s book – ABC with NUFC – this Friday.
The book is an A-Z of the great and the good of Newcastle United. They’re also launching a competition to win one of five copies of the book.
All you have to do is guess which trumpet playing former midfielder takes the letter Nn?
Here’s where you can try to win a book.

229 comments so far

  • Toonces

    Nov 29, 2018 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Re: almiron

    I think the most expensive MLS transfer ever is Alphonso Davies to Bayern earlier this year for a deal starting ~13M EUR that could eventually be worth 20M. So I can’t see Almiron coming to us for more than that. I would think 15M max and since we are talking Ashley probably no more than 10M will be offered.

  • hibbit

    Nov 29, 2018 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #2

    lets hope your optimism right and one morning we wake up and Ashley’s gone.
    till then stories like this are PR bullshit designed to calm the fans in the wake of more bad publicity for Ashley 😎

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 29, 2018 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #3

    hibbit, that’s probably a sensible way to consider things – everything is bull$hit until it’s not. We’re still gonna speculate, though.

    We all know it’s probably rubbish, but it’s more fun to have a natter and a gossip over it.

    What do you think of Almiron as a player? How about the potential of being owned by this guy from the Atlanta Falcons? Do you think they are linked?

    Is it possible that the guy wants to use us to expose his young players from Atlanta to the Prem and thereby drive up their price when he actually sells them? Is there a limit on numbers of players loaned from one single club outside of the Premier League?

  • geordietom

    Nov 29, 2018 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #4


    we dont know that it is PR bullcrap mate we can all surmise …

    ASHLEY makes his own bad publicity mate he good at being a arse

    yeah i’am optimistic why because i recon it wont be long before he’s gone

  • hibbit

    Nov 29, 2018 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #5

    totally agree and that is the purpose of the blog 😀

    but really Ashley paying £25m if nothing else makes this a PR stunt ❓

  • hibbit

    Nov 29, 2018 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #6


    not having a go mate would like nothing better then him gone but some of these stories are just to far fetched
    i ask you after eleven years Ashley paying £25m is pure PR and the timing is no coincidence

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 29, 2018 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #7

    have to say, I’m loving your OTT use of the emojis – just so you know it’s been noticed

    The way I see it, we have to blow our trasnfer record at some point, it’s unrealistic to think we won’t, but it will have to be on the right player at the right time.

    This player fits Ashley’s criteria – young, potential to blow up and make millions on sell on value. He also needs (?) to make a big gesture to keep Rafa at the club. This could be it.

    I dunno, as you say it could be boll0cks, but for Steve Nickson to not say ‘actually, I’m still in England’ means he would have to be complicit in any deception / PR stunt, that means Rafa would also have to be complicit.

    On the flip side, I’ve never known NUFC to do their business in public since Ashley’s been at the club, which suggests PR stunt.

  • hibbit

    Nov 29, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #8

    RobLeenio thanks

    only found out how to do them at the beginning of the week so just getting a bit of practice but will tone it done LOL

  • hibbit

    Nov 29, 2018 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #9


    The Chronicle are reporting today that Steve Nickson, Head of Recruitment, is traveling to the US next week to start discussions with Atlanta United and his agent over his potential transfer to Newcastle in January.

  • geordietom

    Nov 29, 2018 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #10


    i understand where your coming from mate … but if spending £ 25 million is a stunt let him spend his cash ( wor clubs money )

    also about the timing i think theres something in the offing m8 i really do …

    yea 11 years of his bull penny pinching no respect for us none for wor club … the blokes got no respect for him self …

    after all we are all toon fans we have had enough of his crap lies spewing up putting two fingers up to NEWCASTLE FANS
    and i dont mean just what he did in the back of his car HE’S BEING DOING IT FOR 11 YEARS

  • beermonkey

    Nov 29, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #11

    would a player like almiron come here with the manger going in 6mnths i would think his agent would want to make sure rafa will be here next season
    i know he has been linked with spurs and arsenal but will prob walk into our team he will be a bench players at sprs and arsenal

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 29, 2018 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Almiron alone won’t be enough but would be a start I don’t think he will cost 25 million either maybe if you include all his wages over his contract then he might…..

    We could really do with signing Rondon or Kennedy on a permanent as well to free up a loan space then we could go for someone like Origi on loan for striker competition

    A left back is essential not sure who we will get but we need someone who is fit and doesn’t get injured much !

    Kagawa is apparently being made available would be an interesting option for no 10

    Brahimi could be available because of his contract situation he would provide us pace and quality out wide

    Lots of decent options are available we should easily have enough budget for a 40 / 50 million spend which would take us up to the next level

    Probably unlikely under Ashley but it is needed

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 29, 2018 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #13

    I liked Rafas change of formation on Monday, it could be canny with this against top 6

    Yedlin Schar Lascellss Fernandez Ritchie
    Ki Diame Shelvey
    Rondon Kenedy

    Worth a bash. Could try Murphy instead of Richie

  • jazzyp

    Nov 29, 2018 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Almiron stinks of Plea again chaps,Don’t get dragged down by it.Expect nothing under Ashley and ya won’t be disappointed

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 29, 2018 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #15

    We really need Atsu and Murphy to somehow step up both of them have pace and skills but look lost on the pitch when they come on?

