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Rafa Will Not Rush Team Selection – Longstaff Injury Could Be Serious

It was clear that Rafa was not a happy man after the 2-0 defeat at West Ham on Saturday and it was a below-par performance from the Newcastle team.

Add to that the possible serious injury to young star Sean Longstaff, and it was not a good day for us.

We are waiting for the results of the scan on Sean’s knee to be announced, and if he has sustained knee ligament damage, he could be out for the season.

But Newcastle have Diame, Shelvey, and Ki to come in and deputize for the 21-year-old and all three are keen to be starting games again for the team.

So we do have strength in depth in central midfield, and it could be a massive opportunity for Shelvey to come in and get the job done for Newcastle after he has hardly played for over two months.

Rafa Benitez – will delay team selection

Rafa is going to wait until he has seen how the three of them perform in training and then decide who will start if Sean cannot play – which is likely.

This is what Rafa has said today in the Shields Gazette:

“To be fair, we will see how they train, what they do during the week, and after we will decide,”

“Normally, after the game, you’re not very happy, and it’s not the time to make decisions.”

“It’s the time to analyse and think.”

It’s another important game for Newcastle against Everton at St. Jame’s Park.

A win would be absolutely terrific, but Everton look to be in good form after holding Liverpool to a 0-0 draw at home last Sunday.

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Personal health update:

I had thorough tests carried out last Tuesday to check on my health condition.

The results are the stage four cancer remains in stable condition, and while the PSA count has risen by a minuscule amount over the last three months, there’s no other evidence the cancer has spread.

I am so thankful for the latest results and inspired by the doctors and nurses at the Rex Cancer Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Wonder when Rafa is going to sign his new deal so he can make Newcastle great again?

45 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Mar 5, 2019 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Oops, missing trains. Anyway, see previous.

  • cyprus

    Mar 5, 2019 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    You a Trump supporter? It’s just that last sentence there 😉

  • cyprus

    Mar 5, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    And congratulations on your good news.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 5, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Excellent news, Ed!

  • hibbit

    Mar 5, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Great news Ed stay strong 😀

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 5, 2019 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Good news Ed, you keep that beast at arm’s length. We’re all rooting for you.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 5, 2019 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    cyprus, I answered you on the previous thread, but you’re right – the Devil is in the detail.

    At least a statement like the one I mentioned, made publicly, would reassure us and Rafa that the club was intending to get behind the manager, as well as putting to bed once and for all the sale kerfuffle, which continues to distract from the important stuff – Premier League survival, team building and securing our manager long term.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 5, 2019 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Longstaff’s injury could be serious, true. Then again it might not be. Pointless to speculate at this point, I guess.

    It’s a bit of an odd situation that Longstaff being injured could open the door for Shelvey and / or Ki to stake their claim for a place in the starting line up.

    Who saw that coming at the beginning of the season? Or even at Christmas?

    It’s testament to the lad that when he got his chance, he almost made himself undroppable. What a first season he’s had, it would be a terrible shame if it had been ended prematurely.

    If it was caused by the tackle with Snodgrass, it’s an odd one, he rarely seems to go to ground in the tackle. It seemed rash at the time and out of character.

    That said, I don’t think it was a yellow card, it was a 50-50 ball and he was entitled to go for it. He arrived 2nd so it was a free kick, but the card was harsh I thought.

    The fact he carried on playing till half time suggests to me that the injury isn’t that bad.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 5, 2019 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #9


    A good point that would be a positive step forward. However it is unlikely as it does not facilitate the owner immediately receiving a large wad of cash.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 5, 2019 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #10

    Lindi, sad but true…

  • DaveD1000

    Mar 5, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #11

    good news you have to be chuffed with that. Keep it up lad

  • Just a fan

    Mar 5, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #12

    I’m reading Mr tuff is Jane.
    Does this mean Mr tuff is jib?
    This is is all to much Lewis Carroll for me.
    I’m away back down my rabbit hole .

