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Post by Kick on Thu May 26, 2016 4:54 am

So who is staying and who is going? hmm

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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce on Thu May 26, 2016 9:51 am

We don't know hmm

I imagine Sissoko and Wijnaldum definitely are but quite frankly I couldn't care less lol.

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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce on Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:44 pm

Season ticket sales at Newcastle United have soared past last season's total - with the first league game at St. James' Park still a full month away.

Despite relegation to the Sky Bet Championship, more than 33,000 supporters have already renewed or purchased a season ticket.


Rafa Molenation :bow:



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Post by Firenze on Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:46 pm

leaving out crucial details IMO

how much less does a season ticket cost this season compared to last?
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Re: Official: Rafa Benítez to newcastle

Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce on Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:51 pm

Let's not get into technicalities.

But seriously there was a 10 percent decrease, but money wasn't the reason people stopped going. There were disillusioned with the direction of the club.

Under Rafa they see a bright future and thus want to go again, could have been a 50% decrease and they wouldn't have gone if we had some random scrub manager.

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Post by Don't call me James on Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:39 pm

In spite of whatever you want to think, relegation was a good thing for Newcastle in the long run. Look at the last time they were promoted. Took them literally 1 season before they were competing for CL again. Relegation washes a lot of the dirt away from the club. Much of the negative shit surrounding the club disappears and having a winning season in a lower league and getting promoted again brings a winning mentality back to the club which is key in pushing for success after promotion.

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Re: Official: Rafa Benítez to newcastle

Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce on Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:46 pm

It already has tbh Laughing

I don't think Rafa sleeps tbh because the amount of changes he's made already is not human.

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Re: Official: Rafa Benítez to newcastle

Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce on Sun Jul 31, 2016 12:35 pm


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2016/07/31/viva-la-rafalucion-how-rafa-benitez-changed-it-all-around-at-new/?

Viva La Rafalucion! How Rafa Benitez changed it all around at Newcastle


Persuading Mike Ashley Newcastle United is a football club not a business

Newcastle had been masquerading as a football club for far too long. The famous black and white stripes, the players, the supporters, had become subjects of Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct Empire.

Having stubbornly refused to release the club from his clamp of self-interest, ignoring the intermittent protests against him, Ashley changed as soon as Rafa Benitez arrive. If the Spaniard has cast a spell on the city, he has also hypnotised an owner who had spent years damaging the club, hurting and alienating supporters with every mistake, insult and false promise.

The club had lost its soul. It was about balance sheets, profit margins, a stepping stone stop for players looking to join a big club and free advertising for a sport shop selling cheap goods with all the panache of a church hall jumble sale.

No matter how many times Ashley was told his lack of ambition was strangling the hopes and dreams of the supporters, no matter how many times people complained that the club had become infatuated by profit margins at the expense of a successful football team, he refused to change course.

Benitez, though, has done something very few have managed - in business or in football - he persuaded Ashley things needed to be different.

Ashley has given Benitez more power than any of the eight managers he has worked with before at St James’ Park. He believes he has found someone special and the order from him has been ‘whatever Rafa wants, Rafa gets.’

He may still, strictly speaking, be an employee, but It is Benitez who runs Newcastle United now. Not Ashley, not managing director Lee Charnley, or the players who have so often worked to their own agenda, rather than the team. It is a club run by a football man not an accountant; an independent, talented and ambitious manager, rather than a bean counter completely reliant on Ashley’s patronage.


Altering perceptions, restoring hope

Even after relegation, Benitez has given supporters something they have lacked for more than a decade – hope. There is a belief, an expectancy, that better days lie ahead and it is all because there is so much love and admiration for him.

For the first time in years, Newcastle have a top class manager, not someone grateful to have the job like Joe Kinnear, Chris Hughton, Alan Pardew, John Carver or Steve McClaren. There a sense of anticipation this summer that has been lacking in so many previous pre-seasons.

Nobody expected the former manager of Real Madrid, Chelsea, Liverpool and Inter Milan to hang around after the club crashed into the Championship, but the Spaniard found it impossible to walk away because the passion of the supporters tugged on his heartstrings. He recognised this job is about more than just a football team. It’s about an entire city and its people.

It has unleashed something on Tyneside, a tribalism, an excitement, a confidence not seen since Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson sat in the dugout. It is has stirred up emotions and made supporters proud to support their club again - even one in the Championship.

