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A good read on the Scweinsteiger to Newcastle story.

Still can't get my head around what they we're trying to do. Seriously Llambias and Wise flogging a key player to sign punts for almost the same amount of money. Thank God for JFK - might actually one of the most important figures in modern Newcastle....
Bloody Ritchie going down after someone stood on his ankle.

Especially with Kachunga's totally natural fall in the same game......
You cant turn a shite team into a class one in 8 months. We're doing well atm people just love to whinge

Hughton did a hell of a lot better with £50m less.......

And Clement, Silva, Allardyce, Advocaat, Di Canio, Poyet, Pardew, Shakespeare have all seemed to make at least some sort of impact a lot quicker....

btw Anita and Dummett were pathetic on saturday - both more at fault than Shelvey.

Nah Shelvey is absolute poison. Absolute waste of time. It's not about playing badly, it's about basically not trying.
Yesterday felt like Benitez in a nutshell.

It was a year since he took over (and lost) - The announcer played 'La Bamba' before kick off, while some cunt with a microphone instructed us to 'Make some noise for Rafa' - And the Chronicle / Newcastle seem to be making 'Until Rafa I was never happy' - a club slogan.

But y'know - predictable, negative tactics - an attacking trio offering zero threat going, forward, Colback picking up 4 men, ropey defending and punting long balls for a short striker to challenge for.

While the Chronicle and some fans do amazing mental gymnastics to absolve Benitez of any blame what so ever. Chronicle are praising Benitez for identifying that Tom Cairney was a good player. - If only we signed Cairney, Hogan, Snodgrass, Brady and McCarthy to prevent the possibility of a player we've ever been linked with having a good game against us.

Also Newcastle now seem to have organised fan groups set up to slate other fans. And blame fans for defeats. - I agree that the atmosphere is shite and has been for years - but back under Pardew - it was 'long suffering fans who had simply had enough of being 8th and had the patience of Saints for protesting finishing 8th in the league.' Under Benitez there traitors to the Rafaloution who shouldn't be allowed back.

Anyway we were murdered today - If we finish 3rd and Fulham take 6th - I genuinely believe Benitez would set them up in the exact same way with the exact same result in the playoffs.

Just rewatched the highlights - Shelvey culpable for all three goals - by literally letting his man go and not closing down. The absolute waste of space. Makes Moussa Sissoko look like Bert Trautmann.

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Shelvey really needs to fuck off. I've never seen a player so visibly not try.

In the second half, Newcastle players actually stopped passing to him. Noticed they all seemed to be blanking him after the match as well.

TM has completed his independent inquiry into the situation, and has found that all refereeing decisions that benefited Huddersfield were indeed correct. Where as all refereeing decisions that adversely affected Huddersfield were not correct.
Leicester players suddenly playing well after they got Ranieri sacked, funny that.

That being said this is a great result for us.

It's not exactly a rare occurrence.

Also if Man Utd pay £80m (or whatever) for Kane - he'll be absolutely box office regardless of if he's won anything or played well for England.

He'll be the new Gazza or Rooney and be the absolute talisman for England and the Premier League.
The FA spend billions of dollars every season to keep Huddersfield down.

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Calling players snakes is even more boring than calling players frauds.
Don't know imagine a lot will do with endorsements and such that will be inaccessible if they don't play in the CL or for a big club.

Like I imagine Alexis Sanchez probably has a much larger profile than if he for example went to PSG straight from Udinese, rather than playing for Barcelona or Arsenal. (Although I maybe ignorant about PSG's reach these days)

A quick glance on Twitter shows Sanchez is on 1.95m followers compared to Pastrore 1m and Verrati 200k followers - and likewise the Arsenal twitter has 9m followers compared to PSG's 4m. I'd imagine this is important to footballers and agents when sorting out where footballers want to play football.
Yeah but competing in the Champion's League would get in the way of their ultimate goal of qualifying for the Champion's League.

In fairness the likes of Ozil and Sanchez will only come if they can get CL football....

So y'know, if Simeone/Benitez/Tuchel lands lets say Rakitic and Morata next year rather than their Europa League equivalents. And snarky people talk about how new guy has taken Arsenal to the next level, (but also relying on Wenger delivering a fairly consistent level of success)
Kante made Huth and Morgan a good centre half pairing - and made Drinkwater look much better.

He's incredible.

We didn't vote for Brexit, so Eurotrash can talk in KG.
I'm not happy with the results, lose tomorrow and we'll be right back in the mire. Our wage budget is probably bigger than Reading, Leeds and Huddersfield combined.

The performances have usually been dreadful, the tactics awful, and the players seem to be getting worse. He squandered £55m in the Summer - and seems to mismanage the playing staff awfully.(Leaving Sels in has probably done him a lot of harm), (Hate to be that guy but maybe if you didn't buy Hanley, Sels, Lazaar, Gamez and Murphy - you could have afforded someone in January)

And strange decisions, Ameobi is back in the team now? Why did he loan him out? Has he brought him back in an attempt to prove a point about how little he has been backed? Or did he want to get rid of a player he hadn't actually see play, because he wants his own signings?

Not really, we've not been doing too bad in the league.

I'm more concerned about what happens at the end of the season if we don't back him properly.

We've been shite. Bar the odd 20 minutes here and there.
Alarmed with Benitez' post match comments about how he 'doesn't know' why we didnt sign anybody and that he's dissapointed.

Be the biggest mistake of all Ashley's huge monumental mistakes if he lets Benitez slip through his fingers

Or Benitez is making excuses to cover his own bad decisions?

