Newcastle united Blog Archives for January 2017

Darlow, Clark, Ritchie, Hayden Return For Crucial Game Against Brighton

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has named his team for the third of four games over a nine-day holiday period; we play Brighton at St. James' Park this afternoon followed by a match [...]

This Is Bad News For Newcastle

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Some bad news today as we face Brighton this afternoon at St. James' Park in what is a vital game, and it's games like these we must win if we are to [...]

Takeover Talks Reported Close To Collapsing – Ashley Confident Of Other Buyers

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The Sun are reporting today the deal to sell Newcastle United to Amanda Staveley and her PCP Capital Partners is still in deadlock and is now in danger of completely collapsing. We [...]

Rafa – We Now Have An Opportunity To Do Well – We Must Get Wins

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We have lost five home games in a row, and it's the worst we have done at home since way back in 1953 which is one year after we had won [...]

Here’s The Predicted Newcastle Team For Brighton Today

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Newcastle played a tough game on Wednesday night and we have another game at Stoke on Monday afternoon so Rafa will be making some changes to the side that went down 1-0 [...]

Rafa Beneitez’ Huge Compliment For Chris Hughton – It’s Crucial Our Fans Back Us

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We knewRafa Benitezthough that Chris Hughton was a goodmanager as do Newcastle fans after Chris brilliantlygot us promoted at the first attempt with 102 points back in the 2009-2010 season. Rafa Benitezrepeated [...]

Benitez Addresses A Serious And Growing Problem With The Premier League

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When pundit Jamie Carragher criticised Newcastle for playing so defensively on Wednesday night he said it was a disgrace that Newcastle played so defensively at home he was actually talking about [...]

Pundit Worried About Relegation – Pinpoints Rafa Benitez’ Difficult Current Situation

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Former Newcastle coach Mark Lawrenson isn't worried too much about Chris Hughton's Brighton getting relegated thisseason but he is worried about Newcastle. That's the rather surprising opinion of the BBC pundit [...]

Benitez Responds To Pundits’ Undue Criticism Of His Tactics

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Rafa Benitez has just finished his press conference this afternoon for the home game with Brighton & Hove Albion tomorrow afternoon. Rafa has refused to talk about transfers and has told the [...]

Interesting Prediction For Brighton Game From Former Striker Michael Owen

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Newcastle have lost their last five home games for the first time in a long while. And we play Brighton tomorrow afternoon who have lost their last four away games without even [...]

Rob Elliott Talks About The Wednesday Game Plan – And Rafa’s Tactical Genius

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Ron Elliot had a very good game on Wednesdaynight against Manchester City and one of his saves from Sergio Aguero was simply world-class. Newcastle did very well to hold City [...]

These Were Newcastle’s Best Two Players Against Manchester City

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It's not surprisingthat we have two defenders at the top of our poll for the game on Wednesday night against runawayleague leaders Manchester City. We lost 1-0 and our lads put in [...]

Next Two Games Are Crucial For Newcastle

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We made a good effort to get somethingout of the ManchesterCity game on Wednesday night but we had no joy following our impressive 3-2 win at West Ham last Saturday afternoon. But [...]

Newcastle Reported Interested In 23-Year-Old French Based Striker

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The Guardian arereporting that Newcastle are after 23-year-old striker Firmin Ndombe Mubele of Rennes in January. Other Premier League clubs said to be interested in the 43 times capped DR Congo International [...]

Shearer Explains Rafa’s Situation: “Takeover May Already Have Happened”

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Alan Shearer knows all about Mike Ashley and the mess he's made in the 10 years since he's been the owner of Newcastle United. And Alan has explained the terrible situation Rafa [...]

Rafa Works On Getting Players In For Next Month – With Little Help From Mike Ashley

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It's almost unbelievable that with only four days to go until the transfer window opens on Monday Rafa Benitez still does not know how much he will have to spend fromowner Mike [...]

Newcastle Defended Deep And Counter-Attacked – Almost Snatched A Late Point

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Newcastle held Manchester City last night to a 1-0 win after the visitors have been scoring goals for fun recently with four goals in each of their previous three league wins. The [...]

Let Us Know Who Was Newcastle’s Best Player Against Manchester City

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Pundits are criticizing Rafa's game plan lastnight when Newcastle defended deeply with five at the back and tried to quickly counter-attack. The players did well and in the last 15 minutes orso [...]

Good News About January Left-Back Transfer Target

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Newcastle have been linked with a move for Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri and there is news coming from Italy via Tutto Mercato that his club have already started to look for a [...]

Alan Shearer – It’s Relegation Form – Must Do This In Next Two Games

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We did well last night against Manchester City but at the end of the day we still lost, and that was our 5th defeat at home on the trot. If we are [...]

Maybe One Newcastle Player Back From Injury For Brighton

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There was some good news for Newcastle with Rafa Benitez saying that central midfielder Isaac Hayden will probably be available for the game against Brighton on Saturday afternoon at St. James' Park. [...]

Surprising Newcastle Team Announced For Tonight – Five Changes

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Rafa Benitez has just announced the Newcastle team to play league leaders Manchester City at St. James' Park tonight. City have won their last 17 league games in a row and have [...]

Newcastle Fans – Some Interesting Tweets – A Strange Mixture Of Excitement And Terror

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This Manchester City side are likely to beat the record points total for one season in the Premier League by next May. They are halfway through the season and have 55 points [...]

Newcastle Player – What It Will Take To End Manchester City Run Tonight

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With Florian Lejeune injured, Ciaran Clark has slotted straight back into the Newcastle defense and showed the understanding that exists between him and captainJamaal Lascelles. It helps they had a season together [...]

Benitez On Manchester City Game – Anything Is Possible In Football

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Tonight we have one of the toughest games of the season when Newcastle will meet runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City. As well as easily reaching the group stages of the Champions [...]

