Football fans everywhere are looking forward to the new season.

Wondering if this time it could be their year?

After all, if you can’t daydream in pre-season about your team finding that elusive success, when can You?

Which brings us to Newcastle United.

The World Cup now just a very pleasant memory, instead it is 18 days until transfer deadline day and less than three weeks until the Premier League kicks off.

Instead of debating about ‘all’ of the ins and outs this summer, Newcastle fans are yet again forced into protests.

The latest supporter initiative is rallying under the banner of #IfRafaGoesWeGo.

Whatever the success or otherwise of this worthy effort, Rafa Benitez leaving Newcastle United would be a disaster.

You could just lengthen that hashtag and say #IfRafaGoesWeGo …. AndYouMightAsWellLockTheDoorsAndThrowAwayTheKeys

For some people it is seemingly easy to forget just how soul-destroying it was for those five and a half years before Rafa arrived.

Yes we still had Mike Ashley as owner and as subsequent events have proved, he has no intention of changing and running the club along proper/normal lines.

BUT with Rafa Benitez, we at last had somebody for both players and fans to rally around, somebody who takes a pride in their job and does things the right way.

Heaped on top of everything else Ashley brings to the party, it was just sheer embarrassment those five+ years when Pardew, Carver and McClaren were ‘in charge’ at the club.

People willing to say and do anything the owner told them to do because they were so desperate to have a job that they should never have got in the first place.

As stated at the start, this is the time of year when all fans, of any club, should at least have hope of better to come.

At Newcastle United I don’t think any of us are feeling that way about the new season BUT just so long as Rafa Benitez is still here, things at some point may go on the upturn.

Difficult to ever see this happening with the current owner, so it may well all depend on whether Rafa Benitez can outlast Mike Ashley at St James Park.

It is very much a longshot but it is the only one we have got, give this new #IfRafaGoesWeGo initiative some time and support, every journey starts with a single step.



  • Mayor Vaughn

    Try to imagine what it must be like to be a Brighton/Wolves/Fulham/West Ham fan.
    If only.

    • Leicester Mag

      Just imagine how ludicrous this would have read in Keegan/ Robson eras. How low can this go before people fight for the very soul of OUR club?

      • Mayor Vaughn

        A decade beaten into submission i’m afraid. We are back to where we were in the mid eighties i’m afraid, in fact we must be worse cause i lived and breathed NUFC in those days now i’m almost passed caring.

      • T2

        It is what it is mate. I’m trying to be positive. Hopefully we can stay up. It’s going to be hard though.

      • kingfisher

        As long as 50.000 turn up regardless of how Ashley treats our club Leicester, then nothing will change.I firmly believe that these people are doing irrepairable damage to our club by continually supporting Ashley and donating their hard earned cash to his scurrilous get rich quick schemes.

    • Dave Pattinson

      Last times I felt enthusiastic funnily enough, were before the two seasons we kicked off in the C’ship. At least we had decent squads and made some signings. Nowadays i dread the start of a new season. Hope, ambition & enthusiasm seem to be far off memories. Thanks, dear owner.! Do something soon…or bog off!

  • T2

    I’m personally looking forward to it, I always am. Not just for us, but I love the start of the season. I’m trying to be positive. I don’t think we can expect top 10, but as long as we survive that’s the main thing. I just hope we can ensure safety before the end of the season, I don’t think I could take the stress of another relegation run In haha

    • Leazes.

      too bad then because thats what its going to be, other clubs have strengthened and Ashley is banking on there being three worse clubs….. Survival football lacks a goal and this shell of a club lacks a purpose!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        He`s rolling the 🎲🎲 again

      • kingfisher

        Spot on Leazes 👍👍👍👏👏👏

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Bottom 6 at best, a couple of long term injuries to key players and we`re down again, another season of shyte under the Fat Guy.
    C`est la vie

    • T2

      I’d take survival now me. The quality of the league Is stronger again. Wolves have got some top players too. Hopefully we can stay up, trying to be positive. If we get a decent striker that will make all the difference

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        The only thing that will keep us up is the manager & when he leaves next year it`ll be a disaster

  • Colin Brumwell

    Relegation, Rafa walks and no fan will blame him and another yes man appointed, the Fatman has not changed in 10years and isnt going to now

    • Leazes.

      Your name is from Co Durham.

  • Wezza

    I think this is the first season where I am not one bit excited for the start of our season. Thanks to MA.
    There is one thing taking millions from the club but treating one of the best managers we have ever had like this is just the final straw. This is pure spite now.

  • Paul Patterson

    Whichever way you look at it, we are the only club in the league that has an owner supressing ambition . .

    • paul mclaughlan

      He’s the skintest billionaire on the planet.

      • Paul Patterson

        That’s the thing, I don’t think anyone wants him to use his own personal fortune. I just want him to give us the best chance of success. Stop staggering payments and not releasing adequate funds for the manager.

      • Leazes.

        2 houses in Totteridge, 2 Houses in Miami, 2 Houses in Switzerland, 2 Houses in Majorca….

        When he split from his wife they stayed close quite bizarre.

  • That is complete rubbish. We have a good team that needs a better goalscorer and winger/attacking midfielder who can chip in with a few every now and again.
    If we sign a better striker and a goalscoring winger/n.10 we are more than fine.
    Our defense in one of the best in the league and we proved we can dominate super-expensive midfields (Chelsea/Man U) with Diame and Shelvey. There is still plenty of time to get the players we want.

    • Soldier

      cloud cuckoo land

      • Leazes.

