Social media is having a major impact on all kinds of aspects of life and the football world is still largely finding its feet as it struggles to adapt.

Many clubs, including Newcastle United, have suffered from idiot players using Twitter (in particular) to reveal unpleasant sides to their characters with racist/homophobic messages sent out, also reinforcing the perception that the average football player isn’t the brightest.

How far the actual clubs are embracing the social media world differs from club to club and a lot of that is down to how much resources they are prepared to throw at this area.

It is also interesting to see from the ‘league tables’ below that while Manchester United are all dominant on Facebook with twenty four million, they have decided not to use Twitter to promote their club. On the other hand Chelsea have recently used Twitter as the route to launch their latest strip.

Newcastle United’s place in all of this? Newcastle are undoubtedly playing catch up on a number of clubs that they would expect to figure better against, such as Aston Villa who currently have twice the numbers on Facebook or Tottenham with three times Newcastle’s followers on Twitter.

Does all this really matter? Obviously it isn’t a matter of life or death but for a club to compete they need to maximise every area of the club and as Newcastle’s stock has risen on the pitch they need to exploit that in every way possible off it.

desree 5pts

if Mclaren was still here, we'd be down and he would be saying 'judge me in the championship'

TonnekToon 5pts

" Judge me after 10 games " Mctuffty said . Rafa's had 8 and hes' light years ahead .

JohnyH 5pts

Dead right, He's the complete manager, after years and years of dross.

long one
long one 5pts

Rafa does not need to comment he's proved what a real manager can do not a coach that thinks he's a manager like McLaren I test my case p.s Ashley charnley .Carr should go fxcx off to India

JDfollowingNUFC 5pts

Rumour mill is that Rafa was a neighbor of Sir John Hall in Marbella back in the day and Rafa called him when his agent raised it with him when Maclaren was leaving. Sir John gave him a shove in our direction which did the trick (as well as a good sum of money) . Sir John has followed it up by hosting Rafa for dinner since he arrived at the club trying to twist his arm to stay even if we are relegated if Mike Ashley gives him the control he needs/wants to build a legacy for himself. Just what I heard.

wor monga
wor monga 5pts

No incoming manager will comment on a previous coach’s performance or the timing of his departure… it’s an unwritten law…Rafa will have studied the offer made and the facts as they stand such as games left, points needed, squad strengths, morale, support, etc before agreeing to take it on, and what went on before his arrival won’t enter into the equation…

...He’ll base his decisions on this, and so he must think that the task is achievable…even though we all know that the decision to bring him in was made far too late, and the window was the 18 day break!!!

Napam_Enema 5pts

Rafa is a gentleman, he is intelligent and respectful so he was always going to be diplomatic to that sort of question.  I, on the other hand, have none of Rafa's most noble traits and will gladly say that McClaren, like Carver and Pardew before him, is a deluded fool who's false sense of his own abilities has been encouraged by stupid and short sighted commentators.  

disillusioned old man
disillusioned old man 5pts

The only question about McClaren is...Why the hell did we employ him in the first place.

jimblag 5pts

Anita has been a star under Rafa. Keep up the good work little man, you're very appreciated.

ArtyH 5pts

@DownUnderMag @jimblag Totally agree with what you have said, however what I cannot understand is why Shelvey, Gini and Mitro have not played to their usually high standards. It may well be the tactics do not suit them or they are not up to the mark according to Rafa. In any case I trust Rafa to do the best for the team and club, its up to the players to work harder to get recognition from the BOSS. 

If we stay up and Rafa gets what he needs to run the club HIS way I think he could be the man to get the club/fans the success it has long since desired. 

DownUnderMag 5pts

@jimblag the whole team is working hard and working together, Anita yes, but Lascelles, Darlow, Townsend, Mbemba and even a resurgent Tiote have been immense since Rafa took over.  Would love to see us stay up and him get some cash to spend and a licence to clear out the dead wood...would be great to see just how far he could take us - over to you Mr Ashley to back him!