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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…)


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…)


A season of exaggerations for Newcastle United (+win a Toon shirt)

April 11th, 2018 | 24 Comments |

Rafa - Manager of the Season?
Rafa – Manager of the Season?
Going on recent history, it is of course understandable to expect the worst at St James’ Park, but whilst fears of another potential relegation for the Toon were somewhat exaggerated earlier in the season, three wins on the spin has taken things in the opposite direction, with the hyperbole starting to go into overdrive. GQ magazine even went so far as to claim that Benitez has performed a “miracle” and that this miracle deserves to be rewarded with a ‘Manager of the Year’ award.

Don’t get me wrong, I am very glad that Benitez is our manager, I thought he was an excellent manager many years ago at Valencia and always thought he would do a very good job on Tyneside in the long run, but steady on! (more…)


Can Rafa Benitez Help Continue Newcastle’s Recent Resurgence?

November 10th, 2017 | One Comment |

Rafa Benitez
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 |

Rafa Benitez
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…)