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Avoiding Relegation the Sole Aim for Newcastle United in 2018/19

September 13th, 2018 | No Comments |

Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley.
Laurel and Hardy – The relegation specialists.
The Premier League is not only the most popular football league on the planet, but it is also the most lucrative. With television rights and top-flight status offering millions of pounds on a yearly basis, every club wants to avoid relegation. But for a club like Newcastle it is vital to stay in the Premier League, Magpies fans cannot cope with more relegation heartache.

Let’s get one thing straight: Rafa Benitez is a top class football manager. The Spaniard has done a tremendous job with the tools at his disposal and Newcastle supporters recognise his efforts. Benitez is not, nor has he ever been the problem. If the Magpies go down it will be down to a lack of financial support from the club’s hierarchy. (more…)


Newcastle United eager to put points on the board against Arsenal

September 12th, 2018 | No Comments |

Newcastle United v Arsenal match preview.
Yet another tough fixture for the Magpies.
Newcastle United host Arsenal on Saturday aiming to put a disappointing start to the Premier League season firmly behind them.

The Magpies head into the game 18th in the table, having picked up just one point from four outings this term.

The Gunners opened their campaign with defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea, but have since beaten West Ham United and Cardiff City to climb up to ninth in the standings.

Newcastle will be hoping that Jonjo Shelvey, Javi Manquillo and Matt Ritchie can all return this weekend, but Florian Lejeune remains on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Unai Emery has numerous injury worries to contend with, particularly in defence. (more…)


Who could replace Benitez at the end of the season?

September 4th, 2018 | No Comments |

Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley
A very rare shot of Benitez and Ashley together.
As most fans will know, Rafa Benitez’s contract as Newcastle United’s manager will expire at the end of the season and so far, the omens do not look particularly good.

After a nightmare start to the season against pretty much the worst possible opposition (Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City in their first four games), the club are currently in the bottom three, and overall transfer spending is in minus figures, leaving Benitez with what is effectively a lower mid table squad. Indeed, according to transfer website Transfermarkt, there are only four teams in the Premier League with lower value squads than Newcastle (£157.23m), these are Bournemouth (£147.83m), Watford (£144.63), Huddersfield (£104.49m) and Cardiff (£84.83m), which almost makes them relegation battlers. Of course, Benitez showed his mettle last season by taking a squad which should have been hovering precariously above the bottom three to a highly creditable 10th in the Premier League. (more…)


Townsend coming could mean Ritchie going.

July 17th, 2018 | One Comment |

Andros Townsend.
Townsend – Back in black and white?
It is no secret that Rafael Benitez has high hopes of getting Andros Townsend back into the fold at St James’ Park. The ex-Spurs’ winger was a product of the Tottenham Hotspur Academy, where he worked his way into the first team at White Hart Lane and played regularly in seasons 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.

Townsend’s track record

Townsend then moved to Newcastle United on the 26th of January 2016 for a reported £12 million. However, his stay was relatively short, as following the club’s relegation into the EFL Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 season, he announced he wanted to leave. (more…)


Is Lascelles on the Way Out? Who Could Replace Him?

June 13th, 2018 | No Comments |

Jamaal Lascelles.
‘Should I stay or should I go?’
Jamaal Lascelles was one of Newcastle United’s key players in the 2017-18 season as the Magpies managed to stave off relegation and consolidate their place in the Premier League. Needless to say, there are now rumours circulating that the solid central defender could be on his way to a bigger club. Tottenham Hotspur are preparing for the possible sale of Toby Alderweireld this summer and will need to bring in a replacement for the Belgian. Liverpool and Chelsea are also looking for extra additions to help them tighten up at the back. If Lascelles does depart, it would leave Rafa Benitez with big shoes to fill at St James’ Park. (more…)