Predicted Newcastle Team To End Manchester City’s Winning Run

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Newcastlehavejust won our first game in 10 after losingeight of the previous nine games. On the other hand, Manchester Cityhave won their last 17 Premier League games and are 12 points ahead [...]

Christian Atsu – Epitomizes The New Newcastle Player Under Benitez

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Christian Atsu is turning out to be a good buy for just £6M from Chelsea last summer, and he had an excellent game on Saturday at the London Stadium and was easily [...]

Benitez Hints At Things Newcastle Must Do In January At This “Crucial Time For Us”

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One way to almost guarantee Newcastle are successfulis to follow the blueprint that Rafa presented to owner Mike Ashleyin May at their meeting after we had brilliantly won the Championship on the [...]

Rafa Explains Why Fans Support Him – Will Wait For New Owners Before Real Succcess Possible

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The pundits are very annoyed that throughout one of our worst runs in the Premier League one point in 9 games the Newcastle fans stuck solidly behind their manager and [...]

Rafa Benitez Now Likely To Sign Goalkeeper Target Next Month

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There is news in Spanish publication Marca that Real Madrid are on the verge of signing 23-year-old Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga(known as Kepa), who received his first cap for Spain last [...]

Rafa On The Number Of Players He Wants In Next Month – No Surprise

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Rafa Benitez has been interviewed and asked how many players he thinks he needs in next month's transfer window. He thinks he needs three or four players, but it really dependson which [...]

Injury Update From Benitez – Mainly Good News – Saivet To Be Given Every Chance At Newcastle

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Rafa has given an injury update for the game against Manchester City tomorrow night at home. And it's good news in that both Mikel Merino and Isaac Hayden will be fit for [...]

Excellent Comments From Matt Ritchie About The Newcastle Squad

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Newcastle fans got several pieces of good news during the game at the London Stadium last Saturday. First of all, we won our first gamein the last ten, and then we scored [...]

Newcastle Midfielder – We’re In A Good Way – We Have To Build On West Ham Win

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Newcastle got an excellent and well-deserved win on Saturday at the London Stadium against West Ham, and we again looked well organized and "compact." We wonthe game 3-2 with a terrific goal [...]

Lascelles A Big Fan Of Henri Saivet’s Quality And Character – Why Isn’t Rafa?

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After watching Henri Saivet on Saturday and watching his interview on nufcTV, the Senegal International seems to be a good player with good technical skills and a fantastic approach to the game. [...]

Rafa To Go Back In For This 28-Year-Old Midfield Target In January

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Newcastle were very interested in bringing Benfica's Andreas Samaris to the club last summer, and there were many stories about Rafa Benitez wanting the Greek International. The 28-year-old Greek international defensive midfielder [...]

Dubious Report That Newcastle Takeover Is Now Complete

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There's a report in the Croydon Advertiser today which has a headline that says the Newcastle takeoveris complete. We know there were some Newcastle fans who thought (hoped?) the deal was all [...]

These Four New Players Next Month Could Make All The Difference At Newcastle

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Christmasis here, so there are 7 days to go until the January transfer window opens next Monday. But we don't expect any quick deals to be made by Newcastle with Rafa still [...]

Merry Christmas To Newcastle Fans Around The World

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In an hour or two it will be Christmas Day in Newcastle. We would like to wish all our readers and all the fans of Newcastle United Football Club around the world, [...]

Report – Rafa Interested In Bringing Roma Left Back Emerson Palmieri To Tyneside

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Tuttomercatoweb are reporting that Rafa Benitez is interested in 23-year-old Roma lest back Emerson Palmieri. The Brazilian has been out with a severe cruciate ligament injury, and he has played only twice [...]

These Were Newcastle’s Two Best Players In 3-2 Win At West Ham

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It was really a great win yesterday at West Ham and an excellent Christmas present for Newcastle fans after we had gone 9 weeks and 9 games picking up just one point. [...]

Newcastle Fans Pay Homage To Henri Saivet – He Could Be Like A New Signing

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Both Henri Saivet and Mo Diame were included in the five players transfer-listed last week. And then Rafa produced a shock yesterday with his central midfielders either injured or suspended he had [...]

Rafa Talks To NBC Sports After First Win In 9 Weeks – It Is Fantastic!

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Rafa was a calm but inspired manager after our first win in 10 games yesterday atthe London Stadium after going nine games when we picked up just one point. But the team [...]

Alan Shearer Reveals The Havoc Caused By Mike Ashley Last Summer

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Some evidence today on why Rafa Benitez was so annoyed at Mike Ashley in the summer. Alan Shearer revealed on Match of the Day last night that Rafa had two strikers all [...]

Bentitez’ Praise For Henri Saivet After A Good Performance And Great Goal

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It was a complete shock when Rafa announced his side for the game yesterday at West Ham and we thought any chance of winning the game had gone. Isaac Hayden, Mikel Merino [...]

Newcastle Fans Explode On Twitter After First Win In 10 Games And Sparkling Performance

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Newcastle fans swarmed to Twitter after our first win in 10 games. Just to recap 4 points in 10 games sounds a lot better than one point from 9 games but [...]

West Ham 2 Newcastle 3 – Video Highlights

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Here at least are all the goal form this afternoon's superb win at West Ham for those who have not yet see the game. It was just the performance we needed and [...]

Rafa’s Comments On Sky Sports After Thrilling Win At West Ham – Video

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Rafa was pleased to get ourfirst win in 10 games today with a brilliant3-2 scoreline at West Ham this afternoon in frontof over 56.000 fans. But when Andy Carroll came on late [...]

Brilliant And Determined Display Gets Newcastle A Crucial 3 Points – YES!

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In what was an unexpected win this afternoon Newcastle finally broke their 9 game duck and won for the first time in 10 games against relegation rivals West Ham United by a [...]

Who Was Newcastle’s Man Of The Match In Magnificant 3-2 Win At West Ham

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The win came at the least expected time as Newcastle were without the injured Mikel Merino, Isaac Hayden, Florian Lejeune and the suspended Jonjo Shelvey. But Newcastle won his game and held [...]