Few top flight clubs can boast 33,000 season ticket holders, but it is unheard of in the Championship. Newcastle sold more season tickets this summer than they did 12 months ago. There is a unity in purpose and goals, in the boardroom and in the stands. It arguably makes Newcastle more powerful than they have been at any time during the Ashley years.


Ripping up the recruitment model

Even when money was belatedly invested in the team last season – a net spend of more than £80m – it could not repair the damage inflicted by years of neglect. Newcastle continued to sign individuals, aged 25 or under, focusing far too much attention on foreign imports and their potential resale value, rather than building a balance team with strength in depth in every area.

The money was spent badly by a transfer committee rather than a manager, and it re-enforced the view that those who were in charge were either unqualified to do the job or incapable because of the constraints imposed by the owner.

Benitez, though, has been given “full responsibility for the football operation” at Newcastle. He does not just identify the players he wants to sign, he also decides who can leave. As a result, more British players have arrived this summer than in any previous window under Ashley. Scotland internationals Matt Ritchie and Grant Hanley (at a combined cost of almost £20m), as well as former Arsenal midfielder Isaac Hayden and Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle.

But when the manager wanted experience, he also brought in the 31-year-old former Atletico Madrid full-back Jesus Gamez, the first player over the age of 28 signed by the Magpies since 2009.

With chief scout Graham Carr sidelined, Benitez’s control is not limited to transfer policy and scouting. He has also taken a keen interest in the Academy, altering the way young players are developed. He has held coaching seminars for all the coaching staff, he has also introduced a cup competition for local school children. At every turn, he has encouraged the club to engage with fans and to become a focal point in the city through its charitable arm, the Newcastle Foundation. There has been more positive PR for the club this summer than in the seven previous years combined.

From top to bottom, Benitez’s influence has been felt and even though the cost was a concern, the club has also finally begun its persistently postponed training ground redevelopment because Benitez wanted it.


Gambling on instant promotion

Newcastle are so confident they have got the right manager, they have decided to take a high stakes gamble on Benitez ensuring they make an instant return to the Premier League. Rather than cut costs, as most teams do after relegation, Newcastle made enough money last season to cushion the financial fallout from relegation.

As a result, they are working under the proviso they are a Premier League club in all but name and continue to operate with a Premier League budget, even though they missed out on the riches of the new television deal.

There have not been massive job cuts behind the scenes, players have not been sold to get them off the wage bill and they have, so far, spent more this summer on new, players than some top flight clubs. And at least four more signings are planned before the close of the transfer window.

Should Newcastle fail to win promotion next May, they could be in terrible financial trouble, but Benitez only took the job because they were willing to let him roll the dice for them. It all helps to give the impression that Newcastle are striving to be far more than they have been before under Ashley.

Even in the Football League, this feels like the start of something rather than just trying to repair the damage of old. If Keegan could get Newcastle promoted from the old Second Division and almost win the title, then Newcastle supporters, almost two decades later, are daring themselves to dream that Benitez can do the same.

Rafa :bow:

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Re: Official: Rafa Benítez to newcastle

Post by donttreadonred on Sun Jul 31, 2016 1:03 pm


You couldn't have gotten a better manager. The fact  that a CL winner has decided to stay with a relegated club (no slight intended, just stating the situation), should speak volumes to the man's character. Moreover, he's an incredible tactician. If allowed to get the required tools (which it seems that Ashley may finally be allowing a manager to do) and left alone to work with them, he will lead you back to the PL this season. I have no doubts of that. The only question is what can Rafa do with Newcastle once they're back...

Just curious, Mole... How do you expect the side to lineup this season? I'm curious as to what you expect , specifically what you expect of Aarons, Lascelles, and Hayden this season.

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Re: Official: Rafa Benítez to newcastle

Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce on Sun Jul 31, 2016 2:16 pm

Aarons looks great whenever he plays but the problem is he constantly gets injured, if he can stay injury free he'll have a big season imo.

Lascelles has been amazing since Rafa came in, other than Rafa himself one of the biggest reasons we had one of the best defensive records in the PL from when Rafa arrived to end the season.

If we get promoted he'll be in the England squad within a few months of promotion, he's that good.

