Over the last week or so there has been a lot of talk on The Mag about the finding of positives at Newcastle United , some claim that there aren’t any, whilst others see nothing but roses on the pile of manure.

My feelings on the state of the club and its owner have been stated ad infinitum so it would be pointless to do as many others do and list the litany of crimes committed under the current stewardship, we all know them. Instead I want to talk about where we are, good and bad, and what has changed in the last couple of years.

Where we are is a two-sided coin.

On the one hand we are in deep trouble and whilst our relegation rivals in the mini league which now encompasses two-thirds of the Premier League (such a joke it has become) seem to find the time, money and most importantly, the will to strengthen. Newcastle United once again finds itself lurching from embarrassing shambles to ridiculous situations, which are the defining characteristic of every transfer window in recent history.

Obviously fabricated stories in the press are expected to be regarded as fact, and regurgitated by over-inflated and under-informed pundits, the company line of “we are working very hard” is trotted out, and nothing really happens unless we decide to sell someone, when it is too late to replace them with any quality…..again.

The other side of the coin can be somewhat harder to see amongst the prevailing and understandable negativity though, the other side…the positive if you like… is that the club is perhaps not quite so rotten on every level as it once was.

The real and tangible change in the image of the club is that it has been brought back into the community, and even the most anti-Benitez fan will have to admit that this is down to the manager, once again taking his players out into the city and surrounding area to interact with local projects and charities.

It should not be underestimated the effect that this has on the morale of every supporter who has the chance to meet the manager and his players, they will remember that someone with the stature of Rafa Benitez in world football, took the time to make them feel that Newcastle United cares, something which hasn’t been felt for a long time.

The other change does involve the team. In the past we have all bemoaned overpaid mercenaries giving minimal effort whilst the club staggered towards the trapdoor. This season we may well once again find ourselves falling out of the league, but at least it will be a lack of investment in quality that relegates us, rather than a lack of effort or care. Our current squad is not good enough, but they are mostly good honest pros, who put in a shift and try to make the best of their comparatively limited talents.

What is desperately needed is that injection of quality, two or three players who are match winners, equally capable of winning a game by themselves and bringing the best out those around them.

However, the two sides of the coin are in opposition. We are where we are because we have what we have.

We are where we are because we are held back by a mixture of greed, apathy and ineptitude, but it is wrong to say that the club hasn’t changed in the last couple of years, but it is right to say that history does nothing but repeat itself for Newcastle United.

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  • Charlie Dickens

    Really? We’re saying that the players never visited the local community before Rafa came along? That visits to schools and hospitals weren’t common before then, or at every premier league club and professional sporting institution in the entire effing developed world? This is pro-Rafa propaganda at it’s silliest.

    • Megatron1505

      Nothing in the article says that at all. What it says is that by having a man with the standing of Rafa taking the club out into the community it goes some way to healing the PR disasters of previous incumbents.

      Whose standing in the community is better, Rafa or Pardew/ McLaren/ Carver/ JFK?

      • Charlie Dickens

        No?

        “The real and tangible change in the image of the club is that it has been brought back into the community, and even the most anti-Benitez fan will have to admit that this is down to the manager, once again taking his players out into the city and surrounding area to interact with local projects and charities.

        It should not be underestimated the effect that this has on the morale of every supporter who has the chance to meet the manager and his players, they will remember that someone with the stature of Rafa Benitez in world football, took the time to make them feel that Newcastle United cares, something which hasn’t been felt for a long time.”

        Whose standing in the community is better? Are you on drugs or merely the pettiest human being in the world? This article is more of a parody than the Lee Charnley one that’s desperately trying to be satirical.

        • Megatron1505

          So having John Carver turn out to a kids footie tournament would have the same effect as Rafa? Wow.

          • TheFatController

            You’d be surprised the effect Carver can have. I once saw him getting out of a cab outside Hoochie Coochie and was so excited I didn’t even break my stride or give him a nod…

          • Charlie Dickens

            Megatron, your article is almost as embarrassing as your handle and avatar. How old are you, mate? And if you’re going to reference The Smiths, at least get the words right, eh? Dear oh dear…

          • Megatron1505

            With a name of a literary great, but a failure to grasp simple concepts I would be careful about attacking anyone’s maturity pal.

