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Rafa Benitez Adamant Newcastle Could Lose Energy

Whenever Rafa is asked about his future and whether that will be at Newcastle he always says what he is concentrating on is ensuring that everybody associated with the club are only thinking about being safe in the Premier League.

He doesn’t want his players to be thinking about whether he will be here next season or not – he wants them to concentrate 100% on winning the game at home to Everton On Saturday.

Some of our players were lax in their concentration in the first half at West Ham last Saturday afternoon.

And we paid the price for that with a 2-0 defeat after conceding two poor goals in the first half.

Rafa Benitez – on the training pitch

Rafa was again asked about his future today, and this is what he told the Chronicle:

“It’ll be easier to talk about that once the team is safe.” “I don’t want the players to lose focus on the games.”

“We have to try to get three points and be sure we are safe.”

“It could be sooner or later, but let’s not talk about that because we will lose energy.”

Yesterday we had compatriot Ayoze Perez plead with the powers that be to take care of Rafa, so he stays long-term at the club.

And today American international Yedlin is a big fan of Rafa’s and wants the Spaniard to stay on at Newcastle:

“I think it’s very important.” “I think everyone has seen how he has brought the city together.”

“Even though we may not have started the season the best, we’ve ended it very well so I think, yeah, it’s very important.”

“As we all know, all the fans love him, the players love him and it would be great if he stayed.”

Here’s how we stand today before the weekend’s games.

10West Ham38-352
12Crystal Palace38-249

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108 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 7, 2019 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #1


    I disagree about last nights hand ball being given, but the new rules (yet to come in) would make it a legitimate penalty.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 7, 2019 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Its so important we get a result this weekend to give us a little daylight between us and the bottom 3 who are more than likely to get beat

    A win would get us closer to Everton in the table !!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 7, 2019 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Last night and VAR
    I take it a third referee watches and makes the decision – or is there more than one
    If one referee
    One referee could of said deffo put his hand to ball penalty
    Yet another ref could of said defender turned his back and hit hand No penalty.
    That’s one reason not sure on VAR as it depends on how the referee interprets the situation
    And was the third ref from a neutral country

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 7, 2019 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Will miss the game on Saturday – family outing.

    Almiron needs to watch out for that thug Coleman who will be looking to chop him down.

    My viewing over the weekend will be the Ireland v France match.

    Will be rooting for our old enemy the French to stuff the Irish.
    Those wanting to join in can find the lyrics of the French National anthem here:-

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 7, 2019 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #5

    and to make the day complete download your French flags from here :-


    Allez les bleues.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 7, 2019 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #6

    I think a loss the other night was a blessing in disguise as far as those posting some truly bizarre comments were concerned. Rafa is better off not spending much because he spent at Liverpool but never won the league was one of the best mind, I’ve forgotten what the poster 9 said in Mikey’s defence of not spending. The West Ham game showed how much we do need to spend.

  • lesh

    Mar 7, 2019 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #7


    You certainly did not cause any offence over your reference to Eddie Izzard. What tickled me was your typo, ‘middle ages’ man where I assume you meant middle-aged. Hence the reference to Bexhill’s departure lounge. They’ve even got an undertaker firm there that’s called ‘Next’!

  • lesh

    Mar 7, 2019 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #8

    So we’re gonna bid big money for Joelinton in the summer?

    Oh yes oh yes and let’s add to that the report of Ashley ready to offer Rafa a massive wage in a contract without leaving penalties.

    Put those two together and we have a Bishop attempt to spin and provide Ashley with cover if Rafa feels he’s not being backed sufficiently and walks away.

    Spinning lies is what Bishop’s for but given the complete bollocks they’ve made of the Beardsley issue, we might understand why SD sacked Bishop Associates as its publicist/ PR front, KBA. KBA is clearly out of its depth to be able to deal with anything more than lining up stooges to push lies.

    The Beardsley issue needed to be handled with objectivity, sensitivity and discretion with due regard to the political implications, FA and media interest.

    However, it looks as though Ashley’s loyalty to his friends and stooges has resulted in 14 months of gardening leave for Beardsley who’s gained his coaching badge in the meantime and announcements that say the bare minimum from the club and Beardo’s camp.

    And as the FA appear to be waiting to hear of the outcome of any inquiry, I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole thing gets blown up by the media which is always keen to jump on NUFC.

    Another fine mess building up?

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 7, 2019 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #9

    lesh – I posted about the Beardsley case last year with the conclusion the club would make a backside of it – thus resulting in others getting involved -culminating in NUFC getting bad PR on the racism front.

    In effect they make it worse than if they had done it “correctly” – transparently/expeditiously in the first place.

  • lesh

    Mar 7, 2019 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Mister Tuff

    You’ve hit the nail on the head. Ashley’s a maverick who seems oblivious to the need for propriety and thinks his ways the only way.

    It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if a formal, internal inquiry into Beardsleygate had actually been held with Ashley thinking it could be ignored and the whole issue would go away. There were suggestions that Beardo was one of Ashley’s loyalsts and Ashley’s known for rewarding loyalty.

  • lesh

    Mar 7, 2019 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #11

    @10 important correction…..

    It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if a formal, internal inquiry into Beardsleygate had NOT been held with Ashley thinking it could be……

  • Tsunki

    Mar 7, 2019 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #12

    Hmm. And yet it’s odd that Beardsley’s statement is muted by some confidentiality agreement and that he’s talking about starting a new challenge somewhere instead of just laying low while the heat of his alleged behaviour has cooled down – which is what I would have expected if he was bang to rights.

