The Newcastle team v Everton has just been confirmed.

Rafa Benitez has rung the changes once again.

Murpjy, Joselu, Hayden, Clark out.

Lascelles, Shelvey, Diame, Atsu in.

This is who Rafa Benitez starts with:

Darlow; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo; Shelvey, Merino; Ritchie, Diame, Atsu; Gayle

and the Subs:

Elliot, Clark, Joselu, Perez, Aarons, Hayden, Murphy

Compare Rafa’s side to the the one chosen by fans HERE.

Newcastle v Everton Match Betting:

Newcastle win 7/5Draw 23/10Everton win 23/10

Newcastle win 1-0 7/1Gayle to score first goal 5/1Newcastle win to nil 31/10

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  • TheNutJob

    No Clark & SloMo to start
    just when you thought it couldn`t get any worse

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    Mbemba not even on the bench. We’d better get big money for him and Mitro in January.

    • Peaky Magpie

      It’s a disgrace.Mitro,Mbemba,Aarons & Shelvey all seem to be on Rafa’s own Green Mile.Colback already executed.

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        be fair. Colback is terrible and no one misses him.

        • Peaky Magpie

          😂😂😂

      • Virsino

        Shelvey is muck tonight. Him, SloMo & Darlow should all be whipped off at half time.

        • Peaky Magpie

          Agree,it appears Shelvey is nothing more than an above average championship player only.Too inconsistent.Watch,he’ll score second half now !

  • Leicester Mag

    Still difficult to fathom sorry but it is

  • Antenociticus

    Is he playing Diame against Rooney in an attempt to make SloMo look quick?

    • Soldier

      lol

  • Soldier

    keeps this up, he`ll be lucky to survive a month

  • Mrkgw

    Rafa gets it wrong again. Does he want the sack?

    • Peaky Magpie

      I said on here the other day has anyone considered the new owners may not want Rafa ? He’s certainly once again must be putting doubts in their minds with his selections.

      • Mitros gotta start

        Whats keegan doing?
        Best chequebook manager around…
        3rd times the charm?
        Lol

        • Peaky Magpie

          That’ll set the fantasisers off big time 👍😂

      • Damon Horner

        New owners will favour continuity unless they’ve always intended to bring their own man in. Think they will stick with Rafa myself.

  • Paul9

    Clark hasn’t been the same since the Ireland thrashing from Denmark. Think this team should be good enough to win

    • Soldier

      Lejeune was catastrophic against Leicester, Clark wasn`t

  • Mitros gotta start

    Unreal….diame….lejeune….mbemba and mitro not even on the bench?
    The man has gone mad…..seriously starting to wonder if he is the man to lead us after the takeover…..i mean, do you trust him to spend money wisely if he thinks diame is the best option or that lejuene is better than clark?

    • Mrkgw

      Have to agree. Rafa seems to have lost the plot.

  • Peaky Magpie

    The Mannequin once again ?????????? I just don’t get it I’m afraid.

  • Sid James

    Another right Carry On at Newcastle

    • 1957

      Carry On Clueless

  • Damon Horner

    Good to see the captain back!

    Three man midfield hopefully. Let’s get back to basics and keep it tight.

    Howay the lads!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      yip, but where`s the rest of the team
      that selection is pure Shyte, he`s lost his mind

      • Damon Horner

        Each to their own. As long as we stop the rot I’m not bothered.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          we`ll find that out in 2 hours

    • hetonmag

      At least your not beat before we start Damon. 👍

      • Damon Horner

        No point. Every club can demand more, I just back the man who has won a trophy wherever he has managed a full season.

        • TheNutJob

          It`ll have to be the FA Cup this season then

          • Damon Horner

            Not even halfway through the season and most fans have us relegated or Rafa sacked already.

          • TheNutJob

            Not me, but if we lose tonight we`re really in it

          • Damon Horner

            I think we always have been in the fight. January and the takeover can’t come too soon.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Don’t you just love the “as it stands table” ? Up one place after one second.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Started well, going at them

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    [email protected]#$ing rooney

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      He always scores against us

  • Geordiegiants

    The dirty little scouse Mackem.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Drunken little fat philanderer

  • Mrkgw

    Rafa to blame. Darlow shouldn’t be in the side. Utterly useless.