Alan Shearer Reacts On Twitter To First Win In 10 Games – Yessssssss!

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When we saw the team with Saivet and Diame in the side we thought there was no way Newcastle could win this game or even get a draw. Wrong again and a [...]

Shock Selection – Saivet, Clark, Diame, Gayle All Start At West Ham – Hayden, Merino, Lejeune Injured

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has just named his side to take on West Ham at the London Stadium this afternoon where will attempt to win our first game in 10. The last [...]

Newcastle Fans On Twitter For Massive Game At West Ham – Can We Win It!

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Newcastle play their final game before Christmas at West Ham today, and after this game, we will be exactly halfway through the season. Having picked up only a single point in the [...]

Here’s The Predicted Newcastle Side For West Ham Today

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Aleksandar Mitrovic has a back problem and will be out from 7 to 10 days so safe to say we will not see the Serbian striker over the four game festive period [...]

This Spanish Player Likely To Be A Target For Benitez This Summer

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One of the advantages we have with Rafa Benitez as the manager is that he knows a lot of agents and has a lot of contacts in the world of football. And [...]

Rafa Has Talked To Mike Ashley – Says We Can Have Some Good News In A Couple Of Weeks

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez knows all about football all the facets of the game. On the other hand owner Mike Ashley knows very little about football. We have to give it [...]

Rafa – We’ve Been Training Well And So Close To Changing Things

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Rafa Benitez has been trying his best to end what is probably the worst run he has had during his long and successful career in management. It came as a shock after [...]

Manager Adamant Club Must Do Everything Possible To Stay In Premier League

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The next six weeks is a critical time for Newcastle United FC. That will take us to the end of January and the end of the transfer window. This is all eerily [...]

Rafa Gives Injury Update – Two Players Out – Believes Magpies Can Win Tomorrow

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Rafa has to be upbeat at the moment with it being very easy for both fans and players to get downhearted because of our poor results. But with 20 games left, we [...]

Rafa Confident Of Avoiding Relegation – We Have A Lot More Time – And Players Who Care

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Rafa has been talking to his players about the terrible run we have been on since we beat Crystal Palace 1-0 on October 21st. Just one point from nine games but in [...]

Rafa Confident About Mike Ashley – That He’ll Get Support Needed In January – Wants Players In During First Few Weeks

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Rafa Benitez has just completed his press conference today for the game at the London Stadium tomorrow afternoon against West Ham United. Since our long-suffering fans haven't had much to celebrate since [...]

Newcastle Have 4 Crucial Games In 9 Days Coming Up – During Festive Period

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It will be interesting to see where we stand a week on Monday New Years Day after we have played at Stoke because that will be the end of a [...]

Newcastle To Have Clearout Next Month – One Surprise

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If Rafa brings in the players he needs next month that can potentially save us from relegation he will need to move other players out as he wants to keep the first [...]

Rob Elliot On His Conversation With Rafa – I’ve Learned A Lot From Him

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Rob Elliot has been interviewed in the Chronicle today, and he discusses what he did when he was dropped from the team following the 3-0 defeat at home to Watford. Karl Darlow [...]

Newcastle Must Start Winning Games Soon – It’s 9 Weeks Since Our Last Win

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Newcastle travel back to London tomorrow, and we are reallyhoping we can get a result against West Ham, who have done quite well since David Moyes took over. A win or even [...]

Rafa Needs A New Goalkeeper Brought In During January

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Rob Elliot was droppedlately and in came Karl Darlow and when that happened last season, when Karl replaced Matz Sels, he stayed as the number one goalkeeper for the rest of the [...]

Fans Report: Amanda Staveley Has Serious Long-Term Plans For Newcastle With Rafa At The Helm

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It's a little under the radar screen but has been given some exposure by the Chronicle today a terrific and positive article by NUFC Fans United on their website here. They [...]

Good News – Newcastle Make First January Signing

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Newcastle almost signed 21-year-old Chelsea midfielder Kenedy on loan in late August, but Chelsea manager couldn't bring in cover for him, so the deal was called off. But the Mail is now [...]

Newcastle Making Good Progress On Transfers – Deal For Striker Reported Close

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There's nothing to stop Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley from making loan moves now that can be signed in January. Newcastle will have the money to make several loan moves next month [...]

Newcastle Reported In Move To Sign French “Sensation”

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French reports suggest that Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is keen on signing France Under-21 winger Samuel Grandsir in January. The reports also include a story in the Sun, and it seems [...]

Newcastle Fans Turn To Twitter On News Of First January Signing

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Newcastle have agreeda loan deal for 21-year-old left-sided player Kenedy to come in early next month. Rafa may decide to play the Brazilian at left back to try to tighten up the [...]

Report – Benitez After 24-Year-Old Italian International Central Midfielder

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24-year-old Italian International Stefano Sturaro may be available in January and Newcastle have been heavily linked with the midfielder. His agent is Carlo Volpi, and he has been quoted in Tribal Football [...]

Newcastle Fans React To Complete Nonsense From Pundit

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We didn't bother covering the nonsense that Richard Keys wrote recently saying that it was Rafa's fault that Newcastle are where we are in the league table, and it was nothing to [...]

Another Ashley Created Mess At Newcastle – Another Relegation Threatens

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The transfer window opens in just 12 days time, and we were hoping for some players coming in early next month. But that's unlikely to happen with the reports that Mike Ashley [...]

Two Updates On The Takeover Today – Staveley Interested Whatever Happens This Season

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There are two pieces of news on the Newcastle potential takeover today one is in the Times, and the other is in the Mail. It seems that Staveley is not only [...]

Newcastle May Try To Buy This Long-Term Target In January

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Newcastle have been linked with a move for Danny Ings this season after he has been a transfer target since back in 2010 when we first reported Newcastle's interest in the striker [...]

