SJP1The latest changes to Newcastle’s remaining matches have just been announced and there are two matches moved for the benefit of the armchair audience.

Predictably the home match against the mackems is to be televised but the change to the schedule is minimal, kick-off was originally scheduled for 1.30pm on Saturday 13 April and the match remains on that day, but kick-off is brought forward 45 minutes for a 12.45pm start. That match to be shown on SKY.

The other game to be moved is the home clash with Liverpool which should see another sell-out, again the change to the match is minimal, the date remains Saturday 27 April but the kick-off is now 5.30pm instead of 3pm. That match is to be screened by ESPN.

However, on the official NUFC website there is a rather strangely worded proviso;

‘However, the Liverpool game will move to Sunday 28 April with a 12 noon kick-off, and remain live on ESPN, should Liverpool reach the Europa League semi-final’.

Having checked the fixtures I can’t see any special circumstances that apply to only Liverpool, so I assume someone should be having a bit more faith and added ‘or Newcastle….reach the Europa League semi-final’.

The scheduled semi-final dates for any clubs getting that far are Thursday 25 April and Thursday 2 May.

Here’s hoping!

***We’ve just had word back from Newcastle United and if either Liverpool or Newcastle (or both!) get to the Europa semi-final, then NUFC v Liverpool will be a noon kick-off on Sunday 28 April.

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!