  • 1957

    According to the experts in the Chronicle, SloMo is in the team to provide bulk and muscle, what we need is a footballer.

    • Mrkgw

      Another Benitez calamity.

    • TheNutJob

      the Mackem`s wouldn`t play SloMo

      • 1957

        I don’t think anyone but Benitez would

    • Andy Mac

      Bulk and muscle, why not get one of the security guys to do a job in the middle ?

  • TheNutJob

    plenty of time left but i`m getting worried looking at the next 3 games, i can`t see us getting a point

    • 1957

      We’re not going reach the 20point total set by the tactical genius

      • TheNutJob

        we`ve hit the post twice, if we go down tonight we won`t get a point in the next 3 games

      • Peaky Magpie

        But we’ll easily reach 20th position.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    down 0-1 but a lot of encouraging signs. if that’s possible.

  • Marveauxless

    I can’t understand what Elliot did to warrant losing his place in the side, any bad performances of his pale in significance to those of the undroppable Joselu and Manquillo. Maybe if his name was Roberto Elliotella we’d be going in at the break level at 0-0

    • TheNutJob

      look at the players on the sidelines or not even in the squad & there`s your answer

    • 1957

      We shouldn’t panic, Benitez will take Gayle off in the second half and bring Hoss on to play with SloMo just to seal the defeat.

      • Peaky Magpie

        When we are 3 down probably in the 88th minute.

    • hetonmag

      Have you seen the team sheet Jos isn’t playing and he’s getting pelters give it a rest man.

      • Marveauxless

        It took 11 consecutive horrendous performances for Joselu to finally be taken out of the team, patience that was not afforded to any other player in the squad.

        • 1957

          Some players performed pretty well but have been marginalised so a Benitez signing could play

          • TheNutJob

            spot on

    • Jezza

      Wish we’d kept Fraser Forster.

      • 1957

        My fear is we won’t be able to keep hold of Woodman

      • Andy Mac

        Or even TK ?

        • 1957

          He was no worse than the two we are fielding now…

        • Jezza

          What ever happened with Tim Krul? Maybe I missed something but I genuinely don’t understand how or why it all went wrong with his Newcastle career. Can anybody enlighten me?

          • Mrkgw

            Have to agree Jezza. He should never have been allowed to go.

          • Andy Mac

            Short answer Jezza – Rafa !

          • Tomb

            He was out of this world the season we finished 5th

      • Peaky Magpie

        Shay would still be better !!

    • Andy Mac

      Elliot got hooked after the Mancs and Watford games letting in 7 in total. TBF he wasnt the worst performer on the day in either game as the defence including both full backs as well as Lejeune and Clark all contributed towards those goals conceded. IMO he’s always been the better keeper and now Rafa is stuck not knowing whether to stick or twist ?

  • TheNutJob

    Time to untie the Hoss for a bonanza of goals.#
    Toon 2-1

    • 1957

      Nearly 7 hours since we last scored against Everton

      • Andy Mac

        Really when did the match start ? 🤔

        • Peaky Magpie

          😂😂😂

  • Peaky Magpie

    Man City will absolutely muller us on Boxing Day I fear

  • TheNutJob

    If we lose tonight i`m joining Jezza and saying we`re Doomed

    • Andy Mac

      I dont think it would take many new faces to turn this around but I’m not sure Rafa is capable of choosing the right ones with his track record of recent purchases ? Ideally a 20 goal striker, No 10 and a LB and we’re as good as these Blue Bin Dippers plus half the league

      • TheNutJob

        Problem is he`s went mad with his selections

      • 1957

        He’d buy a new striker and a 10 then play Hoss and SloMo because they trained well during the week…he’s lost the plot

  • Asen Aleksiev

    all these players deserve to go back where they came from – Championship
    the chance to play for this club , fans and stadium is just a proof how strange world is

    • 1957

      That’s where we’re going at this rate.

  • TheNutJob

    the Hoss is on for SloMo, he was booed off the pitch

    • Leicester Mag

      Well that was a predictable as the sun rising what does Rafa see in this clown?

    • 1957

      It didn’t take 67 minutes ties for everyone bar Benitez to see he was c##p

  • Asen Aleksiev

    this is a pathetic show of pathetic footballers

  • Asen Aleksiev

    bottom three in two rounds probably

  • TheNutJob

    Bet Fatty signs the contract tonight & then he`s offski with the loot

  • Peaky Magpie

    KEEEEEEEEEEEGAN !!!!