        That’s one of the ‘Lee’ boys I can’t figure out if its Brian or Kevin…. if I was put on the spot I’d go for ‘funlovingexpress’…. Brian Lee.

        Vincent Gigante, infrequent use of the name, a poster telling everyone to be positive……well that’s definitely Kevin Lee the stupid one.

        • Soldier

          it`s all very confusing, just how many of them post on here

          • Leazes.

            3…. Kevin, David and Brian

            They are also the ‘thumbs’ which score people underneath Ryders articles.

          • Wezza

            I bet they love the attention they are getting as well. We should report them.

        • TheNutJob

          got another 1 leazes, well done
          😂😂

      • I didn’t see Everton and West Ham doing better with all the money they splashed last season. We need to add few players but ones that have quality and want to be in the team. My comment is based on the performance of the team last term. If we had Kenedy and Dubravka from the start, we would probably have finished 7th or better, and if we had a better main Striker, well, we could have been playing in Europe. Rafa knows how to build a team – start from the BACK. He got the defense and midfield sorted, now, all we need is a better striker and n.10/winger.

        • TheNutJob

          If, if, if, it`s always if with Newcastle & that`s why his post is correct.

          • Still time mate. We’ll get a few better players than what we have last year. That is good enough for me. The point is not to let our good players leave!

    • Paul Patterson

      I don’t usually see everything negative or seek to put everything down but there is blind optimism a being delusional. Comments like ‘If we sign a better striker and a goalscoring winger/no.10 we are more than fine’ is certainly the latter.
      The striker will cost £20m minimum. I’ll stop there as it’s looking like even spending anything is going to happen at the minute.

      • Leazes.

        A third rate striker will cost £20m…. Ashley is said to have a ceiling on both purchase and wages. which means he’s runnin g the club at tick over only.

      • You guys just crack me up, honestly. My comment is more than valid, and I hope I’m right by the end of the season. I seem to be one of the very few that think so.

  • Vincent Gigante

    Please just f### off with this negative bull#### it’s just relentless .
    Ashley is a disgrace, we need to buy players which is dead obvious but ffs NOT looking forward to the season kicking off?
    Just stop.

    • Toon Barmy

      Why is Ashley a disgrace and why do we need to buy players? Ashley is not stopping you looking forward to the new season, people are going to go no matter what he does, therefore he doesn’t have to buy players. If people keep implying “that no matter how bad things get under Ashley`s ownership, they will not stop going” then don’t be surprised if he takes advantage of their blind loyalty. He is a businessman and all he cares about is money, as far as i am concerned blind loyalty is a “businessman`s wet dream”, it’s no wonder he probably wakes up every morning with a big smile on his face.

      • Vincent Gigante

        I’m looking forward to the season kicking off for the simple reason I enjoy watching football and my team is Newcastle United due largley

        • Vincent Gigante

          To the fact of where I was born, where my heritage lies and that’s just the way it is.

      • East Durham Mag

        It’s a shame he wakes up.

    • Mrkgw

      Fact is, that there is very little enjoyment as a supporter of Newcastle under this current regime. You can’t blame people for being negative. Lets face it, positives are few. The only way to vent is through forums such as these and I’d sooner this than happy clapping away with my head in the clouds. When Ashley gives us all something to celebrate only then will the negativity stop.

      • Vincent Gigante

        I don’t do the happyclapping but I don’t do the relentless day in day out negative sh##e that goes on on nearly every article.

        • Soldier

          just how many aliases have you got.

          • Vincent Gigante

            Ha ha you do the maths. Totally missed my point which is why I don’t bother with this poor excuse for a Newcastle United supporters site/forum/hub of self hatred.
            Been watching this for the last two weeks and it’s boring.

          • TheNutJob

            don`t use it then, we all know you`re a troll

          • Vincent Gigante

            You know nothing

          • TheNutJob

            blah, blah, blah. foolish person or should i say persons

          • Wezza

            Just very sad and lonely trolls. We should pity them but being MUFC fans then I think not!

        • Mrkgw

          Only one answer then Vincent. If you don’t like it, no one is forcing you to read it. If you are happy with mediocrity then fair cop. But, we deserve better than that at our club.

          • TheNutJob

            he`s a troll

          • Mrkgw

            Oust the troll. Oust the regime. Oust Ashley.👹

          • TheNutJob

            excellent, Jabba Oot
            🐷🐷🐷

          • Mrkgw

            😂 🏁

          • Vincent Gigante

            I like to read it

          • Mrkgw

            But, didn’t you say in a response below that you found it boring?

    • Paul Patterson

      You should have a beer with fans before games in town. We are all honest people with honest downbeat opinions. If we all got together in the pub and shouted it from the rooftops that everything was hunky dory, we’d be laughed at and rightly so. That’s what the owner has engineered. The people I move with still switch their anger and resentment from the owner once the team takes to the field, but until the owner ships out or changes his attitude (ha) then the negativity is being real.

      • Vincent Gigante

        I’m happy to have a drink with you.
        Name the place and assume pre or post spurs.

        • Paul Patterson

          Nein danke.

  • TheNutJob

    Doomed.

    • Leazes.

      Nah….It’ll be exactly the same, stagnation, struggle and escape….

      ……. if we don’t pick up injuries for a second season running, and the opposition haven’t cottoned on to the bus, and a manager winding down his contract can motivate a squad with nothing to play for….

      ……..that might be a big ask come to think of it……..Doomed!

      • TheNutJob

        👍.

      • Geordiegiants

        Unusually, your very glass half empty Leazes. 🤥

  • James

    No hope as long as Ashley is here