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Raffalution, took them a fortnight to think that one up.

 

 

 

Sunday Monday Raffa days,

Tuesday Wednesday Raffa days,

Thursday Friday Raffa days,

Saturday, Raffa day,

Raffin all week with you.

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Raffalution, took them a fortnight to think that one up.

 

 

 

Sunday Monday Raffa days,

Tuesday Wednesday Raffa days,

Thursday Friday Raffa days,

Saturday, Raffa day,

Raffin all week with you.

:nufc:

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Newcastle United have this evening confirmed that Fabio Pecchia will be leaving the Club

 

Newcastle United have this evening confirmed that first team coach Fabio Pecchia will be leaving the Club to become manager at Italian club Verona.

 

The Club would like to thank Fabio for his services to Newcastle United during his time with the Magpies, and recognises that this is a fantastic opportunity for him to further his career.

 

Good progress is being made with regard to replacing Pecchia, and a further announcement will be made in the coming days.

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Um...who? :lol: I must be well out of the loop on coaching staff...

I didn't recognise the name, he's probably one of the lot Rafa brought in.

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I guess that's a shame then. If he's good enough to be a manager elsewhere then he probably would have added something. Hopefully we'll get someone good though.

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RTG are making out like this is evidence of rats leaving a sinking ship. :lol:

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RTG are making out like this is evidence of rats leaving a sinking ship. :lol:

 

Of course they are. It distracts from the news that their hero, Adam Johnson, is training a football team on the sex offender wing and wants them to play in full Sunderland strips.

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They should get their primary crime printed on the back in place of their names.

 

"Paedo

 

9"

 

"Nonce

 

7"

 

"Rapist

 

5"

 

"Prag

 

4"

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They should get their primary crime printed on the back in place of their names.

 

"Paedo

 

9"

 

"Nonce

 

7"

 

"Rapist

 

5"

 

"Prag

 

4"

:blush: had to google that

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Newcastle United are pleased to confirm the appointment of Mikel Antia to Rafa Benitez's coaching team.

 

The 43-year-old Spaniard joins United from the Aspire Academy in Qatar where he has been part of the coaching team tasked with developing young Qatari players.

 

He replaces Fabio Pecchia, who this week joined Serie B side Verona as the Italian side's new manager.

 

Mikel, who hails from San Sebastian in Spain, had spells as a player at the Real Madrid Academy where he played under Rafa Benítez for four seasons, before moving to Real Valladolid in La Liga, also with Benítez. Mikel later moved on to play for Celta Vigo and Real Sociedad.

 

The rest of Rafa Benitez's coaching staff, consisting of Francisco de Míguel Moreno, Antonio Gómez Pérez, Ian Cathro and Simon Smith, will remain at St. James' Park.

 

Rafa Benitez said: "I am delighted that Mikel is joining my staff. He is a very talented coach and I know he will add great expertise to my team.

 

"At the same time I am sad to see Fabio depart as he has been an excellent professional from the first day until the last in the years we have worked together.

 

"He leaves to face these new and exciting challenges, both personally and professionally. I wish him all the best and say thank you."

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Latest Interview.

 

 

Question: How has life been since you confirmed your commitment to stay at Newcastle United? Have you been across in the North East, or back with family in Liverpool?

 

 

Benitez responds: “The first few days after I confirmed I was staying, I spent in Newcastle at the training ground and the Academy, meeting with staff and planning the changes we needed to make to these areas of the club.

 

“But since then I have been back at home with my family, relaxing a little bit, but at the same time working very hard with Lee [Charnley] and everybody at the club on a lot of things, especially – of course – looking at players, analysing and making important decisions about the squad and the transfer window.”

 

Question: What plans do you have to improve the training ground, as well as the Academy, at the club? And how are those plans developing? What’s the timeframe for those?

 

Benitez replies: “We have already started on a lot of improvements to the training ground.

 

“The purpose with everything we are doing there is to improve the environment that the players train in and the equipment and the facilities that they use so they are able to perform to their optimum level.

 

“We had to consider not to disturb the preparation of the team and at the same time to improve the facilities.

 

“So, we are renovating the inside structure of the building, creating new spaces for working and for relaxing.

