NEWCASTLE TO SPEND HUGE IN JANUARY – HIGGINBOTHAM

The Sky Sports pundit, Danny Higginbotham believes Newcastle United are one of three Championship clubs assured to be spending huge amount of money in January transfer window

He shared that by the time the January transfer window opens, the Championship season will be more than halfway through, as the matches between now and next year are just eight, taking the league up to the 24 match mark.

The pundit believes that Rafa Benitez and the club will have a decent idea by then as to how the season is panning out and before that January window closes, another four matches will have been played, as there will be only 18 left.

Danny made known that it would be a prior surprise if the coach does not invest and sign in new players also aim at ensuring promotion, while hopefully getting ready for fresh life back in the Premier League again because the biggest challenge of course is likely to be the competition with all the clubs in the Premier League, who for one reason or another will be looking to strengthen their squads as well.

Higginbotham when asked concerning other clubs said:
“Aston Villa and Brighton will be spending sizeable money as well. You can only assume Steve Bruce agreed to take the Villa job based on guarantees of money to spend during the transfer window, despite Roberto di Matteo spending a fortune this summer already.”

Currently clear in second place with three points behind Newcastle, the South Coast club have scored nine goals less (34-25) than Newcastle and have been heavily reliant on their 33 year old loan striker Glenn Murray, who is top scorer with nine goals. Next with the highest goal is winger Anthony Knockaert, a summer target for Newcastle, with six goals.

Benitez reveals why he stayed

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has revealed the reason why he stayed at the club despite being relegated from the Premier League.

He said that the board had given him the guarantee that he will be allowed to make changes to the club and this is why he remained at the club.

He said that the Newcastle United’s board is quite comprehensive and that they have the right desire and ambition to move the club forward. He stated that it is this enthusiasm that convinced him to stay at the club and this is why he accepted to remain as manager of the club.

Rafael Benitez said that Newcastle United was already a well-run club and already had the right persons in place. He stated that he only had to motivate them and make sure that they give the best for the club.
He said that there is some experienced person at the club and the only thing that they need is a clear idea to follow. Benitez stated that he has his own ideas about how the club should be run and he said that he would implement it gradually.

The manager believes that Newcastle United can have a good season and that they have a good chance of winning promotion at the end of the season. He said that it is important that the players give their best on the pitch in order to win games. He admitted that this is a long season and that the team will have to remain consistent if they want to have a chance to making it to the Premier League.

Benitez said that he has the ambition of making Newcastle United an established club in the Premier League and it is for this reason that he agreed to remain at the head of the club.

Benitez Happy to See Newcastle at the Top

Newcastle United have been one of the best teams in the Championship and they look odds-on favourite to return to the Premier League at the first instance.

If they manage to get promoted at the end of the campaign, it would be the second such instance in which they have managed to return to the top division after just one season in the Championship. Rafa Benitez took a major gamble in deciding to stay at St James’s Park even after they relegation. He has been rewarded with a lot of praise coming in from all quarters.

The Spaniard has managed to win some of the best trophies in the world like the Champions League and the Spanish La Liga. However, he is also on course to winning the English Championship for the first time in his career. Still, there is a lot of time left in the season and . Benitez is confident that Newcastle will be comfortable at the top of the table. The Spaniard was able to remain calm even when the club started the campaign with two consecutive defeats. The club are now on a four match winning run, which has seen them open a one-point advantage over second placed Norwich City.

“It is fine. I was not worried about the league table before and I am not worried now.The main thing is that my players have the right mentality like they have had in recent games.They don’t need to feel anything different now, just enjoy it and try to do well. For us to play at home is nearly always the same – a lot of fans behind us in a massive stadium so it is more or less the same pressure every game,” said Benitez.

FORMER UNITED PLAYER DISAPPOINTED WITH SISSOKO MOVE

A former player of Newcastle United, Joe Allon expressed his disappointment with the transfer of French international Moussa Sissoko away from the club.


Sissoko moved to Tottenham Hotspur in a bid to remain in the Premier League after the Magpies were relegated last term.

Allon developed with the youth team at Newcastle. From the FA Youth Cup win, featuring alongside players like Paul Gascoigne, he moved to other clubs.

