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Can Rafa Benitez Put Up With Mike Ashley For Much Longer?

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When Newcastle signed Rafa Benitez on March 11th two years ago, we somehow managed to persuade a world-class manager to join a club owned by Mike Ashley. And fans were saying at [...]

Rafa Continues To Transform Newcastle Into A Well Run Club

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If Rafa Benitez has intentions of leaving Newcastle in the summer, you would never know it. Rafa is going about the business of how to ensure Newcastle are a Premier League come [...]

Rafa Issues Another Important Message To Fans For The Important Run-In

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When Rafa Benitez arrived almost two years ago he called for the fans and the players not to panic. His mantra was let's stay calm and get the work done. And that [...]

Rafa Benitez – This Is What The Newcastle Team Is This Season

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The performance on Sunday has to give Newcastle fans some hope that we can avoid the drop this season. It was a totally unexpected win against a team who are second top [...]

Rafa Explains Why Warm Weather Breaks Are Not For Him – Gives Solid Reasons

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Rafa Benitez has decided at this time that Newcastle will not go away to get some warm-weather training in sunnier and warmer climes. Rafa loves nothing but to be on the training [...]

Rafa Praises Defender He Can Trust – Gives Him New Bumper Deal

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News today that local lad Paul Dummett has been given a new four-year contract at his hometown club, with his current deal running out at the end of June. In the past, [...]

There Can Be No Let Up By Magpies After That Performance

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We are still trying to figure out how Rafa Benitez got that performance out of Newcastle in the 1-0 win against Manchester United. Every single player was committed and played with passion [...]

Can This Player Now Become A Top Star At Newcastle – With Rafa’s Guidance?

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Jonjo Shelvey played the best game we have ever seen him play for Newcastle on Sunday. Not only because of the way he can pass the ball and find players but in [...]

Alan Shearer Points Out What’s Needed For Newcastle To Survive

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Alan Shearer got carried away after the fantastic 1-0 home win over Manchester United on Sunday just like the rest of us. But he has now written about Newcastle's Achilles heel [...]

Pundit Now Backs Newcastle To Stay Up – It’s All About Belief

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That win on Sunday against Manchester United at least convinced us that Rafa can get a win out of seemingly nothing. Rafa has ample self-confidence in himself and so much experience; he [...]

Martin Dubravka On His Newcastle Debut And What Is Now Needed

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Benitez was criticized at Liverpool when he didn't let the players know the team until on the day of the match. He does the same thing at Newcastle, and he didn't let [...]

This Is The Result Newcastle Fans Expect Today

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ManchesterUnited manager Jose Mourinho hasn't won a leaguegame ever at Newcastle. But if that changes we will be in the bottom three if Huddersfieldbeat Bournemouthat home today. That would take both promoted [...]

Two Of Three Loan Signings Already Want To Join Newcastle Permanently

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Islam Slimanitalked to the media at Benton yesterday is hoping to pass a fitness test today so he can make his debut against ManchesterUnited tomorrow afternoon. The 29-year-old Algerian decided to come [...]

Rafa – New Signing Is Quite Clever – He’s Already Made A Difference

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Karl Darlow has started the last seven Premier League games, but he seemed out of sorts towards the end of the game against Crystal Palace last Sunday, after he had made some [...]

Listen To This Podcast With Rafa And Times’ Reporters

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Here's a 70 minute discussion with Rafa and three Times' reporters George Caulkin and Oliver Kay hosted by Alyson Rudd. It's definitely worth a listen. One pearl Rafa was asked [...]

Rafa Benitez Pushing This Player To Greater Heights

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Mo Diame has been in terrific form for Newcastle over the last couple of months, and he is playing his best football ever at Newcastle. The 30-year-old says he has been training [...]

Report – Rafa Benitez Is Not Happy At Newcastle

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Well respectedjournalist Keith Downie has revealed today that Rafa Benitez is not happyat Newcastle. And that's especially with Mike Ashley who seems to make everything very difficult at Newcastle for his [...]

Rafa Talks Glowingly About Newcastle’s Future – As Though He’ll Be Manager Long Term

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If Newcastle can secure our Premier League status for another season then we should be a lot better off come next season. A major reason for that is that Rafa will have [...]

Rafa Showing All His Savvy And Experience To Bring Along This Young Player

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In the two games Kenedy has played for Newcastle, he looks a terrific young rising star and has played very well in both games. He seems perfect for Newcastle, but Rafa Benitez [...]

Rafa – A Man In Demand – But It’s Hardly Surprising – West Ham Want Him

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The Telegraph today is reporting that West Ham couldwant Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez to replace David Moyes in the summer. The Hammers only signed Moyes on a six-month deal last year so [...]

