Rafa Benitez has confirmed that DeAndre Yedlin is available to play against Chelsea.

The Newcastle boss also indicating that the likes of Rondon and/or Muto could start as well, as they now reaching match fitness.

Maurizio Sarri praised Rafa Benitez at his press conference earlier on Friday and the Newcastle boss returned the compliment.

When asked about his contract situation, Rafa  once again simply deflected it away, saying all he is concerned about now is improving the team on the pitch.

However, when it came to being quizzed about supporter protests against Mike Ashley, the manager was far more open than previously.

Benitez saying ‘I have a lot of sympathy for our fans because they are really good. They know this club and the city and what it is like to live here.’

As well as online interference from fans against Mike Ashley via SD and other brands, Newcastle fans are once again protesting outside the Newcastle Northumberland Street branch of Sports Direct at 1pm on Sunday, plus an open public meeting has been organised by The Magpie Group for 7pm on Wednesday 5 September.

As for Lazaar and Saivet, Rafa Benitez admits that he is still trying to move them on.

Rafa Benitez speaking at his pre-Chelsea press conference:

“You have to try to win, try to win using the brain – not just the heart.”

“The main factor for us is the attitude of the players – their work rate, their mentality.

“We are talking about (playing) one of the top sides. They have a good manager – I know Sarri well from his experience in Italy.

“We have to concentrate on improving the team as much as we can.

 “The new signings are closer to starting now, because they are fitter.

“Yedlin has been training – he is fine. Manquillo is better than expected, but we have to assess him.

“My contract is not an issue (when it comes to performances on the pitch), we have to concentrate on improving as much as we can.’

Asked about the fan protests against Mike Ashley:

“The Newcastle fans know all these things, they would like to see the club doing things in a certain way.

“All I say is that when they come to St James Park they have to support the team because that is the only way for us to be stronger. I respect them (the fans) but (I have to) concentrate on my job.

“I have spoken for two months on what we have to do, based on my experience.

“I have a lot of sympathy for our fans because they are really good.

“They know this club and the city and what it is like to live here.”

Saivet and Lazaar:

“Achraf Lazaar is still around because we did not have time to do it (the loan deal) with Genoa.

“As for Saivet, he is getting closer but we are still waiting for a resolution (to the transfer deal) in Turkey (to Busraspor).”



  • Monkseaton Magpies

    When they come to St James’s Park they have to support the team because that is the only way to make us stronger. Wise words from Rafa so let’s hope the small number of morons who protested against Spurs either stay away or leave the ground and protest in Leazes Park.

    • Kenny

      🤡🤡🤡🤡

      • Tweed Mag

        Kenny, every time I see your clown response it makes me laugh. It is worth more than any comment I have seen when dealing with the apologists. Their blood pressure must go through the roof.

    • Chris-Chapple

      Why Leazes Park, much better to protest at St. James, the protesters are true fans, unlike you, sheephead

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        How are they fans when protests helps the other team never worked that one out. Also how am I not a true fan would like to know why.

        • TheFatController

          Because you love Ashley who has told the world via sky Sports we are going nowhere til he finds a buyer.

          If you’re a fan and encourage us going nowhere great, but don’t call yourself a true fan. True fans object to not trying to improve.

        • Wezza

          You are talking rubbish as usual. We are protesting against the owner, not the team. Do one troll.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            You are not you chanted against Ashley against Spurs when down to ten men pure scum bags.

          • Wezza

            Blocked.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Remember when you said Rafa told the fans to stop protesting? Except he never & you made it all up as usual 😂. Cracking up monk

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        He has just said it again the fans must support the team it’s the only way which means do not protest think you understand that one.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          The words do not protest never left his mouth however. More lies

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            The fans must support us take it English is not your strong point perhaps protesting is but a few of you on here.

          • Rabid Dog

            To be fair tho, your point of view is that Rafa is inferring he doesn’t want to see protesting. He hasn’t said it, but you are reading that. It can be equally said supporting the team and protesting against Ashley are two entirely different things altogether. You just choose to see it from point one of view only.

