I really interesting interview with Jamaal Lascelles.

The Mail getting a bit of a scoop, a long conversation with the Newcastle Captain that contains a lot more of interest than the average stuff we get via the club.

Other media have also picked up on the interview but have concentrated on the predictable angle, where Jamaal Lascelles is saying he wasn’t happy with what Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville had to say about the tactics used in the recent Manchester City match.

Lascelles feeling that the comments about negative tactics were over the top and just plain wrong but that he had held back from biting on social media, as he felt that would have only made the situation worse.

Of far more interest, for me anyway, is what Jamaal Lascelles has had to say about the rotten state of the club before Rafa Benitez arrived, as well as just how serious it would be if Mike Ashley succeeds in driving the manager away.

Lascelles says that basically the players had no respect for Steve McClaren and treated him as a joke. Summing it up by recalling that on one occasion when Steve McClaren asked his players to get off the team bus for a walk, they simply said no to the Head Coach.

The problem of course comes when the owner makes clear that the manager/head coach is just a patsy, as was the case with Pardew and Carver, which can then easily lead to the players treating the manager/head coach with zero respect.

When players know that the manager has no authority and no say on who is bought and sold, then it is almost inevitable disrespect will follow.

This is where it is so important to have a respected figure who can create something of his own with players and supporters, step forward Rafa Benitez.

Jamaal Lascelles talking to The Mail:

“The players’ heads were all over the place back then (when Steve McClaren was in charge), yes, it (dissent) was there. Completely. It was bad.

“Steve is obviously a well-respected manager but there is only so much you can do when you have 20 players refusing to do things and not taking anything seriously.

‘That’s how it was but the minute this manager (Rafa Benitez) came in it changed.

“Because of the respect he has, players wouldn’t dream of going against what he says. I wouldn’t let them do it either.

 “I can see why other people would want Rafa Benitez as he is world class.

“It would be a massive loss for us.

“Since he came in everything has been positive, from the reaction of the fans, the respect of the players and what he gets from the players and how we are playing.

“If he had arrived earlier last time round he would have kept us up.

“I have come on leaps and bounds since he has been here.

“So I think we should do our best to make sure he is comfortable and for me they (Mike Ashley and his minions) should be giving him what he wants because they won’t find anyone any better than him.’

“We need to carry on like we are going.

“We have a good manager who knows what he is doing, a good set of lads who are organised and together and the best fans in the country.

“If we stick together this club can really take off.”

Read the full excellent interview here.

  • Soldier

    Rafa took parking the bus to a new level & although the level of criticism was unwarranted i hope i don`t see the like of it for a long time.

    • StevieB

      I agree,it was a deeply hurtful night for Newcastle United , but I accept the reasons it was done

      • Big Al 1967

        The thing that probably got their goat was a number of teams have adopted the same tactic (West Ham, Huddersfield and Southampton spring to mind) and were universally applauded for doing so. Yes they scored but at least two of the goals were from set pieces and one was spawny. However if Dwight had taken the chance he had at the end would we have been championed or castigated. I somehow think Messrs Neville and Carragher would not have been complementary

  • kingfisher

    It shouldn’t matter if you have respect for the Manager or not. You should respect the position of Manager and do what he says. After all, the players are paid to do a job and in any other walk of life they would be subject to disciplinary procedures or sacked if they refused to carry out the Managers instructions. If they concentrated on their attitude and football skills as much as they do on considering what type of headphones to use and which diamond earrings to wear, then perhaps we wouldn’t be in the state we are now!
    Spoilt Brats

    • Mitros gotta start

      Having one of the youngest squads in the league probably didnt help…..hopefully the worst ones have been shipped out….you only have to make an example of a few to get the others back in line….no matter what the reason, its disgusting behaviour.

    • Cockneytrev

      Here here,,👏👏👏

    • Peaky Magpie

      Unfortunately memories of Sir Bobby’s final days in charge spring to mind !

  • Damon Horner

    I love this lad. Hope he stays at the club for a long time yet.

    • Mitros gotta start

      Will be a tottenham player by feb 1st….the fat slugs helicopter being warmed up as we speak

      • Damon Horner

        Na, can’t see an offer coming in.

        • Big Al 1967

          Watching the last couple of games Jamaal reminds me of a young Vincent Kompany. Would not look out of place as his replacement at Citeh

  • Tony Mann

    they’re gone – both of them.

  • Albert Stubbins

    I never met Jimmy scholar but my dad’s old mate used to say what a massive influence he was on the team and club as a whole. Jamaal is from the same mould I feel. He respects the manager the history of our great club and the fans. What’s not to love about our great captain!!

    • Rich Lawson

      Former Sgt Major I believe,not a man to messed with,on or off the pitch.My dad spoke well of him too.

    • Rich

      Jamaal is a real professional. A Warrior. Would be a real shame to lose him. If Rafa should leave I would expect him to follow then all of the fight for our club would be gone.