Newcastle united Blog Archives for January 2017

Benitez Admits He Disappeared For A Year – Praises Everything Newcastle

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For Rafa Benitez to stay on at Newcastle not only meant he would visit very small grounds with facilities he hadn't confronted since his early days as a manager, but he would literally disappear from view on thew world scene because everything in English football is about the Premier League everything.

Rafa Pleased With Newcastle’s Late Resurgence – To Win Championship?

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When Brighton gained a well deserved automatic promotion on 17th April by beating Wigan 2-1 at home they had won five games in a row and had gone 7 points ahead of Newcastle at the end of round 43 of games and just 3 games to play. Brighton were awayat Norwich, home to Bristol [...]

Concerns About Sunderland’s Future After Years Of Miracle Escapes

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When Newcastlewere relegated last May, once Rafa Benitez said he would stay on May 25th the fans were tremendouslyupbeat because at least we would have a world-class manager helping us back to the Premier League. Rafa did a great job in the summer last year with the help of Managing Director Lee Charnley and built [.

Ashley – Benitez Meeting Prelude To Newcastle’s Future Triumphs

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Rafa's famous biographer Guillem Balague has been writing again about Benitez, who is scheduled to returnto the Premier League with Newcastle United next season. Rafa is playing up his meeting with owner Mike Ashley, which will hopefully take place before our last game of the season next Sunday, we are hoping everything will be OK.

Our Man Of The Match Has Done Himself A World Of Good

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Christian Atsu has scored in each of Newcastle's last two games games we have won and gained a massive 6 points on leadersBrighton in the process. So after being 7 points behind the Seagulls after our rather pitiful loss at Ipswich Town, we are now just one point being them going into the final [.

Chris Hughton On Brighton’s Chances Of Being Champions

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We expected Brighton to beat Bristol City at home last night, but they lost forthe secondgame in a row, this time 1-0 and the Robinsare now safe in the Championship with 54 points 6 points above the drop zone. Blackburn are locked on 48 points with Nottingham Forest who havea goal difference just one [.

Newcastle Make Bold Move For Brilliant England Goalkeeper

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There is a report today in the Sun that Everton had been favorites to sign Sunderland's outstanding young goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford. But the rather surprising news this morning is that it's Newcastle who are moving very quickly to sign the 23-year-old Washington, County Durham born England U21 International.

More Joy For Newcastle – Could Still Be Champions

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Brighton & Hove Albionwere beaten for the second game running this time 1-0 at home to Bristol City in the late game this afternoon and Newcastle are now just one point behind the Seagulls with a better goals difference and one game to play. Two games ago we were 7 points behind Brighton and [.

Brighton Lose 1-0 – Magpies Within One Point Of Seagulls

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For the second game in a row, since they won promotion by beating Wigan 2-1 at home on 17thApril Brighton have lost a game this time at home 1-0 to Bristol City, who are nowsafe from relegation That will make it very interesting in the very last game a week tomorrow because if Brighton [...]

Sunderland Put Out Of Their Misery – Relegated

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Sunderland failed to score again at home to Bournemouth today in the 1-0 defeat and with Hull getting a valuable point at Southampton Sunderland are relegated to theChampionship so it will be ships passing in the night with Newcastle on our way back up. Karma has a strange way of biting you in the [.

Rafa Keen On Signing This Forgotten England International Midfielder

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Newcastle were reportedly after Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph last January and there's a report in the Guardian that Rafa Benitez may still want to sign him this summer. It would not be surprising if the media report every single player Newcastle were after in January, because it would be a decent enough supposition that [.

Video – Rafa’s Sky Interview After Great 2-0 Win – He’s Staying

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Here's Rafa Benitez Sky Sports interview after the great 2-0 win at Cardiff City last night and at the end of the interview Rafa is asked if he is excited about the future and he says yesand smiles. None of this "we will see" after last night's performance and earlier in the week [...]

Jamie Carragher’s’ Fascinating Insights Into Rafa Benitez

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Jamie Carragher has talked today about what he learned from Rafa Benitez and about Rafa Benitez in the famous six years Rafa was the manager at Liverpool. As we have all found out over the last year, the fans still love him at Liverpool for what he did for that great club. And it will [...]

Poll – Who Was Newcastle’s Man Of The Match At Cardiff?

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We now have a chance to win our last three games of the season, whether or not we go up as Champions or not. The great 4-1 win at home to Preston on Monday night that got us that automatic promotion spotwas followed last night by a very good 2-0 win at Cardiff City with [...]

Newcastle Fans Still In Football Heaven 12 Hours Later

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Newcastle and Rafa Benitez are finishing the season the way we wanted to winning games even though we may not now be able to clinch the Championship but you never know. Newcastlehave won the last two games by a cumulative score of 6-1 and Rafa will want to put on a very good [...]

Telling 2017 Stat For Newcastle, Sunderland And Middlesbrough

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Sunderland One win in 2017. Middlesbrough One win in 2017. Newcastle United Two wins in five days. #nufc pic.twitter.com/5gV9K43Mhq — The Toon Review (@TheToonReview) April 29, 2017

Very Proud Newcastle Fans Swamp Twitter After Record Win

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It's what we have dreamed of since all last summer that Newcastle can come straight back and back to the most watched sports league in the world the English Premier League. There seems a growing feeling among our fans that Rafa can indeed make Newcastle great again and that Mike Ashley is [...]

Cardiff 0 Newcastle 2 – Video Highlights For Overseas Fans

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Here's one of the few videos that seems to play around the world of Newcastle's great win at Cardiff City tonight. Overseas fans can watch the classy goals by Christian Atsu and Isaac Hayden in the second half that give Rafa Benitez and Newcastle a 2-0 win at Cardiff and a record 14 away wins [...]

Video – Rafa Talks On Field After Famous Win

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Here's a very happy Rafa Benitez talking to nufcTV immediately after the fabulous 2-0 win at Cardiff City tonight, which gave us a new club record of 14 away wins in a single season. Fantastic! A safe journey home for all the traveling fans and also for our manager, players and staff. Job done! ? [..

Rafa – I’m Really Pleased – We Did Our Job – Our Fans Are Delighted

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Rafa Benitez will be welcomedback to Newcastle a week on Sunday with open arms for the final game of what has turned out to be a very successful promotionby the adoring Newcastle fans. This man is not only a world-class manager but he was made to manage a club as proud as Newcastle United. Newcastle [.

Newcastle Win 2-0 At Cardiff City And Break Club Record

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For the second time in five days our lads made us proud again and this time we managed to keep a clean sheet to win our 14th game away from home this season with a good 2-0 with at Cardiff City Stadium tonight. So we can and we will celebrate what our boys have [...]

Rafa Rings In The Changes For Cardiff City Game Tonight

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitezhas just named his side for the second last game of the Championship season at Cardiff City tonight, after the lads magnificently gained an automatic promotion spot on Monday night by easily defeating Preston North End on a memorable night at St. James' Park. That's only the secondtime any club has been [.

Rafa To Present Ashley With Long-Term Blueprint For Newcastle Success

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We are trying to forget about that HMRC investigation and hopeit will be on the back-burner and that it's not as bad as it first appeared. Certainly the way things at Newcastle have seemed to quickly return to normal is a very good sign for the club. Rafa was simply terrific in his press conferenceyesterday [.

Fans Increasingly Confident Of Rafa’s Long Term Newcastle Role

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We are becomingincreasingly confidentthat Rafa Benitez will get the backing he's looking for from Mike Ashley at their meeting within the last week. And the fact he will present Mike with a comprehensive blueprint on what he wants to do long term at Newcastlehas to impress the owner. It's what Mike needs from Rafa so [.

Benitez Confident Of Good Relationship With Ashley

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In reviewing comments from both Rafa and the Newcastle fans this bonnie morning there seems to be a growing optimism, based on Rafa's stellarpress conference yesterday, that all could be (very) good at Newcastle once Rafa presents the owner with his long-term blueprint for the club. When was the last time Newcastle had a long [.

Benitez Planning Shock Move In Transfer Window

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The Italian news outlet Calciomercato is reporting today that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is considering a shock move in the summer transfer window to try to bring back Moussa Sissoko to Newcastle United. That's after we sold Moussa to Tottenham Hotspur on the last day of last summer's transfer window for a massive £30M [.

Sort Out Benitez’ Future At Newcastle – A Long Term Contract

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Think back two days ago when we are all thought our promotion back to the Premier Leaguecouldbe jeopardized by some tomfoolery from thoseat the top. We heard the Newcastle club was accused of fraud in the transfer market and that Managing DirectorLee Charnley had been arrested by HMRC agents and of course the national press [.

Rafa – “I’m Quite Confident Everything Will Be Fine With Ashley

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We were complaining yesterday about how bad a communicator Newcastle owner Mike Ashley seems to be, but it looks like he's been in contact with both Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez over the last couple of days. In fact in Rafa's press conference at 1:00 pm this afternoon, the manager said he had already talked [.

Predicted Team For Cardiff City – Shock Comeback Possible?