 

“We will have double sessions on some days, so it is important that the players have spaces to relax and refresh and also to build the team spirit together.

 

“We have already improved the gym, bringing in new and better equipment which will be a big improvement.

 

“We will also be resurfacing the artificial pitch inside the indoor facility. It will be a 4G surface which is much better for the players to train on, there is less impact on the body and less problems with injuries.

 

“If our supporters play in their five-a-side teams perhaps, then they will know themselves the difference between a poor quality artificial pitch and a 4G pitch.

 

“The indoor hall is a very good facility and we need to make sure that it has a top quality surface so that we can make use of it for training throughout the year, but especially when the weather is bad outside in the winter. That’s really important.

 

“We are also putting a 4G pitch in at the Academy.

 

“Another important change we are making is to bring in an administrator to work with the players and their families.

 

“This will be someone who speaks English, French, Spanish, to help players settle at the club and in the city and be sure that they are able to focus 100 per cent on the football.”

 

Question: How many players are you looking to sign this summer? And when do you expect the first signing to arrive?

 

Benitez answers: “It is always dangerous to give a number and I won’t do that.

 

“What me and Lee are focused on is making sure we keep and build a very strong squad for the Championship so that we can compete well and get back into the Premier League the season after.

 

“We don’t have to sell, that is clear, unless we think it is the right thing to do for the club and for the squad.

 

“But also the level of performance that the team showed at the end of the season makes me feel sure that we have already the basis of a good team for next season.

 

“I can assure fans that the business we are doing at the moment and that we will be doing over the next few weeks is all aimed at making the squad stronger than it is at the moment.

 

“We are very busy and things are very positive, the Euros makes things a bit difficult for every club, but as soon we can announce things about the squad we will tell our supporters.”

 

Question: Moussa Sissoko has stated clearly his desire to leave - you’ve said before you want to keep as strong a squad as possible, so how many of your top players do you believe you can hold

 

Benitez responds: “It is simple in football: good players want to play with good players, in strong teams.

 

“So it is important that our priority is to have a strong team.

 

“Our focus is on bringing high-quality players to the club to improve the group we already have.

 

“We said a few days ago that we have had enquiries for some of our players, but our position is very clear on this.

 

“We absolutely will keep and build a strong squad that we believe can get us promotion back to the Premier League.

 

“If a player leaves, or he stays, or a new player arrives, whatever business we do in the transfer window will always be in the best interests of the club and the squad, that is certain.”

 

Question: Season-ticket sales are booming despite relegation - has that surprised you? How important is it to have a full and vocal St James’ Park next season?

 

Benitez answers: “It does not surprise me so much, because these are fans who love the club. It is hard when you love something to stay away.

 

“But it is fantastic to hear that areas in the stadium have already sold out and that there have been queues for tickets at the stadium.

 

“When I hear this, it makes me very confident in what we can achieve next season because as I have said, the fans make a really big difference, when the stadium is full and loud and positive, then we can achieve great things.

 

“I have to thank them for showing their faith in me as the manager and already I look forward to seeing them in St James’ Park in August.”

 

Question: The connection between the club and the fans appears to be improving - does the club have any further plans to improve community relations? For example, will fans be able to watch an open training session this summer?

 

Benitez replies: “Yes, we will have an open training session for supporters for sure.

 

“We want to bring fans closer to the club and to the players, we are all a team together.

 

“And the club is also a really big part of the city and the community.

 

“I have been talking to the staff and talking about the club’s Foundation, and also about the local charities in the North East.

 

“The club already does excellent work in the community, and we can add to that and hopefully do more.

 

“I have really good relationships and friendships with the people of Liverpool and Merseyside.

 

“I want to develop the same in Newcastle.

 

“We have been talking already about organising a children’s football tournament, bringing local schools together and connecting them with the club.

 

“We are part of the community and the football club is part of the people in this area, we need to come together. When we come together we can achieve great things for the club and the city of Newcastle.

 

“I think you will hear more about our plans for the tournament soon.”

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was going say even i train on a 4G pitch twice a week ffs , that's crazy, wtf did they have astro turf?

 

Can we bring back Shola for the open training session and dispell the myth!

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