Hayden Explains Why Ashley Not The Right Owner For Newcastle – Everything Will Come Together With Takeover

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We have slipped into the relegation zone after our 8th defeat in 9 games at the Emirates on Saturday. That's the worst stretch of results since we started this blog over ten [...]

Newcastle Reported In Race To Sign David Luiz Next Month

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The Evening Standard are reporting that Newcastle want to sign Chelsea defender David Luiz next month on loan. There had been reports about this earlier but we didn't believe them, but now [...]

Rafa Talks Openly About What’s Needed In January To Save Newcastle

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We are still suffering from shock that when next Saturday arrives, it will be a full 9 weeks since we last won a game when we beat Crystal Palace at home with [...]

Newcastle Star – Too Early To Be Talking About Relegation

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We really don't know how this season will turn out, but one point out of the last 27 played for is one of the worst runs we have ever had. All our [...]

Newcastle Interested In Yet Another Striker For January

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The Mail is reporting that Newcastle have asked Leicester City about the availability of their Algerian striker Islam Slimani, who we have been interested in for the last year at least. It [...]

January Transfer Funds Seem The Priority In Takeover – But Ms. Staveley Could Still Walk Away

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The Times had reported on Sunday that Amanda Staveley is working on what can be called a "provisional" deal to buy Newcastle with presumably the deal not closing until the end of [...]

Newcastle Fans On Takeover Delay – Frustrated With Mike Ashley

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When Mike Ashley said he wanted to sell the club quickly in October and have the deal completed before the end of the year did any fans really think he would [...]

Takeover Latest – Both Parties Talking – Still Disagreements – How Long Will It Take?

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Newcastle fans need some good news given where were are in the Premier League table. Jim White of Sky Sports gave an update on the situation yesterday. But it wasn't anything particularly [...]

Rafa Can Turn Things Around – But Team Currently Worse Off Than Two Years Ago

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We lost 1-0 on Saturday at the Emirates and while we didn't expect to win it was still Arsenal's first win in 3 games. But Newcastle played well, and we are slowly [...]

Newcastle In Pole Position To Sign New £20M Striker Target In January

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The Sun is reporting that Newcastle are interested in signing 20-year-old striker Dimitri Oberlin who currently plays for Swiss club Basel on loan from RB Salzburg. We have no idea how [...]

Our Man Of The Match – The Quality Signing Of Last Summer

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Newcastle started the current bad stretch when both Jamaal Lascelles and Mikel Merino were injured after both had been playing well for the side. Our defense quickly started to fray, and we [...]

Newcastle Favorites To Sign Daniel Sturridge In January – He’s Available

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The Sun is reporting today that Liverpool are willing to let Daniel Sturridge leave the club next month. The England striker needs first team games ifhe is to have any chance of [...]

Rafa Expects Better Results Soon – 17th Place Would Mean Success

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Rafa Benitez refuses to give up anything, and that's one facet of his personality that will be valuable as Newcastletry to stay in the Premier League this season. Rafa was an angry [...]

Newcastle Fans – Trying To Stay Positive About Current Situation

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It's not a happy time for Newcastle fans not at the moment anyway. With just one point from the last 9 games we have dug ourselves into a deep hole but [...]

Another Defeat – Newcastle Move Into Relegation Zone

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Newcastle lost their 8th game of the last 9 yesterday at the Emirates but it was only 1-0 when most pundits thought it would be worse. Newcastle played quite well but each [...]

Amanda Staveley Unlikely To Buy Newcastle In Next Two Months

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We've said it a few times recently that every defeat Newcastlehave and it's now been 8 in the last 9 games Amanda Staveley will be thinkingtwice about buying Newcastle United. [...]

Huge Challenge For Benitez – Manager Confident We Can Start Winning Soon

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If we look at our situation now, it looks dark and gloomy but as manager Benitez says it's a long season. We have to hope things can change but it's apparent we [...]

Mike Ashley – Stats of 11 Seasons As Newcastle Owner – Disastrous!

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We were hopingthat the Newcastle squad this season would be good enough to be around mid-table but that doesn't look like it's the case. We are now thirdbottom of the table after18 [...]

Elliot, Hayden, Murphy, Joselu, And Perez Start Against Arsenal

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Newcastle have lost the last nine games against Arsenal so it would be something if we can take something out of this game today at the Emirates. Newcastle have won only once [...]

Here’s Newcastle’s Predicted Team At Arsenal Today

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For the game today at the Emirates, Jonjo Shelvey is suspended and Aleksandar Mitrovic has a slight back strain and both will not travel to London. Thisis Newcastle's thirdgame in eight days [...]

Rafa Comments On No Christmas Party For Struggling Newcastle Players

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We are struggling in the Premier League to hold our own and have one point to show from the last eight league games. But we are playing Arsenal and ManchesterCity as two [...]

Amanda Staveley Has Another Issue If She Buys Newcastle

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There's some confusion as to where Amanda Staveley's latest £300M offer stands. The FinancialTimes reported yesterday reported they believe the offer is still £250M and PCPCapital Partners will give Ashley abonus in [...]

Benitez Talks Openly About January Transfer Window

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Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnleyhad their well-publicized transfer meeting on Thursday and from what we can tell it went well with both men seemingly on the same wavelength. This will be another [...]

Benitez On How To Turn Things Around – Reaching Our Target Will Be Difficult

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In the last eight games, Newcastle have gone from being very comfortable in the league table to 5th bottom and being the team most out of form in the Premier League. And [...]

Rafa – We’ll Improve Things In January – But Disappointed At Poor Run

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Rafa Benitez has given his press conference for the tough game at Arsenal tomorrow and he has said the transfer meeting with Managing Director Lee Charnley has taken place. It seems the [...]

New Report Muddies The Water On Where Staveley Is In Buying Newcastle

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There is a new report out today in the Financial Times on the state of the Newcastle takeover, and it seems to level set where are we are in PCP Capital Partners [...]

