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The Captain Speaks For The First Time Since Rafa’s Exit

Newcastle United skipper Jamaal Lascelles has been doing some speaking today as the club prepare for the preseason trip to China tomorrow.

The club released some comments from Jamaal earlier today on twitter.

There’s not much there but it’s good to hear from the captain for the first time since he tweeted his gratitude to Rafa Benitez on that dreaded Monday.

Jamaal has added a little more on his Twitter account as he has just tweeted the following.

This is excellent from Jamaal who will be concerned as to the direction this club is headed.

He was handed the captain’s armband by Rafa three years when he was just 22 years old.

He also was one of the few players to show fight and determination during the horrific tenure under Steve McClaren. His leadership at that time would have done a lot to cement his captaincy when Rafa came to try and save the club.

Lascelles will be a pivotal figure at the club to try to steady the ship and get the squad to focus on the season ahead.

Even though it would further delay any transfer activity and most likely leave the games in China to be managed by Neil Redfearn and Ben Dawson, we hope that the talks with Steve Bruce stall and ultimately fail. We just do not feel like he is right for the club at this time.

According to Sky Sports, he is not even close to be Ashley’s top choice and with other names available for free we have to hope that another manager is appointed.

This is what Keith Downie writes on the manager search:

Mike Ashley originally wanted a bigger name. We know Steven Gerrard, Patrick Vieira, Roberto Martinez, Mikel Arteta and Sam Allardyce were all approached, but they either distanced themselves from the position or were dissuaded from taking it, so Ashley had to work his way down his list.

We would even prefer Garry Monk to Steve Bruce to be honest. He is at least young and with the right transfers may be able to play some decent football.

Though his recent history has been less than encouraging.

Of course, we would ultimately prefer a manager like Rudi Garcia or Laurent Blanc but that is just not going to happen.

35 comments so far

  • Stardust

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #1


  • IrishRob

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #2


  • Stardust

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #3

    The takeover has never been off. Just taking a while to sort it I reckon.
    Im back in the positivity club although Im binning my ticket and hating mackem bruce.


  • Australian Pie

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #4

    This club is bizarre….. looked like Bruce was as good as signed then still taking Wednesday training.

    Wish this club knew how to communicate with fans.

    Charnley Out!

  • Stardust

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #5

    I didnt think Id ever say it but if they employ mackem bruce I hope we lose every game 10-0 until hes gone

  • Captain AmeriMag

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #6

    I can’t lie my hope was dead this morning.

    I’ve been adamant all along that the journos don’t have a clue what they’re talking about but yesterday they were all so unanimous about Potato Heed’s imminent appointment I resigned defeat as surely they couldn’t all be wrong.

    I put up 3 possible positive scenarios last night which I truthfully didn’t even believe myself but as the day has gone on I’m starting to believe again!

    Thank you Mr Robleenio for your logical, objective and well written ruminations. They have refilled my optimism gauge!!

    The press have been well informed by their collective “sources”, all from within the club being told exactly what KBA wants them to report.

    They’re trying to force BZG to commit. Plane N9895 is still in London, they’re still in the game. Come on Midhat play this Slug at his own game, don’t blink, force this deal through!!

    New rule for the Captain AmeriMag Positivity Club – believe NOTHING in the press until it is 100% confirmed and a new patsy manager is pictured on the pitch!


  • Stardust

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Bruce is even shorter odds today

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Did anyone ask Lascelles “With Rafa Benitez as Chinese club Dalian Yifang’s manager has he asked any/or all of our current squad to join him?”

  • Stardust

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #9

    I normally wouldnt have even been bothered by which manager they got because as it stands we are finished.
    But the fact theyve gone for a mackem makes me sick.
    And he is a mackem by the way. Ive seen tons of pics with him in mackem gear and holding up a mackem scarf. and he had a special song ready for them if they beat the toon. and he cheered like crazy when the mackems scored against us. Anyone that says he is a geordie etc is deluded. he’s 100% mackem scum.

  • Wayayman

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Ok lads and lasses. Time to stand up and be counted. Anyone who is in the South of UK you are needed for a protest at Fatty’s place THIS SUNDAY – please take a look here.


    Anyone who is in the North East, get in touch urgently with info@londonmagpiegroup.co.uk as there is something planned for you too… Same day.

