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Harvsky    1,907

Mikel Merino talking to The Guardian:

“In Dortmund no one recognised me but when I walk the streets the Newcastle fans show me their love.

“I’m really happy with the people in Newcastle, they’re very kind, always trying to help you. I didn’t expect that.

“I thought English people would be cold, dry and not kind but I was wrong and I’m happy about it. I didn’t expect all the laughter and jokes you have here.

“I live 15 minutes from the city centre and it’s so close to the countryside and the coast, I often go to the beaches here – there’s much more to do in Newcastle than in Dortmund. I feel at home here.

“It (call-up for Spanish senior side) is probably not ready to happen right now but I hope to be in the squad in the near future.

“I think I can achieve that playing for Newcastle; why not?

“Growing up in Spain you’re expected to play tiki-taka and I like that type of football but I can do other things too. I want to be good with the ball but I’m tall and quite physical and I’m trying to be a complete midfielder.

“In Spain you learn that football has to be played in the head; it’s not only running and physical things.

“Spain has always had great central midfielders and, while of course they’re good technically, they are also very good mentally. They know what to do and when, and they’re always thinking about the game and how they can help their team.

“We are a young squad and the most important thing is that we all trust each other, I’m learning a lot from Rafa. I always had ability to read games but I’m understanding more now.

“He looks after the small tactical details and teaches you how every single little thing can be important. In training he’s very professional and expects you to be completely focused but off the pitch Rafa’s a really nice guy. He always takes care of you."

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He's been an absolute revelation so far. Could be the best bit of business we have done in years. Hopefully we get some owners that can help Rafa build a team around him. Still feels surreal that we have a manager of his calibre. 

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Blue    694

Pedro Gallese linked with Newcastle. You lot short on keepers?

It appears Nolberto Solano is the referent behind this.

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Harvsky    1,907
1 hour ago, Blue said:

Pedro Gallese linked with Newcastle. You lot short on keepers?

It appears Nolberto Solano is the referent behind this.

We are after a new first team keeper but any rumours are pointless at the moment due to the ongoing takeover.

The level of player we can sign could dramatically go up if the new owner isn't afraid of wages like the current one is.

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Blue    694
4 minutes ago, HoneyNUFC said:

We are after a new first team keeper but any rumours are pointless at the moment due to the ongoing takeover.

The level of player we can sign could dramatically go up if the new owner isn't afraid of wages like the current one is.

I wouldn't rule this one out - not because of the rumour itself but rather who is referencing them. In this case, Solano. I don't know if the club are genuinely after him yet.

It may well be after the World Cup. If we qualify as expected and Gallese performs well, that's the key. As for how I rate him, he's a very good keeper but I cannot guarantee he'll do well at Newcastle for a few factors. The rhythm is different and he may struggle at first. Lots of keepers have had problems here, prime example being Claudio Bravo.

The big one for me though is fan pressure. He's played for USMP, Juan Aurich and Veracruz. None of those 3 teams have a fan base anywhere near as demanding as Newcastle. Juan Aurich are a big club in Peru but with relatively calm fans. Veracruz are really just a normal local club and USMP fans don't exist. Newcastle fans are much more demanding and while he has done well to handle the early pressure in Mexico, I feel this is a different challenge all together.

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Harvsky    1,907
31 minutes ago, Blue said:

I wouldn't rule this one out - not because of the rumour itself but rather who is referencing them. In this case, Solano. I don't know if the club are genuinely after him yet.

It may well be after the World Cup. If we qualify as expected and Gallese performs well, that's the key. As for how I rate him, he's a very good keeper but I cannot guarantee he'll do well at Newcastle for a few factors. The rhythm is different and he may struggle at first. Lots of keepers have had problems here, prime example being Claudio Bravo.

The big one for me though is fan pressure. He's played for USMP, Juan Aurich and Veracruz. None of those 3 teams have a fan base anywhere near as demanding as Newcastle. Juan Aurich are a big club in Peru but with relatively calm fans. Veracruz are really just a normal local club and USMP fans don't exist. Newcastle fans are much more demanding and while he has done well to handle the early pressure in Mexico, I feel this is a different challenge all together.

Can he speak English? Communication is key at the back, it's pointless signing anyone who can't speak the lingo.

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Blue    694
4 minutes ago, HoneyNUFC said:

Can he speak English? Communication is key at the back, it's pointless signing anyone who can't speak the lingo.

I'm pretty sure he can't but I can only see it being a slight problem. The manager is Spanish and there are a few players from Spain as well. Rafa with his experience can figure it out.

... it's up to Gallese to try and understand the awful Spaniard accents now :ph34r: @SirBalon

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This came on my Spotify play list randomly when I was driving to work this morning. Had me absolutely buzzing about NUFC. Wish it was still played before the match like it was in the Robson era and earlier. Proper NUFC tune.

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Rafa could take us to the Northern Alliance league and I would forever be grateful to him for that.

Not only is the lad absolutely fucking dross he is clearly a prick as well. Happy to sit in our reserves and getting a handsome pay for doing so. Hope when his contract is up he doesn't get another club the pale skinned little spacker.

