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Matt Ritchie Speaks Of Life Without Rafa Benitez


The Shields Gazette have an article on Matt Ritchie’s comments at today’s press conference in Nanjing.

They have a bit more substance than the ones provided by co-caretaker manager Ben Dawson.

This is what Matt Ritchie has said this morning:

“To see the manager leave was disappointing.

“He had a good reign at the club – it was a decision taken between the manager and the club’s owners.

“We now look forward to a new manager and a new season.

“The key thing I’ve said since I’ve been at this club is we’ve got to create a togetherness, and everybody pulling in the same direction. Togetherness is key for me.

“Ben and Neil’s sessions have been of high quality and good intensity so we’re not missing anything in that respect.

“The new manager will want to add players but we’re preparing so that when the new manager does come in, we can hit the ground running.”

These are some good words by Matt Ritchie as he went a little further than Ben Dawson did by mentioning the disappointment that Rafa Benitez is no longer at the club.

Matt has always been a leader at the club and is a very passionate player. He will no doubt be very upset with the turn of events this summer.

Rafa Benitez brought Matt to the club when we were relegated from Bournemouth. That showed the pull that Rafa had while at the club.

Newcastle may have difficulty recruiting players this summer due to what has transpired over the past few months.

We are glad that the squad has solid leadership with players like Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie, who have got on with their job and remained professional in difficult circumstances.


47 comments so far

  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Oh great,
    We’ve got an anti boycotter who is no fan of Mike Ashley and is going to get behind the manager.

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  • Captain AmeriMag

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #2

    Respect to Michael Chopra for using his public profile to speak out though. If more ex-players and public Geordie figures can step up we might start getting a bit of media coverage and a swing in public opinion.

    It’s going to take that kind of thing for our plight to even be relevant to the rest of the country. There is NO anti-Ashley coverage currently and then Arsenal fans write one fcuking letter and it’s all over the news!!

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  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Steve Bruce is the level we’re at but I’ll be there on time as usual.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #4

    You won’t get a damning indictment of Ashley from a current player. They can only vote with their transfer requests, and that will be entirely dependant on somebody wanting to buy them at a sensible price.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Good listening to Chopra on TalkSport. “I dont think they will give him the £30m, i think Ashley will pocket it and put it into his highstreet shops”

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  • Ricardo74

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Is this guy Tony on talksport really a Toon fan? no wonder we are in this mess.

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  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #7

    jazzyp,
    Heartfelt but ill informed thing to say to be honest.

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  • Captain AmeriMag

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #8

    Also ashleyisamackem is clearly a fantasist with a historical WUM record but the theory makes sense.

    The appointment of Steve Bruce goes against logic to such a degree I can’t help but think something else must be going on.

    Fog on the Tyne mate do you have any other info? Like are they suggesting it’s a different buyer, delay in BZG share transfer or FA approval?

    Any positive tid bit to hang on to would be appreciated!!

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m waiting for the glowing review of Bruce in his attempt to resist the four goals Arsenal put past us. Tactics will be spot on, come out attacking, just the players couldn’t pull it off. Better than being defensive like Benitez, I mean, what did he ever do for us with those tactics? Pffft.

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  • bill

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #10

    I think that sounded like Toney Baloney on Talksport.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Repost

    Cheers Tsunki

    I wouldn’t read to much into the takeover now, embargo surely must be lifted now as Joselu sale went through and he has left.

    Though share holdings can be maybe why everything is so silent and why both parties have not released an statement recently?

    Then again if for say BZG had the majority of shareholding this could sanction the Joselu deal meaning, quite possibly that the takeover is in the works for a full control takeover.

    Seems to me Mike had sold parts of his shares within Newcastle and now has to sell them to BZG which will of course delay the takeover?

    Just a thought though?

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #12

    All suspiciously PR sourced I’d say. If I was being suspicious. Or designed to get listeners riled enough to get engaged.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #13

    Jail

    As in Chopra talking on the Radio??Sorry mate a bit vague

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #14

    The interesting thing was the talk of the Saudi guy who wanted to buy.