  • TheNutJob

    Aarons on for Matt

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Be hell to pay when Leazes wakes up
    😂😂😂

    • Peaky Magpie

      Or gets off the phone to BetVictor 😂

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    We need Liverpool to score

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      and Arsenal

      • Peaky Magpie

        And us

    • Peaky Magpie

      Gonna have to get back onto Ronnie and get the Rafalution suspended again Moose 😂

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        i`ll be doing that at full time, i`ll also cancel Christmas

        • Peaky Magpie

          I’m gannin to bed before Leazes stirs from the catacombs,the flames of fury will melt the ice caps.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            im off before he comes back online

  • Asen Aleksiev

    that laujene and manquilo are the worst players in the whole premier league i guess
    horrible horrible all the game around

    • Tomb

      You forgot Diame

  • Asen Aleksiev

    we need 11 new players

    • Peaky Magpie

      And dare I say it a new manager at this rate !!

      • paul mclaughlan

        In Rafa (diminishing by the second) we trust.

      • Jezza

        I’d prefer a new club owner.

  • Danimal

    Hands up who’s expecting a late late show like Palace last night? Not to mention the ridiculous idea of an opposition player being sent off.

    • nufcslf

      Not a f**king chance in hell. What planet are you on.

      • Danimal

        Planet Sarcasm

        • nufcslf

          Thank God for that and sorry.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          😂😂😂😂

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    86 mins, he brings on Perez
    😂😂😂

    • Leicester Mag

      Sorry he’s becoming a joke

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        His reputation is diminishing by the game

  • nufcslf

    Where’s the fight, don’t they realize they are behind. Listening to this is far worse than watching it.

  • Asen Aleksiev

    leujene over clark
    manquilo over mbemba
    no mitrovich at all
    diame starts

    does anyone here know the logic !?

    • zidangus

      Come on your not allowed to criticise the manager, he won trophies a decade ago, so that means he gets a free pass.

      • nufcslf

        Deserves the sarcasm and has made hippo head look like he knows what he is doing. Fatty going out on a high knowing the damage he has leaving behind.

      • nufcslf

        Deserves the sarcasm and has made hippo head look like he knows what he is doing. Fatty going out on a high knowing the damage he has leaving behind.

    • nufcslf

      Beyond me.

    • nufcslf

      Beyond me.

  • Asen Aleksiev

    this is worse than our previous relegation campaign , i mean we got relegate with players like wijnaldum, sissoko, townsend,janmaat. All these look like mesi compared to what we see on the pitch

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Bottom 3 by Christmas day & Fatso`s sitting with 300 mill in the till

    • Jezza

      I’ll settle for that if it means Fatso goes.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        he`s destroyed our club

  • Asen Aleksiev

    relegated by May

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Relegated by Rafa

      • Jezza

        Relegated by Fatso before a ball had even been kicked this season.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          you were right all along, i can`t see a way out of it

        • nufcslf

          So very true. The money not spent in the summer was a pi** take by fatty and left a Championship side to struggle in the prem. Now finally on his way out, he is still having the last laugh at all of us that do care. Oh! to be a fan of the toon.

    • paul mclaughlan

      More like March.

    • Peaky Magpie

      By March

  • Asen Aleksiev

    i just cannot see how we can turn this in our favor

    we need some high class players to get us out of that struggle

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    I could honestly see us losing to man city 8-0

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      At half time

      • Peaky Magpie

        With their 5 a side team.

    • Peaky Magpie

      That’s not at all beyond the realms,could happen.

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      I won’t watch a single minute of it, mind you. I have better things to do with my day than witness a bloodletting.

    • Leicester Mag

      They’ll declare and put us in to bat in the second half

      • Peaky Magpie

        Or we could retire hurt just before kick off.

  • Leicester Mag

    Must be getting chilly for Rafa especially as his emperor’s clothes seem non-existent

  • Asen Aleksiev

    rafa has lost the plot obviously

  • zidangus

    I hate to say it but this team is going down IMO. The defense and goalkeeper are useless, there is no creativity in midfield and the attack could not hit a barn door, and the manger does not seem to have a clue about organizing a team which clearly has limited ability.