This Is Not Good News On The Takeover – Likely To Delay Any Deal

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Keith Downie of Sky Sports, who broke the news a few days ago that Amanda Staveley had increased her bid to £300M for Newcastle, has given some additional news on the takeover [...]

Newcastle Need Points – Can We Pick Up Something At Arsenal?

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Newcastlehave five league games to play through January1st when hopefully we can start to bring some new players in to help us climb the table. Newcastle have picked up only one point [...]

Captain Demands Improvement – Home Truths Aired In Dressing Room

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About 20 months ago at halftime during the game at SouthamptonJamaal Lascelles had a go at players in the dressing room at halftime for some sloppy play in the first half. He [...]

Takeover Deal Latest – Two Parties Still Talking – Must Be Done Quickly To Save Newcastle

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After the positive news yesterday from Sky Sports that the offer of £300M from Amanda Staveley was close to being accepted by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley there is news today from the [...]

Rafa Will Sell Mitrovic To Bring New Players In – A Swap Deal May Be In Place

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There's news from Italy Tuttosport whoare reporting that Newcastle could offer Aleksandar Mitrovic to Torino in an effort to get 25-year-old defensive midfielder Afriyie Acquah to the club. We were [...]

Another Mistake – Another Defeat – Who Was Newcastle’s Best Player Against Everton?

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Newcastlelost their seventh game in eight games last night 1-0 to Everton who havepicked up 10 points from SamAllardyce's first 4 games in charge. This time theNewcastle error was a howler from [...]

These Are Worrying Times At Newcastle – Rafa On Second Shelvey Red Card – It’s Difficult

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In the game last night we had an error from Karl Darlow that gifted Everton a goal in the first half and all 3 points. This run is now the second worst [...]

Newcastle Concern: Things Probably Will Get Worse Before They Get Better

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Newcastle have been the worst team in the Premier League over these last eight games when we have picked up only one point. It's good that we got 14 points on the [...]

Rafa Accepts Responsibility For Newcastle’s Current Form

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Leaders take responsibility when things are going wrong and can also take the credit when things are going well. Beware of those so-called leaders who only take credit when things go well [...]

Rafa To Get All The Information He Needs Today On Takeover And Transfer Funds

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There was some good news yesterday before the home game against Everton which unfortunately ended up to be our 10th defeat in 17 league games so far this season. That's a [...]

Newcastle LIne Up Two Potential Loan Signings – Two Excellent Players

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There have been some rumors for some time that Newcastle have been interested in ManchesterUnited's left-back Luke Shaw. And when Rafa meets with Lee Charnley today to discuss transfers and how much [...]

Lascelles, Diame, Atsu And Shelvey Return For Everton

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Rafa Benitezhad just announced the team to face an improving Everton side at St. James' Park tonight when we are hoping we can get the first win in eight league games and [...]

Delighted Fans Swarm To Twitter – Excellent News On Takeover And Transfer Funds

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Newcastle fans are returning from work with the news that Amanda Staveley has increased her offer to £300M which is what Mike Ashley wanted. The deal is close with both parties [...]

Amanda Staveley Increases Offer To £300M – Deal Close – Significant Transfer Funds For Rafa In January

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Really great news today about the potential takeover and it's that Amanda Staveley's PCP Capital Partners Group who have increased their offer from £250M to £300M and the deal is said to [...]

Rafa Has Identified Transfer Targets – This Is What He Needs Now

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Rafa Benitez wants to know from the Newcastle hierarchy as soon as possible what transfer funds he will get in January so he is able to know which transfer targets he can [...]

Rafa Reveals How His Players Are Slowly Learning And Improving With Experience

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Rafa Benitez is trying to improve each of his players and therefore the Newcastle team but recently we have been making far too many mistakes. But Rafa is a patient man [...]

Benitez Explains Lejeune’s Strengths – What He Needs To Do Now

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Florian Lejeune looked a good player in pre-season, but unfortunately, he was injured in the first half of our first game against Tottenham in August along with Paul Dummett. Florian has [...]

Rafa Rues Mistakes Made In Summer – But Remains Upbeat – Will Manage The Current Situation

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Rafa is a down to earth individual, and while we all know he thinks big mistakes were made by the hierarchy in the summer transfer window, he seems happy enough in the [...]

Rafa Hints At Good News Coming – People Will Be Happy – Has Ashley Agreed To Sell?

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Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has inferred there may be some good news on the potential takeover by Amanda Staveley after the Everton game. It was in answer to a question posed [...]

Predicted Team To Start Against Everton – Five Changes

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From what Rafa has said at his press conference the only player who will not be used tomorrow is Paul Dummett who is still not quite fit enough to start a game. [...]

Pundits Predict Good Result For Newcastle

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Everton have done well in their last three games since Sam Allardycetook over as manager of the club. They beat West Ham 4-0 then beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 before drawing 1-1 at [...]

Benitez – Festive Period Crucial – We’re Watching Players Everywhere

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Rafa was a little late to his press conference this afternoon but he has given it and he says this festive period of games coming up for Newcastle will be crucial. We [...]

A Win Against Everton Will Do Wonders For Players And Fans Alike

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We are hoping that Jamaal Lascelles can return to the team tomorrow in the vital home game against an improving Everton side. Our defense has almost fallen apart in the last five [...]

After More Ashley Mistakes – Benitez Now Unsure About Upcoming Transfer Window

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It doesn't look like anything has changed from the past as we move into December and it appears that Newcastle are in for yet another relegation fighting season under owner Mike Ashley. [...]

Why Ashley Should Take £250M For Newcastle While It’s Still On Offer

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In Mike Ashley's ten year reign at Newcastle, the fans and playing staff alike have often not known what the situation is at the club. That's the situation today with Rafa Beniteznot [...]

38 Goals In 47 Appearances This Year – Striker Wanted By Newcastle

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Not too much about the transfer window in the last couple of days but there was a report in ESPN that Newcastle are interested in striker Richmond Boakye of Red Star Belgrade [...]

