Muchas Gracias. Feliz cumpleaños Rafa Benitez.

A belated Happy Birthday as the Newcastle boss turned 58 on Monday.

Down the years, we as Newcastle fans have witnessed some cracking teams and seen some great players. Some great moments at St James Park and beyond, watching players attempt to fulfil our dreams of a trophy, even though the final outcome for the most part saw us fall a little (or a long way) short of seeing something tangible added to the trophy cabinet.

What this current group of players do more than any Newcastle side I can remember, is battle, boy do they battle.

Have we witnessed Newcastle sides with more artistry, more flair and more skill? Yes, of course we have, but some of the sides that were built to go hunting trophies in our name, didn’t have the backbone and determination that this crop do, or could be relied upon to find new ways of screwing things up in spectacular fashion.

Be it a lazy left winger, an arsey striker or a egotistical midfielder, or a combination of all three stabbing the manager in the front rather than the back, there was always a weakness to the sides built under Kevin Keegan in the 90s and then Sir Bobby in the early noughties. Tactical naivety was always the concern under Kevin while, although obviously not his fault, the timing of the Bobby Robson appointment was always going to make his project a short-term one, for another manager to reap the rewards of. And we all know how that went.

In the absence of the squillions that Man City are throwing at the league, we have to make do with what we have, which is a workmanlike side that will scrap for every point. It may not come across as very entertaining but there is something in seeing a side ‘get stuck in’ that is a perverse delight to watch.

Rafa Benitez has built a side that is predominantly hard to beat, more resolute and stays in the game, and this marks a change from Newcastle sides of the past. The sides under Bobby and Kevin were always as likely to score four as concede four, this current side is disciplined enough to keep goals conceded to a minimum and hit teams on the break as we saw against Manchester United and now Arsenal, both of which were sides assembled for sums way in excess of our budget.

The flair players and a clinical striker will be next on Rafa’s shopping list, you can guarantee that.

On Sunday, the bloke next to me said, as the players and manager were trooping off after a mini pitch walk around: ‘You’d think we’d won the league’ and ‘Why would you want to leave this?’, as we both took a look around at the staggering 40,000+ that had stayed back after the game to applaud the efforts of the team and manager.

The last player to leave the field was fittingly Captain fantastic, Jamaal Lascelles. He along with the rest of the squad seem to get ‘it’. He can be credited with a lot this season, be it helping  to make the defence hard to beat, or even collaring Mo Diame and almost literally slapping him into a remarkable turn about in form. That is what I want from the captain.

The current manager/captain duo are vital to the success in the near future of this club. A world class manager and top defender who is also the club captain and the bedrock of the team, is where everything must start from next season.

Martin Dubravka has delivered an air of calm to the back four and his move will be rubber stamped sooner rather than later, with then the next step surely being the permanent acquisition of Kenedy, who has given us that flair and attacking thrust we have missed. He has certainly helped give Diame, Ritchie and Shelvey more freedom to do their stuff.

While the unwashed down the road find new depths to sink to (#gettingoutofthechampionshipatthefirstattempt) and whilst we ourselves must realise that we have limitations both logistically and financially in getting to wherever it is we want to be, we can be sure that with Rafa (and Lascelles) looking after things, the club is no longer just a stepping stone for players as it was under Pardew, McClaren etc.

It took two years for Sir Bobby to get his side together and become what it became, even though the trophy still eluded us. Rafa is currently in year two of the ‘project’ he keeps talking about and he must be allowed to continue the build, which is where the owner comes in.

If Mike Ashley is to remain as owner, there needs to be no false promises, no untimely televised ramblings of a Bond villain, or PR blunders. There’s £100m+ coming to this club in the summer (before sales) because Rafa has repeatedly done what’s been asked of him.

He was tasked with getting us straight back up from the Championship – he did it.

He was tasked with keeping us in the Premier League – he’s done it.