  • welshy14

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #11

    #CANSHALLAH HWTL been waiting all day for the doors to open to the positivity club. had a tab with the cleaner she said deals still on that will do me

  • Stardust

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #12

    f****** bent nose fat faced cheesy chip panda pop c***

    to think they would even dare to get him in as toon manager is nothing short of a disgrace

  • Captain AmeriMag

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #13

    The doors of the Positivity Club are always open Stardust mate.

    The pints of Stella are bottomless, the bar snacks are orgasm inducing and don’t forget to tip the aftershave guy in the toilet, the stuff he sprays makes you sexually irresistible to every 10/10 bird on the Quayside!

    Back in the game lads! Feel some Khaled Karaoke coming on!!


  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #14
  • Stardust

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #15

    so whos in the positivity club?


  • Nedders

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Occam’s razor – basically, the more assumptions you have to make, the more unlikely an explanation.

    Ashley usually appoints a low-rent, useless English manager. Charnley usually goes along with it.

    Ashley has “failed” to sell the club on at least 4 separate occasions. He has actually sold the club zero times.

    There’s no brinkmanship. There’s no takeover. It’s a reversion to the “model” when Pardew finished 5th. Buy cheap young players. Nickson is where Carr was, Bruce takes on the Pardew role, Barnes is where Llambias was and Charnley takes on the Moncur role, or something similar.

    4 patsies and Ashley. The only way he operates, the only was he works. All happy to be in a grossly inflated job, all thankful for their inflated salaries.

    All this talk of some plane being here, yet nobody can get a photo of anyone? Many think BZG have no real money – compare Mansour’s business presence and online information with BZG, world’s apart.

    And Ashley HATES this club and its’ fans. With a passion. He is a petty, vindictive son of a bitch and is at war with the fans. I have a theory that Ashley, who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing, is wearing the club down to be relegated and is actually aiming to sell in 1-2 years from now having utterly stripped it of any value, paid back as much of his loan as he can. I think we will end up mid-table Championship, but Ashley’s loan will be repaid and as such – from his spreadsheet – he can take the buy price of £134m, take away an approximation of the free ride he’s had and sell it in an abysmal state for £100m. I’m so certain that’s his intention I’d put money on it.

  • welshy14

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #17

    the positivity club is such a happy place to be

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Mike Pitt
    39m39 minutes ago
    ? come on… what about BZG what’s going on there?

    1 reply 0 retweets 0 likes
    Reply 1 Retweet Like Direct message

    37m37 minutes ago
    Stand off. Simple as that

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #19

    The Prem window closes on August 8.
    Who’s up for a real bargain or two on Deadline Day? Or will Toxic Ash sell Longstaff & Almiron on that day?

    Is it free membership to the NUFC Positivity Club Stardust?

  • Stardust

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #20

    thats west lancs in haha
    flight radar posts get you free entry

  • justthetoonofus

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #21

    Based on that tweet from Chancel, wouldn’t be beneficial for the club, fans and players for BZG to accept his demands to get there hands on the club and renegotiate ashleys demands in the future(pay him off). Too close to the start of the team without any clearly defined way of playing etc

  • welshy14

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #22

    if what was said yesterday was true bruce be signed by now he woupdnt of been taking training this morning hed be with charnley for talks. ashley trying to out pressure on BZG he will sell just trying to squeeze every last dime. hope it doesnt back fire

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Stardust I’d really like to join the NUFC Positivity Club. Honestly prepared to be brainwashed if it will guarantee new ownership. Despite what you may think I do still have Hope.

  • Dubs Left Glove

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #24

    I’m in Stardust.

    The club is prime for a takeover, too much has happened in the last month to suggest it is not happening. Ashlie stalling to the last point to cause as much damage to the upcoming season ahead as possible.

  • cleveleysbob

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Missed the bus, repost,

    Not read the last 12hours after the previous days “shitstorm/meltdown”, so if any of what I say below has been covered I apologise!