            Especially after using the phrase “pro-Rafa propaganda “, funny.

          • Tomb

            The club is ‘still ill’

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    The Newcastle United foundation has been working since 2008 helping schools, hospitals and the disadvantaged in Sporting activities and do a great job. It is not greed that is preventing us signing players but several factors including geographical location and continually paying over the odds for sub standard players. Also when you are not in Europe it makes it near impossible to sign good players. The policy Southampton have in their youth policy is the best but in this area we have produced very little for years. There is no point signing players just for the sake of it and it is looking like we will have to do the best with what we have got.

    • FatParosite

      I knew you’d swing in on the back of this article to try and present a positive outlook Bishop. Give it a rest.

    • TheFatController

      I thought every other PL side was signing players to improve performance on the pitch.

      I’m enlightened today to learn from you they sign players just for the sake of it.

  • mactoon

    I seem to recall players interacting with the fans and public long before Rafa came along and that is commendable but the main purpose and aspiration of a football team is to improve and compete in the top league. Ashley is preventing us from doing this and when this all blows over with no signings, probable relegation and no manager because he has finally had enough of trying to make a difference to an owner who doesn’t care about anything but money and leaves.. that is what will be remembered.

    The only light at the end of the tunnel I can see is someone taking the club off the current ownership and running it like it should be.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Brace yer selves lads,they are listening to offers for Merino.

    • Paul Patterson

      I knew this would come. Buckle up lads and lasses it’s the January sales, S****s D****t style ..

      • Peaky Magpie

        They reckon it won’t happen at the Chronic but hey when do they ever get it right…

    • Lhc

      Is this true? What source?

      • Peaky Magpie

        I heard a snippet on SSN and now the papers,English & Spanish are all over it…Bilbao have the Laporte to Man City to spend…

  • alan ebbrell

    hey guys hope someone eventually buys your great club and pumps money into it the way our owners have for Man City and you get some good cup runs and top 4 in the future great bunch of loyal fans ps hope you can get the Mangala deal over the line he is a top defender that has been unfairly criticised by fans and pundits alike hope you get him on loan for the rest of the season ctid 1965

    • Jimmy

      Eddy have you a striker we can borrow ?

      • alan ebbrell

        Diaz would play well for ya only a kid tho

    • Keeganontherebound

      Send Aguero along as well – seems Pep doesn’t fancy him…

      • alan ebbrell

        i will have a word would ask for diaz on loan tho lol

  • Rich Lawson

    Isn’t that a line from a Smith’s song about the ”Moors Murderer’s ? I know we’ve got a bad owner but !!

    • Jimmy

      Smiths it is canny tune

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        There is a cover by The Magic Numbers which is wonderful, brilliant as the Smiths were, the cover is somehow one louder so to speak.

        • Geordiegiants

          Why the change Bobbi?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            The name? There appeared to be an attempt at censorship.

          • Geordiegiants

            Come on then let us know! This platform is shocking as it goes. It’s a snowflake platform one thinks.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Not much to say, my profile appeared to be blocked. I’m not sure why, I’m always polite, no swearing etc etc. It’s a bit disappointing, much as I disagree with some folk, I’d never want their opinion surpressed.

    • Keeganontherebound

      No that’s another smiths song (suffer little children). there is a a sh*te that never goes out would be a better description of the Ashley years though.

    • Tomb

      It was hardly defending the murderers either it was a tribute to their memory

  • Colin B

    Rafa is in on the act! Classic misdirection from a struggling team/manager. Paint the owner as a pantomime villain knowing full well that he is correctly despised. Never doubt that Rafa knew we wouldn’t be signing anyone other than a questionable Loanee negotiated six months ago. Closed for business in January unless it’s a sale to raise cash for fat Mike. If you thought otherwise, you’re deluded. Rafa is happy to collect his 5m a year salary afterall? Expect the club to remain with fat mike too. Would you kill the goose that lays the golden eggs? Generates real income stream as opposed to his digital wealth susceptible to an iffy share price? Christ almighty it’s bloody transparent!

  • Geordiegiants

    We are an empty shell Notts. The club is ran like shat. Nothing will change and nothing will move forward. If Rafa wasn’t here we would be in a worse position than Derby’s infamous relegation season.