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New Manager Must Get The Best Out Of This Player

One player who we missed a bit last season was Jonjo Shelvey. The midfield maestro has his faults but also has abilities that are sorely lacking in the Newcastle United squad at the moment.

While he can be very temperamental and lack defensive discipline, his vision and passing ability are top-notch. He has also stated time and again of his love of playing at the club.

Jonjo Shelvey is one player who will not be looking to leave the club due to Rafa Benitez’s departure. While he surely admired the Spanish legend, he had lost his place this past season due to a mixture of long-term injury, the emergence of both Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden, and the addition of free agent Ki Sung-Yeung.

He will also be very keen to impress whoever the next manager will be. If it is a forward-thinking manager who plays good football, they could possibly unleash Shelvey’s obvious talent and get the best out of him.

With Isaac Hayden likely to leave the club and questions over Sean Longstaff’s future with interest from Manchester United, Shelvey will be a player that could be pivotal this upcoming season.

Having just turned 27 this past February, Shelvey is at an age where he must now prove that he has the maturity and consistency to be a midfield general at a highly visible club like Newcastle.

Over the past few seasons, we have seen very encouraging signs that Shelvey is aware and willing to grow into that type of player and teammate.

Jonjo Shelvey– in need of the right manager at Newcastle

Jonjo has a big reputation as being an emotional player which oftentimes proved detrimental to him on the pitch. This is something he addressed earlier this year when he asked to play with the reserves to gain match fitness when he struggled to get back into the Newcastle side.

“I probably have a bit of a reputation about being a sulker and having a bad attitude, and, if I’m honest with you, then probably three or four years ago I probably would have sulked and thrown my toys out the pram,”

We have been very impressed with Shelvey’s growth off the pitch over the past few years. Even though he was deeply disappointed with his lack of gametime he did not allow that to become a problem in the dressing room.

He recently addressed this past season and the season ahead in an interview with NUFC TV:

“People wrote me off and things like that, but as far as I’m aware I’m a Newcastle United player and, until I’m told otherwise, I’ll keep fighting for a spot in this team and to show everyone how good I am.”

“It was [hard to get back into the team]. People came into the team and did well, and I wasn’t given a lot of opportunities.

“But that’s football at the end of the day; you’re not going to go through your whole football career always having a perfect season, you’re going to have these seasons now and again.

“Hopefully that is mine done and out of the way, and now I can look forward and continue into next season the way I finished last season.

“I obviously want to get myself back into the team first of all, and make sure by the start of the season that I’m back in the starting eleven and then kick on from there.”

Shelvey will always have a bit of chip on his shoulder, that is just the way he is built. He is an immense talent and has matured greatly over the past few seasons.

He has the ability to unlock defenses with precision passes and through balls that Newcastle missed a bit last season. With the right manager in place, Shelvey can become a top-level midfielder in the Premier League.

We would also like to ask that posters please refrain from personal attacks on other posters. We encourage the spirit of debate and many readers bring exceptional insight in the comments section. However, we have seen some nastiness recently and, while we understand this is a very troubling time at the club, would like to ask posters to remain civil with each other even through disagreements. Thank you.

290 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #1

    I don’t blame Rafa at all for being a twat with Ashley
    In these scenarios it’s always the long – suffering
    supporters who pay the price

  • TyneMouth

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Sunday morning, coming down…

    Time for a quick read of the blog, before the Baloney berk sticks his oar in…

    What a waste of space!

    It’s no wonder his girlfriend gave him the elbow!

  • Jib

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #3

    3rd June 2010

    Liverpool have confirmed the departure of their manager Rafael Benítez. The club released a statement this afternoon saying the Spaniard is to leave the club “by mutual consent”.
    Kenny Dalglish is to assist the Liverpool managing director, Christian Purslow, in the search for a replacement. Roy Hodgson, Martin O’Neill and Louis van Gaal are among the bookmakers early favourites for the post.
    “It is very sad for me to announce that I will no longer be manager of Liverpool FC,” Benítez said. “I would like to thank all of the staff and players for their efforts.”