Can Newcastle Get First Win In 11 Games Against Everton?

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Newcastle need a win and as soon as possible. That's after we have gone seven games and picked up just one point and we have only that single 1-0 win at home [...]

Current Situation Similar To Period After Kevin Keegan Returned As Manager

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The very poor run we are in right now is a bit similar to the one Kevin Keegan had when he arrived back at Newcastle to take over as manager on January [...]

Mikel Merino Succinctly Describes What Newcastle Have To Do – He’s Right!

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Newcastle are lucky to have a player like Mikel Merino on the books, and he also seems to be just a smashing lad. And he seems to like the beaches close to [...]

Newcastle Continue Extremely Worrying Slump – Rafa On What Needs To Happen

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Just when we thought the terrible past was behind and we had done so well last season under Rafa Benitez to come straight back to the Premier League, things have started to [...]

Newcastle Star – Results Will Come – We Could Have Won On Saturday

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Newcastle aredropping very close to the relegation zone in 16th place with 15 points from the first 16 league games. That's one point worse off than we were at the same stage [...]

Alan Shearer Brilliantly Explains Why Newcastle Fans Are Very Unhappy

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On Saturday evening Alan Shearer called on Mike Ashley to sell the club to somebody who wants to own Newcastle before it's too late. But Ashley is a stubborn man, and he [...]

Our Man Of The Match Can Help Save Newcastle This Season – Don’t Sell Him

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Dwight Gayle made the opener for Joselu for the Spaniard's third goal of the season, and Dwightequalizedin the second half to set us up for a point that we didn't take and [...]

How Newcastle’s Record Compares With Relegation Season Two Years Ago

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After doing do well in the first 9 games of the season, Newcastle are in free fall right now and our record is slightly worse than it was two years ago after [...]

Huge Management Challenge For Rafa – Needs Everybody To Stick Together

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Like many fans, we wonder what happened to the side that looked so solid in the first 9 games of the season when we picked up 14 points and had agoal difference [...]

Who Was Newcastle’s Best Player Against Leicester City?

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Newcastle seem to be in free fall at the moment and we were again beaten at home yesterday this time by Leicester City 3-2 and it was a lategoal that beat [...]

Newcastle Now In Free Fall – I Said It Could Be Like This

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Newcastle fans are not very happy this morning and rightly so. With Mike Ashley again refusing to spend Newcastle's money to strengthen the side last summer we are now a team that [...]

Newcastle Fans Take To Twitter – Worried About The Future

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After picking up just one point out of the last 18 played for Newcastle seem to be in free fall and we are currently 5th bottom of the league and just 2 [...]

Three Bidders In For Newcastle – Critical Two Weeks To Agree Deal – Otherwise Ashley Remains In Control

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The People is reporting today that Mike Ashley has a two-week window to agreeon a deal to sell the club. The paper also reports there are two more potential buyers who have [...]

Too Many Mistakes Cost Newcastle Once Again In 3-2 Loss To Leicester City

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Newcastlelost their third game in a row at home this afternoon, this time 3-2 to Leicester City. and there must be a real danger now that Newcastle could slide straight back into [...]

Alan Shearer Getting Worried About Newcastle Following Latest Defeat

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Newcastle lost their sixth game out of the last seven this afternoon when we went down to Leicester City 3-2 and as Alan Shearer has said we were nowhere near good enough. [...]

Manquillo, Joselu, Yedlin, Merino, Hayden, And Gayle Start – Lascelles On Bench

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The Newcastleteam to play at home against LeicesterCity this afternoon has just been announced. Newcastle have just one draw from the last six games and one win in the last 10 games [...]

Report – Reference To A Second Bidder – Has Made An Offer For Newcastle

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Craig Hope has written a piece in the Mail where he says that after the meeting between Ashley and Staveley at the Indian restaurant on Wednesday night there was no agreement on [...]

Rafa Explains – It’s Simple What Ashley Must Do In January

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After watching the Newcastle manager on nufcTV do his press conference yesterday, you wouldn't have thought the team had picked up only one point from the last six games and only one [...]

Benitez On His Selection Criteria And Why Anybody Can Be Dropped

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The Chronicle has interviewed Rafa Benitez about why Jonjo Shelvey has not started the last two games and the manager has given a rather terse response. In the old days if we [...]

Rafa Benitez To Have Transfer Meeting With Owner Mike Ashley Soon

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Rafa Benitez has drawn up two lists of players for the January transfer window. And which players he goes after in January will be decided by Mike Ashley and how much of [...]

This Could Be Rafa’s Starting Eleven Today Against Leicester

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It's always difficult to guess what team Rafa will start in any game. And with two players coming back from injury Jamaal Lascelles and Christian Atsu it's no easier today [...]

Rafa Expects Funds Promised Last Summer To Be Made Available In January – Why That’s Possible

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Rafa was promised (significant) transferfunds to spend in the summer and the bottom line as we all know now is that he didn't get them. We spent around £19M net [...]

Lascelles Available For Leicester – Important Message From Rafa Benitez

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Rafa Benitez has just given his press conference for the game at home to Leicester City tomorrow. The game will celebrate Newcastle's 125 years of history and we are hoping for a [...]

Benitez Welcomed Into Longevity Hall Of Fame

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Sir Alex Ferguson has welcomed six managers who have longevity in their careers and have managed more than 1000 games in their careers and Newcastle's Rafa Benitez is one of those managers. [...]

This Could Be Good News For Newcastle In Upcoming Transfer Window

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26-year-old Scottish International Tom Cairney was a Newcastle target last January and during the summer and it seems Rafa Benitez rates the central midfielder. We don't know if Tom's dropped off the [...]

Breakthrough – Ashley And Staveley Meet – Common Ground Found – Negotiations To Continue

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The Sun is reporting that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and PCP Capital Partner's lead Amanda Staveley have held their first face to face meeting at the Paradise Indian restaurant in Hampstead. The [...]

Can Ashley And Staveley Now Agree On Transfer Funds For January?