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We are assuming Dwight Gayle is still not recovered enough from his hamstring injury to play at Cardiff City tomorrow night. And Rafa has also fourof our players have slight injuries but will not be in the squad for tomorrow's game in south Wales. Rafa will want to win this game tomorrow night so we [.

Big Crisis At Newcastle – What Crisis At Newcastle?

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From the quotes coming out of Rafa Benitez' press conference this morning it looks very much like he's calmed everybody down as he revealed the HMRC investigation is for things that were done four or five years ago when players likeSylvanMarveaux were at the club. Sylvain is one of four people arrested in France yesterday [.

Rafa Confident And Happy – I’ll Meet With Ashley To Discuss Everything

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This is the first press conference since Newcastle have gained that automatic promotion spot our major goal for this season. Next season's goal is top four in the Premier League and the season after that the goal will be to win the Champions League outright. What the heck's in my coffee this morning?

Some Good Can Come From Yesterday’s Shocking Events

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A new day, a new dollar a new controversy? With Managing Director Lee Charnley having being released yesterday afternoon after helping HMRC officials with their enquiries, that was a little bit of good news. He had been shockingly arrested yesterday morning but was released without charge and that dramatic raid by HMRC officials yesterday [.

Ashley Has Failed To Speak To Benitez After Promotion Glory

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The well respected north-east journalist George Caulkin of the Times broke the news yesterday that the Newcastle facilities at both St James' Park and the Benton Training fields had been raided by HMRCofficials. They also raided Managing Director Lee Charnley's home in Gosforthand arrested him, but later released him in the afternoon without charge.

Young Player’s Heart-Felt Message To Newcastle Fans

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Jamaal Lascelles has had some up and down form this season, but he was still good enough to make the Championship Team of the Season and he's improved a lot under Rafa's guidance this term. Benitezshowed massive confidence in the former Nottingham Forest player when he made him the club captain last summer at the [.

Rafa Benitez Has Played A Huge Role In My LIfe This Season

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Christian Atsu is on loan this season at Newcastle from Chelsea and he is a fan favorite because the 25 year-old is so positive and upbeat; he always does the best for the team although his form is up and down a little, But he scored a really important goal for us against Preston on [...]

Young Player Knows He’ll Improve With Mr. Benitez Guiding Him

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Players who play in central defense sometimesget their initial first team experience as full-backs, since mistakes made on the flanks are usually less costly than those made in the middle of thedefense. But 23 year-old Jamaal Lascelles has been a starter for Newcastle all season and he's played some very good games, but he's also [.

Can Newcastle Get Second Win In A Row At Cardiff?

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Rafa Benitezwill give his press conference tomorrow afternoon for our second last game of an extremely grueling Championship season at Cardiff City. The performance on Monday night at home was good against Preston, especially in second half when Newcastle started to look in compete control. What we need is another win on Friday to get [.

This Could Be A Good Time For Mike Ashley To Sell Newcastle

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We don't know that much at all about what the investigations by HMRC personnel are completely about, but what we do know is that Newcastle have been charged with some illegal transfer(s) of players (to and) from France that's about it. But the worrying thing is that this is yet another shock to Newcastle [.

What A Points Deduction Could Mean To Newcastle

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The Chronicle has done some good research today on when other clubs have got into serious financial problems, but most of those are when a club has become insolvent (bankrupt) and what usually happens in those cases are there are points deductions. It's not clear how quickly this case against Newcastle will move forward with [.

Mike Ashley May Venture Down A Dangerous Path With Benitez

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There's a report in the Mirror today that goes into specific detail about what Rafa Benitez wants from owner Mike Ashley this summer. Rafa wants to bring in up to seven top players and the amount of the transfer fund he wants is listed as £100M. A number of pundits have said Newcastleneed to strengthen [.

Would This Talented Striker Be Good Value For Newcastle?

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We are now getting pundits coming out of the woodwork paying some attention to Newcastle United, now that we will be back in the land of living next season in the Premier League. So we are seemingly now important enough again for pundits to talk about us and of course they will come out and [...]

Benitez Has Massive Plans For Newcastle This Summer

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Rafa Benitez has been a very successful manager in his career and he's won three European titles with three different clubs and when he agreed to stay on last May at Newcastle the fans were more than ecstatic. It must have been very difficult for a world-renowned manager to manage in the second division of [.

Newcastle Raided By HMRC On Transfer Dealings – Charnley Arrested

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There is some extremely disturbing breaking news coming in that Newcastle United and West Ham have been raided by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs agents this morning. Financial Records have been seized at both clubs. It seems that it's an international investigation into the transfer dealings of both clubs and that Lee Charnley has been [.

Fans Staggered By Fraud Allegations – Club Could Be Demoted

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We don't know how bad things are with Newcastle United after the club offices were raided this morning by HMRC agents and financial records seized. It's apparently to do with some of our tax dealings over the last several years. But there may be ominous consequences for Newcastle United if thee are proved accurate [.

Transfer Business In Full Flow At Newcastle

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We would expect that Managing Director Lee Charnley behind the scenes has already started Newcastle's transfer business, now that Newcastle know they will be playing back in the Premier League next season. Rafa and Lee will have already held some transfer meetings, possibly with Graham Carr involved and Lee will now start moving for some [.

Our Man Of The Match Last Night – Simply Brilliant

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Whenever Matt Ritchie plays we know he gives his all for Newcastle 100% because that's the kind of character he is. This lad took a step down to the Championship to sign for Rafa Benitez and he said at the time he wanted to come because of the size of the club and [...]

Rafa Needs Big Improvements Made At Benton Training Grounds

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It was in November of 2013 that Newcastle announced the club would invest £25M in the Benton Training ground to convert it into a world-class facility that had things like a swimming pool included. Nothing has been done on that since that time. But that's because Newcastle have floundered near the bottom of the Premier [.

The Massive Money Benitez Has Made For Ashley’s Newcastle

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There are different estimates being banded about on how much the PL clubs will receive in May for the first year of the new three year £5.1B Premier League TV rights deal. In the previous three years the amounts were anywhere from £60M to £100M depending on where the club finished in the league table [.

Newcastle 4 Preston 1 – Video Highlights For Overseas Fans

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Here's the best video I can find at the moment of Newcastle's great 4-1 win at home which gained us promotion and we are the headlines in the national newspapers today. But of course a number of the leading papers are leadingwith the story that Rafa Benitezmay still leave this summer if Mike Ashley plays [.

Ashley’s January Transfer Mess Still Bothers Rafa Benitez

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After the game last night Rafa Benitez was pleased andexcited that heand his coaching staff and players have managed to pull off what is really difficult these days. Being relegated oneseason and going straight back upin an automatic promotion spot the next it's been done now only twice in the last six seasons.

Fans Take To Twitter – In Complete Awe Of Rafa Benitez

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Newcastle fans woke up today and quickly checked out that what happened last nightat St. James' Park was not a dream. It wasn't and we have gainedautomatic promotionback to the PL and now Rafa will try to win the last two games, but it Brighton win one of their last two games they will go [...]

Mick Quinn Hits The Nail On The Head – Why Benitez Is World-Class

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Mick Quinn is nothing if not outspoken and on talkSPORT this morning on the Alan Brazil show he rejects any criticism of Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez. Mick is clear that Rafa has demonstrated down below a league he knew nothing about last summer that he is on of the best. Rafa put [...]

Sky Pundit Gives Boost To Rafa Benitez’ Summer Spending Plans

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Sky Sports pundit Peter Beagrie thinks that Newcastle will need to significantly strengthen their squad in the summer and that will take a huge investment from owner Mike Ashley to allow Rafa Benitez to build a side that canfinish mid-table in our first season back. That will probably be the official target for next season [.

Ashley Can Still Screw This Up – Shearer Makes The Case For Benitez

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Rafa Benitez was asked if he will be at Newcastle next season to lead us back into the Premier League and he said we'll wait and see this is football or words to that effect. The main thing that was evident is that he didn't say yes. And we know West Ham and [...]

Stunning Premier League Tribute To Newcastle United

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Here's the Premier League's congratulations to Newcastle getting back to the Premier League. Do you think they are pleased to have Newcastle United back? Think so. Congratulations, @NUFC! Welcome back to the top flight ?? pic.twitter.com/KZFvxj72Ua Premier League (@premierleague) April 24, 2017

Promotion Achieved – Who Was Newcastle’s Man Of The Match

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Let us know who you think Newcastle's Man of the Match was tonight in the great 4-1 win over Preston that assured Newcastle at least second place in the Championship and automatic promotion. Goalscorers for Newcastle were a brace from Ayoze Perez and a nice goalfrom Christian Atsu and a penalty from Matt Ritchie.

Great Rafa Interview – Congratulates Everybody Associated With Newcastle

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Here's a great interview with Rafa after the game tonight with BBC Radio Newcastle. #NUFC boss Rafa Benitez has congratulated the club's players, staff and fans following the Magpies' promotion: https://t.co/DvS8V4gCvv BBC Newcastle (@bbcnewcastle) April 24, 2017 Comments welcome.

Newcastle Promoted – Delirious Fans Swamp Twitter

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Fans have immediately taken to Twitter with Rafa's phase one revolution now complete and we have been promoted straight back to the Premier League at the very first attempt just like seven years ago. Rafa deserves huge credit for building the team last summer that has delivered promotion and we don't think he's getting [.