I’m sure he wasn’t given the specific remit of uniting the club, but boy has he done it, judging by the scenes at the final whistle against Arsenal.

It was a joy to be there at the end on Sunday and as the banner unveiled before the game rightly proclaimed: ‘We are the Geordies – The cock of the north’.

Once again- Muchas Gracias, Rafa Benitez!

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  • Rich Lawson

    It’s all come good and we badly need to keep the loaner’s,but what if Ashley doesn’t flash the cash to keep them.Saw Gazza sitting in the stand yesterday,who are we developing locally ? Why is everything so quiet on Pedro ? The under 23’s are generally dreadful.I don’t believe there isn’t local talent out there to be developed with the proper coaching ?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      in respect of Pedro they are keeping quiet in the hope it goes away which it won`t.
      it`s like everything else with this scumbag regime

      • Rich Lawson

        I think they will let him ”retire” (wonderful servant etc) at the end of the season with no further action ?

      • Peaky

        I’m sure he’s house sharing with Assange in the Equadorian Embassy….

        • kingfisher

          I hear the Embassy gardens are looking unusually stunning for this time of year Peaky.😁🥀🌻🌼🌷

          • Peaky

            🤣😂🤣
            I tell you what Kingfisher the amount of gardening he’s been doing he’s got to be up there with Monty Don & Titchmarsh now…

        • Leicester Mag

          In there with Bas Dost as well…

    • mentalman

      There’s a lot of local talent, we just can’t attract any or keep the good ones, not only is there a lot of local talent but we are in a great position to attract the top youth players from scotland, if only we would put in the effort

    • Arty Hume

      For years the scouts have been Walsend/Crammy/W/bay biased, they think its the only catchment area, they rarely look past those teams, hence the stagnation. Drain the swamp get new scouts in.

      • Cockneytrev

        You missed Newcastle City, (who actually play the best football of any junior club in the area at all levels) .
        The reason Wallsend have so much success is not due to bringing players through, but they poach all the best players,,
        A big problem with the coaches ( not all) it’s all about them and not the kids, how many good kids have given up football because week after week they are stood on the line getting 5 minutes here and there, while the coaches favourites get picked,,,
        For the area and national football, ALL kids should get the same amount of time on the pitch,,
        Kids develop at different stages,
        in this country we are only interested in pace and power, messi, iniesta, Xavi, would not have made a career in this country,

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    If Fatso`s here there won`t be any promises, nor will there be recruitment of the quality players we need
    Are you people asleep, Jesus Christ, 11 years of penny pinching & the downsizing of the club on a massive scale & you expect him to change
    GET REAL !

    • Arty Hume

      Spot onski :(

    • Jezza

      Absolutely correct. I’m glad some people are aware of the reality at this club.

      • Chuck D

        Amen

    • kingfisher

      Spot on Moose. After 11 years he’s not going to change now. He risked Rafa walking away in the summer and winter transfer windows by reneging on his promises and not giving him the adequate funds to compete. Of course he will now say that he was right all along not to splash the cash as we are safe from relegation and we could finish in the top half, which most of us know is all down to Rafa and his management skills.( and the players of course)
      No doubt his apologists will have a different view, but 99.999999999% of subscribers on this forum want Ashley out. That speaks volumes. He will NEVER, NEVER, NO WAY JOSE spend the required amount to move us on to the next level. As Jezza keeps saying, loan deals will be the order of the day !

  • hook_menu_alter

    I wouldn’t bank on us keeping Kenedy.

    His form will likely attract bids that we can’t (won’t) compete with. Also assuming Chelsea want to sell.

    • Jezza

      Precisely. Once the likes of Bournemouth, Watford and Burnley start sniffing around Kenedy we can forget it.