    I expected a bit more about Ashleys tenure

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #15

    Nezza

    Please just please don’t mention the sale of Joseppoo.
    Still getting over it mate lol

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  • Jib

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #16

    I think it’s time for unity
    Me and Jail sniping at each other
    Munster and Tsunki
    trying to score points off of each other etc. etc.
    is playing into Ashley’s hands.
    My view of the overall situation is that there’s no chance
    of Ashley selling outside of the PL
    Having a go at whatever patsy he decides to employ is
    avoiding the reality of our plight.
    Kroenke at Arsenal threw Wenger to the wolves it’s only
    now the gooners are realising they were deflected.
    In Liverpool , the Echo newspaper was onside with the fans
    disaffection with the former owners.
    More effort has to be made to get the local press involved with
    the Ashley out agenda.

    btw
    I haven’t been hacked
    As soon as Ashley goes I’ll revert to having
    a pop at Jail
    😛

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  • posada

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #17

    The first up caller to Talksport after Chopra.
    The season ticket holder from Hertfordshire.
    His voice was familiar. Was he a regular caller to phone ins a while back.

    Was he paid to come on a say that. By Barnes, Bishop and Co.
    Boycott is not the way. Target his other businesses. Get behind Bruce.

    Half wits like him make me despair. More so than being owned by Ashley.
    Thick is not the word. Complete lack of any dignity or pride.

    Boycott Arsenal !

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #18

    Probably why for the past 12 years he had us buying cheap and selling high just for the silent shareholders to get their money worth.

    I’m starting to look back now when Schteve was our manager and that 80 million was suddenly given to him, I have a feeling Mike sold some of his shares at that time and ever since (sky money) got involved.

    Ever wondered were this sky money went?

    Theory continues in the next episode……

    😉

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #19

    Tsunki: I will give you a critique of the total shyte you wrote later. You and JFA and Lesh just snuggle up for now.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #20

    Silent shareholders, no way fatty is sharing his spoils

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #21

    Jazzy

    Lol sorry mate, I feel your pain haha 😉

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  • toon22

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #22

    Tony Baloney

    You think a bit more bickering Tony ?
    Desperation sets in

    GHOST TOON Newcastle fans in mass protest with 12,000 season tickets left unsold to hit owner Mike Ashley in pocket

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/9513964/newcastle-fans-protest-mike-ashley/

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #23

    Jib: you are an idiot. Everybody hates you. They hate me as well.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #24

    I cant understand why all the mackem wums are so angry, I thought they’d be happy.

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #25

    Ashes starts in 2 weeks.

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  • toon22

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #26

    Mike Ashley’s stake in Sports Direct tumbles by more than £83m as the firm is forced to delay results over House of Fraser ‘disarray’

    https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/markets/article-7249967/Mike-Ashleys-stake-Sports-Direct-tumbles-83m.html

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #27

    OP

    Why not?

    His SD empire has sold shares?

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  • toon22

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #28

    Tony Baloney

    Hiya Tony we really missed your arguing and bickering

    The PR are getting desperate

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #29

    Just for clarity there has been no official confirmation of Mrs Doubtfire’s appointment has there??
    Still hoping we gonna dodge this bullet

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  • bill

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #30

    In regard to NUST. What are doing exactly?

    Is it the usual blah, blah, blah?

    And Jib, well said. Good on you.

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  • hibbit

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #31

    *can any one pick out Phony Baloney in this this list*

    There are two types of spin which PR companies use.

    Whether these be for political parties or anyone else who spend their lives manipulating the masses, thus using smoke and mirrors (doublespeak for lies and deception) to create confusion amongst their particular victims.
    Simply divide and conquer while conducting business behind the scenes to better your own means.
    These two types of spin are Overt and Covert.

    Overt refers to standard or benign public relations tactics, such as writing press releases, staging events, giving speeches and appearing in the media.

    Covert, on the other hand, refers to a range of cynical techniques to manage information – these are the more malign tactics most people associate with “spin” (Mike Ashley and his PR spin man Keith Bishop pictured above).

    The list below contains a wide range of “covert” tactics drawn. Each of these tactics is employed in a bid to exert control over the way the news media report the message:

    The leak:
    These are strategic leaks offered by the principle or their staff to journalists, in exchange for no scrutiny. In other words, you only get the leak if you promise not to seek comment from the opposing side, or other critics. (This is increasing and is a real problem with Mike Ashley/Newcastle United..)

    The freeze:

    Punishing journalists for negative reporting (such as when the NUFC accounts were revealed in April, Lee Charnley only met and spoke to selected journalists. Or alternatively when Mike Ashley has totally banned journalists/newspapers in the past).

    The spray:

    A form of bullying and intimidation, this is another way of punishing journalists/opposition for negative coverage. Many reporters who file an unfavourable story can expect to “cop a spray” over the phone after it’s published.

