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  • Have Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United Finally Lost The Rafa Discipline?

    Have Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United Finally Lost The Rafa Discipline?

    Our previous article on “Bruce v Rafa” by feature writer John Joseph can be viewed HERE Anyone who compares Bruce to Rafa Benitez knows nothing about Newcastle United, I’d argue nothing about football. Win, lose or draw under Benitez, we had a game plan, and once he got a few players in of his own, and had chance to coach the players, we were a team who could compete with anyone on their day. Craig Hope summed it up perfectly the other week on the […]

     
  • Bruce v Rafa Discussions At Newcastle United Are Irrelevant

    Bruce v Rafa Discussions At Newcastle United Are Irrelevant

    I’ve noticed that there has been a marked increase in the last month or so in arguments breaking out amongst Newcastle United fans about the relative merits of Steve Bruce and Rafa Benitez. It originally started with the media constantly reminding us that Bruce has “more points than Benitez had at this stage last season” and doing it week after week ad nauseum. At the time, I put that one down to a media who largely appear to side with the current regime at the […]

     
  • Falling Crowds Prove Losing Rafa At Newcastle United Still Hurts

    Falling Crowds Prove Losing Rafa At Newcastle United Still Hurts

    Newcastle United lost a world class manager when Rafa Benitez left in the summer. That’s a fact we all know. Rafa was a manager with a glittering track record of success, a total professional who in spite of being provided with relatively paltry resources at the club, managed to organise and inspire our team to punch above its weight. And we loved him for it. He was loyal to the club, players and fans throughout his contract and, although totally disillusioned by the owner’s lack […]

     
  • Rafa’s Gone, But His Spirit Lived On Against Spurs

    Rafa’s Gone, But His Spirit Lived On Against Spurs

    United went to the newest football stadium in that London and beat the media darling so-called “top six” Spurs team 1-0 with a classic Rafa Benitez setup, discipline, teamwork and effort. Meanwhile, the new “head coach” was apparently watching cricket. Tyneside celebrated this result, as only we can – and the sun is shining. God is definitely a geordie. Here’s what fans on the UTD111 Forum had to say about this result: Boydie: “Well well well….. Clearly the rant a few of our players had […]

     
  • Rafa made Newcastle United feel like a football club again

    Rafa made Newcastle United feel like a football club again

    Rafa Benitez has gone public to respond to Lee Charnley’s programme notes for the Arsenal match. In particular to Charnley’s assertion that our manager went to China for the money. Most United fans will have read all about this spat so we won’t repeat any of it here. Below UTD111 Forum Member GhostfaceKillah shares his thoughts on Rafa’s impact on our club: Rafa wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea and I respect that, not everyone wants the same thing from a manager. Reading his response to […]

     
  • So Is It OK To Criticise Rafa?

    So Is It OK To Criticise Rafa?

    Surely if Rafa was the mastermind behind the early season form, then he is equally culpable for the recent form? I’ve said it before, but I think it’s a dangerous game to elevate a manager to such a level that is exempt from any criticism from the fans. If Pardew had overseen that performance against Watford and that result with the same group of players, he would be getting absolutely lynched from all quarters and called clueless.. Something is amiss, something more than Lascelles and […]

     
  • Rafa Not Surprised By The Wins Against West Ham, Swansea And Stoke

    Rafa Not Surprised By The Wins Against West Ham, Swansea And Stoke

    I think it’s fair to say that most Newcastle United fans are walking around with a smile and a skip in our step at the moment having seen our team win three games on the bounce against established, middle of the table Premiership sides West Ham, Swansea and Stoke City. It wasn’t always so. Our one-season exhibition tour of the Championship, which we won, was expected to be followed by a summer of investment in top players to strengthen the squad in preparation for our […]