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Mourinho And Benitez Have Had Their Spats In The Past – It’s Over

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We had wondered what Jose Mourinho would say about Rafa Benitez in his press conference for the game on Saturday because they have had spats in the past. One of them was [...]

Newcastle’s Task At Old Trafford Is Very Tough – But Not Impossible – Here’s Why

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ManchesterUnited have some injury concerns for the game against Newcastle on Saturday and do we. Mikel Merino, Paul Dummett, and ChristianAtsuwill not make the game, and captain Jamaal Lascelles is extremely doubtful. [...]

Newcastle Star Issues Rallying Cry – We Have To Keep A Level Head And Improve In Every Game

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Matt Ritchie is an excellent example of a player Rafa Benitez loves to train. He is talented, disciplined and has a yearning to become a much better player at Newcastle. Matt's also [...]

Why Jonjo Shelvey Still Has To Prove Himself This Season

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Jonjo Shelvey did not make a good start to the season when he was sent of early in the second half of our very first game at home to Spurs. At the [...]

Rafa Tells Mitrovic What He Must Do To Play For First Team

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Rafa Benitez is again very straight when he was asked by the local press what Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic had to do to add to his three appearances (2 goals) this season. [...]

Don’t Accuse This Player Of Not Working Hard – Even Though He Doesn’t Play

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Henri Saivet came back from a poor season-long loan at Saint Etienne in the summer and Newcastle tried to sell him or at least send him out on loan this summer [...]

A Confident Rafa And His Influential Words Of Encouragement To His Young Players

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Newcastle fans wanted a win in our last game at home to second-bottom Bournemouth to get the points on the board. And that's because by the end of this year we will [...]

Rafa Identifies New Transfer Target For January

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Rafa Benitez still seems determined to bring in another goalkeeper to Newcastle, and he could even do that in January. The latest news from Spain and outlet El Gol Digital is that [...]

Former Striker Andy Cole Gives His Opinion On Newcastle And Benitez

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Andy Cole was a phenomenal striker for Newcastle United but was at the club only two years from February 1993 through January 1995 when he moved to Manchester United and had a [...]

Rafa Stays Calm But Positive – Clarifies Newcastle Now “In A Really Good Position”

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Rafa Benitez seems to have got over the two close defeats which were very disappointing against teams we thought we could beat. But we are still well positionedin the league table in [...]

Rafa On Why He Had To Start Gayle – Mitrovic To Be Sold In January?

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Dwight Gayle scored 23 goals for us last season in the Championship, and he is one reason we were immediately promoted back to the Premier League. Dwight had never done too well [...]

A Stern Rafa Benitez Sick Of Mistakes Newcastle Continue to Make

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Rafa Benitez as we all know was not happy with Newcastle's second-half performance on Saturday at home to Bournemouth. We had created some good chances in the first half, but the score [...]

Rafa Benitez Sums Up Second Successive Defeat

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Newcastle lost their second successive league game at home to Bournemouth yesterday when Steve Cook headed in the winner two minutes into added time. That was our second home defeat this season [...]

Benitez – We’ll Try To Do Our Best – But Here’s Why Bournemouth Will Be Very Difficult

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Newcastle have a decent record at home this season, and we have amassed 10 of our 14 points at St. James' Park. It will be another sell-out crowd of over 52,000 today [...]

Rafa Responds To Negative Criticism – Explains Strengths Of Newcastle Side

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Rafa Benitez is very pragmatic, and he wants to win every single game that Newcastle play and his match plan always reflects that goal. But in the last two games, Newcastle have [...]

Rafa Benitez – This Cost Newcastle The Game At Burnley

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In truth, it was a very poor game to watch last night, and the Newcastle performance was dull at best. Yet even though the side turned in a poor performance the defeat [...]

Benitez Explains Just How Newcastle Need To Play – Because We Don’t Have Big Stars

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Rafa Benitez has talked at length in the local papers about one particular player, Ayoze Perez, who did not play well against Crystal Palace last time out in the close 1-0 win. [...]

Shelvey Reveals How “One Of The Greatest Managers Of This Current Era” Works With Players

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Jonjo Shelvey did not make a good start to the season, and his lack of control on the field cost us points against Tottenham in our very first game. But we know [...]

Rafa Hints At An Effective Game Plan For Result At Turf Moor

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If Newcastle can beat Burnley on Monday night at Turf Moor, we will go up into 6th place in the Premier League with 17 points from our first 10 games which will [...]

Rafa Comments On The Skills Of English Managers

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We were surprisedwhen Gareth Southgate was given the Englandjob because he's done nothing in club management to suggest he's good enough to manage England successfully. We hope we are wrong, but he [...]

