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Farewell to El Jefe - thanks for allowing us to believe

Monday, June 24th 2019 is a day that will live long in the memory of Newcastle United supporters, for all the wrong reasons. It marked the announcement of Rafa Benitez’s departure from NUFC, after three classy years on Tyneside. Mike Ashley decided to pull the plug on negotiations after the Spaniard all but confirmed his intentions to turn down the contract …

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A banner of support for Rafa Benitez.

Benitez & NUFC's transfer policy can work - with just a little compromise

As each day passes, the contract of Rafa Benitez ticks down little by little. Three years after taking the reins at St. James’ Park, Newcastle United as a club has felt a renewed sense of energy, a feeling of pride in their team, and a unusual sense of hope that has been vacant for quite some time. Yet, despite all that, as NUFC fans, we are brought back to …

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Ayoze Perez celebrates with Salomon Rondon after scoring the winner against Everton.

Manchester City, Miggy Almirón and the sheer madness of Newcastle United

There was nothing unusual to the start of week at Newcastle United. It followed the same pattern as most others this season, constant rumours that Rafa Benitez was close to the exit door, and the trickle of transfer talk as January came to a conclusion. Murmurs of Benitez’s departure intensified as he gave the strongest indicator to date that he could walk away …

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Miguel Almiron signs for Newcastle United for a club record fee.

Back to basics Ki Sung-yueng helps bring Newcastle United back to form

When Ki Sung-yueng arrived on Tyneside in the summer, not too many folks were screaming with enthusiasm. The Korean had severed ties with recently relegated Swansea following an abysmal season in Wales. It ended and perhaps maybe even soured what was a very decent stint with the Swans overall. He followed in the footsteps of quite a few players under Benitez who …

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Ki Sung-yueng celebrates with fans following Newcastle United's 2-1 victory over Burnley in the Premier League.

Benitez not without blame but only a fool would point finger

It has been a strange start to the new Premier League campaign at Newcastle United, and by strange, I mean completely predictable. A new season usually brings about a sense of optimism - whether blind or not - and the hope for a year of excitement. One wishes that those cold winter fixtures will have meaning other than merely existing around the lower half of the …

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Rafa Benitez finds the funny side of things at St. James' Park.

Ayoze: Heavily criticised but highly important to NUFC

There are three guarantees in life; taxes, death, and the annual criticism of Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez. The slick-haired Spaniard arrived from the beautiful Tenerifé in 2014, with the plan of being introduced to the NUFC development squad. He was a highly sought after talent, with FC Porto and even Barcelona admitting to interest in signing him. Perez …

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Ayoze Perez in action for Newcastle United against Chelsea in the 2018/19 Premier League.

Keeping Matt Ritchie was Rafa Benitez's biggest summer transfer victory

Another predictably underwhelming transfer window for Rafa Benitez & Newcastle United - who would have thought? Despite the handful of defensive arrivals, and of Salomon Rondon, the squad is nowhere near the standards required by Rafa and his staff. In fact, if you were to hand this squad to any of our former managers, I think they’d likely struggle to keep …

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Matt Ritchie in action for Newcastle against Chelsea at St. James' Park.

Clickbait headlines & boardroom battles as Benitez's contract ticks down

Every summer over the past 10 years has produced nothing but frustration as a Newcastle United supporter. Mike Ashley’s ownership has numbed any real expectation of big-name signings, or the dare to dream. His tenure has been nothing short of a disaster, yet somehow, he finds himself with the most decorated manager the club will likely ever appoint - …

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Rafa Benitez ponders as Newcastle United take on Southampton in the Premier League.
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