Alan Shearer Congratulates The Great Rafa Benitez

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Alan Shearer took to Twitter immediately after our great 4-1 win over Preston North End tonight to congratulate the man who made it all happen this season with the team he built last summer our manager Rafa Benitez. This man doesn't get the credit he deserves but Rafa and Newcastle are back in the [.

Impressive Newcastle Beat Preston 4-1 To Gain Promotion – YES!!!

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Newcastle United got the job done tonight when they beat Preston North End 4-1 in front of over 50,000 ecstatic fans at the venerable St. James' Park. Ayoze Perez got us off to a great start after 7 minutes with his 10th goal of the season but Hugill equalized 7 minutes later to silence the [...]

Elliot, Clark, Mitrovic, Anita, Atsu And Perez Start Against Lilywhites

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Rafa Benitez has just announced the starting eleven. who hopefully will be the players who start the game tonight against Preston North End this evening and take us right back to the Premier league at the very first attempt. We really hope that's the case but with Newcastle this season nothing is ever certain [.

Poll Results – Top Six Players Newcastle Fans Want This Summer

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We listed as many transfer targets as we could in a poll of ours we issued yesterday and gave each reader 6 votes to vote which 6 players they want this summer. So we can see the top six players the ans want -0 but of course in reality they will have to fill the [...]

Newcastle Want Talented 19 Year-Old Romanian This Summer

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There's a report coming out of Italy that Newcastle United are interested in 19 year-old Inter-Milan goalkeeper Ionut Radu, who is a rising star in Italy. The report is that Newcastle want the 6ft 2ins Romanian is in Tuttomercatoweb. The teenager has made just one appearance for the Inter-Milan first team when he played at [.

Fan Group Sends Out Perfect Message For Tonight’s Game

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1892 Wor Hyem are one of the new Newcastle fan groups and they work very closely with the Gallowgate Flags group, who have changed theatmosphere of the Gallowgate End this season at St. James' Park, with some fabulousnew flags. Both groups are trying to improve the atmosphere at St. James' Park, so that once again [.

Rafa Demonstrates Brilliant Man-Management Skills – Again

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Newcastle's young 23 year-old captain Jamaal Lascelles has been a little off form in the run-in to the league and he has come in for some criticism in some portions of Newcastle's massive fan base. But he's still been good enough as a player to be one of the three Newcastle players who have made [...

Rafa Opens Up – What It Really Means To Be Promoted Tonight

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Rafa Benitez is very pragmatic and he is not getting carried away by what could be a really great night at St. James' Park and he is only concentrating on how his players can execute the game plan and put another 3 points on the board. Sound familiar? But that would be the first time [...]

Predicted Newcastle Team That Can Win Promotion Tonight

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We put this team out last Friday as the side Rafa will start tonight against Preston North End at home but Friday now seems a long time ago. Since then the team above us Brighton and the two teams below us Huddersfield and Reading have all lost games. So tonight could [...]

Newcastle Star Exudes Confidence In “Fantastic” Benitez

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We all knew we were getting a world-class manager in last March when Rafa Benitez famously walked through the door at St. James' Park after Lee Charnleyhad finally fired Steve McClaren and out him out of his misery. A lot of us actually thought we had died and gone to heaven. Ithad been rumored for [.

Rafa’s First Potential Early Summer Signing Identified

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The Mirror is reporting today that Newcastle first signing this summer will likely be Fulham's creative midfielder Tom Cairney and as soon as we are promotedNewcastle will lodge a bid for the once capped Scottish International. Tom is rated at around £10M and Fulham would probably jump at the chance to get that kind of [.

Rafa Delivers Simple Message Of Success To His Players

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Rafa Benitez is an extremely pragmatic and hard-working man man and after only getting one point from the last three games he spent last week coaching and talking to the players about what they did wrong at Ipswich in the shocking 3-1 defeat. He also delivered a simple message on how they can become successful.

Don’t Think It Will Be Easy Against Preston

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In the last eight games since we took Huddersfield part 3-1 at the John Smith's Stadium on March 4th (seems like 3 months ago) Newcastle have slumpedin both form and results. The outcomeis that we have just 9 points and only two wins in that woeful streak and the 3 games before the International break [.

Rafa Demonstrates Total Knowledge Of Transfers

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Rafa Benitez always does his homework and last summer he looked at how many clubs get automatically promoted the next season (finish in the top two in the Championship) after being relegated from the Premier League the season before. It's interesting that when we were relegated seven years ago that used to happen a lot [.

Jubilant Newcastle Fans Still Buzzing On Twitter

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We haven't been officially promoted yet,but it's going to be very difficult if not impossible for Newcastle to screw this one up now. We need either 2 points in our last three games or have Huddersfield drop 2 points in their final three games. The Terriers have only 7 points from their last 7 games [.

Looking Ahead – It’s A Huge Challenge For Rafa Benitez

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There was mass reliefyesterday for Newcastle fans when Huddersfield lost at home to an in-form Fulham side at John Smith's Stadium and it was obvious before the end of the game Fulham were too just good for the Terriers. But once that final whistleblew Newcastle were 2 points from the Premier League with three games [.

Which 6 Of These Players Would You Sign This Summer?

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Now that it's almost certain Newcastle will promoted this season we want to get an idea of the players fans think we should sign this summer. So we are holding a poll and have listed 13 players we have been linked with this season and who seem fairly legitimate targets. You can make six choices [...]

Promotion Great Achievement – My Players Deserve Lots of Credit

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IfNewcastle don't win another game this season and Huddersfield don't win all their remaining games, then Newcastle will still be promoted. That's just how strong Newcastle's position is right now after today's games 2 points out of the last three games will be enough to gain promotion. Or alternatively the next time Huddersfield don't [.

Watch Out For Early Newcastle Transfer Business

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Newcastle are now almost certain to be promoted it's not yet mathematically certain but if we win on Monday night at home to Preston North End we will go up. And if don't win on Monday night then the players will have missed out on what could have been one of the greatest nights [...]

Newcastle Fans Blow Up Twitter – Promotion Almost Guaranteed

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Newcastlefans took to Twitter after both Huddersfield and Reading lost their games today and went crazy should that be stayed crazy?

Huddersfield Hammered – A Win On Monday – Newcastle Promoted

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You know Fulham were always a favorite side of ours and the in-form Craven Cottage club hammered Huddersfield 4-1 at John Smith's Stadium even though the Terriers went ahead with a penalty after just four minutes. That means the best the Terriers can do it is 87 points so a win by Newcastle giant Preston [.

Rafa Benitez – This Would Never Happen In Spain

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Rafa Benitez during yesterday's press conference admitted he was a little surprised that a refereebornin Huddersfield, Andrew Madley, gets toreferee the crucial match on Monday night between Newcastle and Preston. Huddersfieldand Reading are two teams who can still overtake Newcastle if we keep dropping points like we have done in the last three games [.

The Tide May Finally Be Turning For Newcastle

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When we got home from the hospital last nightafter an unexpected four hour stay, I casually checked the Championship for some reason and saw that Brighton had lost2-0 away at Norwich. What a surprise that was but maybe it had something to do with Brighton, managed magnificently this season by former Magpies boss Chris [.

This Man Is The Low Key Unlikely Hero At Newcastle

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We've made no secret of the fact we like 34 year-old Daryl Murphy a lot, because of his complete professionalism and he's such a team player. He realizes he takes second place to the team and that's not always true withfootballers these days. And while he hasn't played much for Newcastle this term he still [.

Rafa Pinpoints Exactly What Has Gone Wrong At Newcastle

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RafaBenitez should be a manunder pressure these days, but don't tell him that.

This Could Be Rafa’s Team To Beat Preston On Monday

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It was good news from Rafa todaythat Ciaran Clark is in full training with the first team squad and hopefully the Irish International can even start against Preston on Monday night and help to keep the back door bolted. Twice in the last 7 games we have conceded three goals and in those games w [..

Still Promotion Anxiety At Newcastle – We Must Come Together

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DeAndre Yedlin has returned to the fray after recovering from his thigh injury, but Newcastle have managed to go on their worst three game run and worst eight game run of the season at just the wrong time. It leaves our players open to criticism they are choking, but it's still completely in our hands.

Newcastle Fans Want This Exciting Young Striker

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Ladbrokes made Newcastle United favourites to sign Chelsea's 19 year-old striker Tammy Abraham this summer on a season long loan in the Premier League. The lad has scored a massive 23 Championship goals on loan at Bristol City this season and he would be a terrific singing for us hopefully with an option to [.

Newcastle Must Get Back To Winning Ways Against Preston

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Our next game is going to be a crunch game at home to Preston but before that it may be that things have been relieved a bit if Huddersfield cannot beat Fulham at Craven Cottage tomorrow. Any points the Terriers drop will lower the points total we need to go up and indeed if the [...]

Famous Pundit On Newcastle’s Promotion Chances

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The Premier League TV viewing figures are reported to have declined this season and when we have watched the Premier League this year some of the games on display have not been too attractive. That's caused by the many smaller clubs like Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough, Hull City, Swansea, Burnley and Watford doing well and [.