      • East Durham Mag

        Grief what a depressing statement. Can’t deny it though.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    The one positive thing I’ll say about Ashley is that he seems to understand that he won’t be able to maximize profits with the sale of the club without Benitez attached. I don’t trust that goober as far as I can throw him but he HAS managed to sign Rafa and keep him this long. If Rafa signs another long term deal, there is hope yet for a sale finally/mercifully going through.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    There might be £100m coming into the club but not far that amount will go out in wages with the size of the squad near enough £70m. Yes there will be money to spend but probably only fifty million plus players sales. He will spend what is available in the bank but will not go overdrawn and put the club in trouble by borrowing money from the banks.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      £50m plus player sales will most likely amount to around £80m
      do you seriously think the Pie man will spend that amount

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Think it was under McClaren that he spent a lot of money but your figure is correct think we will end up with £80m to spend as Mitro will go for round £18m and will always be others to bring it up to £30m so that’s the plan . Think we will get £120m of T.V. money and league placing as should finish eighth or ninth. Lets hope the proposed buying of the club does not get in the way.

        • Come&TakeIt1836

          That sounds about right but I think they will hold some back or there won’t be anything available for January based on the cash flow timing. This is why I think next season is a ‘bridge’ season financially. We are passable now. Rafa can do his miracles through man mgmt and tactics to get us as high as Europa places maybe but the success is down to the coach. We need another year of tv money investment to have our financial footing close to 100%. Then couple that with the right coach and the sky is the limit.

          • Jezza

            Where will we be with no money for transfers and Pardew as manager?

          • Come&TakeIt1836

            You might as well ask where will we be with £1B for transfers and Pep G. for a coach. Neither scenario are rational.

          • kingfisher

            Ashley’s not rational !

          • Come&TakeIt1836

            He seeks his personal best interest. That’s pretty rational. Saving the club (his investment) from financial ruin – in his best interest. The saving process caused a relegation due to the failures of Pardew, Carver, and McClaren (true Ashley failures) but he exceeded normal Championship spending (see pending financials soon to be released) to bounce back the first chance – in his best interest. He has kept Rafa so far – in his best interest. Insulating his investment from devaluation (by spending this summer) – in his best interest. Potentially growing the value of his investment (more spending as cash is available) – in his best interest. I predict he goes with whatever is in his best interest and that is spending money.

            Spending money when you have it is the rational option. Not spending when you don’t is also the rational option.

          • Jezza

            “Exceeded normal Championship spending”? How many other clubs in the Championship that year had a spend of NEGATIVE £40 Million?

          • Come&TakeIt1836

            Negative £40M in spend? The players paid the club? The utility companies paid the club? How does a business have negative £40M spend? If you are pulling out just a variance in transfers, that is only one line item indirectly on the income statement (player amortization) and not an adequate way to measure a business. (Plus transfer have timed payouts which is what really matters to a final number.) It would be like me saying you drank more beer at parties bought by other people than the beer you bought for yourself and gave to others so you must have money in your bank account. It may be a big part of your finances but it isn’t the whole story. And if you lost your job recently, selling more and spending less would be a pretty reasonable way to cope with your current needs.

          • Jezza

            I suspected all along that it was one of you two and now I know. I’m not even going to bother reading your nonsense, I’m just going to block this ID just like I’ve blocked all the other ID’s you two use.

          • Come&TakeIt1836

            You and your conspiracy theories…
            😂

          • Jezza

            Not rational eh? Come back in August and say that. Only somebody with their head in the sand would think that scenario is not rational. You’ll see.

          • Leazes.

            Pardew will not be back… he was run out of town and left for his own safety!

  • Leazes.

    What a load of girlie claptrap.

    • Philippines

      You would probably not like what regulars on this site think of you, ha ha. The Geordie Oracle, you think.

      • Leazes.

        From Mark Jensen downwards you have the seed of failure because there is denial of reality ….. just as there is in the Chronicle, they will not face the truth and as soon as you string two wins together the lot of them are on their way to Wally World!