  • wynsleap

    Mar 5, 2019 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #13

    Good news update on your health Ed. Stay strong mate.

  • magscar

    Mar 5, 2019 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #14


    Good news on cancer not spreading. Stay strong

  • Diddly

    Mar 5, 2019 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #15

    Good news on health Edd long may it continue. On Longstaff hopefully not a bad one. Rafa may have been looking for a bit rotation in midfield to freshen them up for run in. He will come back stronger and team shouldn’t suffer too much. He’s came a long way in a few weeks.

  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 5, 2019 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #16

    Anyone else think the Beckham statue looks more like Matt Richie?


  • lesh

    Mar 5, 2019 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #17


    I think you’re being more than a tad optimistic if you think that Ashley would utter such words as run NUFC sensibly and give Rafa the support he needs to make it a success. Though in saying that and sd Cyprus has rightly pointed out, such language is ambiguous – it’s the sort of language that he, prompted by Bishop loves.

    Even if Ashley were to be serious about running the club sensibly, he’d need to appoint someone like Kenyon or Levy to do the job. The club needs to have someone who knows the business of top level football and has demonstrated success in running a big club. That is not Ashley’s bag and it certainly wouldn’t appear on Bullyboy Barnes’ CV! Would Ashley appoint Kenyon or Levy to run part of his SD empire?

    Ashley needs to make a statement of intent by appointing a Chief Exec who knows what he or she’s doing and focused on making Newcastle United a successful football club that can deliver the financial return that Ashley would expect on his investment.

    Is that too much to ask of Ashley? Sadly, I think the answer’s yes as it would add staff costs to the club’s operations – as would Rafa’s proposal to develop the club’s academy and development programmes – and we all know that Ashley doesn’t seem to think beyond short term profit rather than devise and manage a longer term strategy.

    Unless Ashley changes, it looks as though we’re stuck with him, his penny punching and the annual relegation or promotion challenges.

    Oh what joy.

  • lesh

    Mar 5, 2019 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #18


    penny pinching even!

  • lesh

    Mar 5, 2019 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #19

    Just a fan

    Back down your rabbit hole? Is Jib’s otherwise engaged?

  • Just a fan

    Mar 5, 2019 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #20

    Jib Jane Mr tuff.they must all be busy.
    Ps hope that wasn’t a euphemism.

  • lesh

    Mar 5, 2019 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #21


    How on earth could Ed be a Trump supporter? Ed’s shown he’s capable of both thinking for himself and sensibly stringing words together!

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 5, 2019 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #22

    lesh, good to hear from you. I’m always a tad optimistic, I’d rather be that than a tad pessimistic I guess.

    If Ashley is serious about keeping Rafa beyond the Summer, he needs to do something about it and soon. A public statement would be a good starting point.

    Do I expect this to happen? No, but he has to be thinking that he needs to communicate something to the fans somehow and to start making the right noises towards Rafa.

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 5, 2019 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #23

    That’s great news Ed. Couldn’t possibly happen to a nicer man and long may it continue. 🙂
    Bolton Wanderers looking to be in a spot of bother now. There’s a genuine possibility that they could fold, especially with them owing the police money. Some creditors can wait for their money, but Police Federations have a history of demanding the money and sod the consequences. This must be a major concern to their supporters.
    If they go under they’ll be the biggest club in English football to date to face this nightmare. They have a long successful history, and still get decent crowds – or did until recently.
    Hopefully something can be done to prevent them being liquidated. I’ve got some mates who support Bolton and they’re none too optimistic.

  • Bambams

    Mar 5, 2019 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #24


    I am over the moon to see your news.

    Keep it up fella

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 5, 2019 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Talksport saying Longstaff to see a knee specialist tomorrow but it looks like the injury isn’t as bad as first believed and hopefully he’ll be back before long.