  • Asen Aleksiev

    i doubt any coach can make it with these players

    • steve

      They couldn’t do any worse

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Shelvey sent off

    • Leicester Mag

      This club is a trucking panto and like panto not funny.

      • paul mclaughlan

        Oh no it’s not.

        • Peaky Magpie

          He’s behind you !

          • Leicester Mag

            In a couple of games no-one!😠

    • nufcslf

      Keeps SloMo with every chance of stating against Arsenal. Not good.

    • 1957

      He will climb above Mitrovic on the schitt list tonight, to be honest I thought he looked thoroughly disillusioned with the world tonight, he knows he’s lined up to go with Mitrovic and Mbemba it shows.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Shelvey is West Ham bound as someone said on here recently.

  • Asen Aleksiev

    oh yeah shelvey has more red cards than assists now

  • Asen Aleksiev

    darlow costs us the goal as he did with the mahrez one
    nowhere first team football as the rest of his teammates

  • Peaky Magpie

    Hope Mandy hasn’t said” f**k this for a game of soldiers,shove it”

    • HarryHype59

      It astounds me why she is allegedly going to give Phatman £300m for a club, that has a very high chance of going down this season!

  • 1957

    If I were a new owner, I wouldn’t be giving Benitez my money to waste, I’d be investing £5m paying him off and getting someone else in to give the club a lift.

    The Rafaites will no doubt come back with who could we get who would do better, the truth is just about anyone at the moment.

    • hetonmag

      Yet another silly post and you wonder why Rafa has left Shelvey on the bench well you got your answer tonight.

      • Leicester Mag

        And Diames the answer?

        • hetonmag

          You have to trust the manager’s judgement.

          • Leicester Mag

            No I don’t because at the moment it’s flawed

          • hetonmag

            Ok I do you don’t it’s all about opinions, at least your not abusive about my opinion.

          • Leicester Mag

            Fair point the only thing I get abusive about is that 10 tonnes of whale puss hopefully soon to slime out the door

          • hetonmag

            At least there’s something we agree on.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        you`re a complete idiot, 1 point in 24
        shake your head Fool

        • hetonmag

          Is that the only reply you can come up with,idiot and fool in one sentence sums you up.🐖 ignorant.

      • Damon Horner

        Agreed. When you need your senior players to step up he loses his head. Good passer on his day no doubt but two red cards in half a season is shocking.

    • Mitros gotta start

      Much rather see a manager that plays football the right way given the job…..howe or silva….benitez is so negative and clueless if he thinks diame is the answer…..time for change

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    ok. Now I’m finally starting to wonder about Rafa. He’s not totally to blame, obviously, but during a run like this (with plenty of real opportunities missed) there is enough blame for everyone involved. Fatty, Rafa and the players all.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Yes let’s not kid ourselves if this was Pardew,McClown or Geordie John ? Well we know the rest don’t we.

    • zidangus

      You can only blame the lack of transfers for so much. The team should at least be organized, tactically aware, and be able to defend better than schoolboys. They clearly cannot to any of those things, therefore, the manager needs to be asked why.

    • Andy Mac

      Something is clearly not right and I wonder if Rafa’s claims that “we’re desperately in need of new, better quality players” has affected his relationship with the players ?

      • nufcslf

        Could very well be. Most of us that dared say relegation before a ball was kicked could and were being proved wrong for the first few weeks, but this was always going to happen with no proper backing during the summer. From top to bottom this is 10 years of Cashley’s doing, but I won’t defend team selection over the last 7 matches especially. Mind boggling.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    He`s already broken McFool`s record now he`s after Geordie John`s

    • 1957

      He’ll do it…unless he’s sacked first

  • Marveauxless

    In December 2014 Alan Pardew beat Everton 3-2 and had the following team comfortably in mid-table, closer to the top 4 than the bottom 3:
    Alnwick, Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett, Colback, Tiote, Sissoko, Gouffran, Perez, Cissé

    Our current side is certainly no worse than that side; and 1 point from 8 games is worse than any run we went on under Pardew. I’m not saying I want Pardew back but the notion that it is impossible to do any better than we are currently with our current side is false and Benitez has to take responsibility

  • Asen Aleksiev

    rafa can be asked some questions for sure
    how come leujene is starting ahead of clark
    what about mitrovich and how come we cannot get a point in 10 games

  • Peaky Magpie

    System broke means Leazes has arisen !