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After reading today in the Sun about the good news about a Wednesday meeting betweenAmanda Staveley and Mike Ashley, it is now apparent both sides are serious about the takeover. A deal [...]

Upbeat Newcastle Fans Swarm To Twitter – Takeover Deal Now Likely But Will Take Time

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Newcastle fans have flocked to Twitter today after the news in the Sun that a successful meeting was held between Amanda Staveley and Mike Ashley on Wednesday night at the Paradise Indian [...]

Sky Sports Pundit Predicts More Gloom And Doom For Newcastle

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You can never accuse Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson of being positive about Newcastle United. The only two times this season he has predicted a win for us we ended up losing. [...]

Cenk Tosun Looks A Bridge Too Far – Is This Newcastle’s New Target?

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With Real Madrid even reported to be interested in the player it seems very doubtful that Newcastle can sign our top striker target Cenk Tosun in January. The Besiktas striker has 11 [...]

Here’s One Positive Opinion Of Manager Rafa Benitez

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Adam Armstrong is on loan to Bolton probably for the full season, and so far in 21 games played for the Trotters, he has scored 3 goals. Armstrong has not been playing [...]

Can Newcastle Get Their First Win In Seven Weeks On Saturday?

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The last time Newcastle won the in the Premier League was when Mikel Merino got that 86th minute goal to give us a hard-earned 1-0 win at home to Crystal Palace. Since [...]

Newcastle’s Tough Christmas Schedule And What Rafa Wants To See Happen

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Newcastle start their first game against Leicester City in a Christmas schedule that sees us play 7 games in a short 22 days. The outcome of those games will decide where we [...]

This Player Simply Loves Everything About Newcastle

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There have been some problemsin the last couple of years with Jonjo Shelvey's discipline on the field, but we knew he really liked both playing for Newcastle and living with his family [...]

Here’s A Positive View Of Newcastle’s Current Situation

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66-year-old Peter Withe was born in Liverpool, and he played for Newcastle from 1978 to 1980, and the striker was very popular with the fans. Peter has been talking about Newcastle's current [...]

Can A Takeover Deal Be Agreed At This Price – With Nobody Losing Face?

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When any deal is at an impasse one of the things that are preventing the deal going forward could be that neither side wants to lose face by backing down. That's especially [...]

Jamaal Lascelles In Training – Hoping To Be Fit For Saturday’s Game Against Leicester

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Jamaal Lascelles had been interviewed by nufcTV, and it looks like he could be fit for the game at home to Leicester on Saturday. If Jamaal is able to play it would [...]

No Takeover Could Have Severe Consequenses – Rafa Could Leave Newcastle

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This is now a crucial period in the next few weeks as fans wait to see if a takeover deal can be worked out between Amanda Staveley and Newcastle owner Mike Ashley. [...]

Amanda Staveley Unlikely To Buy Newcastle Soon – So What Options Does She Have?

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Amanda Staveleywanted to buy Newcastlethis year, so she had enough time to furnish manager Rafa Benitez with significant funds to bring in new players this month. The latest offer reported in the [...]

Newcastle Reported After The New John Stones In January

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It looks like Rafa Benitez will not get much funding from the owner if it's still Mike Ashley in January. And there's even news today in the Chronicle that Rafa may be [...]

Second Reported Bidder Makes No Progress – Staveley And Ashley Deadlocked – Disaster Scenario Now Possible

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There'san informative article put out by the Telegraph and Luke Edwards, in which they havetried to level set what's happening with the potential takeover at Newcastle. There's been a bevy of new [...]

This Is What Newcastle Fans Think Of The Reported Takeover Standoff

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Since a takeover is in progress it would be good if no news comes out of it while the two parties are negotiating. So byits very nature, trying to report on a [...]

Benitez To Wait To See What Happens In January – Tough Schedule Ahead

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It's a difficult situation for Rafa Benitez to be in since he has no idea whether the takeover bid by Amanda Staveley will succeed. What we have found out by news reports [...]

Report – Staveley The Only Bidder – Ashley Interested In Straight £300M Deal

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There's another report out today on the potential sale of Newcastle United to Amanda Staveley's PCP Capital Partners group. It's in the Star and written by Ian Murtagh and it offers another [...]

Newcastle’s Poor Run Of Form Affecting Potential Takeover – May Not Happen Until Next Summer

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53-year-old Christian Purslow is a British businessman, who was a co-founder of private equity companyMidOcean Partners and is the former Managing Director of Liverpool Football Club and now the Director and Head [...]

Amanda Staveley GIves Ashley Two Weeks To Accept Offer – Could Pull Out Of Deal

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There's a report in the Times today that Amanda Staveley is still keen to complete the Newcastle takeover before the end of January presumably, so she can give Rafa some money [...]

Rafa Benitez Has Revealed His Goal For January Transfer Window

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Rafa Benitez has been interviewed in the Chronicle today, and he has again said the goal of this season is to keep Newcastle in the Premier League. So the players he wants [...]

Fans Swarm To Twitter To Discuss Reported “Take It Or Leave It” Offer From Amanda Staveley

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With the news breaking today in the Times that Amanda Staveley has given Mike Ashley to accept her latest offer said to be a one-off payment of £250M (not £300M) [...]

Newcastle Get Luton Town At Home In FA Cup

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Newcastle last won the FA Cup 62 years ago when we took Manchester City apart 3-1 at Wembley. And tonight we have been given a decent draw with Luton Town at home [...]

Rafa – We Have Our Own Problems Because Of This

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It's not a good state of affairs at the moment at Newcastle with the team having gained just one point in the last 6 games. Rafa seems also to be getting frustrated [...]

It’s A Deteriorating Situation As Rafa Remains In The Dark About Takeover

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Rafa Benitez after the 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday cut a frustrated figure in most of his interviews after the game. Here's a world-class manager who is struggling with a [...]

