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Rafa Talks About Almiron, Barreca, And Wolves – Fans Upbeat

Rafa Benitez gave his press conference earlier today for the tough game at Wolves on Monday night.

Everybody is fit except Jonjo Shelvey and fourth choice goalkeeper Rob Elliott.

And Rafa will not take any chances with Jonjo with local lad Sean Longstaff playing so well in central midfield.

Left-back Paul Dummett (hamstring), goalkeeper Karl Darlow (elbow), and central midfielders Ki Sung-yueng (hamstring) and Mo Diame (hip) are all available to play.

That’s good to have them back for the 13 game run-in to the season – and the bench on Monday night at Molineux will be strong – not to mention the starting eleven.

Miguel Almiron – in training yesterday

Rafa was upbeat as usual and he has talked about Wolves, and new signing Barreca and Almiron:

“They have a good manager and some very good players – they have players who have been champions of Europe and internationals at every level. They are doing really well.”

“He (Antonio Barreca) knows what we want and we’re working on that. The week away will be another opportunity for him to get to know his teammates.”

“He will need some time but he is very focussed.”

“When you have so many days without a game – especially with new players – it is important for everyone to know each other better.”

“We’re not going there on holiday – we’ll be doing double sessions and we’ll have time to adjust things.”

“He (Almiron) has been talking with the nutritionist already – he’s quite professional. Everything we try to do with every player, we will do with him.”

With almost a full squad now available, Sean Longstaff looking like a budding star for us, and getting in new signing Almiron and Barreca to the club, fans are naturally upbeat.

Now we need to get some wins on the board.

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  • lesh

    Feb 8, 2019 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #81


    (this time without the phone jumping the submit gun)

    Just watching Celtic Connections 1 again and Graham Nash told a little story about him and his then girlfriend Joanie.

    They’d been shopping, she’d bought a vase and and they went back home, to Laurel Canyon. ‘You put some flowers in the vase and I’ll light the fire’ says he to Joanie……… He then chimes up with ‘Our House’, a lovely little song.

    I’d never heard that tale before….

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 9, 2019 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #82


    I’d imagine it’d be hard to miss them from across the road.


  • Munster Mag

    Feb 9, 2019 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #83

    Bobby, I wanna be a magpie ranger… Remember it well. Ffs an Irish student ended up hanging around with London geordies but never wanted to show fear and never did I think. West ham… Bottle in the back pocket for defence… Chelsea, ending up in a. West end pub with a Chelsea crew looking for fans to attack. They didn’t like the Irish either :)!! Great days though. And of course, walking onto a tube carriage full of mackems,, trying to cover the top of my toon shirt. As the Pogues used to sing… Those glad old mad old drunken old days… :). Geordies heor, geordies theor, geordies every f*****g wheor!

  • carltoon

    Feb 9, 2019 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #84

    I have a memory of going to see a cup match in Sheffield and the ground had three sides and a cricket pitch. I’m sure it was Brammel lane Sheffield Uniteds ground. We got beat anyway as usual. Then there was Hillsborough. The best ever match for atmosphere and a great day out semi final FA cup.

  • lesh

    Feb 9, 2019 at 2:09 AM

    Comment #85


    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – you’re a star and given your health, your support for Newcastle United’s remarkable, heroic and deserving recognition.

    Yes, you’ll say you’re not alone but what I will say is that Ashley is oblivious to supporters such as you and his greed, his thirst for money over-rides any possibility that he may even consider his abuse of Newcastle United and its supporters amoral, heartless.

    He needs to be made to understand that the many thousands of fans who support the club do so with their hearts.

    There must surely be a journalist who can pick up on the loyalty and pain that you and others have endured over the years and get those stories into the public domain, the national and international media to shame Ashley and his ilk into showing some respect to those whose hearts and souls endure much pain because of him.

  • Paully

    Feb 9, 2019 at 2:53 AM

    Comment #86

    Earlier post by Bobby “I want to be a magpie ranger” I was thinking about it just yesterday, brings back great childhood memories, does anybody remember all of the words?

  • Optimistic Magpie

    Feb 9, 2019 at 4:47 AM

    Comment #87

    Here you go Pauly,

    Newcastle United Chants

    newcastle united,
    clap clap clap
    newcastle united fc,
    your by far the greatest team,
    the worlds ever seen.

    United United United United United

    Who’s that team we call United,
    Who’s that team we all adore,
    Oh, we play in Black and White,
    And we all know how to fight,
    We’ll support you ever more.

    If you want to get to heaven when you die,
    If you want to get to heaven when you die,
    wear a Black and White Bonnet
    With Newcastle wriitn on it,
    if you want to getto heaven when you die.