Things Not Looking So Bright For Talented Geordie Striker

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Adam Armstrong had a great season last season on loan to Coventry in League Oneand scored a great 20 goals in 40 appearances for the Sky Blues. The England Youth International has been one of our brightest young Newcastle players for some time since bursting on the scene about three years ago as a 17 [.

Press Conference – Gayle Not Ready But Clark Fit

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Rafa Benitez has just given his press conference for the very vital game at home on Monday night against Preston where a win would almost guarantee us a promotion place this season. Indeed if the Terriers don't win at Fulham tomorrow and we get all 3 points against Preston we will be promoted. I just [.

Newcastle LIne Up Striker With 23 Championship Goals This Season

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Ladbrokes have made Newcastle favourites to sign Chelsea's 19 year-old striker Tammy Abraham on-loan for next season next season. Tammy is one of many of the Blues youngsters who are sent out on loan and find it very difficult to get games at Chelsea. Tammy joined the Youth Academy in 2004 as a 6 year-old [.

Sky Pundit – Newcastle To Pull Fingers Out – Be Promoted Monday

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We've given David Prutton a lot of stick because he seems to go with Brighton and Huddersfield this year with his predictions and hehasn't been too good to us. But he's also been right recently and maybe he'sgetting more accurate with his predictions. He forecasts a win for Newcastle on Monday night and only a [.

When Rafa Talked About Winning Trophies – He Didn’t Mean The Championship

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You could see how the pundits would just have loved to see Newcastle labor in the Championship this season and if that wasn't clear at the start of the season then it was after our first two games two defeats. They went crazy about those two losses such fantastic joy. And it seems [...]

The Frightening Future World Of The Premier League

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In the Chronicle yesterday there was a very good report about Sky Monday Night Football pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville and how they talked about Brighton being promoted. Let's be brief it's a great achievement for Chris Hughton and he deserves all the accolades he is getting as is his balanced team.

Player Reveals The Traits That Make Rafa Benitez World Class

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We have missed Ciaran Clark a lot since he got injured in the 3-1 loss at home to Fulham. And if Ciaran had been playing we wouldn't be in the relatively poor position we are in now, where Huddersfield can still catch us unless we wake up and start winning some games again. Brighton are [...]

Player Urges Everybody To Stick Together In Difficult Times

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Newcastle lost such an important gamelast Monday at Ipswich Town after we had been denied all 3 points in the previous game very late in stoppage time when Chris Wood scored an equalizer in a game we had completely dominated. We thought we would bounce back and get all 3 points at Portman Road, but [.

Good News – Newcastle Have 3 Players In PFA Team Of The Year

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Seven years ago we had four players in the PFA Championship Team of the Year and this year we have close to that three. Two are fairly obvious choices goalscorer Dwight Gayle and play-maker Jonjo Shelvey, but the third one is just a little bit of a surprise. Captain Jamaal Lascelles is also included [.

Rafa In Move For 25 Year-Old England International

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There's news today that Newcastle are interested in Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson. It turns out the once capped England international will have one year left on his contract at Arsenal this summer and he finds first team games at Arsenal hard to come byso he really has no future with the Gunners.

What’s This Former Manager Got Against Newcastle?

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Lou Macari is the former great Manchester United player (404 appearances 94 goals) and Scottish International (25 caps) who was also the manager of Stoke City a couple of times from 1991-1993 and then from 1993 through 1997. That may help explain some of his weird comments on the Ryan Shawcross potential transfer this [.

It’s Been Dangerous For Newcastle To Finish A Season Badly

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This looks like another poor ending to a season, but we still believe we can get promoted in one of the two automatic promotion spots. If this thing goes down to a play-off that would be almost impossible to bear for Newcastle fans. So the players have to really look at themselvesin the mirror, take [.

Newcastle Player – Dressing Room Was Very Down

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We wonder if Newcastle will keep Daryl Murphy in the first team squad next season, always assuming we can still get promoted and not completely mess up what's been a pretty good season so far. Daryl is so experienced and mature and so good in training and in the dressing room that Rafa may think [...

Rafa’s Big Challenge – More Than Just Mental At Ipswich

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Who would ever want to be a football manager these days? Rafa Benitez has guided Newcastle brilliantly this seasonin a league he knows little about and yet in the last three games we have had our worst return for any three successive league games this season just one point. And in the three games before [.

Newcastle Move Closer To Signing Ryan Shawcross

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One of Newcastle's top targets this summer Ryan Shawcross has rejected a new contract offer to stay at Stoke City when his contract ends nextyear. If Stoke cannot get their captain to sign a new deal before the summer, it is very likely he will be sold and we have to hope that Shawcross [...]

Classy Chris Hughton – Waiting For Newcastle

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Some good tweets from George Caulkin this morning about a favorite of the Newcastle fans Chris Hughton who has been as modest as ever with Brighton's promotion and a real gentleman as always. Chris praised his players and of course said nothing about himself and what a terrific record he will have at [.

Will Adam Armstrong Make It At Newcastle?

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While Newcastle's promotion effort comes to what we hope will be "mission accomplished", we will take a quick look at one of our top youngsters. Adam Armstrong has spent the entirety of this season on loan at Barnsley though we have to admit with disappointing results. Hopes were high for the local ladto push on [.

These Two Players Could Help Seal Newcastle Promotion

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We have been short of some of our best players over these last two weeks and Isaac Hayden finally returned from his ankle injury against Leeds United and made a big difference. Two of the players we are still missing are our top scorer Dwight Gayle and our best defender this season CiaranClark.

Inspired Transfer Window Necessary For Rafa To Achieve Goals

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The mini-collapse of Newcastle since early March and especially over the last three games, when we have one point and Brighton have taken 9 points may have spooked some Newcastle fans. Maybe we have thought this Newcastle team is better than it really is, but it is certainly inexperienced and there's not many of our [.

Last Three Games Have Decimated Season – But Still Good News

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We were doing really well when we beat Brighton and Huddersfield earlier this year, but strangelyenough we have gone into a bad run of results overthe last eight games. But even after we had beaten Wigan and Burton at home after the International break, we were ahead in the league table but it's the last [.

Ipswich 3 Newcastle 1 – Video Highlights For Fans Around The World

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Here's the highlights of the game yesterday at Portman Road which was another disastrous result for Newcastle. The video seems to play around the world.

Concerned Rafa Benitez Admits He Doesn’t Know What’s Wrong

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This may come as a surprise to Newcastle fans that Rafa Benitez doesn't really know what is wrong with his Newcastle team over the last three games, in which we have picked up only one single point and lost our chance to go back up as Champions. It's never easy to support Newcastle and after [...]

The Morning After – Still Disastrous But There’s Hope

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Fans may have calmed down a bit this morning after yesterday's shocking defeat at Ipswich Town when we had the joint worst defeat in the league this season 3-1. But automatic promotion is still in our hands and some fans are pointing out the good news we can still get that promotion in spite [...]

Rafa Concerned About His Players Choking At The Death

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We expected a rather easy win at Ipswich Town today after we played so well on Friday night to outplay Leeds United, yet we still only got a single point when we conceded a late goal right at the death. And over the last several games Newcastle have looked far too nervous without the assurance [...]

Newcastle Can Now Be Promoted Next Monday

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Newcastle lost 3-1 today at Ipswich and our players put in yet another shoddy performance and they seem to be choking and we are imploding as far as the performances and results go especially the results. Since we beat Brighton and Huddersfield away in successive games in late February and early March we have [.

Murphy, Yedlin, Hanley And Atsu All Start At Ipswich

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Rafa Benitez has just named his team for the game at Portman Road today against Ipswich Town where we really need to get back to our winning ways having only won two game games out of the last seven played and a measly 9 points which could possibly cost us the Championship title. And Rafa [...]

Newcastle Have Big Competition For Talented Transfer Target

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Ther's news that if Swansea playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson is indeed a transfer target for Newcastle this summer we may face very strong competition from Everton. The Sunday Express has reported the Toffees are willing to offer the Icelandic International £140K/week to join them this summer and it's difficult to see if Newcastle would be willing [.

Newcastle Star – Finishing First Always Matters

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Nothing comes easy to Newcastle, so after putting in an excellent performance on Friday night at St. James' Park in front of a capacity crowd, it would have been a great 1-0 win a win we needed so desperately. Then right of the blue at the death Chris Wood equalized and we suddenly had [...]

Benitez’ Frustrations Starting To Show Through

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There have been some weird refereeing decisions against Newcastle United this season and it looks like we have paid the penalty (excuse the pun) for being the biggest club in the league with attendances of over 51,000 at St. James' Park and many of our away game sold out. Against Burton Albion last week we [.

The Unlikely Man Of The Match Against Leeds

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Newcastle put in a very good performance on Friday night but at the business end of the season the result is all important and we didn't get the win we so desperately needed in this game in front of a sold-out St. James' Park. But there were a lot of good things to take away [...]