He was in action for Swansea, Chelsea and Hartlepool. Allon was overcritical of the move of the player, following his stunning run at the Euro 2016 campaign.

“Sissoko’s attitude during his time at Newcastle has been a disgrace – absolutely deplorable. His actions on transfer deadline day when it looked like he might be going to Everton before ignoring them were even worse,” Allon said. Sissoko moved to White Hart Lane for £30million on transfer deadline day in a surprise move, though he was linked to many clubs.

Allon admitted that Sissoko is a good player, and that he showed his abilities at the continental tournament, but added that the club “deserved better” since they only saw that kind of form twice in a season.

“I had to laugh on deadline day when one Everton fan tweeted saying that Sissoko had gone missing. Newcastle fans weren’t missing their chance with that one and many quickly replied with words to the effect of ‘He’s been missing for years’. That pretty much sums his Newcastle career up,” Allon said.

Allon revealed that he was glad that Sissoko was gone, saying he didn’t deserve to wear the Magpies jersey. He praised the club for being able to get that much in transfer fee for the player, adding that he was optimistic of the chances following changes so far.

Newcastle should not panic

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has stated that the club should not panic at this stage.

He said that it is still the start of the season and that there is still plenty of games left in the competition. He stated that he would make changes ahead of the next game because he is not satisfied with the way his team is playing at the moment.

Rafael Benitez stated that he does not understand the performance of his players on the pitch. The Spanish manager stated that the player performs well in training but are not able to replicate the same performance in a competitive game.

After the defeat against Huddersfield Town, Rafael Benitez said that it was a challenging match. He stated that they did not expect this performance from their opponents and that they were difficult to break down. However, he admitted that Newcastle did not play well and that they could have done better. He said that in the second half the players improved but it was not enough.

Rafael Benitez said that fans have the right to be worried as they were expecting more from the team. He stated that there is no reason to panic and that there is still time for the team to recover. He said that the good thing is that the team is playing well in training and that sooner or later they will be able to bring the same form in the league. He has asked fans to remain behind the team and to continue supporting them.

Rafael Benitez has said that he will assess each player individually and will make changes ahead of the next game if needed. For the time being, he wants the team to remain united and to make sure that they give their best in each match.

Newcastle might make a move for Arsenal defender Isaac Hayden

Newcastle, who will be competing in the Championship next season following their relegation, are considering making a move for Arsenal defender Isaac Hayden.

Rafael Benitez, who has agreed to manage Newcastle despite their relegation, believes that his team needs an additional defender if they are to mount a serious promotion push.

Isaac Hayden, who is currently 21-years old, has spent last season on loan at Hull City, and there is news that Arsene Wenger might allow him to go on loan again this season. He is not ready to play in the Premier League, and he will definitely benefit from having some experience in the Championship again.

Indeed, Newcastle will need to replace Steven Taylor this season after the latter has informed the club that he will not be staying for another season. His contract is set to expire during the summer and has turned out a new deal from the club. There are reportedly several Premier League clubs and foreign clubs that are interested in signing the defender and so far there is no concrete offer that has been made.
Another defender that might be leaving Newcastle despite having one year left on his contract is FabricioColoccini after he has stated that he might return to his country Argentina.

If both players leave then, Rafael Benitez might find himself short on defenders and will want to make sure that they are adequately replaced before the start of the season. It is reported that he might also make a move for Steven Caulker. The latter who plays for Queens Park Rangers is an experienced defender after having played for Liverpool and Southampton. He will definitely bring some much-needed experience at the back for Newcastle, who have been guilty of conceding some soft goals last season.

Rafael Benitez is making big changes outside of the pitch of Newcastle United

Newcastle United were relegated from the Premier League after having to settle with the 18th spot during the 2015-16 season and will now have to compete in the English Championship League.


Even with the arrival of Rafael Benitez as the new coach of Newcastle United, the Spanish manager failed to rescue the English team and save them from being relegated.

There are clear weaknesses that Newcastle United has been displaying in the pitch and Rafael Benitez is the man that was tasked with the job to help solve these issues and the Spanish manager is doing a number of changes outside of the actual squad and this is something that is regularly not taken into consideration for many coaches.

Signing new players and making new formations is what managers are usually focused on but Rafael Benitez is taking a different approach as he has made a number of changes which range from moving the Under-21 squad out of the first team base to releasing academy product players from the first team and a variety of different things.