    We are the Mags we are the Mags
    We are, we are, we are The Mags

    I want to be a Magpie Ranger (one person singing)
    I want to be a Magpie Ranger (crowd singing)
    Only live for sex and danger (one person singing
    Only live for sex and danger (crowd) etc.
    go left go left
    go left go left
    go right go pick up the stride
    go left go right go left

    They call us Newcastle United,
    They call us the cream of the land,
    And here’s to Bobby Moncur,
    The Fairs Cup in his hand,
    We’re better than Glasgow Rangers,
    We’re better than Celtic too,
    And if you don’t support us,
    You must be a Sunderland
    Jew Joe Joe Harvey

    with an N and a E and a W C with an A
    and an S and a T L E with a U N I and a
    T E D newcastle united fc, fc, fc,fc.

  • Jib

    Feb 9, 2019 at 5:11 AM

    Comment #88

    They used to pronounce “W”
    Wubleyou – for some reason

  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 9, 2019 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #89

    What galls me is that it’s legal for him to transfer ownership of Strawberry Place from us to mash (if I recall this was for £500k that I don’t recall ever being actually paid), then he sells the land from mash to someone else for – well it has to be £30-50m once development plans are approved.

    This fellow fans is what he’s done, asset stripper of the highest level, sadly I don’t think what he’s doing is illegal (transferring land from NUFC to mash for a nominal sum, then selling it at 100x the nominal sum), but it’s utterly ethically wrong.

    NUFC doesn’t owe him a penny, every cent he gets for it will be profit having taken into account how much he’s stripped the club with property deals and advertising.

    “Every penny”? Yeah right, what an odious little toad he is.

  • posada

    Feb 9, 2019 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #90

    Feb 8, 2019 at 5:29 PM
    Comment #18
    Aye me too Bobby.
    I see that sea life centre in Newbiggin is closed.It’s been a turtle disaster (Brendan Healey)

    It’s not a turtle disaster.
    The place is closed at the moment for training porpoises.
    (Brendan Healey)

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 9, 2019 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #91

    The 210M he initially paid out is looking like chicken feed now. He bought that land for 5M, If it’s a 120M development then gawd knows what profit he’s made on that. I’m sure it would be enough to build a training ground on par with what hibbit showed us of Atlanta’s. We won’t see a penny of it though and even if we did it would be in the form of an “interest free” loan. Say if he’s made 30M on the deal, will he be able to go on a better holiday or afford a better yacht, nope, he’s filthy rich as it is. What did we do to deserve one of the world’s greediest biionaires who’d rather be know as 186th richest man in the world rather than that guy who’s a really successful football club owner.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 9, 2019 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #92

    It was a truck full of terrapins and a lorry full of tortoises that crashed in to each other that turned in to a turtle disaster.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 9, 2019 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #93

    WE still do.

  • martoon

    Feb 9, 2019 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #94

    Surely this land business is exactly the type of thing Chi Onwurah should be publicising in parliament etc.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Feb 9, 2019 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #95

    The council started blocking any new student accommodation being built last year.

    There’s a few that had to change purpose and are accommodation for all, a loop hole.

    There’s loads of empty student accommodation in Newcastle, I’ve worked on a fair few of them, you’d be lucky if 50% is occupied.

    I’m not sure if the council is now blocking all student accommodation now but I know of 3 in the last 12 months that were blocked.

    You find it’s mostly Chinese students living in this type of accommodation, the rest seem to head for Heaton and Jesmond.

    Was that land not originally bought when Hall/Shepard wanted to build a super casino and hotel on it?

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 9, 2019 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #96

    Do we know if the Lease for Strawberry Place was originally gifted to the Football Club by the Freemen or purchased as a club asset?

    If it is the former there maybe more legal basis for exposing the change of ownership figures from the land registry. Or at least Parliamentary access.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 9, 2019 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #97

    When it comes to Labour lead Local Government and football stadiums, take a look at Millwall. Not that the same individuals are involved but it does not take much for self interest to become persuasive.

  • Optimistic Magpie

    Feb 9, 2019 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #98

    Once again Mike Ashley proves to the world, what a piece of shite he is.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Feb 9, 2019 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #99


    I always believed this is what the land Was bought for and to expand the ground if possible

  • Optimistic Panda

    Feb 9, 2019 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #100


  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 9, 2019 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #101

    “The club’s role in raising the profile and esteem of the city of Newcastle and its surrounding region should not be underestimated” said Ernest & Young’s chief economist for UK and Ireland Mark Gregory.

    The economic and social impact study revealed on Thursday does show the club in a positive picture, however I have a couple of concerns about place and timing of the release. As a PR event the Murray House announcement subsumed the Charity work of the Foundation and allowed quotes from Chi Onwurah to be appropriated by the club.

    My main fear is that the current regime believe that they are singularly responsible for 2% of the local economy and that without them this figure would not exist, whilst instead the figure could actually be greater with better leadership. Also that the contribution to the local economy some how justifies the method by which the current owner manages the club, the under investment in comparison to other PL clubs and deliberate use of accountancy techniques to mask the financial position of the club.




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