      • TheNutJob

        he makes more sense than 90% on here, me included

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    The last set of Accounts for June 2016 we only had £1.75m in the bank so by and large used every penny and still got relegated with a good team hardly Ashley’s fault we had big names in the team.

  • Steven05

    I did enjoy reading the article

    One day we will talk about this sort of thing/football more often – instead of Ashley

    • Leazes.

      It’s a WUM article as shown by the headline….click-bait!

      • Jezza

        I’ve just googled WUM and I have to agree with you.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          i have to Google ALL Newcastle`s targets

        • Leazes.

          You didn’t know a WUM was Wind-up-merchant LOL

          • Jezza

            I’m very out of touch with this modern world it has to be said.

          • Nart

            You don’t say! You’re very out of touch with all worlds in all honesty

  • S.G.M.

    All the money we will have to spend in the window will go on Rafa’s new deal, we will get two or three more loaners. The club wont be sold because the value has risen to at least 400mil and that’s down to the fans, week-in, week-out, maximum attendance. I saw a stat. that puts us at the top of the Capacity league table 99.7% full.

    • Jezza

      All the money will go into Ashley’s pocket. There will be no new deal for Rafa and the money saved by replacing him with Pardew will also go into Ashley’s pocket.

    • FatParosite

      That is the stat that keeps on giving…………. to Ashley…

  • Jezza

    Those flair players and clinical striker will have to be available on loan or free transfers because those are the only incoming transfers we’re going to see from now on. I am also convinced that come next season Rafa will be undertaking a new project at a better run more ambitious club.

    • Paul C

      get your thumb out! support the lads and the manager! lots to be happy about this year, and try being more positive! the fat man will be gone this summer!

  • Leazes.

    I take exception with the headline as well…. there isn’t a project, Rafa is playing it by ear, that is obvious except to the dim-witted author of this nonsense!

  • Nut

    As Ashley has repeatedly said if the club is making a profit those profits will be ploughed back into the club (once any expenses have been covered) of course the caviet there is in brackets those hidden expenses we can’t fathom and don’t know about, agents fees, the repayments of Ashley’s interest free loan, the costs of relegation etc etc.

    However all said and done ultimately Rafa will get backed by Ashley if both stay because the club will have money to spend if as it stands it finishes around where we currently are.

    I doubt Ashley will let the club go for 300+ million as it is probably worth a whole lot more currently however I think he would take a hit to some extent if a buyer of considerable means with willingness to prove it and spend it on the club came along.

    Now as yet I am not convinced Amanda Staveley will be that person but I would love to be proven wrong.

    Ashley came here to play moneyball and make money in the process, under Rafa he has found exactly the right manager to do just that and if he is as screwed on with things and schrewed as his reputation he will undoubtedly realise he is on too much of a good thing now.

    He is ultimately a gambler and I think he will take a punt after this season on Rafa Benitez and Newcastle even though he wanted out earlier in this season because he felt financially he could not compete with the top sides any longer.

    It all depends if he fancies 1 more shot at it, or if he has had enough of things…..

  • TheNutJob

    it never ceases to amaze me that some people think that Fatty will spend money
    to upgrade the team, year on year the person running the team get`s just enough to survive, twice it`s backfired & we were relegated, twice we came back up because the manager was good enough to do so, Chris got not a penny & Rafa was usurped a year gone January.
    here & on the chronicle a lot of fans are living in cloud cuckoo land

    • Leazes.

      He only spends at the wrong time…. trying to avoid the relegation situation
      that was created in the first place by holding the money back… wasted millions on relegations…. wasted years of peoples time and as he said himself ……

      ….He said he was hoping we’d stay up to then sell in the summer as he has no interest in the club and does not want to invest, saying this why we got loan signings last month’….

      Chelsea fan owns another club he has no interest in… well that is what you do isn’t it!

      And he’s done it for eleven years.