    9th June he rocked up at AC Milan

  • Captain AmeriMag

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #4

    @betty from previous, I enjoy a sophisticated debate and feel I’m more than capable of getting a reasoned point across using the correct punctuation, a fairly wide range of vocabulary and apostrophes in all the right places.
    Having said all of that, Love Island is belter!!

  • one fine day

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Wasn’t it inter?

  • magscar

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Well said Neil 🙂

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7

    Jib Baloney showing his credentials. A slithering snake.

  • Imzky

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #8


    Shiekhs are In town and everything has finally been finalised. Delay was due to royal family death last week.

    Announcement and press conference in coming week. I’ll try find out which day exactly.

    But finally wooohooo! HWTL!!!

  • one fine day

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #9

    Hard go even focus on the playing side with what’s going down but I will enjoy a fully fit shelvey and almeron working together
    Scarey bursts of speed and the guy who can drop the ball to his feet like a quarterback 🙂

  • danishmag

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10

    How do you know that?

  • Tsunki

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #11

    Get lost fake news boy

    Looks like steeeee- rike ONE! For the Baloney man.hope he takes the hint (or…)

  • one fine day

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Forgive me if I don’t punch the ceiling as another name appears here we have never seen before sprouting BREAKING NEWS

  • crawfordm

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #13

    New manager – its Redfearn or perhaps he can tempt Harry Redknapp back into management ##@#.
    Was out yesterday and there was a dad and his two sons wearing the new shirts. I asked whether his sons pressurised him into buying the shirts. His response was no i wanted them and i have renewed our season tickets – I will not let Ashley force me out of my club he will leave before me. There is our problem there is no hard drive to get him out. There’s whingeing on social media and radio, there’s powder puff demo’s and there’s people buying shirts and tickets. Ashley will stay as long as he wants then pass us onto his son no doubts. It is a guaranteed hundred of millions cash cow – when will we learn ???

  • Jib

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #14

    Yes Mourinho’s Inter

  • northernirishtoon

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #15

    Wraith now supporting the boycott

    Go on stevie boy

  • Tsunki

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #16

    Jib keep it coming Mikey’s boy! Plenty of cut and paste golden goals from you in the months to come.

    It’s plain to see that the only reason you would try and promote this stance is to destabilise fan unrest, otherwise your insinuations would have no point.

    You’re made of glass, Jeff from Benwell. 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #17

    Ha ha jib @14 spilling his breakfast can in his rush to smatter Benitez with his tosh brush.

    More haste less speed eh?


  • one fine day

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #18

    Next time check his career with catchy he will give you the details as only a crazed obsessive can 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #20

    Crawfordm – it’s really disappointing that someone can be so ignorant as to come out with that.

    Ashley will leave before the masses who feed him extraordinary profits? What are they thinking? It’s Ashley’s club not theirs! They need to get it back and you can’t get rid of a rat by feeding him.

  • Jib

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #21


  • toon22

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #22

    Who would have guessed JIB would try and promote the PR line with Rafa

    Hahahahaha hahahahaha hahahahaha

    Who do you think he will pretend to sell us to next time?

  • toon22

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #23


    Undisclosed Payments


  • davo

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #24

    Rafa being a twat with Ashley? Lol
    Pure PR. Haha.

  • toon22

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #25

    I’m guessing when they sell longstaff there will be similar PR guff about him wanting better
    How it’s his fault

    It’s never MAs fault

  • toon22

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #26

    Hiya KBA

  • DaveD1000

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #27

    Rafa plans ahead. He didn’t fancy signing up for another 3 years of scrimping and loans….shoot him. Nice guys finish last look how Saint Bobby was treated.