As for Hayden I haven't really seen anything but most of the fans seem to really like him so far. As for how we will line up because we apparently want another 4 players ( winger, creative CM, striker and left back)  it's hard to determine so assuming we get those players.

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Anita Mbemba Lascelles Dummett/new LB
Hayden New CM/Shelvey
New RW Perez Aarons/Ritchie
Gayle

Mitrovic might come back in, but he's suspended for 4 games so Gayle has a chance to lock that down.

Also RB spot is a question mark because we have Anita, Gamez and Janmaat but I put Anita there because Rafa loves him.

On the flip side it's possible Anita plays in midfield and somebody drops out because of Rafa's love for him lol, he's constantly gushing about how intelligent he is.

We'll know more once the players come in that Rafa wants because as of right now there's a few spots that concern him, mainly winger and CM because he feels both positions are imbalanced atm.

I happen to agree with him tbh, but we'll see once it happens.

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Re: Official: Rafa Benítez to newcastle

Post by RealGunner on Sun Jul 31, 2016 2:23 pm

Hayden was always a decent talent and we once hoped he would be the answer to our DM problems. He will do well till at least you are in the Pl

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Re: Official: Rafa Benítez to newcastle

Post by messixaviesta on Sun Jul 31, 2016 6:12 pm

@donttreadonred wrote:The fact  that a CL winner has decided to stay with a relegated club

Some may not be aware of this but there's another UCL winning manager managing a relegated club - Roberto Di Matteo at Aston Villa.
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Post by RealGunner on Sun Jul 31, 2016 6:34 pm

Yes but Di Matteo is a fraud winner tbf to him. Bit like Enrique at Barca



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Re: Official: Rafa Benítez to newcastle

Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce on Sat Oct 22, 2016 5:06 pm

Thank you for making me happy to see us win again and look forward to each and every game again.

Legend already tbh.

30 goals scored already, more than McClaren's entire tenure rofl

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Re: Official: Rafa Benítez to newcastle

Post by RealGunner on Sat Oct 22, 2016 5:08 pm

Would expect nothing less either. Hopefully he wins the championship rather than 2nd or playoff promotion
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Re: Official: Rafa Benítez to newcastle

Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce on Sat Oct 22, 2016 5:09 pm

We are running away with it with a record points total imo.

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Re: Official: Rafa Benítez to newcastle

Post by Don't call me James on Sun Oct 23, 2016 12:14 am

I literally did not expect anything other than this. Total domination.

The relegation was a blessing in disguise. Rafa getting full control was the best thing that could happen to Newcastle given where they had fallen in the last few years.

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Post by iftikhar on Sun Oct 23, 2016 3:45 pm

Is Newcastle in the EFL still???
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Re: Official: Rafa Benítez to newcastle

Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce on Sun Oct 23, 2016 3:47 pm

You mean the cup ? hmm

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Re: Official: Rafa Benítez to newcastle

Post by iftikhar on Sun Oct 23, 2016 3:55 pm

@Great Leader Sprucenuce wrote:You mean the cup ? hmm
Yeah :coffee:
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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce on Sun Oct 23, 2016 3:56 pm

Yeah we have Preston at home on Tuesday hmm

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Post by iftikhar on Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:12 pm

@Great Leader Sprucenuce wrote:Yeah we have Preston at home on Tuesday hmm
You should be in the QF and given Rafa's record in cups, you may dream a double drunken .
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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce on Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:22 pm

Laughing

Hope so, if that happened we'd be liable to build Rafa a statue next to Sir Bobby outside the stadium tbh.

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Re: Official: Rafa Benítez to newcastle

Post by Don't call me James on Sun Oct 23, 2016 8:29 pm

I'm hoping for Liverpool-Newcastle final.

Even if we lose that I wouldn't be too disappointed.








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Post by iftikhar on Mon Oct 24, 2016 5:16 am

@Don't call me James wrote:I'm hoping for Liverpool-Newcastle final.

Even if we lose that I wouldn't be too disappointed.







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Re: Official: Rafa Benítez to newcastle

Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce on Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:12 am

So Rafa might be off in the summer unless they prove to him they will actually back him as they lied to him during the January window. (ala Keegan)

I can hardly blame him if he does either, Ashley is such a major *bleep* then even with Rafa as manager it's still destined to be shit forever with this *bleep*.

Me now....


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