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Rafa – No Approaches From Other Clubs – With Luck Newcastle Can Compete With Anyone

Rafa Benitez was positive and down to earth at his press conference early this afternoon.

And somewhat surprisingly said that he has not had any approaches from other clubs – and he knew as much as anybody else about interest in him from China being reported.

Only Sean Longstaff is injured, and we picked up no new injuries during the International break, and captain Jamaal Lascelles is back in training and fit again.

Fabian Schar has been checked out this morning by medics, and he is OK.

Rafa Benitez – no approaches from other clubs – yet

Rafa was asked if anything has changed with his position at Newcastle:

“Not really any approaches from other clubs. I can read the same as you. But for me I am just concentrating on talking with Newcastle and see where we can go.”

“I talk with Lee Charnley sometimes, but I am just concentrating on the games for now.”

“We’ll see when we are safe and then where we can go.”

“If we do well, also if we get a little bit of luck, we can compete with anyone. The team is solid and we have confidence in ourselves.”

“The stats are the same as last year, which is interesting, but we are more of a threat in attack because we know what we’re doing.”

“We always take these things very seriously (Schar concussion and playing on) . He had a test over there and he had another test over here.”

“I was in contact with him after (the injury), and he passed the test with the doctor.’

“I like to spend time with my family when I can. Normally we have 2 or 3 days off, then we try to stay there, and we have already stuff prepared ready for the Arsenal game.”

“My staff is well prepared and we are ready.”

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • lesh

    Mar 29, 2019 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #1

    An open letter to Lino (the country’s PM, leader in name only)

    Dear Mrs. May,

    Please find below our suggestion for fixing Brexit.

    Instead of giving billions of pounds to Eurocrats, that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan.
    You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan:

    There are about 10 million people over 50 in the work force.
    Pay them £1 million each severance for early retirement with the following stipulations:

    1) They MUST retire.
    Ten million job openings – unemployment fixed

    2) They MUST buy a new British car.
    Ten million cars ordered – Car Industry fixed

    3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage –
    Housing Crisis fixed

    4) They MUST send their kids to school/college/university –
    Crime rate fixed

    5) They MUST buy £100 WORTH of alcohol/tobacco a week …..
    And there’s your money back in duty/tax etc

    It can’t get any easier than that!

    P.S. If more money is needed, have all members of parliament pay back their falsely claimed expenses and second home allowances

    If you think this would work, please forward to everyone you know.

    Let’s put the pensioners in jail and the criminals in a nursing home.

    This way the pensioners would have access to showers, hobbies and walks.

    They’d receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc and they’d receive money instead of paying it out.

    They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly, if they fell, or needed assistance.

    Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them.

    A guard would check on them every 20 minutes and bring their meals and snacks to their cell.

    They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.

    They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counselling, pool and education.

    Simple clothing, shoes, slippers, PJ’s and legal aid would be free, on request.

    Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard, with gardens.

    Each senior could have a PC a TV radio and daily phone calls.

    There would be a board of directors to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct that would be strictly adhered to.

    The criminals would get cold food, be left all alone and unsupervised. Lights off at 8pm, and showers once a week. Live in a tiny room and pay £600.00 per week and have no hope of ever getting out.

    Think about this (more points of contention):

    Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Appleby almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the county of Cumbria?

    And, they even tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 125,000 illegal immigrants wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.

    Think about this … If you don’t want to forward this for fear of offending someone — YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM! It is time for us grumpy old folk of Britain to speak up!


  • Jib

    Mar 29, 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Nicely plagiarised from Facebook – clever boy
    Trying to present it as your own idea ?
    Just post a link man

  • lesh

    Mar 29, 2019 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #3


    This is Jib’s earlier post that prompted my response about Ashley not caring about the welfare of employees of Debenhams:


    ‘I think Ashley is speaking for the other smaller shareholders Debenhams advisers have proposed a debt-for-equity swap and a pre-pack administration which makes the shareholders stake worthless .

    ‘Ashley can easily take the hit but the other70% mostly pensioners with savings in the company (Debenhams ex workers) will see them wiped out.’

    lesh – Mar 29, 2019 at 9:57 AM

    ‘Jib. I don’t know where you found the narrative you’ve posted @3 (Bishop perhaps?) but in reality Ashley’s made this statement to try to.protect his own investment in Debenhams.

    ‘Has he ever shown concern for small shareholders, employees or their pension arrangements? Perhaps his treatment of SCS [corrected to USC] employees might give you a clue?’


    I hope that helps you understand my comment about Ashley ever being a caring employer – he’s only interested in protecting his investment which’d be at risk in the event of a Debenhams pre-pack administration

  • lesh

    Mar 29, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #5


    No, you’re wrong – yet again….

    I copied the May letter from a WhatsApp message (no link but written as I copied it) from a mate and hadn’t a clue where or who originally posted it to Facebook or wherever.

    You’re the blog’s bullshitter, not me.

  • lesh

    Mar 29, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #6


    You’ve obviously got time on your hands if you’re able to trawl the likes of Facebook, Google etc for most of each day? Can’t you find something useful to do to fill your time in?

  • Jib

    Mar 29, 2019 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #7

    You’ve obviously got time on your hands if you’re able to
    copy the May letter from a WhatsApp message from a mate.

    Can’t you find something useful to do to fill your time in?

  • Jib

    Mar 29, 2019 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Rafa Said
    Jamaal Lascelles is back
    Fabian Schar has passed health checks after injury last week
    still missing through suspension
    No knowledge of links to a job in China
    Has had contact with Lee Charnley but now is not the right time
    to talk about his own future
    Admits ‘one game’ might be enough to secure safety

  • toonluvva

    Mar 29, 2019 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Since Rafa is still under contract, i suppose it precludes him from being too open about whether or not other clubs have been in touch with him or his agent.
    Keep your cards close to your chest, and be prepared to stand up and walk away if you don’t like the deal you are offered. The NUFC fans will not blame you for moving to another club.


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