    Could just be that they need a run in the team but they need to shape up

    Remember Victor Moses was useless at Chelsea and then was converted a wing back in a 352 by Conte ?Could be they need something like that to sort them out

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 29, 2018 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #16


    If we had Almiron and Plea from the start of the season we would be very close Everton as the best of the rest In my opinion !!

    The defensive core and structure is great in our team we now need those players who can win tight games out of nothing and finish off chances when we are on top

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 29, 2018 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Don’t know if I’ve said it before, but we have some good young players in the U23s who would just as good or even better if they were playing in the MLS, just thought I’d raise that point.

    Having said that I’d love to see £25m splashed out on him even if he couldn’t hack, if only to see Rafa finally getting some backing.

  • jazzyp

    Nov 29, 2018 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Lee charnley

    Mate if we had half the players we have been linked to and an owner who matched Rafas ambitions,I do believe we would be a top 6 side all day long.
    The likes of Modric and Ali were in our grasp and we lost out to Negative boardroom antics.
    The Day we have a new owner is a day for any Nufc fan to embrace for a new beginning..A one where we can see a future and don’t just turn up to a match fearing the worse every game.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 29, 2018 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Oops’ correction, “couldn’t hack it”, buying him cos of his hacking ability wouldn’t be a good thing. 🙂

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2018 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Essex Geordie Bill
    No really !!!
    The young’uns what a delightfully novel thought
    Why have you not said this before ?

  • toon22

    Nov 29, 2018 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Is he going to cost more than 3 million ?

    Don’t expect to see him in a toon top

    It’s the time of year when they change over from the selling lie to the pretend bid for players we never sign

    Same as the last 11years is most likely

  • toon22

    Nov 29, 2018 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #22

    If we spent 60 million on a striker this January it would raise the average over the last 11 years to about 6 million a year

    Hiya KBA

  • hibbit

    Nov 29, 2018 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #23

    as you so rightly say till we get a new owner and turn the page nowt will change with Ashley in control its all just PR window dressing

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2018 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #24

    It’s looking like the postponed second leg
    of the Copa Libertadores final is going to
    be held in the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid !!!!!

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 29, 2018 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #25

    toon22, how about the ‘buying from the guy who is buying the club’ lie.

    I think that’s a pretty novel one.

    Or is it true?


  • RobLeenio

    Nov 29, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #26

    Need some lessons from hibbit on emojis….

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 29, 2018 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #27


    I think it’s probably because I’m so much in awe of the football geniuses that post on this blog that I hesitate to post my humble offerings as opposed to their highly knowledgeable comments.

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2018 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #28


  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #29

    If we spent 60 million on a striker this January it would raise the average over the last 11 years to about 6 million a year”

    Actually £8.45M

    Don’t worry snotface you ain’t the only blogger on
    here who is shite at maths

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 29, 2018 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #30


  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 29, 2018 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #31


    Yeah it’s actually scary to think how we would have done if we had just signed the first choice on the list

    Is there actually a club with less ambition than us since Ashley took over?All the top clubs seem to invest in every part of the club to improve and it results in increased revenues etc

  • c-dog

    Nov 29, 2018 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #32


    Where you at it, Seoul?

  • toon22

    Nov 29, 2018 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #33


    We have spent 63 million on 22 players in the last 11 years to play up front

    I’m thinking that’s about 3 million
    If we bought someone for 60 that would be 123 divided by 23

    I’m thinking you don’t do Ashley’s accounts,or maybe you do lol

    It’s never MAs fault

  • jazzyp

    Nov 29, 2018 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #34

    Lee charnley

    I believe most clubs that come up buy what they can with the money they have available,Where as under the Fat Controller the question asked time and time again “WHERE HAS ALL THE MONEY GONE”
    We have had to live on rations mate and make do with scraping the barrel,And in fairness we have got lucky with some players,And not so on others.
    The bottom line pal is I don’t believe we have lived up to the full potential the club clearly has,And that’s down to one man

  • c-dog

    Nov 29, 2018 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #35

    Here here

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2018 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Oh dear snotty
    you changed from the clubs annual total spend on players
    to the average fee for players – make your dopey mind up.

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 29, 2018 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #37

    Got excited earlier on when someone said Jib was on fire.

    Immediately had thoughts of decent people donating petrol, kindling and some rope.

    Alas twas not to be.

    The only way Jib will be on fire is when he is morphing into Jane, fulfilling his lustful perversion, will be when he is using defective hair curling tongs and singeing his wig.

  • jazzyp

    Nov 29, 2018 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Life is there for the taking in all walks of life,And for some reason Ashley hasn’t taken that with us and just used us as a money pit.
    How many chances have we had to further the club to it’s full potential,And every time he holds us back with lack of investment and ideas..No clarity where we are heading apart from bouncing around the trap door.
    I am sure we all want the best for the club..Pity we don’t have an owner that shares that ambition

  • c-dog

    Nov 29, 2018 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #39

    He morphs into Jane to the song Goodbye Horses

  • toon22

    Nov 29, 2018 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #40


    I’m not here to defend MAs spending
    But you seem to be

    Hiya KBA

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