Burnley Manager Has His Say On Rafa Benitez And Newcastle Players

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It's going to be a very tough game on Monday night at Turf Moor even though Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson for the first time this season is taking Newcastle to actually [...]

This Talented Youngster Is Improving At Newcastle – He Will Get His Chance

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The one player of the six players who werebrought in over the summer and who is not getting too much playing time at Newcastle is 22-year-oldwinger Jacob Murphy. Jacob hasmade 5 appearances [...]

Rafa Benitez – I Value Newcastle And Liverpool Clubs Most In My Career

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Rafa Benitez has given a long interview in the Madrid publication Marca today and he has been asked many questions. We all know Rafa did a fabulous job at Liverpool where he [...]

Benitez Gives Interesting Answer To Potential Liverpool And Spanish National Jobs

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Rafa Benitez has said recently he still thinks he has about 15 years left in management which would take him to 72 years of age. Roy Hodgson is still managing at 70 [...]

This Could Be Merino’s Best Position At Newcastle – Worth A Try

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Even when Mikel Merino doesn't start for Newcastle, he still manages to have an impact on the game. He did exactly that yesterday, and after coming on early in the second half [...]

Rafa – Newcastle Not Reaching Their Potential – We Can Become A Top Side In England

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Rafa Benitez did his very best yesterday in the lead up to the game against Crystal Palace today not to talk too much of Newcastle's possible sale before the end of the [...]

Team Spirit And Guts Now A Massive Advantage For Benitez’ Newcastle Side

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Newcastle do not have many real top stars in the team this season, but it looks we will be able to give anybody a game. We have seen the team steadily improve [...]

Rafa Has Important Message For His Players – And For Fans Too

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Rafa Benitez is trying to keep his players concentrating on the game at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon. After getting a good point on Sunday at Southampton, we would do [...]

Rafa Benitez – A Great Game – A Good Performance

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After a workmanlike and organized performance from Newcastle in the first half yesterday, when we took a 1-0 lead at halftime due to a terrific goal from Isaac Hayden, the game ar [...]

Everton Want What Newcastle Have Got – Manager Rafa Benitez

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Since a year last summer when Ronald Koeman joined Everton as manager the Toffees have been big spenders in the transfer market. Last season they finished in a very respectable 7th place [...]

Rafa – There Has Been Lots Of Good News For The Club

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Rafa Benitez was upbeat at his press conference and interviews yesterday afternoon. One very positive thing was that Mikel Merino signed a new five year permanent deal for the club after playing [...]

Benitez – Things Are Positive – The Altercation Was Not A Crisis

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Rafa Benitez believes that the training altercationbetween captain Jamaal Lascelles and Mo Diame has brought the team more together. And that's becauseof the way the two of them reacted after the fight [...]

Carragher – Liverpool Need To Be More Like Benitez Teams

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Liverpool donot have a gooddefense and are guilty too many times of letting in goals that could be avoided. One of those wasin our 1-1 draw at St. James' Park when one [...]

Newcastle’s New Signing On Why Rafa Benitez Is The Perfect Manager

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It's not a secret that our new signing Joselu was a big admirer of Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez before he joined the club. And it'sclear that Rafa is trying to improvethe former [...]

New Signing Can Improve Dramatically – If He Can Start Doing This

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Joselu was signed from Stoke City for £5M in August, and he has shown himself to be a good technical player who can lead the line (very) well. In 6 total appearances [...]

Forward Given New Role By Rafa – Important For The Newcastle Side

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Ayoze Perez has been playing a bit of a different role so far this season as a number 10, and the Spanish U21 International has put in some tough shifts and working [...]

Rafa Benitez – Happy At Newcastle With What He Has

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Rafa Benitez sees his job as to improve the team as the season progresses and to improveevery single player in his squad that's the simple way Rafa looks at things. And [...]

What It Takes To Become The Newcastle Captain Under Rafa Benitez

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23-year-old Newcastle captain had a good season last term when he made the Championship Team of the Year. But he didn't come in for some criticism from the fans when he had [...]

Rafa Benitez On The Type Of Player He Loves To Coach – What It Takes To Be Successful

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Rafa Benitez has talked today about what it takes for a player to succeed in football and especially in the Premier League. The player has to want to become a better player, [...]

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Too Many Of The Old Criticisms Still Exist Around Rafa Benitez

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Since Rafa has arrived at Newcastleoneof the surprises we have had is how warm a character he is. We had heard all the reportsfrom players like Steven Gerrard that he never told [...]