Newcastle Player – We Have To Get A Win And Put Things Right

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Ayoze Perez has started the last two games, and in difficult games away from home, he seems to be brought in to do the vast amount of work he covers in every [...]

Finally – Some Good News For Newcastle

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We need some good news after picking up just one point of the last 18 played for, and that good news is that both Paul Dummett and Christian Atsu are now fully [...]

We Knew There Would Be Periods Like This – Fans Are Now So Important

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has often said he is not that surprised that Newcastle are struggling, and on September 1st he expected periods like this when we are findingit (very) difficult to [...]

Fans Trying To Stay Positive During Difficult Period – Supporting Rafa

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We were hoping for a "normal" season in that we would not be fighting relegation and be around mid-table most of the season. That's a lot different to most seasons under current [...]

Newcastle’s Next Seven Games Crucial – Currently Tracking Close To McClarens’ Record

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We'll have to start picking up some points fairly soon after going into a barren period when we have just one p[point after the last 18 played for. After 9 games we [...]

Rafa Explains What Happened At Chelsea And Why Our Players Did Well

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Rafa has a difficult job this season to keep Newcastle United in the Premier League and while we hope he can get reinforcements brought in during the January transfer window the players [...]

Amanda Staveley’s Recent Phantom Second Bid Explained – There Wasn’t One

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There was an article in the National a Dubai newspaper published on December 1st and which we read and didn't find anything new about the Newcastle takeover. The title of [...]

Rafa Must Be Frustrated At Not Being Backed By Ashley – Speaks About Confidence Factor

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It's interesting to compare the prices of the two teams playing yesterday at Stamford Bridge. The Chronicle is reporting Newcastle's team cost £72M to assemble while compared to way over £300M for [...]

Fans Swarm To Twitter After A Single Point In Last Six Games

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We didn't expect to pick up anything from Chelsea yesterday and we didn't. The points we will pick up will be against the lower placed sides the bottom 14 sides if [...]

Player Returning To Starting Eleven – Our Man Of The Match

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It was a shock when Karl Darlow was recalled to the starting eleven last Tuesdaynight to play at West Brom. Rob Elliot had been playing quite well this season, but in the [...]

Rafa’s BBC Interview – Bemoans More Defensive Mistakes – Just One Point In Last 6 Games

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Rafa seemed disappointed after the game at StamfordBridge today when we thought that three clear mistakes in Newcastle's defense led to Chelsea's three goals and that's after we had taken the lead [...]

Who Was Newcastle’s Best Player At Chelsea?

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Please let us know who you think Newcastle's best player was in the 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge today. That's only one point we have gained from the last 6 games after [...]

More Defensive Mistakes Cost Newcastle – Go Down 3-1 At Stamford Bridge

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In the end Newcastle were well beaten by a good Chelsea side after we had gone ahead with an opportunist goal from Dwight Gayle after 12 minutes for his second goal this [...]

Alan Shearer Reacts To Newcastle’s 8th Defeat Of Season

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We didn't expect much out of this game and we didn't get much out of it. But we did go ahead in the game with Dwight Gayle's second goal of the season [...]

Newcastle Fans Have Their Say On Chelsea Game

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It's going to be a very tough game for us at Stamford Bridge today against an in-form Chelsea side. Newcastle have to play a lot better than we have played in the [...]

When Rafa Benitez Was Not Loved By The Fans – He Is Now!

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When Rafa Benitez was the manager of Liverpool Chelsea were one of the teams at the top of the league and Rafa made some negative comments towards the team and the club. [...]

Rafa On How Newcastle Must Play With Players Available – Including Mitrovic

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It's clear that Rafa did not get the players he wanted in the summer and the squad is not as strong as he had hoped for. Rafa had a meeting in early [...]

Newcastle Star Back And Playing – But Still Not 100%

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Mikel Merino could turn out to be one of Newcastle's stellar buys if what we have seen from him is indicative of how he will develop in the future. The 21-year-old looks [...]

3 Changes – Darlow, Manquillo, Diame, Perez, And Gayle All Start At Chelsea – Joselu Rested

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Newcastle managerhas just announced his team to play at Chelsea in the early kick-off game this afternoon. Shelvey, Hayden, and Yedlin are all left out of the side but we are surprised [...]

Predicted Team For Chelsea Has Mitrovic, Hayden, Shelvey And Merino All Starting

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There were some verygood performances from ourplayers onTuesdaynight when we got a vital point and moved up two places in the Premier League to 12th place. It ended the rot of four [...]

Some Very Good News From Rafa On Our Three Injured Players

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Some good news for Rafa Benitez' news conference for the game tomorrow at Chelsea all three injuredplayers Paul Dummett, Jamaal Lascelles and Christian Atsu are all close to being fit. That's [...]

Rafa Promises Defensive Improvements – Antonio Conte Is Doing Well

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Rafa Benitez has just completed his press conference for the game at Chelsea tomorrow a game which looks to be a very challenging game for us to say the least. [...]

Conte Talks About Management Abilities Of Rafa Benitez – Four Cheslsae Players Out

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Antonio Conte has finished his press conference and he has said that Chelsea will rotate their players for the game against Newcastle tomorrow. They also have four players out injured Luiz, [...]

Upbeat Rafa Benitez Positive About Newcastle Future

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Nothing much seems to be happening on the Newcastle takeover with Amanda Staveley's PCP Capital Partners PCP Partners. Staveley seems unable at the moment to agree on a fundamental ofany takeover with [...]

With Staveley Takeover Stalled – Rafa May Have Difficulty Signing This Player In January

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Newcastle were heavily linked with 28-year-old Benfica midfielder Andreas Samaris in the summer, but it seems his price of £17.5M was too much for Newcastle. It's understood that Rafa rates the player [...]

Newcastle’s Star Player Looking Forward To Playing At Chelsea

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Mikel Merino is one of the most popular players at Newcastle, and the 21-year-old has quickly proved what a great player he can become for the Magpies. Merino was signed permanently for [...]