      • TheNutJob

        Let`s hope he`s gone by August

  • Come&TakeIt1836

    It never ceases to amaze me that some people think that MA won’t spend money
    to upgrade the team, year on year the person running the team has gotten just enough to survive because that’s all the cash there was. But in the one year we had cash, McClaren got the second most to spend in the FA.

    The history is we don’t spend money when we don’t have it. We spent money the one year we did. We will have money this summer. If the trends of the past 11 years hold, then money will be spent. Predicting no spend would be just cuckoo.

    We’re all cheering for the same team and want the same ultimate outcomes, right? Champions League. Premier League Champions. Let’s just let it start to play out. It’s still April. The club hasn’t received the cash. They can’t do anything yet. If MA spends all but nothing, I’ll be the loudest detractor but there is not much to do for another month or so.

    • Stephen Paylor

      i agree, i am quite confident of around a 70 million net spend

      • TheNutJob

        Ashley to spend £70m when he has the club up for sale.

        • Come&TakeIt1836

          £70M in cash or £70M in players makes little difference in the valuation of the club which is what MA would be concerned with. The potential risk might be that new owners want a say in who the spending is on. That is where Rafa being the one calling the shots on talent decisions helps marginalize that concern as hopefully new owners would have faith in Rafa. The potential benefit of spending despite trying simultaneously to sell the club is that having cash and no new talent (lack of adequate asset maintenance) at the end of the summer might actually devalue the club slightly in some eyes.

          • Leazes.

            Rafa hasn’t called any shots at all…. he lost the battle with Charnley for control.

          • Come&TakeIt1836

            Simply not true.

            “Ashley, meanwhile, says it is Benitez who has the final say on transfers, telling Sky Sports: ‘Lee Charnley (the managing director) answers to Rafa — not the other way around. Rafa makes all the final decisions on players in and players out, but he has to do it with the money the club have.’” The DailyMail, 11-Aug-17

            If this were false, all it would take is one comment by Rafa to the press. Now the club did move too slowly, didn’t transact deals in a timely manner last summer which burned Rafa, and he said that had to change.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Bollix, just look at the last 3 transfer windows

          • Leazes.

            Sorry what…the Daily Mail said it so it, must be true?

            Charnley has vetoed purchases on the orders of Ashley…

            Quote..’ I didn’t want to invest, this why we got loan signings last month’…. end result Loans, Joselu…. these aren’t Rafa type players!

            Stupid Tory basterd!

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            😁😁

          • Jezza

            Spot on in every respect.

          • Come&TakeIt1836

            Where is this exact quote available to be verified?

            I agree that they aren’t the preferred Rafa players but they may be the best option he had on the budget available at the time…”has to do it with the money the club have.”

          • Come&TakeIt1836

            P.S. – and according to another of the commentariat more typically on your side of the aisle (and my posted agreement with him) in a previous message string v. Clarke about a month ago, I must be winning the argument as you are having to resort to verbal abuse. 🤨

            He has posted in this thread. He can reveal himself if he so chooses.

          • paul mclaughlan

            The Daily Mail? You joke right?

    • East Durham Mag

      It never ceases to amaze me that people defend the Fat Oaf. Strange but they do.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Very strange indeed

        • Leazes.

          Its not strange …… its fleckman aka David Lee. I’m blocking this one as well, suggest others do the same.

          • Come&TakeIt1836

            Why would you block someone for having a different, rational opinion? It seems rather small-minded and I am rather convinced that does not describe you.

          • Mark Potter

            Yes, it definitely describes Jezza. Everyone who disagrees with him is accused of being the same person. He can’t imagine that there might be plenty of people with other opinions and that they might be based on facts (not the lies he continually spouts).

            He blocks people because he can’t stand to read anything challenging. Then he brands the person he is blocking as a troll. Every time. You won’t ever find him defending his lies. In fact, he is blissfully unaware that people even disagree with his posts, because he just loves to hear his own voice in his self-made echo chamber.

