Jamaal Lascelles and Rafa Benitez have been working overtime these past 48 hours.

In a previous interview the Newcastle manager had revealed that he and his staff were doing 12 hour days, 7.30am to 7.30pm, as they tried to turn around the situation.

This week I think they have ended up doing the nightshift as well.

#NiceGuyGate could turn out to be a defining moment of the season.

Jamaal Lascelles saying Mike Ashley came over as a ‘Nice Guy’ when they shared a pizza, ending up dominating the media, especially social media.

In truth, I think most Newcastle fans had begun to accept that we were heading towards a slow and quiet relegation.

Not good enough to score goals and win games, not bad enough to concede loads of goals and spectacularly lose all the matches.

The quality is clearly not there in this team, not enough of it anyway.

Apart from Huddersfield and Cardiff possibly/probably, no other first team is as weak as Newcastle’s on paper, or indeed on the pitch, at the minute.

As for the squad, god knows what state we would end up in with a few injuries to key players.

Last season we saw between February and April the team becoming far better than the 11 individuals. Fire in their bellies and some inspirational play coming to the fore, as the team started to be a bit more expansive, to press more, and beat teams such as Man Utd, Leicester and Arsenal.

Up until that run that took Rafa’s team to early safety, Newcastle had only gathered wins from fellow strugglers – West Ham (x2), Stoke (x2), Swansea, Palace.

So far Newcastle have failed to beat everybody, from Man City and Chelsea at the top, to Cardiff and Southampton at the bottom.

Today though against Watford looks a defining match of the season, I’m not going to say it is a must win and if Newcastle don’t do so then it is certain relegation, but that could turn out to be the reality.

However it has come about, for me the last couple of days has ended up with Jamaal Lascelles and Rafa Benitez planting the flag.

Now it is up to the players and fans to rally around that.

For me there is no doubt that the players will run out against Watford with far more purpose and intent than we have seen so far this season.

One of the Watford players has said he thinks the first 20 to 25 minutes will be crucial and I think he is right.

Rafa must be sending the players out today to try and press from the first second and to do so until they get that first goal, then redouble those efforts with the fans now roused from their comatose states due to the season so far.

If it still goes wrong today then it still goes wrong – but at least everybody will have tried their best to make things change.

It will then be so much harder then to do but next week against Bournemouth we will all have to try again.

Bottom line though I think is that really it has to happen today, we have to rally around that flag and make it happen.

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  • Hughie_Gallacher

    Another version of ‘support the team not the regime.’

    What a dreadful, crashing bore.

    • mactoon

      Regardless of the regime I have to say if you are at the match you should give 100% support to the team. I remember a bloke near me actually booing Rob Lee, I was disgusted.

      • Leazes.

        When do fans ‘give 100%’…. its a stupid cliche?

        • mactoon

          I’m using it to say give the best support to the team you can. I’m sure you get my meaning.

        • Rich Lawson

          A particular irritation to myself is ”he/the boys will be giving 110/120/150 % in this one”. Moronic/Cliche doesn’t do the statement justice.

          • Wor Lass

            I`m 99% sure you`re right on that one!

          • Peaky

            I hate the phrase “off of”…..such as isn’t that him “off of” MOTD or whatever……also can’t bear people who start their sentences with “so”…..does my heed in.

          • JohnnyH

            The “so” thing absolutely does my napa in as well.
            People who talk in that kind of singing tone as well.
            But I’m a miserable owld get.

          • Peaky

            Aussies talk weird as well….their voices get high at the end of every sentence…

          • Hughie_Gallacher

            That’s the American influence for you, mate.

          • Peaky

            Yes…same as bloody Halloween….don’t bother answering the door…..I just let my dogs go mental and frighten the little gits away….

          • Rich Lawson

            Blending seamlessly into the new neighbourhood then !

          • Rich Lawson

            Been guilty on the ”off of” in the past,I’ll try to mend my ways,agree on the ”so”. How are you managing with Sheffield speak ?

          • Peaky

            Funny accent here….quite hybrid with Derbyshire….certainly don’t hear much full on Yorkshire as you would further north of the county..

          • Rich Lawson

            Have you been to Baarrnsley yet ? It’s twinned with Royston Vasey.

          • Peaky

            Not yet….someone told me that Sheffield is the city where most students are likely to remain after university…ie settle down here and call it ‘home’….it’s all to do with the location and oh I forgot….Dr Who of course 🤣🤣

    • Leazes.

      ✅ Absolutely!

  • Paul Patterson

    Generally, teams just have to score one against us and they know they won’t lose the game, score two and they make off with the three points . .

  • JohnnyH

    Not interested in matters on the pitch anymore.

    I just want rid of an owner who has systematically destroyed our club out of sheer malevolence, and who continues to lie to the manager and supporters.
    An ownerwho buys up companies just to strip them of value and cheat the staff and pensioners out of their livelihood.
    An owner who thinks the right way to deal with confrontation is to threaten violence in the back street.

    SUPPORT THE BOYCOTT

    • Realist

      F cuk the boycott. What time you shouting at the club shop today? I’m going to go into shearers so a can watch you heed the balls and have a laugh.