Newcastle Must Get Back To Winning Ways At Ipswich

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Yes we have had no luck in the last few games, but we no have to forget about that and start to win games so that we can quickly nail that automatic promotion spot. That will allow Rafa and Lee Charnley to start the massive work we need to do in the summer transfer window [...]

Brighton Likely To Be Promoted Tomorrow

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If Brighton can win their home game tomorrow afternoon against second bottom Wigan Athletic they will be the first team promoted this season from the Championship. TheSeagulls would then be on 92 points. And the most the Terriers in third place can get can get if they win all of their last five games is [.

It’s Frustrating But Really Good Stuff About To Happen At Newcastle

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Rafa Benitez could well surprise us a lot this summer with the extent of the changes he is willing to make in the Newcastle squad, as he prepares for life back in the Premier League with Newcastle United. Mike Ashley will give him as much money as possible so Rafa can create a strong squad, [...]

The Low Key Player Newcastle Have Missed Massively

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It's been clear this season that when Isaac Hayden has played for Newcastle we look like a much better side with Isaac's beautifully simply and highly technical game. He makes it look so easy and that's always the sign of a top-class player. Isaac has been out over our poor spell of seven games when [.

This Player A Perfect Signing For Newcastle This Summer

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It's clear that Newcastle need to strengthen the defense this summer when again hopefully we will be back in the Premier League, just as long as we don't keep throwing points away like we did last night against Leeds United. We should beable todo it and maybe a couple of wins in the last four [..

Shearer On Newcastle Draw – Ouch – That Was Painful

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Alan Shearer put out an appropriate tweet after Newcastle's draw last night which roughly translated means it was extremely painful when Chris Woods equalized 5 minutes into stoppage time. Alan Shearer that was extremely painful ouch Well that was a kick in the nuts! Still 8 points clear of 3rd, 4 to play.

Devastating Leeds Late Goal Stuns Newcastle

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This is not turning out to be whatwe hadhoped for at the end of this season. Huddersfield had won their game 3-2 at home to Preston earlier yesterday with a goal 6 minutes into in stoppage time and in the late game Newcastle were beating Leeds 1-0 until Chris Woods equalized a full five minutes [.

Newcastle 1 Leeds 1 – Video Highlights For Overseas Fans

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It looked all so good after 94 minutes last night when we were 1-0 up and winning the game and then we conceded a really sloppy goal in the next minute and dropped a valuable two points. Here's over four minutes of the video highlights I thought the song may help out a little [...]

Newcastle Fans Express Their Frustrations On Twitter

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We dropped 2 points late into stoppage time last night to allow Leeds United to snatch a 1-1 draw and Brighton gain another two points on us they are on 89 points to we have 85 points after a poor run of 9 points from our last 7 games since we won at Huddersfield [...]

I Was Close To Geordie Heaven Last Night – Very Close

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After we played so well last night and then threw away 2 points late in the game, many Geordie fans will be feeling a little frustrated this morning I certainly am more than I should be. We suppose the positive is that the lads played really well, but it's a bad feeling when [...]

Rafa Again Shows Disappointment At Poor Officiating

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This game should have been over before Chris Woods managed to poke in the equalizer a full five minutes into added time and Rafa Benitez after the game questioned where five minutes came foro at the end of a second half that seems to have had very few interruptions until a Leeds fan invaded the [...]

A Good Display With Poor Result – Who Was Man Of The Match?

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The poor result covered up what was one of the best displays By Newcastle for some time and while we needed that even more important than the display at the business end of the season is the result and we only got a draw and dropped two points. That's a pity but it's all [...]

11 Players With No Future And 7 With Questionable Futures

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One of the good things that the struggles of the last several games will have shown Rafa Benitez, if he didn't already know, is he must strengthen the Newcastle squad and be ruthless in the summer as he builds a squad for the Premier League. He built one last summer that could get us promoted [...]

Defense Unchanged – Hayden, Gouffran, Perez, Mitrovic Start

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Rafa Benitez has just announced his team for the game at St. James Park tonight against a very good Leeds United side who are pushing hard for a play-off place this season and managed by the talented Garry Monk. And Rafa's brought back Aleksandar Mitrovic up front and he edges out Daryl Murphy. Isaac Hayden [.

Benitez’ Message To His Newcastle Players Is Simplicity Itself

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Rafa Benitez is nothing if not pragmatic and all he thinks of doing is putting a match plan together for the next games that pinpoints the opposing team's strengths and weaknesses. Newcastle will attack those weaknesses and plan to defend well against their strengths. Rafa wants to win every game and if we do that [.

Newcastle Likely To Win Automatic Promotion A Week On Monday

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NewcastleUnited play Leeds United at home tonight followed by a game at at Portman Road against Ipswich Town on Monday afternoon. And after those two games we play basically our last three games at weekly intervals and that should be enough time to get two of our best players fit again and ready for action [.

Sky Pundit At It Again – Predicts (Hopes) Newcastle Drop Points

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David Prutton is predicting that Brighton will beat Wolves away and Newcastle will draw 2-2 at home to Leeds and if those predictions are accurate Brighton will be on their way to winning the Championship 4 points ahead of Newcastle with only 4 games to play. David is only predicting the games today which are [.

Local Lad So Positive About Rafa’s New Newcastle

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Paul Dummett is always good in an interview and gives the local lads' view of what's happening. Paul also has some extra insight because he's been the first choice left-back all season and appeared 35 times for Newcastle this season the most games he has ever played in one season for his home town [.

With 5 Games To Play Here’s Rafa’s Overall Record At Newcastle

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It's interesting to look back over the last 13 months at the club at what manager Rafa Benitez' total record is after he got off to a poorstart at Newcastle with only one point from his first four games in charge. But he quickly made Newcastle into looking like a top eight side when we [...]

Benitez Educating Newcastle’s Top Brass On How To Build A Top Side

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Rafa has talked today about how Newcastle United went after Matt Ritchie at the beginning of the summer transfer window, and persuaded the Bournemouth star to take a step down in the league tables in England to come to Tyneside. And Matt has been one of our best players with 15 total goals this term [.

Predicted Newcastle Team For Leeds

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The Newcastle defense was very dodgy from the off at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and it looks like two of our best defenders may be fit and ready to play tomorrow against Leeds United at St. James' Park. DeAndre Yedlin is definitely available and gives us more thrust down the right wing and Ciaran Clark [.

Rafa – We Need To Take Care Of Business

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Rafa has always said throughout the season that it's up to Newcastle to get the results and then everything will take care of itself and we don't have to worry too much about the other teams, like who's above us or below us in the league table. But we haven't played that well lately although [...]

Rafa’s Rather Succinct Message To His Players – Cut It Out

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Benitez does not like seeing mistakes made by any player during the games he manages, but of course it happens players are only human. But it was a bit much on Saturday at Hillsborough where it looked like some of our players hadn't turned up or thought his would be an easy game. Wrong [...]

Video – Rafa Very Clear On The Goal For This Season

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Rafa gave his press conference and he had some good news on the injury front with Ciaran Clark very close, Dwight Gayle back running in training and DeAndre Yedlin in contention for the game tomorrow against a good Leeds United side at St. James' Park. This is what Rafa has said about the injures and [.

Rafa Admits To The Challenges Of The Championship

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RafaBenitez has not given up his complete focus on winning games and as long as the seasoncontinues that will continue to be his mantra we must win the next game. And he's a man who always wants to improve himself and takes it as part of his job that he has to improve every [...]

It Doesn’t Look Good For This Newcastle Player

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Christian Atsu has been unable to nail down a starting position at Newcastle although the winger has had more playing time this season than he has since joining Chelsea from Porto in the summer of 2013. The 42 times capped Ghanaian International (9 goals) has appeared 25 times for Newcastle with three goals during his [.

Young Striker Sets Sights On First Team For Next Season

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One of the jobs Rafa Benitez has taken upon himself at Newcastle is to improve the quality of the younger players at Newcastle. Rafa understands it's really important to get some players coming through the Youth System at Newcastle to the first team. And although that policy has been in place for the last 10 [.

Newcastle Reveal New Crest – Home Strip Released Soon

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Newcastle will wear an updated crest for next season as we celebrate 125 years as a football club, having been founded back in 1892 (I remember it well) when Newcastle East End FC joined together with Newcastle West End FC to unite the two clubs and we were aptly called Newcastle United. And we [...]

Hint – Rafa Benitez May Be After Future World-Class Player

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There's news in the Express today that American DeAndre Yedlin may try to persuade his American colleague Christian Pulisic to join Newcastle this summer but it's kind of tongue in cheek. 18 year-old Pulisic is one of the top young players in the world today and it would be extremelydifficult to get him to [.

Sunderland Star Seems Adamant About Newcastle

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Thereare two shining stars at Sunderland this season one is striker Jermain Defoe who Rafa may go after this summer when he is a free agent if Sunderland get relegated. And that seems very likely as likely as Newcastle are to be promoted back to the Premier League. We are 10 points ahead [...]

Rafa Gives Very Good News On The Injury Situation

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Rafa Benitez has just given his press conference for the vital home game against Leeds United tomorrow night at St. James' Park. And after the very poor display last Saturday when we lost 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday our 9th defeat this term we are hoping for a much improved display tomorrow afternoon and [.