    The drip:
    The act of keeping favoured reporters on a drip of exclusive information (NUFC feeding official media partners).

    Staying on message:

    The goal of every public appearance or interview by the principle. In itself, it’s not a malign tactic, but the constant repetition of the same messages without answering questions can be a form of obfuscation.
    Pivoting:
    This refers to shifting away from a difficult question or issue to the one he or she wants to talk about.

    The vomit principle:

    This rule of thumb is widely referred to in principle offices (ED: As opposed to pub fireplaces…). The idea is that if you repeat something so often you feel like vomiting, only then is it likely to be cutting through with the public.

    Playing a dead bat:

    This refers to not responding to a media inquiry or giving a minimal response in an effort to kill the story (No comment throughout this Summer when Ashley/NUFC asked to give clarity to Newcastle fans about a potential takeover).

    The truth, but not the whole truth:

    This refers to being selective with what one reveals, sharing only the most beneficial or least damaging information.

    Throwing out the bodies/taking out the garbage:

    These tactics are used to disclose damaging information under the cover of a major distraction (at NUFC this would be anything taking place under the cover of another takeover story). Other common ways to bury bad news are: announcements on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, or undercover of any major event or news story that can distract the masses.

    Get rid of it now:

    The aim of this tactic is to release all of the damaging information on an issue at one time, so the negative story can be dealt with quickly rather than allowing it to bleed on for weeks in the media. Eg If you’ve got to eat a sh.. sandwich you’ve got to eat it straight away… The advice was always, ‘Get rid of it now. Go and deal with it now’.”

    Fire-breaking:

    Setting up or staging a diversion to distract attention away from another issue. eg launching a new policy to distract from a negative issue in an attempt to shift the media’s attention.

    Kite-flying:

    This means testing or floating an idea before making a commitment to announce it.

    Feeding or starving a story:

    Feeding a story means keeping it alive by commenting on it in the media. Starving a story means starving it of oxygen by not commenting on it. The theory being that after a while the media will get bored and move on.

    Keeping out of the media/being a small target:

    This is a useful tactic if the principle is unpopular and affects their standing to their public.

    Flying under the radar:

    This refers to just quietly getting on with things without publicising it.

    Dishing dirt;

    This is where old claims suddenly emerge publicly in an effort to smear someone’s reputation. The “dirt” can come from outside or inside an organisation. It’s a tactic used to try to destroy someone’s career or reputation (Compare this with the recent dismissal of Rafa and the usual mouthpieces that crawl out from under their rocks spouting ‘He left for the money. Mike had promised him XYZ so he’s just a mercenary blah blah blah.’ Thank you Keys, Wise, Harmison etc).

    Dog-whistling:

    Using specific subtle language and messages to target a particular section of the audience.

    This

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #32

    Nezza

    What would other shareholders get out of they way he runs the club?

    If he’d sold shares in the club it would be public knowledge by now.

    Its main benefactor is SD nobody would want the scraps he leaves

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  • Jib

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #33

    toon22
    You don’t understand the difference between Ashley’s
    stake ( his share holding ) and what that stake is worth
    on this weeks quoted share price.

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #34

    Hibbit: I have no Mike Ashley agenda and therefore have no Mike Ashley propaganda to promote.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #35

    When you think about it, maybe this is why the takeover is dragging on.

    A shareholder would normally haggle and negotiate their shares to potential buyers, we all know how much money can potentially generate per season.

    MA and BZG have both agreed and now it’s just getting the other shareholders to sell which will obviously delay the timing.

    Sorry for the positive spin lol

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  • WarrenBartonCentreParting

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #36

    Somebody got a gun at Ritchie’s head? Unfortunately the players will no longer be enjoying match day atmospheres’ from previous campaigns.. this year’s will be like the moon’s..
    Non existent

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  • hibbit

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #37

    Sports Direct International Plc share price continues it’s fall this morning,
    Ashley getting ready for his buy back ?????????????

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #38

    OP

    The shareholders will get their shares with the money NUFC generates per season.

    Silent shareholders/partners are not usually for public viewing as to why with all the silence and NDA’s

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #39

    HIYA oldarse/Abe Simpson.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 16, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #40

    Jib has a good point.

    Baloney has a bad one. Ashley’s. To disrupt and do exactly what Jib is warning against. That’s why he’s back, to try and stem the tide.

    Not interested Baloney. Not. Interested.

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