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Rafa To Bring Shelvey Back Only When He’s 100% Fit – Has Other Options

Jonjo Shelvey was one of two players who was not in the Newcastle squad for yesterday’s game along with Ciaran Clark.

It seems the thigh injury turned worse when Jonjo insisted on playing a couple of months ago when he was not 100% fit and he paid the price for his enthusiasm to play for Newcastle as much as possible.

Rafa has said before that sometimes you have to manage Jonjo becasue he always wants to play.

But with Sean Longstaff playing so well, Rafa has more time to ensure Jonjo is completely fit and the thigh doesn’t become a long term injury concern for the England International.

Ki and Mo Diame are both getting match practice and Isaac Hayden is playing his best football at Newcastle right now.

Jonjo Shelvey – relaxing in Murcia, Spain last week

Longstaff and Hayden have looked an excellent young combination for Newcastle in central midfield over the last several games.

This is what the manager has said about Shelvey – as reported in the Chronicle today:

“He is pushing – the player wants to play.”

“But sometimes when you have other options it is about managing him, being careful and making sure is fit for the rest of the season.”

The only sub not to play in yesterday’s 1-1 draw with CSKA Moscow was Martin Dubravka, as Rafa took a closer look at Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman and both looked competent.

We expect Martin to start in goal for us against Huddersfield Town next Saturday afternoon.

Comments welcome.

104 comments so far

  • geordietom

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

    well does any one know if ASHLEY has to sign a NDA as well as any prospective buyer !!!…

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #2

    I’ve no idea, you’d think for balance that both parties would enter it, but I’m not sure how he can get away with calling other parties time wasters after they’ve spent fortunes on due diligence and they’re not allowed to give their version of events. Although Staveley gave an interview saying three credible bids were lodged that seemed to be largley ignored.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    As for the autocue, do you think he’d go anywhere near a credible journo to give an interview, George Caulkin perhaps.

  • Jib

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Jib…….. That sounds very much like what Jane would say!!

    That’s probably cos she and I are reasonable adults
    with a sense of proportion unlike you and Jail
    You just made that stupid comment
    and Jail when I gave him a dig about being a Mackem
    accused me of being a predatory homosexual.
    Apart from their differing views on Rafa
    Jail and Catchy are very similar characters

  • Jib

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Tom there are differing types of NDA
    There’s one where only the buyer has
    to keep quiet – unilateral
    or mutual – where both keep schtum

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #6

    Have you reconsidered your childish shite and if so what were your reconsiderments?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Have you considered Sally the seals feelings when accusing me of molesting her, no, Freddy the dolphin has never been the same since his ordeal and now lives in isolation in the Shetlands. It’s ok for you to bandy about accusations of sexual misappropriateness but when I suggest your hand wandered from the gear stick one to many times you get proper offended. Double standards old bean.

  • Pain in the Blog

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Geordietom #1,

    I believe the seller will allow a prospective buyer to look at his accounts (due diligence) on condition he signs an NDA (or ‘gagging order’ in other legal circumstances) to protect the privacy of his accounts. There is no requirement for the seller to sign an NDA covering negotiations unless that is agreed separately between parties.

    …as Jib has just stated.

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Jib………. Re comment 20 from previous thread. I’m not having any of that bollox. It’s very suspicious that both you and Jane spring to Ashley’s defence when there is anything suggested that the club wouldn’t approve of. I was expecting Jane to condemn my suggestion that was quite clearly tongue in cheek , but you seem to work the morning shift so I suppose it’s one and the same.

    With regards to Jail’s banter about your nocturnal taxi driving activities , I can’t speak for him but why is that any worse than some of the stick you dish out to people. Give and take old boy is surely the fairest way to behave on a blog like this.

  • geordietom

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #10

    jail #2

    thats more or less what i was thinking about credible people spending big sums of money why would they waste that amout of cash with no end pruduct its got to be down to ASHLEY being a awkward twat…

    jail# 3 he more than likely write it down on his shirt sleeve he’s that tight…

  • geordietom

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #11

    jib … looks like ASHLEY schtum then mate …

  • beefman13

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #12

    We are in the thick stuff no doubt about it, we have a monumental fight on our hands, i hope they don’t think for one minute they are too good to go down because the other two times we had some real quality in those teams and and we took the drop, most of this season has wholly disappointed me, glimpses of promise scattered here and there that’s it, I still have no great faith in our survival, we still have players who are far to inconsistent in the team, plus the Shelvey’s and Diame’s of this world are total fair weather players, who have not deserved their wages at all this season, i can’t see it anything else but going down to the last few games.

  • geordietom

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #13

    pain …

    who knows how these multi billionaires do their business.with all the cloak and daggers its all above my pay grade …

  • Jib

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #14

    If Ashley has entered a mutual NDA
    then that means the buyers reveal
    sensitive stuff to him , which could indicate
    that his insistence that a buyer has to have
    enough funds to take NUFC forward is true.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #15

    Ah so the seal has now been named!!


    That view maybe somewhat extreme and I think the ony way it could be achieved without any comebacks is by having the oft quoted fatwa placed on the fat man. Mind you it’s a long time since he insulted them so I think that boat has sailed.