    Also some kind of statement from the affected party to say things were//were not resolved satisfactorily might have been expected but it’s eerily silent on that front.

    I’m not saying he’s completely innocent btw. Just until proven guilty is all. It may be the washer door might burst open and all sorts come out in the next few weeks. We will see in due course.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 7, 2019 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Ben Arfa playing now, apparently.

  • toon22

    Mar 7, 2019 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #14

    I can honestly say ive never heard of a single fan of any sport,anywhere in the world being happy with a club or an owner not spending money on a player

    Fans are totally unreasonable and usually want the earth

    But not here,nope were the accountancy champions,must keep those books/profits in tip top condition

    And these people are just your average fan ?

    Hiya KBA

  • toon22

    Mar 7, 2019 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #15

    You think us not spending the transfer budget on players and buying a shop instead is ideal in the eyes of toon supporters ?

    Why would anyone want to buy some kind of super star striker and the like when we can continue to keep the profits rolling in ?

  • Mag :P

    Mar 7, 2019 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #16

    Haven’t been on here in a while and the green one is still here spouting?


  • jordijohnty

    Mar 7, 2019 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #17

    The number 18 for Rennes looks mighty impressive against Arsenal

  • Genjikai

    Mar 7, 2019 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Ashley making his move for debenhams, going to walk away from sport direct to be on board of debs.
    Has he got his other business’s in mind to run.
    Hint hint wink wink sort the toon oot.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 7, 2019 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #19

    Oystons finally gone, definitely worth a read.

  • Dondatta13

    Mar 7, 2019 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #20

    Lesh doh!!!! I didn’t see my typo lol

    They can be quite cantankerous ha

  • carltoon

    Mar 7, 2019 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Well worth a read that article Jail. The comparison with NUFC are there to see. The football authorities are a disgrace. They don’t want to do anything letting great clubs go to the wall deducting points after allowing evil owners to asset strip and steal money.

  • carltoon

    Mar 7, 2019 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Well done the Blackpool supporters.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 7, 2019 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #23


  • lochinvar

    Mar 7, 2019 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Tis the beginning of the end,I tell ye

    Mike Ashley has outlined plans to leave Sports Direct and take the helm at struggling Debenhams, in a move set to stun the City.
    The retail tycoon, who is the largest shareholder with a 30% holding in Debenhams, was instrumental in getting its chief executive removed from the board two months ago.
    On Thursday night he laid the foundations for a coup.
    The department store chain gave no indication of surrender in its response to the statement that outlined how Sports Direct had “requisitioned a general meeting of Debenhams” to appoint Mr Ashley to the board of directors.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 7, 2019 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #25


    Renne 3 v Arsenal 1 (red card)

  • Online Guy

    Mar 7, 2019 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #26

    21:47 as I write and the blog seems a little slow so here goes

    In a former life …

    Tsunki was William Shakespeare

    Tuff was Hercule Poirot

    Lesh was Pete Seeger ..OK then, Bob.

    Jail was Ghengis Khan

    Bobbybee was Pat Partridge

    Bettyswallocks was Ken Dodd

    And Jib was ….. Any suggestions for Jib lads ?

    Any more ?

  • Online Guy

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Bambams was Fred Wensley of the Yard. (Formed the flying squad )

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #28

    OOoh ooooh blog competition Goody gooody.

    Was Jib – Danny la Rue or Fred West.

  • Online Guy

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #29

    Tuff, lol !

    Your wor French detective !

    Come to think about it Tuff want happened to our French correspondent Niafron? Remember him .

    Niafron …Arsenal Wenger.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #30

    OLG – Aye Niafron was a decent poster – seemed he posted a lot when we had more French players. Contributed a good French perspective.

  • Online Guy

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #31

    Yes he had a good insight to the French connection we once nurtured ..easy pickings on the cheap .

    Just seen Lochnivar post about Ashley pulling out of Sports Direct.. hope it’s the beginning of the end mate ..Iv had a few special bottles of bubbly tucked away for the day he pulls out ..hope to neck it sometime soon.

  • Online Guy

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #32

    RobLeenio….JFK .

  • Online Guy

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #33

    All away doing the ironing .

    Pfttttt !

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #34

    Robleenio – nah – what about Charles Hawtrey

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #35

    As far as diabolical leaders go, Ghengis Kahn was one of the better ones.

  • Online Guy

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #36

    Tuff who was the bloke who claimed he was Posting from hospital bed after a heart op ? There’s been some queer buggers on here , all good fun mind , take it all with a pinch .

    Was it a Rob Vollens? I see that name mentioned now and then and can’t decide if it’s an in house joke or not.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #37

    OLG – remember John Tudor from Byker he had heart bother ended up getting a stint inserted. Was it him – famous one liners.

  • Online Guy

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #38

    Aye Jail that Ghengis was a canny leader really .

    I had a horse named Ghengis and he was a right B’stard for trying to hoof you in the bollocks ..

  • Online Guy

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #39


  • Just a fan

    Mar 7, 2019 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #40

    Didn’t ghengis have about fifty kids and he died on the job.
    Apparently most people can trace there ancestors back to ghengis or was it Edward the fourth


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