Though Ritchie was the fucking worst of them
Feel like in the summer Villa will sign Chris Martin for £8m, Rhodes to Derby for £9m and McCormack to Forrest for £6m. None of the clubs will be improved any.

Huddersfield, Brighton and Leeds the three outstanding Championship teams seem to have avoided this trap.

Looks increasingly like Townsend is coming back. Which is good.
F365 always bang on about about how nearly promoted sides - always focus on attack too much - and don't look to spend big money on defenders - When clean sheets tend to be the best way to stay up.

Championship sides seem to be really bad at this; Spend £7-12m on a forward and results never seem to pick up too much;

Like Villa and Derby seem addicted to buying striker for around £8m. Villa could soon have Ayew, Hogan, McCormack and Kodija
Rafa had no choice to put out the reserves!!!! Unlike the previous clowns / yes men who put out disgraceful teams against joke clubs like Watford who also finished above Newcastle

2ColocciniSubstituted forLascellesat 45'minutes
24TiotéBooked at 37minsSubstituted forde Jongat 82'minutes
43MbabuSubstituted forThauvinat 52'minutes

27TaylorBooked at 69mins
7SissokoSubstituted forRemyat 85'minutes
9CisséSubstituted forAmeobiat 85'minutes
10Ben ArfaBooked at 90mins
11GouffranSubstituted forObertanat 63'minutes
Knocked out by Mike Phelan's Hull and Oxford - I'm glad the Chronicle keep telling me how football man Benitez has brought back cup runs to Newcastle!
Reserves in the cup. Brilliant.

The local media praising Benitez for this, ffs.
Love Big Daz - really enjoyed his performance - as a focal point I think those around him really benefit from him. Perez was actually good today - I think he might just have no idea what to do when he's with Gayle. Hayden was much improved - didn't try and overplay. Shelvey was very good in the second half after a poor first half.

Just wish we would play with more attacking intent from the start - Yedlin was superb for the third, but doesn't really attack like that at 0-0.
Wonder if people will praise Rafa for his tactics today after the injuries seen as he's been receiving an absolute hammering from people that apparently know a lot more?

Were his tactics not exactly the same as they've always been? - 4-4-1-1? Obviously didn't see the game. I'm absolutely ecstatic we actually put in a cross with a big lad who headed it in. Very little of that this season.

Disgusting that a manager's tactics have been questioned imo. I've literally never seen criticism of a manager ever before, think this is the first time ever.
“I have done my research on the teams relegated in the last few years.
“In 2011/12 nobody that got relegated came straight back up. In 2012/13 nobody came straight back up automatically out of the three relegated.
“One (QPR) came up in the play-off and the next season (2014/15) one in the play-off (Norwich).
“After that one came up automatically (Burnley) and one (Hull) in the play-off, so it’s not easy.

Good that he's done his research. Can't half arse the excuse preparation.
WE'RE NOT PLAYING 4-4-1-1!!!!!!!
Big Mike giving us an additional £33m.

Its a weird one all told. Its an easy excuse but the performance against Wednesday was bad. Yesterday was as much the issue of nobody stepping up to get goals when Gayle was effectively muted, but the midfield was still pants going forward. But it goes back to stuff I wondered earlier in the campaign about not asserting ourselves during games. Clearly we haven't learned.

Strangely its been pointed out that at this point in 2009/10, we had 52 points and were 6 points clear of the team in third - on those two stats, its identical this time around. Only this time we're winning a shitload - more wins than anyone else in the division - but guilty of being shit when going behind, and there's also stronger competitors. Brighton are probably going to win the league, and the likes of Reading, Huddersfield and Leeds are providing a stronger challenge than I thought they would. Certainly its a stronger league than it was 7 seasons ago.

It's the tactics though. The players aren't supposed to go forward

Also seriously worried about the 'ambition' around the club - people genuinely upset about only finishing 10th now seemed to be resigned to being unable to compete with Brighton

Also reckon last time was loads harder - WBA immediately set themselves up in midtable along with us, and Nottm Forest went on a crazy winning/unbeaten streak.
I don't think we're as sure a bet as everyone thinks. We're winning lots of matches, but we're losing games we need to draw, and we're way too cautious in certain games. We seem unable to respond to going behind, as if we lack the something Brighton has, and our back-up options are not working. This pair of defeats to Wednesday and Blackburn is a hefty slap in the face, and the teams below us all winning is a worry. Couldn't care about the title - avoiding the fucking play-offs is the must.

We're going to have to make signings. Especially in midfield - Hayden & Colback lack creativity as a duo, Shelvey is still banned, Diame and Atsu are off to ACON, Perez isn't looking the answer, Ritchie has gone off the boil.

So. Yeah. Happy New Year.

This was all relevant when we were winning games - We were just lucky to eke them games out with no one really paying attention.

The Shelvey thing is an easy excuse - no other team has a 'creative' midfielder and goals still happen. We need pressure - which we rarely provide. No real pressing, no bombardment of the box, no one willing to beat a man - very little through balls or crosses, CM's rarely getting into the box, Wingers not holding width, and full backs never overlapping. And never any substitutions.

Why not consider Bradley?

And are the 'Americans' even doing anything differently to what Jenkins has been doing for years?

They sold Gomis / Ayew / Williams in the summer seems to be the big problem? - but they've been doing that for years - they're luck was going to run out eventually.

Also think Monk and then last year Guidolin steered them to much higher positions than they actually 'deserved'