Regrets? I’ve had a few!

Surely a quote that could be attributed to our much maligned, once erstwhile midfielder, Kieron Dyer.

In the latest extract from his autobiography, Kieron waxes lyrical about the great Sir Bobby Robson and how he mixed among the so-called Newcastle United ‘Brat Pack’ of the time in the early noughties.

The latest story is one of Craig Bellamy. The golf club wielding, club captain abusing, nuisance making, pacey forward that lit up St James Park for four years and could have had the Newcastle history books at his feet. Yet, he dared to challenge the club (while it was attempting to sign Wayne Rooney) and then his manager for asking him to play out of position. Aw, bless.

Back to Kieron Dyer. He has kindly divulged a story from where Bobby took young Bellamy off in a game to ‘save his legs’. The result was the Welsh upstart being the first to moan at the fact he had been howked from the field.

After explaining his decision the outspoken Bellamy continued his rant but, according to Dyer, the wily old fox Robson was unmoved.

“Who are you? Ronaldo, Romario, Stoichkov, Hagi, Guardiola, Luis Enrique, Gascoigne, these are the people I deal with and who are you?”

According to Kieron, the changing room “went quiet”. I bet it did. “Even Craig went quiet”. Now that would have been a first in his Newcastle career.

Apparently, Bellamy quipped “He’s got a point, hasn’t he?”. Yes, he had Craig, the moral of the story being, you shouldn’t cross or challenge a well-respected manager.

If only the so called ‘Brat Pack’ had performed on the pitch more often and fought their manager’s corner in games, they may have actually won something.

The best comparison I can give is our current manager, ‘Sir’ Rafa Benitez.

He is managing a madhouse club, with a crackerjack owner, who nobody can second guess.

Anyone criticising our manager is aiming their ire in the wrong direction. He’s doing his job and (unlike years gone by) the players are performing to the best of their ability and with no slip-ups off the field in the PR stakes with silly stories leaking out. Our former Welsh wizard was no stranger to chucking chairs in airports and allegedly texting abusive messages to the club captain, after all.

God bless Sir Bobby for what he tried to achieve in trying circumstances.

God bless Rafa as well, no manager deserves to manage under the conditions that this club has imposed on the manager over the last decade from this owner. He hasn’t been allowed to assemble the quality squad that Bobby did.

He’s doing his best and getting short-term gains. I’m sure Sir Bobby would compare both periods and be looking on admirably.

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  • Rich Lawson

    Bellamy must be a shoe in for a coaches job at Charlton today ?

    • Berkshire Mag

      Yep, he’s the new manager! How long until he fights with his coaches??

  • robbersdog

    A bit over the top, isn’t it? We’ve got an owner who’s rather tight on the transfer funds front, but we’re anything but a madhouse club. We’re thirteenth in the Premier League, financially stable and we’ve got a world-class, elite manager and some decent players.

    Yeah, things could be a lot better if we had a different owner, but things could be a hell of a lot worse too – just look at Sunderland. So let’s calm down, get some perspective and focus on the positives.

    • Damon Horner

      Agreed, madhouse club might have been more appropriate for the club when we went down. Right now there is a manager who knows his job, he is the undisputed boss in the dressing room and has personalities aligned to his own goals for the club, feels more normal.

      • TheNutJob

        i`m glad you said the dressing room because his authority ends there. Fatty seen to that in January 2017

        • Damon Horner

          Not many clubs would have the manager more authoritative than the owner/chairman/MD/CEO etc. We’re hoping Ashley has a level of co-operation and respect we’ve never seen him have in his life, you can’t put that one on Rafa in fairness.

          • TheNutJob

            We`ll find out in the summer, wont we. will he be Fatty`s puppet on £100,000 a week or walk

          • Damon Horner

            Strange, I don’t want him to walk, why would you? it won’t make Ashley sell.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            WTF you rambling on about

          • Ram Kishore

            U calling Rafa a puppet? 😂

          • TheNutJob

            If he stays under Ashley next season with no final say on transfers, then what would you call him ?

          • Ram Kishore

            I bet Rafa has the final say on who to come but he doesn’t have the say on how much money is available?..
            If he speaks out again next summer about the mistakes.. he ain’t a puppet imo

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Final say. you live in a dream world,

          • Ram Kishore

            He maybe starved of funds but even with limited funds he’s the one who brought in Manquillo and Joselu

    • TheNutJob

      Madhouse club, we have a managing director who hasn`t a clue what he`s doing, he`s also under investigation by the HMRC for tax evasion, he avoids any communication with the fans, we have an owner who is a prevalent liar who`s asset stripped Newcastle
      we have a coach accused of bullying young players & on top of that we have around 10 players not fit for purpose & more out on loan.
      you`re easy pleased kidda

      • Wor Monga

        …and we’ve got so called fans (trolls) like you who can see nothing good in the club at all only pure out and out negativity…we all know what the owner, and MD are like so why tell us in every posting?, and if you ever went near the ground then you’d know what the true supporters really think of Rafa, but you don’t because you hate everything about the club, kidda…

        …except for some players that Rafa doesn’t rate highly enough that you (with your vast amount of player knowledge) think are world beaters…while others are vilified by you even though they are all loyally focussed trying to keep the club in the PL, and stay positioned above a few other clubs that have had the benefit of the full TV money to invest on players!!!

  • Damon Horner

    You look at the examples published here about Bellamy then you hear some fans say not playing players like Mbemba, Mitrovic or even Colback is poor treatment without knowing a thing about why decisions are made. No wonder these players think they’re untouchable when they are given unconditional backing over the manager. Rafa has done a good job so far, who knows what we could do if Ashley made braver decisions to put it milder than most.

    • TheNutJob

      the only decisions i`d like to know is how the manager rates Joselu before Mitrovich & Manquillo before Mbemba & by the way neither player has uttered one word of discontent

      • Damon Horner

        You’d like to know but you probably won’t. The manager doesn’t need to explain the little decisions that don’t matter in the grand scheme of things all of the time, he’d be on forever when you consider how varying opinions are. If he is doing a good job let him crack on.

        You really don’t know what is said and done behind closed doors.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          i wouldn`t call playing a [email protected]@king Duck Egg in front of an international player a little decision.

          • Leazes.

            He pushed Mitro out thinking he was getting a striker replacement…one who could hit the net in the premiership!

            He’s only experienced three windows with Charnley, I’ve no idea how many it will take to sink in… I had him down as one of the intelligent managers.

          • Damon Horner

            I would. Were you one of those criticising Jorgensen when we were going for him? he’s also an international player interestingly enough.

          • Wor Monga

            …don’t get drawn in mate…they’re the ‘trolly’ trinity…who don’t support the club but just like to be different and get their jollies if they get a reaction from a true supporter!!!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Bobby Robson would have walked as soon as the Fat Lad went back on on his promises

    • Wor Monga

      …told you that did he?…are you sure it wasn’t just Leazes moving the glass around with the lights off!!!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        He told me, now go play on the Metro Line

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    If we survive this season which we surely will Rafa will take us forward. We are better than Burnley and Bournemouth just need to learn and cut out the mistakes and that is with the current team. We are in a false position should be eighth top.