Why Newcastle’s Recent Slump Could Be Good News For Benitez

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In the last 6 games Newcastle have gained just 8 points and it's fortunate that Huddersfield have imploded a little in that time and lost three of their last four games. If the Terriers had won all four games they would be one point behind us with a game in hand. But yes, that's all [...]

Benitez Reported After Talented Euro 2016 Winner

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There is a report in Portugal today that Newcastle may be interested in 31 times capped Portuguese midfielder William Carvalho. Carvalho is a defensive midfielder who has been at Sporting Lisbon since 2005 when he joined them at the age of 13 and he came through their Youth Academy. He turned 24 only last Friday [.

Alan Shearer Ruthlessly Slams Newspaper’s Childish Taunt

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We hold grudges for far too long in life and it's always good to move on and get past them it also shows some maturity. Having said that it happens to be 13 years ago today the Red Devils (rather luckily) hammered Newcastle 6-2 at St. James Park. And the Manchester Evening News has [...]

New Insights Into Rafa Benitez As Liverpool Manager

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Rafa Benitez left Liverpool back in the summer of 2010 (as we remember) basically because he was being messed around by the two American owners at the time Tom Hicks and George Gillett, who seemed to be at Liverpool to see how much money they could make for themselves from the club. That may not [...

Rafa Targeting This Experienced Premier League Center-Back

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The Independent is reporting today that Rafa Benitez wants a complete overhaul of the Newcastle squad and while that's not really surprising, the fact they say he wantsStoke City center-back Ryan Shawcross is. The Chroniclelast week reported that Rafa wanted six new players brought into the squad who could immediately play in the first team [.

Four Top Players Rafa Benitez Should Sign This Summer

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Given that Newcastle win a couple of games soon or Huddersfield drop some points in the next few games then it's almost certain the club will be promoted back to the Premier League at the first attempt. And that is exactly what we wanted and needed, so we get back to those big bucks which [...]

It’s Unlikely To Be Good News On Top Striker

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With any hamstring injury you need a good few weeks to recover and even if Dwight Gayle could be ready in two or three weeks, it is very unlikely he would be risked in Newcastle's last couple of games, especially if the lads have already gained promotion by then. If Dwight had been able to [...]

Can Newcastle Get Back On Track On Good Friday?

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It was a terrible result last Saturday at Sheffield Wednesday when we lost 2-1 and allowed Brighton to gain 3 points on us with their 2-1 win on Friday night at QPR. If we don't win the Championship this season it could well be down to that defeat, our 9th this season, but with five [...]

He’s One Great Role Model For Youngsters On Tyneside

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Michael Carrick has turned out to be one of the best footballers Newcastle (or should that we say Wallsend where he was born) have ever produced and he is just one of the (many) top footballers who got away from Newcastle United. Michael has been interviewed in the Match of the Day magazine and [..

The Last Five Games Are So Important To Newcastle’s Season

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Newcastle have struggled through the second half of the season and we haven't won too many games by big scores as we did last year when we took QPR apartat Loftus Road 6-0 and Preston at home 6-0 in the EFL Cup. But after we had annihilated QPR we were at home to Wolves and [...]

Newcastle Players Must Wake Up And Pay Back These People

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Since Newcastle had those two great away wins at Brighton and Huddersfield in successive games at the end of February and the beginning of March, we have gone into a slump and our results are ourworst run of six league games in the Championship this season. We have just 8 points from those six games [.

Benitez Concerned By Abject Newcastle Performance

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One of the things that Rafa Benitez has been very concerned about all seasonis that his Newcastle players will take their opponents for granted, get too big for their boots and not bother showing up for a game. That seemed to happen on Saturday when Sheffield Wednesday started the game like a steam train and [.

Benitez Keen On Signing This Talented Player In The Summer

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Rafa Benitez wants about six top players brought in this summer to fortify and improve the Newcastle squad for the Premier League and yesterday there were a number of reports about one or two players we seem to be targeting. One was Brazilian striker Willian Jose, who joined Real Sociedad last July and has had [.

Rafa Tells Truth To His Players – Good News Could Be Close

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Newcastle managerRafa Benitez spoke to reporters as usual following one of our poorer performances of the season and that has to be difficult for any manager, when he has seen his team play so badly and give the opposition so many chances viaour own mistakes. But that's what surprisingly happened on Saturday at Hillsborough after [.

Newcastle Could Get Injury Boost For Leeds Game

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After our poor performance on Saturday at Hillsborough the major question will be if any of our injured players are fit to come back into the side against Leeds United on Friday afternoon. Players who could possibly return include Isaac Hayden, Jack Colback, Ciaran Clark and DeAndre Yedlin and certainly if we can get Isaac [.

Our Man Of The Match Makes A Big Return To Form

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Jonjo Shelvey scored his 5th Championship goal of the season on Saturday at Hillsborough, but it was too late to get anything out the game and we went down 2-1 against Sheffield Wednesday out 9th defeat of the season. And the truth is we didn't deserve to get anything from a display that was [...]

Brighton & Hove Albion Could Be First Club Promoted On Friday

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Brighton had a hard-fought win at QPR on Friday night and with Newcastle's below-par showing at Sheffield Wednesday and our 9th defeat this term, we are now two points behind the south coast club in the league. While automatic promotion was always the number one goal for the season, it will still be good to [.

Rafa Wants This £25M Brazilian Striker This Summer

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The People are reporting today that Newcastle are interested in Brazilian striker Willian Jose who joined Real Sociedad last July and he has had a decent season with 11 goals in 28 games for the Spanish club. Newcastle have missed too many chances this season and have therefore dropped too many points because of that [.

Video – Subdued Benitez Bemoans Too Many Mistakes

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Here's what a very subdued Rafa said after our defeat yesterday at Sheffield Wednesday that was coupled with a poor performance.

Sheffield Wednesday 2 Newcastle 1 – Sky Sports Video Highlights

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Here's the Sky Sports video highlights of yesterday's 2-1 defeat at Hillsborough that seems to play around the world. Newcastle will have to play a lot better than this in our final five games and we have to hope it's just one blip an off day at the office. It wasn't good.

Benitez’ Ambitious Summer Plans Backed By Mike Ashley

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Even though we lost 2-1 yesterday at Hillsborough we moved from 11 points needed in six games to 8 points needed in five games, since Huddersfield lost 2-0 at Nottingham Forest, so Forest did us a favoryesterday. If we had won the game we would have needed just 5 points in our final five games [...

Rafa Benitez Planning Huge Clearout This Summer

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With Rafa Benitez said to be backed with his summer plans by Mike Ashley we expect a number of players currently at Newcastle to be allowed to leave this summer, as Rafa significantly improves the quality of the Newcastle squad. Last summer Rafa wanted to build a squad that could get us automatically promoted at [.

Rule Of Thumb – How To Gauge Newcastle’s Promotion Progress

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Just worked through last nighthow to quickly gauge after a gamehow many points closer Newcastle are to automatic promotion. Even though we lost 2-1 at Hillsborough yesterday afternoon we still are 3 points closer to automatic promotion and now need 8 points from our last five games to ensure a top two spot.

Newcastle Now Need This Number Of Points For Promotion

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It was a bad day at the office for Newcastle United today at Hillsborough and let's hope we can bounce back in terms of a very good performance on Good Friday against Leeds, because this performance against Sheffield Wednesday simply wasn't good enough. If we can get Ciaran Clark and Isaac Hayden back that would [.

Newcastle Fans React To Poor Performance And Terrible Result

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There will be a lot to do for Rafa Benitez and his coaching staff to get the Newcastle team ready for the game on Friday at home to Leeds United and a lot of that will be working on the players mental approach to the game. We were poor from the off today and deserved [...]

Benitez Very Disappointed – We Made Too Many Mistakes

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Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez was obviously disappointed with a sloppy performance from his team today at Hillsborough, which didn't measure up to what's required in our promotion drive back to the Premier League. We were well beaten today and as Rafa quickly points out, this Newcastle side made far too many mistakes and certainly [.

Newcastle Lose – Gayle Injured But Move Closer To Promotion

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Newcastle did not play well tonight at Hillsborough and lost their second league game of the year. The last time we lost was early in the year at Blackburn Rovers to give the 3rd bottom side the double over Newcastle and this defeat gives the Owls the double over Newcastle. And let's be fair they [..

Perez, Gouffran And Mbemba Start At Hillsborough

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Rafa Benitez has just announced his team for the game at Hillsborough this afternoon against Sheffield Wednesday. TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up at Sheffield Wednesday this afternoon (kick-off 5:30pm BST). #NUFC pic.twitter.com/2UguHipLV4 Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) April 8, 2017 This is what Rafa has said about today's opponents during the [.

Benitez Explains Why The Owls Will Be Tough Today

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Rafa Benitez has said many times this season that the teams who are experienced in the Championship are very tough opponents and that in partis because they know what's it's like in the league and they know what it takes to be successful. Newcastle have done well this seasonso far, but we have still thrown [.