  • Marveauxless

    In December 2014 Alan Pardew beat Everton 3-2 with the following team and sat comfortably in mid-table, closer to the top 4 than the bottom 3:
    Alnwick, Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett, Colback, Tiote, Sissoko, Gouffran, Perez, Cissé

    Our current side is certainly no worse than that side (I would only swap Janmaat for Yedlin and Sissoko for Diame); and 1 point from 8 games is worse than any run we went on under Pardew. I’m not saying I want Pardew back but the notion that it is impossible to do any better with our current side is false and Benitez has to take responsibility.

  • gallowgate26

    How is there still FOUR teams below us in this league, not by Christmas! Problem is that Rafa has never in his career had a team like this, who need an Allardyce or a Pulis. Pardew and the other managers around us, for him this is a normal season.

    • Marveauxless

      Benitez plays the same defensive style as other managers battling relegation

    • Tomb

      Because they had abysmal starts under different managers but are now catching us up.

  • TheNutJob

    Doomed lads, Doomed

  • TheNutJob

    I think he`s lost the players through messing them about

  • Peaky Magpie

    System broke means Leazes has arisen !

    • TheNutJob

      I`m off to kip then

      • Peaky Magpie

        So am I,wake me up after Man City have left the building !

  • gallowgate26

    Well I said Elliot should have played tonight, maybe it’s cost us a crucial point that.

    • TheNutJob

      there`s a few players who should have played tonight

  • Antenociticus

    Why is Benitez so reluctant to make substitutions before the 60th minute?
    Diame was staggering around like a drunken sailor the whole time, he should’ve been hooked after 20 minutes.

    • Leicester Mag

      He should never have been on the pitch that alone was up there with Ruuds suicide team sheet

  • Leicester Mag

    The reality is that with the team we have at present playing they way are we will get relegated. So why not play Mitrovic? Desperate throw of the dice probably but Sholas a better bet than Diame. Perez is powder puff and Hos is a pub player.

    • TheNutJob

      he could have played Clark or Mbemba at left back

    • Down Under Mag

      To be honest the last thing we need is Mitro after Shelvey got himself sent off again. One nut job around the first team is probably enough.

      • Peaky Magpie

        It’s probable Shelvey has played his last game for us tonight.

        • TheNutJob

          2 yellows can happen to anybody

          • Peaky Magpie

            Fair point,but he’s a liability,seems to have lost interest and at best an above average championship player only.However having said all that on his day he’s probably our best player.

          • Jezza

            Our best player is an above average Championship player. You have summed up exactly why we are in this mess. We haven’t got a single Premiership standard player on our books.

          • Peaky Magpie

            Spot on 👍

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Woodman, maybe

          • HarryHype59

            Too true! This team is worse than the side that went down in 2016!

          • Jezza

            Far worse. Townsend, Wijnaldum, Janmaat, Cisse and even Sissoko were miles better than any players we’ve got now.

          • theoriginalbomberman

            I still don’t understand why we didn’t loan out Townsend and Janmaat instead of selling them. Seemed like a win win they were still in the premier league for the season, would still be in international contention and we would have had premier league quality players with familiarity with the team coming back If Rafa was so confident he would get us out of the championship at the first try.

          • Jezza

            They weren’t loaned out because Fatso wanted the money from the transfer fees.

          • theoriginalbomberman

            Or because Rafa didn’t have a long term plan whatsoever. Surely loaning out players while bringing in a few on a free/loan deals to get us out of the championship would have been cheaper than buying an entire championship squad then frantically selling them at a loss so we could buy reserve premier league players when we did get promoted.

          • Jezza

            Nothing to do with Rafa. It should be clear by now that Rafa has never had any say in NUFC’s transfer business.

          • Peaky Magpie

            Nailed on fact,can’t deny it.

          • Andy Mac

            Mostly to JJ though. We are so sh…. at the moment I can see the players queuing up for two come the Citeh game !

        • HarryHype59

          He is very overrated and a complete liability!

    • Dillon Tovak

      If Shola was at the club now, he’d be head and shoulders our best striker. Wow, that’s quite a thought.