  • Tsunki

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #28

    Can’t blame jib his hero got burnt he’s bound to feel sore. 🙂

  • one fine day

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #29

    That’s disappointing but illustrates the gap that needs to be breached and how easy the club can manipulate the business as usual .
    I would bet the largest % of match going fans get their info from tHe official site/ app there lies the problem .
    Checked my work email this morning and 7 am got my email from Nust
    Have to say it’s not the most well put together offering.
    Membership update ? Tells me they have met at the weekend to form a board and elect a chair and secretary
    I am sure Norman Watson and co are decent guys with good intentions ..but does anyone crave to have someone with the passion of true Geordie going along to a meet n greet with penfold down the track ?
    Then a load about forming networking with the national fans associations etc ….ffs HOW ABOUT STANDING UP FOR US FIRST ? It’s way more important that networking short term
    Feel I have wasted my money on Nust at this point
    Feels like the London magpie group are the only ones who can be relied on right now
    Just my thoughts on this Sunday evening

  • Swlabr

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #30

    Betty…post that every couple of days, it was a creaser!

  • toon22

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #31

    When you think about it

    Do people actually care what JIB thinks about anything?
    He’s pro MA
    Is blatant PR
    Has been horrible so many times there’s no point in listing them
    And posts under multiple accounts

    Why care ?

  • welshy14

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #32

    sky sports news reporter just been on about jose and said we know hes close to getting back into management. then corrected him self and said we know he wants to get back into management. slip of the tongue? do they know something maybe

  • Genjikai

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #33

    Steve wraith on board with the boycott.
    All going in the same direction.
    Howare lads lets make this happen.

  • Genjikai

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #34

    One goal, ashley out.
    ‘The Magpie Group would like to invite all fellow Newcastle United fans to boycott all of Mike Ashley’s enterprises, including his retail outlets online and on the high street as well as online.

    Basically shun anything this greedy man is associated with!

    In Monday’s meeting, we decided that we must call on all fans to unite and #boycott the Arsenal game.

    This is a plea particularly to those that feel they are not yet at the stage of renouncing their season ticket.

    We openly admit that we have made mistakes in the past by not fulfilling plans to boycott but we will not be fooled again!

    For whatever reason, Ashley does not want success on the pitch. He never bought Newcastle United to see the team thrive, only his bank balance.

    Evert time we move in the right direction, he sabotages our progression through his lies and deceit.

    He knew full well as he sat at Fulham that he had no interest in securing Rafa’s future because Rafa wanted to invest into the club in order to be successful.

    But one thing Ashley doesn’t like is being embarrassed.

    Many of us have already paid for our tickets, but let’s shock and humiliate him by presenting an empty stadium to the nation and reminding everyone that we have pride in our beloved team.

    So instead of filling his pockets further, get yourself to a pub and support our local businesses whilst watching the lads play.

    This is only the start of many actions that will commence in the coming weeks, months and years, if necessary.

    We welcome all other fan groups who we know share the same desire to eradicate this poison from our club to join us in this war.

    It is a war and we are only stronger together.’

    The Magpie Group

  • one fine day

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #35

    That’s a back flip then 🙂

  • toon22

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #36

    If we were being sold you wouldn’t see PR like we have over the last few days
    If anything it’s gotten worse

    That’s not the actions MA would pay for with s company he’s selling

    You think Tony is an alt if JIB


  • lesh

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #37


    It’s no surprise you mentioned the Jib Baloney connection – I was thinking just that from the time Baloney first rocked up. Same traits – troublesome and narcissistic.

  • lesh

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #38


    Yer shirt-buying fan doesn’t quite get the fact that Ashley doesn’t want to force fans out of the club – he wants them to continue supporting it and implicitly him!

  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #39

    All that article shows is that Rafa, as a world class manager will always have offers on the table and seems to hold all the aces.

  • lesh

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #40

    Let’s look at the Rafa knew bit from a different angle.

    How about that Rafa wanted to stay and hoped that Ashley’d give some ground on control of transfers and give him knowledge of a budget but knew that’d be unlikely because he knew that Ashley wouldn’t budge on his terms.

    Looking at things from that angle changes the narrative that’s being peddled by Bishop.

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