Rafa’s Rallying Cry To Clever Newcastle Fans

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One thing Newcastle have shown clearly once again this season is that they have one of the best fan bases of any club in world football. An average home gate of over 51,000 in the second division of English football clearly shows the passion of the Geordie fans. Ans with Brighton winning again last night [.

Rafa – Everybody Must Now Do Their Jobs To Secure Promotion

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Newcastle United'sfinancial results through last June 30th were announced earlier this week, but Rafa Benitez was not too interestedin them not at the moment anyway. He is only concentrating on doing his job and get Newcastle automatically promoted and win the Championship, if at all possible. Brighton are back on top after their very [.

Rafa Benitez Praises The Forgotten Man At Newcastle

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With Ciaran Clark still out injured we'll have to wait and see if Chancel Mbemba gets another start today at Hillsborough, after he was a surprise starter against Burton Albion on Wednesday night and played very well in the 1-0 win. Mbemba was the first choice center-back last season,but since Rafa has come in the [.

A Bit Of Class From Benitez Speaks Volumes About The Man

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Newcastle United are reporting that Rafa Beniteztraveled to Hillsborough Stadium this morning and the Spanish manager laid a wreath in tribute to those who died in the Hillsborough disaster. The Hillsborough disaster was a human tragedy when fans were crushed to death on 15 April 1989, during the FA Cup semi-final game between Liverpool and [.

Predicted Newcastle Team To Face Owls – Two Changes

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We are assuming that Isaac Hayden is fit again after being withdrawn from the squad for the 1-0 home win against Burton Albion on Wednesday night. Rafa will of coursewill start another strong team, as we go all out for another win that will bring us closer to an automatic promotion spot but we [...

Trouble Could Be Brewing Between Ashley And Benitez

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The Sun is reporting that Newcastle are interested in signing 34 year-old Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, but we have our doubts about whether the report is true. Jermain turns 35 in October and Mike Ashley may object to paying the striker hugewages, although apparently Jermain will be a free agent if Sunderland are relegated this [.

Player Reveals Why It’s Been Easier Than Expected This Season

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Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles has played 43 times for Newcastle this season with two goals in his second full season playing for Newcastle United and he's had a goodseason on Tyneside. Jamaal is still young to bea center-back and is very young to be the captain of Newcastle United, the youngest captain we have had [.

Can Newcastle Make It Three Wins In A Row At The Owls?

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Newcastle need 11 points from our final six league games to be absolutely sure we will getan automatic promotion spot, so every win right now is very important. Rafa will hold his press conference later today for the game at Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow and maybe we will have Ciaran Clark available for the game, but [.

Star Player Could Return For Newcastle At Hillsborough

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Rafa Benitez has talked about why both central midfielders Jack Colback and Isaac Hayden were surprisingly left out of the squad that got the job done at home on Wednesday night, with a very good 1-0 win at home to Burton. But it was not before we saw more ridiculously poor officiating when all four [.

It’s Getting Ridiculous – Pundit Never Learns – It’s A Joke

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David Prutton has backed both Brighton and Huddersfield to win most of their games this season, when haspredicted theresults of the Championship games. But that's not been the case for Newcastle. David never seems to give accuratepredictions for the Magpies – we were supposed to lose to both Brighton and Huddersfield, but we won them [.

Rafa’ Initial Comments On Refereeing – Gives Injury Update

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Rafa Benitez has just given his press conference for another tough game tomorrow afternoon this time at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday. Rafa Benitez just completed his press conference Hereare some of the initial comments Rafa has made about the game tomorrow as being reported in the local press and on Newcastle's Twitter account: [.

These Two English Defenders Would Strenghtn Newcastle’s Squad

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If we are promoted this season then Rafa Benitez will want to improve the squad across the board to get ready for what promises to be an exciting season back in the Premier League with theworld-class manager who seems to have been born to manage a club like Newcastle United. The 56 year-old has [..

Newcastle 1 Burton 0 – Video Highlights For Overseas Fans

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This video is unfortunately not one of the highest quality, but it does show the main highlights of Newcastle's second successive home win last night when we beat Burton Albion 1-0.

Rafa – We Need To Move Forward – We Won The Game

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After the 1-0 win last night thanks to another great Matt Ritchie goal, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez was frustrated that everybody will be talking about the refereeing error in the first half, when Keith Stroud disallowed a Matt Ritchie penalty for encroachment. After discussing the situationwith the other three officials, he awarded a free kick [.

Fans React On Twitter To Bizarre Referee Blunder

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The refereeing error by Keith Stroudand his officiating team will be talked about for a long time and how is it that these guys don't seem to know the rules of the game? That's their job after all. Stroud had to issue an apology after the game after he disallowed Matt Ritchie's penalty for encroachment, [.

Newcastle Closer To Promotion – This Number Of Points Needed

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Newcastle fans had been hoping during the International break that we could improve our home form when the next two league games were both atthe venerable St. James Park against second bottom Wigan Athletic and fourth bottom Burton Albion. But two winswere by nomeans a certainty after we had somehow managed to lose five league [.

Poll – Who Was Newcastle’s Man Of The Match Against Burton?

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We got two wins at home against Wigan and Burton Albion and that's what we all wanted and needed.

Fans Reflect On A Bizarre Night But Another Great Win

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Newcastle fans are reacting this morning to another Newcastle win this time 1-0 against Burton Albion so it'sthe perfect result for Benitez a win and a clean sheet. But it wasn't perfect refereeing and the Newcastle winhas been completely overshadowed in the national press by a terrible mistake by referee Keith Stroud.

A Cursory Look At Newcastle’s Financials Through Last June

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The results of the last financial year though June 30th last year have just been released and that was our last season in the Premier League getting the big bucks because of the TV rights revenues. The Newcastle revenue is £4.1M less than the year before and the profits after tax were £4.6M in [...

Lee Charnley Explains The Huge Financial Cost Of Relegation

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The financial results have just been released for the 2015-2016 financial year for Newcastle United, which is the year before this one so we were still in the Premier League. But Lee Charnley has taken the opportunity to prepare fans for the huge drop in revenues we will get in this current financial year [.

The Newcastle Team Against Burton

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I will be out for the rest of today since I am having surgery, but let's hope the lads can give us another win tonight that would beperfect! This article will have to suffice as the "teams" article I usually putout once the teams are announced about an hour before each game. We need [...]

Magpies Now Chasing Seagulls – Pressure On Newcastle

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BothBrighton and Reading won their home games 3-1 last night with Brighton beating Birmingham and Reading beating Blackburn Rovers. Brighton have now gone 2 points ahead of Newcastlewith 83 points from their 40 games played, with Newcastle playing tonight at home to Burton Albion. Huddersfield play Norwich at home in the only two Championship [.

Burton Manager Nigel Clough Likely Playing Mind Games

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The talented Burton manager Nigel Clough seemed to be playing mind game yesterday as he bemoaned his players who are injured and even hinted the Brewers could play a weakened side tonight at St. James' Park against the Magpies. We're sure the Burton have injuries, but our players shouldn't take any notice of what Nigel [.

This Is An Amazing Claim Made By Rafa Benitez

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There are not many world-class managers who would have stayed at Newcastle last May after we had been relegated, but the very fact that Rafa Benitez stayed showed us that he is the right man to lead Newcastle back to the big time. Not everybody realizes just how much Rafa has put his career on [...]

Rafa Benitez Tells Some Home Truths

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Rafa is right to say today in the local press that Newcastle United have not received the credit we deserve, given that we have been top of the league a lot this season and as far as the stats go we have been dominant. It's not just because we are a big club that we've [...]

One Year On From This Disaster And Lots Has Changed

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In Rafa's first four games in charge he didn't do well as Newcastle manager and lost three and drew only one a 1-1 at home to Sunderland to end a six game losing streak against the Black Cats. The final defeat of last season was in Rafa's 4th game in charge that terrible [...]

Predicted Newcastle Team To Beat Burton Albion

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Both DeAndre Yedlin and Ciaran Clark are not available to face Burton Albion tomorrow night, but maybe at least one of them is fit to play at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon. Rafa has most of his other players available and will be playing another strong side to try to get another valuable 3 points [.

Can Newcastle Get Another Valuable 3 Points Against Burton?

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Tomorrow night is our 7th last game of the season against Burton and we made a great start to the remaining eight game mini-season on Saturday by beating Wigan 2-1 at home. Rafa pointed out a number of things that could be improved onthat performance, so hopefully against Burton Albion tomorrow night we can get [.

Newcastle Can Attract This Great Transfer Target This Summer

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We watched the Swansea vs Middlesbrough game over the weekend and it was another 0-0 draw. The Teesside club doesn't let many goals in but they also don't score many goals and they look destined to be relegated (with Sunderland) unless they can score some goals and get some wins. Newcastle transfer target Gylfi Sigurdsson [.

Newcastle Reported After This 25 Year-Old French Full-Back

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France Football have a report out that Newcastle and Rafa Benitez are interested in signing 25 year-old French full-back Kevin Malcuit in the summer and the 6ft tall player currently plays for St. Etienne. Malcuit was born in Châtenay-Malabry, a suburb of Paris and he moved to his current club from Chamois Niortaisare in the [.

