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Former Manager Praises Newcastle

The former Burnley, Wigan and Blackburn Rovers manager Owen Coyle has praised the way Newcastle handled their promotion back to the Premier League in 2017 after being relegated the previous year.

Rafa Benitez was allowed to build a new team in the summer of 2016 that could get promoted from the Championship, and he brought in players like Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle, Isaac Hayden, and Ciaran Clark.

We lost top players like Gini Wijnaldum, Andros Townsend, Mousa Sissoko, and Daryl Janmaat but that’s what happens when you are relegated – the top players want to leave.

Owen Coyle – Newcastle are the best example of how to get promoted

Rafa had persuaded Mike Ashley to go for it (promotion) if Rafa stayed on board at the club – which he did.

And while that was a huge surprise it also clearly showed Rafa’s commitment to Newcastle United.

This is what Owen Coyle said today as reported in the Chronicle talking about relegation from the Premier League:

“I think Newcastle are the best example a few years ago.”

“When they went down, what they did was they reinvested in the squad.”

“Not necessarily at the time what looked like great Premier League players, but top Championship players.”

“Matt Ritchie, who’s gone on to be a good Premier League player. But boys they knew could get them back up.”

In fact, during that summer of 2016, if you look at the incoming and outgoing transfer fees, we made a profit of £30M.

Since we have been promoted, we’ve spent a couple of seasons fighting relegation.

But it looks like we could be safe this season with one other club still to be relegated along with Huddersfield and Fulham.

52-year-old Owen Coyle was appointed the manager of Scottish Premiership club Ross County on a two-year contract in September 2017, but the former striker resigned in March last year, with the club sitting bottom of the league.

Owen has managed 9 different football clubs.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 3, 2019 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #1

    I can see Palace being party poopers tonight !!!!

  • martoon

    Apr 3, 2019 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #2

    Owen Coyle was my striker in my first ever Fantasy Football team – he was as cr*p in that as he is a manager 😉

  • hibbit

    Apr 3, 2019 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #3

    palace will be looking for the bragging rights for years to to come with a win tonight,
    bound to be up for it to night and they’ll be looking forward to spoiling spurs party !!!!!!

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 3, 2019 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Can someone explain why any of us should give a stuff about what Owen Coyle thinks? And why, in that interview, did he give credit to the club but not mention Rafa once? Jealousy?


  • RobLeenio

    Apr 3, 2019 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #5

    Spurs are struggling for goals since Kane’s injury. Can’t see them scoring too many, Palace could nick something for sure.

    I do think Spurs will win, though.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 3, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #6

    Someone has hacked the result of the best player poll. Only explanation.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 3, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Unsubstantiated paper talk.

  • lesh

    Apr 3, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Owen has managed 9 different football clubs. What do I think?

    Owen Coyle’s looking for a job it’s as simple as that,

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 3, 2019 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #10

    It is concerning that some people seem to find Almiron a waste of a transfer. I have no expectations of him this season and hope that Rafa is around for years to come to coach him into a better player. If you look at the improvement he has made with Perez over two seasons, although I do think he has peaked and should be sold if the right offer comes in.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 3, 2019 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #11

    To a certain extent, this will be the type of deal the owner will be looking to make with Rafa. The club will require young players to be brought in, improved and sold to provide an income. Whilst Rafa will be happy with a balance between young and older, experienced professionals to provide an example and game management.

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 3, 2019 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #12

    According to the shields gazette we’re interested in 33 year old Edin Dzeco for £8.5m… Whilst id goals/game ration is very good – 1 in 2, I really can’t see it can you?

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 3, 2019 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #13

    lesh, makes sense. Can you imagine?


  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 3, 2019 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #14

    Yesterday, Moise Kean, a young black Italian striker for juveniles was racially abused during the match with Cagliari. He scores and then stands in front of the fans with his arms held out, cue more racist abuse.

    Teammate and supposed leader Bonucci and Manager Allegri only come out after and lay blame at the door of their player. Unbelievably shocking.

    Similarly I remember when balotelli was coming through the ranks, few people criticised him saying ‘there are no black italians’.

    Seems it is still a common view.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 3, 2019 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #15

    Juveniles? Juventus lol

  • lesh

    Apr 3, 2019 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #16


    Coyle’s got Prem experience, ambitious but probably willing to work under Ashley’s rules…… Yup, a frightening but unlikely prospect for us.

    Though, Fulham and West Brom are likely to be in recruitment mode with the former being a realistic option for Coyle.

  • lesh

    Apr 3, 2019 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #17


    Juveniles are the Juventis juniors!