  • Jib

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #16

    You and others frequently (for reasons best known to yourselves)
    post images inferring I’m a tranny , and I turn not a hair.
    If you cannot see the difference between that and an accusation
    such as Jail’s then there is no point in discussing it , and no hope
    for you I’m afraid.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #17

    i can never recall a season when we have had so many blatant, consistently, almost every week it seems, decisions given against us, ranging from when we were 2-0 up at O.T and were not given the pen for the handball to the ref finding 2 extra minutes, instead of 30 seconds, after 94 mins and what looked a foul on the keeper last time out.

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #18

    Jib……… I really think that you ought to clear up the Jib / Jane confusion once and for all as there are still nagging doubts in many people’s minds. There have been several occasions over the years when you have slipped up and replied as Jane from your Jib moniker and vice versa. This has been picked up on and has then rightly or wrongly led to people assuming that you are in some way associated with the transsexual / cross dressing community.

    In this modern era there is nothing to be ashamed or embarassed about if you are indeed of a different sexual orientation and I’m sure nobody on here is looking to condemn you in any way for your sexuality. It would however just be nice to know the truth , from the horses mouth so to speak. Therefore please could you just come clean and explain to the blog who is who and what is what.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #19


    Sometimes you can make a good valid point and be ejoyably informative with snippets here and there, but there’s always an inevitable but where you feel the need to revert to type. Shame…

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #20


    spilt my coffee !!!!!!

  • Jib

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #21

    Betty in what world do you believe you speak for many ?

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #22

    Well said
    Confession is good for the soul
    If you care to send your e-mail to Ed
    maybe we could link up

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 17, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #23

    Jib……….. In all seriousness why don’t you just give a full , not necessarily detailed, explanation and put the matter to bed once and for all.
    You are fully aware that many people assume that you and Jane are connected.

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 17, 2019 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #24

    Rotonda…….. That was a very courageous admission to make especially on a footy blog such as this. I admire your openness and honesty and I’m sure many others will feel the same. As I said to Jib surely honesty is the best policy in these somewhat sensitive matters.

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 17, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #25

    Disclaimer!!!! Comment 24 was not posted by me. Someone is at it. This has bever happened to me before and it’s not good.

  • the ledge

    Feb 17, 2019 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #26

    Anyone sticking up for Ashley deserves what they get there only on here to wind up and should be insulted out of here.
    Anyone of the opinion that Ashley has done OK is purely trying to wind up true newcastle fans.

  • toon22

    Feb 17, 2019 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #27

    You think that letter they published was part of the NDA ?

    What a load of cobblers

    I see your still defending MA JIB

  • toon22

    Feb 17, 2019 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #28


    He’s PR

    He posts under multiple accounts


  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 17, 2019 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #29

    Toon 22………… It’s beginning to look like you’re right about Jib being a multiple. The comment at 24 was not made by me and for someone to create a copy in such a short space of time indicates that someone is au fait with the system. The layout of that post looks like a Jib to me. I don’t like the idea that someone can do that and it’s not playing fair IMHO .

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 17, 2019 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #30

    Jail, continuing to brand a man a predetary homesexual who molests young men in his car says a lot about you. Shocking stuff and I’m surprised Ed hasn’t warned you.

  • toon22

    Feb 17, 2019 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #31

    Imho a lot of the pro MA posters here are just JIBs alt accounts

    He is blatant PR

    You think they would bother with the PR for a company that’s being sold ?

    Me neither

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Feb 17, 2019 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #32

    think newcastle fans bring a lot of unwanted negativity to the club
    Its the vast majority of them as well
    We as fans need to be more positive about the project here that mike ashley is doing
    I agree he isn’t chucking millions at it and he could of done a lot better
    He could of invested more but let’s not forget he is also a business man .
    He has not sold us down the river either
    We are not in the state of Sunderland we are in a position where we can bridge a gap and get closer to the top 6
    We need a few pieces to the jigsaw
    If we are shrewd enough this summer and we get the right players
    Maybe 3 good players who will push us
    Who have the experience and guile to make us more clinical in front of goal
    Goal scorers is all where missing
    We have a great defence and centre mid positions
    We need serious talent in the wide position s and another top striker to achieve a top 6 finish
    Maybe if everyone gets behind ashley he will be more willing to help us do that
    If everyone slated me I would be reluctant to help them out
    People have to forget what’s happened in the past and look to the future by supporting all aspects at the club including the owner
    In order to move forward
    We may not get the millions other clubs are afforded

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2019 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #33

    Have you seen Lionel Messi at the airport latley in your role as a baggage handler???

  • toon22

    Feb 17, 2019 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #34

    Don’t by talk a load of cobblers

    MA is only here as he is making money

    We’re a zombie none entity until he’s gone

  • toon22

    Feb 17, 2019 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #35

    It’s never MAs fault

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2019 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #36

    predetary Munster, that’s not how an erudite man would spell it. Hopefully paleontologists won’t find your oversized cranium and pea sized brain in years to come, it’ll send the scientific world in to complete disarray 😀

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Feb 17, 2019 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #37

    Negative negative negative

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Feb 17, 2019 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #38

    Anyone got anything good to say

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2019 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #39

    About Mike Ashley. He’s very brave for being photographed in public wearing those jeans.

  • DaveD1000

    Feb 17, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #40

    Anyone who disgraces jeans like that should be shot


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