    My take on the situation is:-
    4 weeks ago,
    BZG – there you are Mr Ashley, deal as agreed, money in escrow, PL approval given, please sign and transfer ownership to us.
    MA – Ah OK, there’s just one more thing, before I sign, I want the following extra little bit.
    BZG – Sorry Mr Ashley, we’ve met all the agreed terms, please sign and we’ll complete takeover.
    MA – No, I’ll just leave my amendment “on the table” for you to consider.
    BZG – That’s not really necessary, but we’ll leave it for you to think over our agreed deal.
    2 weeks ago,

    MA to KBA/Charnley “they aren’t biting, fxxx em, announce Rafa’s leaving”

    MA to BZG – Rafa was leaving anyway and we had to act responsibly to let you/us appoint a new manager in time for new season.
    BZG – You’ve just diminished the value of the asset we have agreed to buy, but in a gesture of good faith, we will still complete our originally agreed takeover and will again leave it with you.

    MA to KBA, “Bugger, they’ve shat on me there, I know let’s sell the top goal scorer, he said he wanted out anyway”.

    MA to BZG – Sorry about that but we have to keep the business running properly in everyone’s best interest.

    BZG – That’s unfortunate Mr Ashley, but as the £30M will still be part of what we buy, we will still proceed with our original deal.

    This week,

    MA to KBA, “bugger bugger bugger, they won’t bloody move” right 2 things – tell your press buddies they don’t have the money, that might make them “put up” to save face and prove everyone wrong, and announce we are going to appoint a third grade, champo manager, that will make the buggers jump”.

    MA to BZG – As previously pointed out we must keep the business running professionally in the absence of your agreement to my terms.

    BZG – our terms are agreed as originally negotiated.


    MA to KBA/Charnley – Bastards! Don’t whatever you do sign up that bugger Bruce, tell the press that Shef Wed want over £5M compo, mad buggers, can’t pay that! Get the lack of funds story out again, need to cover our backs for the shitstorm.

    KBA/Charnley to MA – Mike why don’t you just sell at the deal as agreed?

    MA (whilst going puce with rage) – I can’t do that ever, I’ll ruin any reputation I ever had!!!

    Moral of story, don’t ever believe a word MA ever says and don’t ever try to do a deal with him and for all NUFC supporters don’t EVER forget whose to blame for all of this shite!!

  • Pain in the Blog

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #26


    I’m still in the positivity club. Never left it mate.

  • Wayayman

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Lads. I’m not giving up hope. I almost did, but the fridge is getting restocked the neet.

  • cleveleysbob

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m still in the positivity club guys, just desperate to see back of Ashley.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Bruce was on a hiding to nothing when his name popped up on Charnley inbox.

    No evidence that they’ve met
    No photos
    No offer
    No compo
    No deal !

    Bruce was in an unenviable position 24hours ago
    Today it’s untenable

    He needs to stay at Wednesday for all concerned, not least of all for his own sanity

  • Stardust

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #30

    haha this is amazing. I had 100% given up all hope yesterday. Had a seriously bad day. Total misery and anger.
    All because of Bruce as I thought that meant the takeover was off and I couldnt see sense with him being a mackem.
    Today Im once again only looking at facts. Im still not back to 100% sure that it can still happen but Im in a much better frame of mind.

    Its amazing to see how so many are coming out and still thinking it can happen.

    just waiting for toon22 to join the positivity club which could then force the deal over the line

  • Stardust

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #31

    howay lads. join up. forget the NUFCTrust and join NUFCPositivityClub

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #32

    The only statement we have heard on the Bruce situation is from the man himself, who basically said “it’s news to me”. The rest is ill-informed press speculation from reliable “we don’t print it unless it’s verified by at least 2 sources” outlets such as the chronic. The people who gained are bookies and Ashley in his ‘sale games’.

  • cleveleysbob

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #33

    Chancel – agreed mate, hence my little one act play, we’re being fed bullshit by MA/KBA/press!

  • Toon Cat

    Jul 12, 2019 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #34

    Sky, the Chron, etc don’t really have journalists. They have lazy reporters who pass on whatever they are told by their ‘sources’. The only Newcastle ‘sources’ they have are those in the club peddling the official Ashley line. Ashley and the club have been proved in court to have lied to fans and the media repeatedly. So anything we hear about Newcastle from UK reporters (in general) is suspect and tainted by spin. Worth remembering, especially when the blame game starts over yet another failed sale.

  • onmeedsun

    Jul 12, 2019 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #35

    The positivity club are clearly on some of that legalised cannabis. Reckon I need some of that to keep me sane and chilled. If takeover happens I’ll be heading to the nearest pub to buy everyone a drink and will start going to church!


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