Rafa Happy Enough With The Draw – But Bemoans Soft Penalty

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Rafa though Newcastle should have been more than 1-0 ahead at the break and we suppose it was another case of missed chances. Crystal Palace got a soft penalty, and Rafa thought [...]

The Dream – Rafa Could Be At Newcastle For Another 13 Years

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57-year-old Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez will try to get us a win at Crystal Palace today as we are now level on points with 3rd bottom club Stoke City after yesterday's games. [...]

Benitez – You Never Know What Will Happen With Loan Players

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Of the three loan moves Newcastle made last month, only one player came with an option to buy, and that was Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, and we can buy him for [...]

Rafa Gives The Points Total He Thinks Will Guarantee Newcastle Safety

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Before today's games, Newcastle arein 14th place and two points behind Palace who are oneplace above us; we are also just one point above the drop zone in the Premier League table. [...]

Rafa And Recruitment Team Already Planning A Big Summer Transfer Window

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With the six players leaving on loan on Wednesday all but one of them goalkeeper Freddie Woodman don't seem to have a future at Newcastle. And it looks like [...]

Rafa – Forget Excuses – Everybody Has To Give Their Very Best

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RafaBenitez has never been one to look for excuses, and since he's been at Newcastle, he does an excellent job after every game of analyzing what happened. He points out the good [...]

Rafa – I Love The City, Fans, Everything About Newcastle – Really Pleased To Be Here

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Rafa has given an interview with the local press today and he says he has told owner Mike Ashley what he thinks about a contract extension, and he says Mike now knows [...]

Rafa Motivated By The Challenge At Newcastle And Coaching “Lesser” Players

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We have already taken two excerpts from Rafa's extended interview last week with France Football. The outlet was intrigued why Rafa had chosen Newcastle United and not a more prosperous and more [...]

The AshleyOut Group Issue Excellent Statement – Why Ashley Must Go

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The AshleyOut group have sent a statement to the Chronicleabout the failed takeover attemptby Ms. Amanda Staveley. It'son behalfof the (very) long-suffering fans and why Ashley's time must be upatNewcastle if we [...]

Newcastle’s Appalling Record Since Finishing 5th In 2012

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If Newcastle fans feel this seasonis like dejavu all over again then they are right. When we look back on the Mike Ashley years at Newcastle, we have had just one good [...]

Benitez Determined Team Keeps Improving During Second Half Of Season

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If Newcastle cannot strengthen the squad this month then fans will have to rely on the players we already have at the club to avoid relegation. That plus the experience and talent [...]

This Is The Extremely Weird Situation That Currently Exists At Newcastle

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With Newcastle's absent owner Mike Ashley now back from his long Christmas vacation there is news in the Chronicle that's not too surprising Rafa will seek to talk to Ashley about [...]

Newcastle 5th Top Of Festive Season Mini-League – What’s Possible Under Amanda Staveley

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Sky Sports have issued the table of the Premier League over the four vital Premier League games when Newcastle picked up two wins and a draw 7 valuable points. And it [...]

Rafa Benitez Talks About Freddie Woodman And His Current Situation

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Freddie Woodman was a little bit nervous at the start of his debut forNewcastle on Saturday against Luton Town. He delayed two clearances and was lucky to get away withthose mini-mistakes. But [...]

There’s No Way Back For Mike Ashley – Six More Wins And Takeover Is Inevitable

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Alan Shearer started the New Year by saying that he hopes the takeover happens and that's what all Newcastle fans are hoping and praying for. If that happens soon and with [...]

Rafa Benitez Opens Up About His Players

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Rafa explained his team selection after the game, and it's always tricky when you have 4 games in 9 days and two in the last three games. Players will be tired and [...]

Five Changes – Manquillo, Murphy, Shelvey, Perez, Diame All Start At Stoke City

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Rafa Benitez has just named his side to start at Stoke City this afternoon in a game between two sides fighting relegation this season. Newcastle are5th bottomof the league and Stoke are [...]

The Predicted Team To Start At Stoke City Today

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This is our fourthgame in the last nine days so someNewcastleplayers could be weary. In the last three games, we have taken 4 points, so that's not too bad, given our previous [...]

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Two Things Troubling Newcastle Fans Today – Rafa Leaving And Ashley Staying

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There are at least acouple of things troubling Newcastle fans this morning. One is that with Mike Ashley has never treated Rafa Benitez like the world-class manager. and the owner is making [...]

Alan Shearer So Disappointed – Newcastle Had Enough Chances To Win 3 Games

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Like most Newcastle fans, Alan Shearer was really disappointed with the 1-1 home draw against bottom of the league Swansea yesterday. It's what Alan had called a huge game for both teams [...]