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Harvsky    1,907

Merino is out for 6-8 more weeks so we will be heading to the relegation zone for Christmas :(

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Harvsky    1,907

Some Indonesian news source has said that Staveley and Ashley have agreed a £300m deal

 

A little bit of wee just came out 

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12 hours ago, Kitchen Sales said:

Some Indonesian news source has said that Staveley and Ashley have agreed a £300m deal

 

A little bit of wee just came out 

I think you need to go into a home

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Harvsky    1,907

Boom. Confirmed. Staveley has made a formal £300m bid for the club.

The cunt better accept.

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Harvsky    1,907
Just now, Cannabis said:

Who's this Staveley then?

The financial manager of a Arab oil wealth fund 

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Cannabis    2,312
4 minutes ago, Kitchen Sales said:

The financial manager of a Arab oil wealth fund 

Sounds corrupt as, probably going to end in tears. 

That said, if it means getting rid of Ashley it's probably worth going for.

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HK85    267
9 minutes ago, Cannabis said:

Who's this Staveley then?

She's done work for a few clubs. City, Liverpool and us. 

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Dr. Gonzo    1,174
32 minutes ago, Cannabis said:

Sounds corrupt as, probably going to end in tears. 

That said, if it means getting rid of Ashley it's probably worth going for.

Don't think Citeh, Chelsea, or PSG are complaining too much about their corrupt oil barons tbh.

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Harvsky    1,907
45 minutes ago, Cannabis said:

Sounds corrupt as, probably going to end in tears. 

For you when Rafa takes us flying past your Sean Dyche football :ph34r::ph34r:

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Feels like the end of the Ashley era, I don't think he is going to accept the bid - Craig Hope has already said as much, but it's a positive sign that the due diligence went well and that the interest is genuine. Hopefully we are sold by January. 

Like I say this is the first time it feels like the end of Ashley, not just smokescreens and bullshit.

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Harvsky    1,907

Rumours are it is take it or leave it offer, which explains why it was leaked (to put pressure on Ashley)

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Do you guys really believe that the fat slob is going to go easy?

The club is a very attractive entity,  even without PL. The potential is enormous. Ashley knows that. He won't go easy until he gets a big deal. Don't see him selling the club that quickly. 

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Harvsky    1,907
On 21/11/2017 at 5:16 PM, IgnisExcubitor said:

Do you guys really believe that the fat slob is going to go easy?

The club is a very attractive entity,  even without PL. The potential is enormous. Ashley knows that. He won't go easy until he gets a big deal. Don't see him selling the club that quickly. 

He won't go easy because money doesn't matter to him. Unless he gets an offer that he'd be stupid to refuse he will just say no. Can't see him selling the club for its true value.

It would be typical if he fucks this up for us.

The financial times say staveley has offered £250m because of the ongoing tax fraud investigation and the threat of relegation. Another source said she wants compensation off Ashley if we get relegated. He won't agree to that.

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Casillas: Benítez's Newcastle in frame for Porto goalkeeper
Casillas: Benítez's Newcastle in frame for Porto goalkeeper

Rafa Benítez is said to be keen on taking the out-of-favour ex-Real Madrid keeper to the Premier League in the January transfer window.

AS.com

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Harvsky    1,907

Should be done now. This is how he concludes most business.

 

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Rick    390

Did Shay Given really suggest Newcastle going for Alexis Sanchez if they get a cash injection? There's stupidity, then there's that shite.

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Harvsky    1,907
3 hours ago, FOYM said:

Did Shay Given really suggest Newcastle going for Alexis Sanchez if they get a cash injection? There's stupidity, then there's that shite.

He said if they have endless amounts of money they could get Sanchez like Man City got Robinho.

 

Will Sanchez track back to help Paul Dummett out though? :ph34r:

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Harvsky    1,907

Ashley is claiming that there's another bidder willing to pay £320m

Sounds like he is making it up to make staveley bid more xD

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Harvsky    1,907

125th anniversary of the club. Here is the greatest Newcastle team voted for by the fans:

Shay Given

David Craig - Bobby Moncur - Philipe Albert - John Beresford

Peter Beardsley - Paul Gascoigne - David Ginola

Jackie Milburn - Alan Shearer - Kevin Keegan 

 

In true Newcastle United style this team just simply won't be able to defend xD

 

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Stan    2,887
2 minutes ago, Kitchen Sales said:

125th anniversary of the club. Here is the greatest Newcastle team voted for by the fans:

Shay Given

David Craig - Bobby Moncur - Philipe Albert - John Beresford

Peter Beardsley - Paul Gascoigne - David Ginola

Jackie Milburn - Alan Shearer - Kevin Keegan 

 

In true Newcastle United style this team just simply won't be able to defend xD

 

but you'll have a centre-back that can lob great goal-keepers from outside the box!

Not to mention a striker that kicks opposition players in the face and threaten not to play for England again if he gets punished for it :ph34r: 

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