          • Come&TakeIt1836

            Sort of sounds like something Ashley did (blocking the media because he didn’t like what they said). Hey, maybe that means Jezza, Leazes, and Ashley are really all just one person. 😏

          • Jezza

            Yes I blocked this one as well as soon as I realised it was one of them two.

      • Jezza

        Two people on here do anyway and they’re both closely related.

    • NUFCLX

      If the trends of the last 11 year hold we will either be relegated or fighting a relegation battle due to lack of investment.

      • Come&TakeIt1836

        That was the corollary outcome of having limited funds, the subsequent mismanagement of talent by AP, JC, and SM, and not the base trend itself.

        Look at this year… compare the individual talent level of the squad last August (not today) with the team members that were relegated. It is a damning testimony to what was then the current managerial abilities of Alan Pardew, John Carver, and Steve McClaren.

        • NUFCLX

          I think it is damning testament to them players, their willingness to jump ship when we were relegated tells u all you need to know about their character.
          Right now we have the best manager we could possibly get but without the necessary investment there is only so far he can take us.
          There are plenty of comments being posted that Fatman will never change, I wholeheartedly agree. I cannot understand how any sane person could think differently after 11 years of BS we have put up with.

          • Cockneytrev

            Totally agree,,👍👍👍

        • Fireman Sam

          We only have limited funds because Ashley pockets his £20m a season.

    • Leazes.

      It never ceases to amaze me how many times you change your alias, is it David or Kevin?

      • Jezza

        Ha ha, yes I think you’re right, Leazes.

        • Leazes.

          Its a Tory accountant…. its the WUM

          • Arty Hume

            Could be a lot worse mind, he could be labour.
            I’m UKIP by the way but thats another story, oh, and proud of it too!

    • Fireman Sam

      Are you 12?

      • Jezza

        No he’s just a troll. Fleckman/Monkseaton/Clarko/Ghostbuster etc under yet another ID.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          😂😂
          Who is the real Blobby Fluckman ?

          • Jezza

            He’s an internet troll with multiple ID’s, a season ticket holder at Old Trafford, a Tory voter and a dedicated afficionado of fantasy warcraft games.

          • GToon

            And he doesn’t like the homeless either. Don’t forget that bit. I never will.

          • Come&TakeIt1836

            What in the world are you talking about?

  • Mike

    rafa has transformed players that most of us has written off Diame Perez shelvey Dummett they are now doing the simple things to great effect he saw a need in a new keeper where most of us thought eh? why? leave it to the expert he knows wot he is doing give the man the tools for the job and by heck we could be scary.

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    If fatty stays as owner then he’ll know by now that he has a manager capable of competing at European level and he will also know that the really big money comes with the Champions League. As Rafa is capable of that in spades then investment in players sufficient to compete at Premiership places 4-6 would make a lot of sense even to a cynical owner whose only motivation seems to be money.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
      What`s your next joke

    • East Durham Mag

      No matter how much sense it would make to anyone Fatty will not care one jot about it. He went on international telelevision and lied out of his fat chuff about support and available funds. He couldn’t care less about NUFC in any capacity other than as a cash cow and an advertising hoarding.

      • phildene

        Well said

    • Arty Hume

      IMHO its sad that some people could even think he gives a rats ass, he does not! He has himself stated he made a mistake in buying the club and has not interest in it and worse still will not invest in it. Haway, he said it himself!

    • Angelswithdirtyfaces

      There’s nothing wrong with a bit of Devil’s advocacy folks, even though fatty’s track record is duplicitous to say the least, surely he might be motivated more by his usual greed if he spots £ signs rising above SJP ?

  • Fireman Sam

    Everybody knows we need to nail down the three loan players and then add a quality striker and number 10. There should be enough money there to do that.

    But will Mike Ashley do what is needed? Will he hell!

  • Sing in the Leazes

    A bit like with Pardew, it’s not just about the numbers with Ashley.