  • AncientC

    Apr 3, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #18

    I not quite sure why Lascelles is getting blamed for the 2nd goal scored by Arsenal.
    From what I recall, the ball was out of his reach; Lascelles only other option was to give away a penalty and gain a possible red card.

    *Non football related post below solely intended for lesh*

  • martoon

    Apr 3, 2019 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #19

    hibbit @7 – I’m sure I could be a sports journalist these days – just pull together a few rumours from Twitter and blogs like this one, then mix it with some of Rafa’s answers in press conferences and hey presto write an article with absolutely nothing that we haven’t heard before!
    Also these articles keep referring to the board but we know this, now, consists of one person Lee Charnley. Sure Charnley will do thenegotiation but all the final decisions will be made by the fat man himself!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 3, 2019 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #20

    So to move up to the next level what do people think we need?

    Right and Left fullbacks who can attack and defend in equal measures and are good in possession
    2 or 3 central midfielders
    Left and Right winger / forwards who have pace and can score goals
    Rondon and another Pacy striker

    We kind of need them all if we are going to progress as we need better possession and midfielders who can create with pace to get around the pitch

    But we also need serious pace on the wings and goal threat as none of our wide guys look like they would score 5 or 6 goals between them!?

    So even if we were to sign Nandez and Mooy for about 24 million between them that would give us a lot more quality in central midfield

    Víctor Camarasa is on loan at Cardiff but looks a quality player capable of playing at a higher level Betis are supposed to want 10 million for him

    Rondon release clause if true is 16.5 million

    So roughly to get even those 4 players is probably going to be 40 – 50 million (maybe even more) if you add in fees etc

    We would still need another 40 or 50 million for other players or the squad again would be short on the necessary quality to really push on!

    TV money with player sales should mean that Rafa has a really good budget to work with unless Ashley has to buy another few retail outlets…

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 3, 2019 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Lee Charnley Bunga Party, if we buy that number of players we’ll guaranteed be selling some too, more money for the pot if that happens.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 3, 2019 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #22


    Yeah its come to the end of the cycle where the squad needs major surgery all players not making a contribution need sold like Colback etc to fund players that Rafa will actually use !

  • Toondog2

    Apr 3, 2019 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #23

    How does Wolves do it?
    Can some explain to me.
    I watched them playing ManU and were simply better .

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 3, 2019 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #24


    By spending a decent amount of dosh on players the manager has wanted!? Rumour has it they have agreed a deal for that Jimenez striker they have on loan for 25 million while we will probably “Baulk” at the fee and wages for Rondon and any other decent striker this summer….

  • martoon

    Apr 3, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Toondog2 @23 – I only saw the beginning and the end but at the start Man U were killing them and completely dominating. I’m not sure what happened to change all that – was it the sending off?
    Their manager is probably favourite for Manager of the Season – if not Rafa then I’d rather see him get it than someone like Pep or Klopp!

  • Toondog2

    Apr 3, 2019 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #26

    How much did Wolves spend ? And where did they get the money from ?
    Is it sustainable ?
    Same with West Ham a lot of money spent with promises for more to come
    No wonder we can’t compete although looking at Fulham who spent £100m and are now relegated I suppose just throwing money at anything doesn’t solve the problem,hence the
    Need for a good academy to find the Jadson Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odois of the world.
    Mind Longstaff is a good example for us though, definitely the way forward

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 3, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #27

    I would say Wolves have had a giant share of the luck this season we were robbed of 6 points off them for a start due to dodgy refereeing decisions!

    There have also been a few other games where they have had the rub of the green with regards to sending offs and goals etc

    What I would say is they have got a great blend of good defenders , creative midfielders and real pace about the team which does make them dangerous playing the top 6 !

    We have good defenders but we dont really have that good a midfield or serious pace to trouble teams

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 3, 2019 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #28


    I suppose Wolves kind of gambled that they would stay up so spent this seasons TV money before they got it?

    They are also owned by seriously rich people who are not afraid to pump in some money there is now a lot of interest in some of their players so I suppose they could sell one or two of them and invest?

  • Toondog2

    Apr 3, 2019 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #29


    True there were times when ManU looked good certainly the sending off changes things but that was the second time Wolves beat ManU so they do seem able to compete against a top6 side
    Unlike us at Arsenal

    Despite Rafa heroics and some reasonably good players in our side we simply aren’t able to compete with the teams in the upper half of the table and I can’t see how accepting just survival does any one any good
    I don’t want to be a feeder club for the so called bigger teams and soon the players will want to move to find a better chance of success or a pay check of course

  • carltoon

    Apr 3, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #30

    Toondog2 might be because they have a Chinese Billionaire owner. Good manger as well.

  • Toondog2

    Apr 3, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #31

    We have a billionaire too don’t we and a good manager


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