Yet Another Injury Blow For Newcastle Player

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24 year-old Curtis Good has been at Newcastle now for five years after signing for us for £400K from Melbourne Heart in the summer of 2012. Unfortunately Curtis has been injured a lot of the time he's been on Tyneside, but when he does play he's a good player, but his development has simply been [..

We Have Been Warned – Wayward Pundit Predicts Newcastle Win

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If pundits were supposed to get results wrong then David Prutton of Sky Sports would be one of the very best in the business at least where Newcastle United are concerned. David never seems to get his predictions right for the Magpies we were supposed to lose to both Brighton and Huddersfield, but [.

How Standards Have Improved Dramatically With Rafa In Charge

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News today that Dan Barlaser has been offered to top Turkish clubBesiktas by his agents and that's according to reports coming out of Turkey which are not always accurate. But since Dan is one of our top youngsters at Newcastle it would come as a bit of a surprise if Rafa Benitez is willing [...]

Interesting Comments From Rafa’s Press Confernce

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Rafa Benitez has just given his press conference for the tough and vital game against Burton Albion tomorrow night at St. James' Park. Rafa Benitez just completed his press conference Hereare some of the initial comments Rafa made about the game tomorrow night where a win would take us 3 points closer to automatic [.

Newcastle Star Simply A Fabulous Signing By Rafa

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Matt Ritchie was very pleased to come to Newcastle last summer even though he had to take a step down in the leagues to join second division Newcastle United. Mat has now scored 14 goals for us and has certainly been one of our best players and the Gosport-born player was again our Man of [...]

Here’s Some Good News From Rafa For Newcastle Fans

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Newcastle fans will have noticed it Dwight Gayle is starting to score goals for us again and he scored a nice one on Saturday against Wigan to put us ahead in that game and even before that was close with another good attempt. When players return from injury it does take a number [...]

Tipping Point To Promotion Very Close For Newcastle Now

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There comes a time in any promotion race whenthe players begin to slowly but surely realize they have almost done it and got that vaunted promotion. Of course there will be no celebrations at Newcastle by Rafa Benitez or anybody else associated with Newcastle United until we are mathematically promoted.

Benitez Continues Turning Newcastle Into Winners

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Rafa Benitez has talked after the 2-1 win at home to Wigan on Saturday afternoon (phew!) about his players and that they are not used to winning games. That's very true, because last season with the woeful Steve McClaren in charge for 28 of the 38 Premier League games, we won only 9 games [...]

Taking The Pulse Of Newcastle Fans On Twitter

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Here are some tweets from Newcastle fans today on what's on their minds, before we play yet another vital league game on Wednesday night at home to a good Burton Albion side. And here's our Man of the Match on Saturday after scoring that great winning goal for us. Matt Ritchie celebrates scoring winning goal [.

Rafa Identifies Areas Of Improvement For Newcastle

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Rafa Benitez knows that Newcastle are maybe just four wins away from promotion, but he's the last person who will want to relaxand take the foot off the accelerator. What Rafa wants to do is maybe give the lads that extra bit of confidence, because they are getting close to achievinga very difficult job this [.

Opposition View – Newcastle United Are A Massive Club

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With their famous win at Huddersfield on Saturday Burton Albion have move up to 19th (6th bottom) place in the league table and 4 points above safety and very a good chance of staying in the Championship for next season, which would be great for the club and their fans. Albion have a very good [...]

Newcastle 2 Wigan 1 – Video Highlights For Overseas Fans

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Here's the official video highlights of yesterday's game, which seems to play for overseas fans. It was a great win yesterday and we must get another 3 points on Wednesday night against Burton. The Brewers beat Huddersfield 1-0 away yesterday, with Jackson Irvine scoring the winner a full six minutes into stoppage time.

Our Man Of The Match Could Yet Be Player Of The Season

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This year Matt Ritchie has hit a rich vein of form this year and it seemed to coincide with the injury to top goalscorer Dwight Gayle at Brentford. Matt scored again yesterday and he should have also been awarded a penalty in the second half which would have killed the game off. Matt is once [...]

Newcastle Want Arsenal England International This Summer

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There's news in the Mirror today that if Newcastle are promoted we have Arsenal's Calum Chambers as a transfer target this summer. Calum was brought up though the famous Southampton Youth Academy and he has played 59 times with 3 goals for Arsenal before he was sent out on loan to Middlesbrough this season where [.

Rafa Sees Lots Of Room For Improvement After Crucial Win

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Newcastle did very well indeed yesterday in what was another difficult game as we managed to beat a very decent Wigan side 2-1 at home and it was not easy. But our players showed the guts and courageneeded to grind out these sort of wins, even if it wasn't too pretty for the fans. But [...]

This Could Well Be First Player Signed By Rafa This Summer

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We were first linked with Hull center-back Harry Maguire back in February and at that time the Sun reported that Newcastle were in the lead to sign the 24 year-old Hull City center-back. And today in the Chronicle there's another report we are interested in the 6ft 2ins central defender. Harry has been playing so [.

Newcastle Fans Remain So Upbeat The Morning After

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We love looking at the reactions of the Newcastle fans after we have won a game because everything is just great everythingperfect we have won a game what more could you ask for? Oh sorry I'm getting carried away (once) again don't tell Rafa I'll be in big trouble!

Newcastle Want To Sign Impressive 19 Year-Old This Summer

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The Sun is reporting today that Newcastle are interested in signing 19 year-old Blackpool midfielder Bright Osayi-Samuel in this summer's transfer window. League Two Blackpool want £1M for the Nigerian teenager who has played 35 times this season for the Tangerines with 5 goals and 3 assists. Osayi-Samuel plays in right midfield and he has [.

Wigan Manager – Newcastle Fantastic Place To Play Football

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Wigan's interim manager Graham Barrow was complimentary of Newcastle after the game but he still thought Wigan could have won the game with some luck on their side. Wigan didn't look like a relegation side and they still have a slight chance to avoid the drop although Burton had a great 1-0 win at Huddersfield [.

Rafa Benitez – It Was A Win – But We Will Improve

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It was not a classic game at St. James' Park this afternoon but our lads ground out their 25th win of the season by a score of 2-1 against Wigan Athletic. Wigan seem much improved from earlier in the season and they still have a fighting chance to survive in the Championship with seven games [...]

Delighted Newcastle Fans Take To Twitter After Vital Home Win

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It was exactly what we wanted another win even although it was tough, although the games are all tough at this stage of the season especially against those teams fighting relegation like Wigan. Ask Huddersfield who lost 1-0 at home today to Burton Albion and we play the Brewers on Wednesday night. Delighted [.

Newcastle 2 Wigan 1 – Video Of All 3 Goals

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Newcastle beat Wigan 2-1 at home, Brighton beat Blackburn 1-0 at home and Burton Albion beat Huddersfield away so wemanaged to gain 3 points on the 3rd placed side. We are now on 81 points after 39 games, one point ahead of Brighton and 10 points ahead of Huddersfield. Here are the three goals fromtoday.

Newcastle Get The Job Done 2-1 – Huddersfield Lose

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It wasn't necessarily a pretty sight this afternoon and Newcastle didn't play anywhere near their best form but it was a golden 3 points for Newcastle against second bottom Wigan,as Brighton beat Blackburn 1-0, but Huddersfield were surprisingly beaten 1-0 at home by Burton. It's interesting we play BurtonAlbion at home on Wednesday night [.

Diame, Gayle And Colback Start Against Wigan

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Rafa Benitez has just named his starting eleven for the game at St. James' Park this afternoon against Wigan Athletic a game we will be expected to win. TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up against Wigan Athletic this afternoon (kick-off 3pm BST). #NUFC pic.twitter.com/VZtmY1WYh5 — Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) April 1, [.

Newcastle Favorites To Sign Current England Striker

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Leicester City may well tryto sell their England striker Jamie Vardy in the summer, with reports that the Leicester hierarchy are not happy with his form this season he has only scored 10goals in 36 total appearances. He got a new contractat the Foxes last summer after scoring 24 goals in 36 Premier League [.

Two More Players Almost Fit For Run-In To Season

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Rafa Benitez gave some good news in his press conference yesterday and with the local journalists afterwards he went into more detail on the injuries of various individuals. Midfielder Isaac Hayden is back in the squad after his ankle surgery and we would expect him to start the game today against Wigan alongside Jonjo Shelvey [.

Rafa Talks About Newcastle’s Poor Home Record

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The strange thing about this season or at least one of them is that our home form has not been as good as our away form which is the polar opposite of what happened last term. We have managed to drop points to teams like Wolves, Blackburn, QPR and Bristol City at [...]

Winger Closing In On Surprise Return For Newcastle

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Rolando Aarons is training with the first team squad and has been for a few weeks now and that's after he's been out only a little four months with his serious anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. It usually takes a lot more time than that to recover from one of the worst injuries you can [...]

Rafa – Newcastle At Home Very Like Real Madrid

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It's a little bit of a mystery why we haven't done as well at home this season as we have away from home and the conventional wisdom is that the teams visiting Newcastle often park a couple of (very large) buses in the penalty area and make it difficult for us to score. But [...]