    If Chris Hughton had posted Pardew’s stats over the years he would never have attracted the same loathing. Because he was a classy bloke. We might have bade him farewell at some point during one of those awful runs we use to go on under Pardew, or one of those terrible defeats. But would he be despised? No. Definitely not. He always did and said the right things. The worst criticism I ever heard was he could be a bit bland in interviews. Pardew must have clocked up a dozen ‘incidents’ over the years where he came out of it looking really bad. Like not ‘oops’ bad but ugh, ‘what kind of man are you?’ bad.

    Similarly, if a fans consortium had taken over and ploughed identical sums as Ashley has into the club each year, with believable justifications and an open approach to communication then we would find it easier to understand or accept it. But Mike Ashley is the polar opposite of a decent bloke. I could list ten examples of situations where he’s done the worst thing possible. Sometimes he has tried to explain his reasoning and you think “what an idiot he clearly knows nothing about football” and other times “what a complete £$%*” or “he can’t possibly be doing this and be in his right mind”.

    So nobody really knows exactly what will happen in the summer. But it is right to examine his track record. Not the numbers, which have to be taken in the context of the time and can therefore be hard to objectively assess when you look back on them… but the behaviour which is a constant.

    And on that score, we Geordies aren’t daft. We know who our friends are. We knew Rafa was good on paper, but we also knew he was a class act straight away. And we all (I say all because even the doubters, the Ashley backers on here, are only trying to convince themselves) know what Ashley is like. The man not the money. He’s a wrong ‘un. He lies. He cheats. He has stolen the face of our club and painted it with his colours. He has stolen the land that belonged to our club and taken it forever. He has hidden the profits of the club in complex debt schemes. He has publicly promised us money using legalese loophole language with a smirk. He has banished the free press. He has failed to engage with fans. He has appointed Joe Kinnear. He has done all these things and then hidden behind a wall of silence for months or even years. Plus he runs his day job like a vicious exploitative predator. For no other reason than because he can.
    And before any of you Tory Monkseaton-based idiots try to justify any business practice that is not technically illegal, don’t. It’s not the point. Just because you can get away with something doesn’t mean you should. That’s what being a good bloke is all about.
    WE DON’T DEMAND AN OWNER WHO SPENDS. WE DEMAND AN OWNER WHO TRIES.

    • Come&TakeIt1836

      A very well-reasoned anti-MA post. Probably the best I’ve read. I won’t buy the ‘hidden profits’ part but every other complaint is valid and enough. Add to that his poor record of hiring/firing managers (prior to Rafa) and his comically thin and poorly funded executive leadership team with Charnley leading the way.

  • Down Under Mag

    It also goes to show that the “deluded Geordies” aren’t going to hate on someone because they aren’t “from up here”, nor because the manager chooses to play (dare I say it) boring football. No, in fact the accusation that was levelled in the wake of Big Sam leaving was that we expected gung ho football, we expected no-holds barred action, end to end you score 4 we’ll score 5 football. It couldn’t have been anything further from the truth. Yes you will always get the odd kid or grumpy ol’ git coming out the woodwork to slate whoever is in charge because it makes them feel better about themselves, but all most of us wanted was a team that gave 100%, a manager that understood the and appreciated the fans and that no-matter what style of football we played we actually gave ourselves a chance to be successful…be it challenging for europe or in some cases, staving off the threat of relegation. in Rafa and this current team we have all had exactly what we wanted. No we aren’t competing for europe…but I don’t here many complaining. No we aren’t free flowing and blessed with attackign flair all over the pitch, but who cares if you are getting results. This current squad for me, (all season as well not just because we are on a good run), have given many a reason to be proud of being a Newcastle united fan…no matter what the owner concocts to pi$$ all over our fire this summer he can never take away the feeling of belonging that Rafa and players like Ritchie and Lascelles have made us feel once again!