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Can Rafa Benitez Help Continue Newcastle’s Recent Resurgence?

November 10th, 2017 | No Comments |

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Rafa: Pointing in the right direction.
Rafa Benitez has been responsible for turning the fortunes of Newcastle United around, adding another promotion to his glittering CV in the process, but can the Spaniard continue moving the club in the right direction, and is there any possibility he could add further silverware to the St. James’ Park trophy cabinet?

At the end of September, Newcastle won three successive matches in the top flight for the first time since 2001 to truly announce their arrival back in the Premier League. Toon fans were casting glances towards the top six as the Magpies showed spirit and fight in abundance, led by inspirational captain, Jamaal Lascelles. Despite being priced at 31/4 for relegation, they have so far looked unlikely to slip back into the Championship and a more realistic 21/20 in the online football betting at Guts.com to be the top promoted club may be a better option as Newcastle have made themselves incredibly difficult to break down and proved stubborn opposition for a number of sides so far this campaign. (more…)


Newcastle Still Require More Firepower to Cement a Top-Half Finish

October 26th, 2017 | No Comments |

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Benitez’s Newcastle: Solid but goalshy so far
Newcastle United and Rafa Benitez have made a terrific start to life back in the Premier League, sitting in seventh position after just nine games and possessing a positive goal difference. The Magpies have been defensively solid so far, chalking up three clean sheets, with Jamal Lascelles impressing at the heart of the back four. The Derby-born defender has also contributed at the other end of the pitch, finding the back of the net on two occasions this campaign, but many fans remain concerned about the lack of firepower within the squad.

The Toon kept Crystal Palace quiet for the majority of the contest on October 21 with summer signing Mikkel Merino’s header proving the difference between the two sides. The Spanish coach has been working hard on the training pitch to ensure his side offer a physical presence in the top flight and the Magpies appear to be increasingly difficult to beat. Only high-flying Spurs have managed to leave St. James’ Park with all three points, although their cause was significantly helped by Jonjo Shelvey’s costly lack of discipline at the beginning of the second half. (more…)


Are Newcastle Fans Right to be Disappointed by the Club’s Transfer Dealings this Summer?

September 12th, 2017 | No Comments |

Rafa Benitez & NUFC Fans.
IMAGE SOURCE: Twitter.com
Rafa Benitez wasn’t able to hide his frustration at the end of August as Newcastle failed to land a number of their primary targets in the transfer window this summer. The Magpies were one of a number of top-flight clubs who voted for the window to be closed prior to the start of the season from next year with the Spanish boss clearly exasperated by the club’s failure to close a number of potential deals.

New Additions to the Squad

The Toon did complete a number of transactions, with several new faces arriving at St. James’ Park, including Norwich winger Jacob Murphy for £13 million, Borussia Dortmund’s Mikel Merino, and former Stoke play-maker Joselu. Eibar defender Florian Lejeune was one of the more eye-catching additions to the side but there were doubts about whether the Paris-born 26-year-old would opt to move to the North East amid interest from other clubs. Javier Manquillo also joins for £6 million to bolster the Newcastle squad ahead of a tough season back in the top flight. (more…)


How will Newcastle fare next season in the Premier League?

July 9th, 2017 | No Comments |

Rafa Benitez with Championship trophy.
Benitez: Knows where he needs to strengthen.
It is often said that no club is too big to go down and fallen giants such as Aston Villa and Leeds United are testament to that, but Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship in the 2015-16 season was unexpected, and a body blow for the Magpies’ faithful.

However, with a passionate and talented manager in charge, they bounced at the first attempt and the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United will once again be seen at St James’ Park next season.

But will Rafa Benitez be able to keep the club in the Promised Land?

It has been obvious there have been problems between the owner and the managers in recent years which have led to dissention in the stands and ultimately, relegation. (more…)


Why Newcastle United’s last two games will be important

April 27th, 2017 | 20 Comments |

Rafa Benitez.
Benitez: Still needs to restore a bit of pride?
Before last Monday evening, a run of one point from three games had seen Newcastle fall seven points behind Brighton. A convincing and confidence boosting 4-1 victory against Preston steadied nerves, assuring automatic promotion, but as a team feted as one of the best (or most expensive) ever to find themselves in the Championship, it is hard to escape the feeling that the Magpies still have something to prove before they take the step up to the Premier League once more. That’s without the possible ramifications of the looming tax scandal of course, but that’s a whole different story!

While Chris Hughton’s Seagulls wrapped up their promotion bid early, The Magpies seemed intent on putting their fans through as much anguish as possible (a familiar feeling some Geordies might say). However, Rafa Benitez’s men can be thankful for the equally dreadful form of Huddersfield making their automatic promotion bid much easier than it could have been. Of course, that poor run was stopped against Preston last Monday evening, and Newcastle now have a chance to continue making a statement of intent in their final two games. (more…)