      • Paul Patterson

        You go into Shearer’s. After that you can go in Woolworths and get a pick and mix . .

        • Rich Lawson

          Next big High St name for ”Mike” to pick (n mix) up for nowt ?

        • Realist

          Woolworths shut years ago mate. Your putting 2 and 2 together and comimg up with 3 but this is you lot all over coming up win assumptions to suit your own rhetoric.

          • Superdooperhooper

            Yes and shearers was changed to nine years ago. I think that was his point . Fatty got the hump with shearer for daring to criticise him so changed the name . What a childish man your mate mike is

          • Realist

            I agree it was very childish n sorry to disappoint I’m not a Ashley fan I don’t like him or dislike him he’s irrelevant to my love for nufc.

          • Superdooperhooper

            So you have no opinion on ashley ? Even though he owns the club you claim to support? I would rather have a tub of lard as owner because it wouldn’t do any harm and ashley does

          • Realist

            I wish he wasn’t here and we had say a Steve Gibson type but we don’t so I’m still going to support the lads, life’s to short to hold grudges boycotts etc here for a good time not a long time.

          • Lord

            You fell for it and in doing so revealed you have no attachment to our club. Go away.

          • Realist

            Bar a season ticket for 17 years and a healthy amount of loyalty points.

          • Realist

            It’s like the Adelphi it’s another name now changed hands but people I know still call it they Adelphi.

      • East Durham Mag

        Fk off troll.

        • Realist

          Original

          • East Durham Mag

            Just fk off.

          • Realist

            East Durham mag😂 you get what I’m saying?!

      • wheyayeman

        Down with this sort of thing!

        • Carverlier football

          Easy now…

      • Carverlier football

        Well I’m glad you find the whole situation at this football club so funny. Really reinforces your credentials as a superior supporter… The death of the club as a sporting institution? Hilarious! People doing what they can to change that situation? LMFAO!

        • Realist

          it make sure days worthwhile watching you bunch of loons outside of the the club shop with mega phones bursting a blood vessel or two. Keep it up lads.

          • Realist

            It sure makes matchdays

          • Carverlier football

            We will. Thanks for the encouragement!!

        • Ron

          He should be 18 to get in there. Look out for someone with a false beard.

  • London_Mag

    Lets hope its not one of those cheap flags from sports direct that they are planting!

    • Kenny

      If there was an Ashley OUT Flag the man would be selling them.
      😂😂

  • Leazes.

    How old are you Mathew?

    The fans ARE the club…. but play no part in this S***** D**** enterprise other than customers!

    You would be rallying around a red white and blue flag of Ashley’s branding not the Black and White flag of our City!

    Northumbria Forever…Ashley OUT!

    #BoycottWolves

  • Kenny

    The defining moment for Nufc was 11 years ago when King Rat purchased the club.

    • Wor Lass

      I remember thinking, “Yes! The guy`s a billionaire” (they didn`t seem 10-a-penny in those days) “We`re going places”. I didn`t expect it to be places like Burton Albion, Brentford and Rotherham, though.

      • Realist

        Great away days though.

  • panther

    WE know where Lascelles has planted his flag

    • Peaky

      😂🤣 straight from “Carry On Newcastle United”…..that reminds me where’s Sid James these days AND Jezza ???

      • Wor Lass

        Hasn`t Jezza been reincarnated as Wezza?

        • Peaky

          Could well be some truth in that.

          • Wezza

            LOL What? We are definitely now the same person!
            I wondered where Jezza was really, he will probably be back soon but the season has been so predictable sofar.

          • Peaky

            😂🤣 he told me once he goes mountain climbing…so maybe he’s off to do the north face of Everest or something….he’ll be telling his Sherpa…..”I told them all back home what would happen this season”…

          • Wezza

            Yep or maybe he is just sick of the utter defecation of out football club too, I know I am.

          • Peaky

            Yep….can’t argue with that…totally agree.

      • panther

        He’s got some kind of deal with the fat snake, say nice things and you can go to a chaps league team in January

      • Ron

        Not with Sid James I hope!

  • Wor Lass

    I thought Rafa`s comment summed it up perfectly when he said Jamaal was commenting on someone he met for an hour over a pizza and wasn`t passing judgement on the last 11 years. Very diplomatic and very true. I think jamaal will be genuinely gutted to think that he`s upset the fans. I hope he plays well today.

    • Carverlier football

      I think Rafa and Jamaal’s motivations are very similar in terms of trying to leverage whatever they can to give them a better chance of winning football matches – only Rafa is much smarter and more experienced and Jamaal has been somewhat naive

      • Wor Lass

        Exactly – master and pupil. You can`t beat experience!

    • Tweed Mag

      He certainly needs to put in some solid performances. He will then get the benefit of the doubt, even though his comments were a bit stupid to say the least. If he scores the winner today, things will move on.

  • Leicester Mag

    What a load of clap trap. Rally around the flag? The flag is a tattered rag ripped apart by our beloved chubby barrow boy.

  • Peaky

    Loads of adverts on the online Ronnie about ancestry and tracing your roots…..is it not easier just to ask Leazes ?? 🤣🤣