  • Oldgit1

    Mar 5, 2019 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #26

    Ed wonderful news regarding your health. Hope it continues.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 5, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #27

    Bobby, sad news re Bolton. I remember watching them in Europe with Kevin Davies and Jussi Jaaskellainen. I never liked them, but they have a proud history

  • martoon

    Mar 5, 2019 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #28

    Ed – that’s great news and long may it continue (your good news and the blog).

    Bobby – are you going to be fit enough to make the game on Saturday?

  • one fine day

    Mar 5, 2019 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #29

    First up grate new Ed
    Anyone else think to much is being made about Everton full of confidence getting draw against Liverpool?
    Liverpool clearly feeling the pressure and we’re miss firing in a dire game to be honest .
    Of course they play out of their skins with there biggest goal of the season to try and derail their rivals title run .
    No club is more spiteful and bitter than those lot ..well maybe one other but to me they are one and the same .always in the shadows and a massive chip on the shoulder .
    If long staff is out I’d start with Ki and Hayden .shelvey last 30
    Their fans are just horrible from as long as I have ever bumped into them so the joy I will feel if we can turn them over .

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 5, 2019 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #30

    My uncle’s an Everton fan. He’s been living in Australia for nearly 40 years but he’s still pretty horrible.


  • martoon

    Mar 5, 2019 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #31

    one fine day @29 – I’ve always found Everton fans OK but to be fair I haven’t met that many. I agree with you about not bigging up Everton too much – after all Burnley were supposed to be full of confidence after beating Spurs and we all know what happened there 😀

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 5, 2019 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #32

    Martoon, yes mate I’ll be there. Got a mri scan at 6.10 at Wansbeck to get back for too. First time I’ve had a Saturday evening appt – didn’t know they did them tbh. Was worried I might have to leave early but I’ve timed it and I can do it. I can have the wheelchair loaded into the car and be mobile before 5.15 and can go up the coast road.
    I’ll meet our lass outside the hospital so should make it on time. Should be in the waiting room by about six. 🙂

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 5, 2019 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #33

    Taxi services required. 🙁 Later.

  • Sav

    Mar 5, 2019 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #34

    Good to hear, Ed. Thanks for sharing.

  • lesh

    Mar 5, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #35


    You’re right in thinking that Ashley should be considering a statement to clarify the direction he sees the club following. But while communication with customers and stakeholders is considered essential by those who apply good practise in management. Does Ashley follow the book of good management? Does he hell, he seems to run his businesses intuitively, by the seat of his pants while employing thugs and liars to do his dirty work for him.

    Unfortunately, I can’t see any lasting change in his behaviour but do hope your optimism is justified.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 5, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #36

    The problem with Ashley appointing anyone who is half decent to run the club is the first thing they would want to know is what budget are we working with?

    Ashley can’t ever give a budget because he doesn’t know if he will need a spare 50 million floating about to purchase a new high St brand half way through the season…….

  • lesh

    Mar 5, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #37


    Why are you providing taxi services when we have our very own expert in our midst? I’m sure Jib could offer you some guidance on how to cope with the demands you face and if you want a TV system set up, I’m sure he’d be able to fix you up – Jane and Just a Fan permitting!

    Hang in there bonny lad, your stamina’s amazing.

  • Wayayman

    Mar 5, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #38

    Ed that’s very good news on your health update mate.

  • lesh

    Mar 5, 2019 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #39

    It’s a shame to see that Bolton Wanderers might be close to insolvency. What that club needs is a white knight to rescue and restore it to its former glory.

    Ashley’s got form when it comes to saving ailing businesses – might he sell his first love, Newcastle United, and step in to rescue Bolton Wanderers? The dream ticket of Ashley and Allardyce might just work. 😐

    Ok, just a thought.

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Mar 5, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #40

    Stay strong Ed, I know the blog may look like a war zone sometimes but I guess that’s part of the life of a Geordie / Newcastle supporter.


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