  • Kev-82

    If it wasn’t for the takeover then without doubt Benitez should be going, however until things are sorted at board level it would be stupid to get rid, even when sorted he needs a chance to see how he does with a bit of money, I suspect some second rate Spaniards will Ben top of the list still though.

    • GToon

      I honestly think he has no idea. He won stuff with Liverpool but they had a great team. He might be able to win things with unlimited funds like at Man City or Man Utd but we are not on that level. I’ve often wondered what a manager like Mourinho would do at a team like West Bromwich Albion and I suppose we are finding out to our cost.

      • 1957

        He won the CL with Liverpool with largely his predecessor’s players, only 2 of his played in the final.

        • GToon

          Exactly.

  • GToon

    Rafa Benitez needs to go. That is absolutely pathetic. The only record he is in danger of beating is pardew and carvers winless runs. I’m sorry but enough is enough. His best period in charge of us was when he took over and steadied the ship but couldn’t quite save us. Getting us promoted with a squad far better than any other didn’t impress me much. He had one tactic in the Championship – counter attack. There was no plan b. Even in the Championship teams would turn up at SJP and turn us over with ease and things haven’t changed in the EPL. He has alienated half the players by dropping them for no reason and playing players so far out of their depth it hurts (Diame) while others sit on the bench. There is no plan b. SJP has always been a hard place for opposing teams but no longer. Rafa did well at other clubs but not mine. To sum it up my son said “we only lost one nil”, almost happy that it wasn’t three or four. Time to go Rafa. Blame Ashley as much as you like but have a look at who you bought and your tactics. I don’t hear Houghton and Wagner complaining all the time. They just get on with the job and pick up points along the way. And the bloke from Watford before anybody asks.

    • Andy Mac

      The bloke from Watford (Silva) is gonna have his fair share of offers at the end of the season. Not sure he’d choose us over the other options ? Not sure a 20 goal striker will either for that matter ?

      • GToon

        Rafa is a manager to take us the final step towards winning something like SBR almost was. We need a different person in charge now before it’s too late. My worry is that a lot of these games we have lost are at home – the one place we might have expected to pick up points. Who can see us getting anything at Leicester, Watford, Everton, Bournemouth, etc etc. no. Neither can I unless something changes. And quick.

        • HarryHype59

          Agreed, he works far better with higher quality players! He is no better than Pardew or Tufty when dealing with the dross at this club!

          The Emperor has no clothes!

    • 1957

      My grandson said ‘If you hadn’t bought a season ticket for us I wouldn’t go back’. I told him stuff the season ticket he doesn’t have to.

      If that dinosaur is managing the club when the renewals are due, I’ll not be taking up the option, the end of the line after 40 consecutive seasons with a season ticket.

      • nufcslf

        should never lead to thinking like that. I don’t suppose 10 years of fatty has helped either. Glad I live in Canada and don’t even have to think about going. This is plain bloody awful right now and any other manager would be sacked. I bet Arsenal can’t wait to put us to the sword on Saturday.

  • Peaky Magpie

    What a day,talk about peaks n troughs.I’ve had enough 💤💤💤

  • Mrkgw

    Sorry but I’m edging towards the thought that Rafa is edging towards the exit door. His time is up – he cant get his selection right, has signed some abysmal players for us and, frankly the side look to lack belief. What a shambles. Lets hope that Amanda Staveley can fix this sorry set up.

  • HarryHype59

    Rafa is a very good manager when he has good players to pick! He struggles to add value to the motley crew on the books at SJP! A Pullis or Fat Sham is a better fit, given the abject quality of our squad!

    The season now hinges on us doing what the Mackems did for years and doing a great escape! This is the reality of the so called Rafalution!

    This team is worse than the one that was relegated in 2016!

  • Tomb

    Lack of funds yes but you think we’d have made the odd bargain signing, I suppose Merino is it. Our squad cost the same as Leicesters when they won the league and is on a par with Burnleys so results can still be achieved with good management

  • Tomb

    Rafael is clearly a good manager but as in the case of Wenger he is still prone to stubbornness and probably past his best. Ashley set us up to fail but Rafa isn’t earning his pay packet this season. Evertons first away win for 11 months and they were there for the taking tonight. I hope Diame never gets picked again. Yedlin and Atsu at least looked interested