          • Malcolm Fisher

            Sure your not Denis Wise?

        • JohnCornwell’sHair

          You can’t have it both ways, you are ok with protests outside SJP in this thread but on another any protest on Northumberland St is betting your goat.
          Make your mind up man

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            I am not ok with protests at all except on the moon.

    • Billmag

      And we all know what it’s like to live here don’t we unlike you.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Do you know what makes us stronger, investment & progression. 2 things this club lacks. I’ve seen better training facilities in Leazes Park

      • Peaky

        Been watching the documentary on Man City called All or Nothing…..you should see the facilities they have…….they even have these special dryers that dries out the dirty boots once they’ve been scrubbed……we have the same,it’s called Penfold with a hairdryer….

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Haha he probably picks them out with his teeth once he’s finished doing Ashley’s lawn with Beardsley

    • Scott Robinson

      “They know this club and the city and what it is like to live here.”

      The small number of morons would sort you out if you keep it up. Get yourself to the protests and stand up and call out the morons. You’ll be easy to spot in your duffle coat and Sports Direct clobber

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Don’t you know he’s been to milwall u18’s he’s ready for anything now 😂

      • FatParosite

        Very very unlikely from the coward…

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Sort me out I would like to see that. You have not got a clue.

        • KRS1

          Tough guy?, we all think you are a big sh*t house

        • panther

          doesnt matter how many times you get beaten up in the turkish saunas staring at blokes you still keep the erection

    • Malcolm Fisher

      Toss pot

    • Big Hairy Man

      The way to make us stronger is to invest in the team. Fat chance of that with the current owner.

    • TheFatController

      Ah, the man that only this morning played victim to others labeling him with nasty terminology (that he didnt let bother him) shows us all how it’s done to keep the moral high ground by calling protesters morons.

      Why is it people that play victims know the game of victimising so well, Mugpie?

      • Superdooperhooper

        He’s always saying that the nasty comments don’t bother him. Why repeatedly mention something if it doesn’t bother him ? Bizarre behaviour

    • Wezza

      Monkseaton, please stop your utter Ashley backing drivel. I have asked nicely.
      Why do you think we are protesting? Because Ashley gives Rafa every penny still like you claim? That is pure trolling right there.

      Rafa: “The Newcastle fans know all these things, they would like to see the club doing things in a certain way.”

      You are a troll, pure and simple. You simply cannot be a Newcastle fan and back Ashley. Of course, we all know who you are.

      • FatParosite

        Just block the bishop drone answering his moronic banter gives him what he wants…. So just block the moron

        • Wezza

          Yeah, I don’t know why I unblocked him in the first place, lol.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Rafa has kindly asked the fans to support the club during games as it makes the team stronger what is hard to understand about that. You say I am not a Newcastle fan but have been to more games home and away than anyone on this site and that is a fact. You and others want us relegated I do not.

        • Steve Smith

          “Team” not club. Spazz.

        • Wezza

          There you go again with your trolling. I never said I wanted us relegated.

        • KRS1

          Definitely been to more games than you!

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            So how many away loyalty points do you have.

    • drc74

      SPXNKSTER, HOWS MIKES CXCK TASTING THESE DAYS,, does it pulsate in your mouth as hes pushing 20quid notes through your camel brown y fronts

    • JohnCornwell’sHair

      Support the team, yes, not the fu(kwits that are running the club.

  • Kenny

    It’s tragic that we have such a great manager who won’t be backed by the owner.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      It’s like putting a Ferrari engine in a lada

      • Ron

        then filling the petrol tank with diesal to make sure!

      • Kenny

        Or Frankie Dettori on a 10 bob nag

      • panther

        or putting a functioning brain in monk

        • SuperDesHamilton

          That’ll never happen 😂

  • Ron

    The feeling is mutual, I have so much sympathy for Rafa having to work with that sad excuse for an owner.

  • nufcslf

    What a shilyt state of affairs. An owner who hasn’t got a f**king clue and a manager…who I don’t always 100% agree with starting line up and substitutions…loves the city and fans. Relegation written all ovet it, thanks to the fat c**t in charge.