Rafael Benitez has been working closely with the chief of the academy youth teams Joe Joyce and the managing director Lee Charnley as he wants to increase the amount of youth team graduates and also wants to help improve Newcastle’s relations at the grassroots level.

The Spanish manager also felt that the first team training area was getting too crowded and overloaded with players and this is why he opted to move the club’s Under-21 squad out of the first team base.
“It’s an opportunity to change things and we will try to make the right decisions and will go in the right direction. I think everybody realized something had to change and it’s a great opportunity to do it now.

We are working very hard. Since the first day I signed the new contract, we have started improving and analyzing the training ground to see what we can do, and I have a meeting in the academy, and with the medical department and for the squad with the scouting department’’ Rafael Benitez said as he talked about a few of the changes that he wants to do and he also revealed some of his plans for the Premier League club.

BENITEZ MIGHT REMAIN AT NEWCASTLE UNITED NEXT SEASON

Current manager of Newcastle, Rafa Benitez might remain at newly relegated English club, Newcastle as they go into the English championship next season.

The club is edging closer to confirming that Rafa Benitez will stay on as manager next season, Sky sources understand.

Benitez signed a three-year deal to become Newcastle boss back in March, when he replaced Steve McClaren, but the contract is reported to include an option to cancel at the end of the season. The Spaniard was unable to keep the club in the Premier League, leading to doubts over whether he would stay, but it appears a meeting with owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley on Sunday was positive. They talked for two hours after the stunning 5-1 win over Tottenham at St James’ Park, giving Ashley a first chance to speak to Benitez face-to-face since his arrival at the club.

After the game Benitez said his heart was leading him towards staying on Tyneside to try and guide Newcastle back to the Premier League, and he admitted that fantastic support from the club’s fans was also swaying him. Sources claim Ashley was impressed by Benitez during their meeting, with the Spaniard keen to find out what ambitions the owner has for their bid to get out of the Championship at the first attempt.

Benitez is reported to be particularly keen to take control over the club’s transfer business before committing his future to the club.
After the stunning victory over the Spurs, the tactician said:

“I said I am quite open and I am quite pleased with everything, the staff, everything, now it’s just to be sure that we have to do what we have to do to be sure that we can go up if I stay here.

“They know, we have been talking. I have the same feeling as the fans, they want a strong team next season to be sure we go up again.

“The way and the ideas will not be difficult to have, to have similar ideas, but we have to sit down and make sure of everything.”

5 signings to see Newcastle bounce back

Despite the appointment of former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez in March, Newcastle United will be scrapping it out in the Championship next season.

The Magpies finished in the bottom three for the second time in just seven years, but the fact that Benitez has agreed to remain in charge at St. James’ Park will help ensure the attraction of fresh talent in the club’s bid for an instant return to the Premier League.

Here are some potential new recruits on Tyneside that could see Newcastle bounce straight back to English football’s top-flight.

Patrick Bamford
Newcastle’s search for a new prolific marksman could lead them to placing their faith in 22-year-old Patrick Bamford. The Chelsea youngster spent the first half of last season on-loan at Crystal Palace before being recruited by Norwich, but it was largely a very frustrating campaign for Bamford who only managed a total of two league starts.

Bamford’s disappointment will undoubtedly motivate him to prove his credentials at the highest level and Benitez will be well aware of the young forward’s track record in England’s second tier – Bamford netted 17 league goals for Middlesbrough during the 2014/2015 season. Such goal-scoring ability in a division as tightly-contested as the Championship comes at a price, and Bamford’s services are estimated to cost in the region of £10m.

Daniel Ayala
Top of Benitez’s summer wish-list will surely be a new centre-back and Middlesbrough’s Daniel Ayala is a player that he knows all about from his days at Liverpool – Benitez brought his fellow Spaniard to Anfield back in 2007.

Newcastle have allegedly already made an enquiry about the 25-year-old, who is believed to carry a hefty price tag of around £15m. But Ayala, who was named in last year’s Football League Team of the Season, is central to Boro’s Premier League plans after their seven-year absence from the top-flight. The promising defender will therefore need to be persuaded by his former boss that a brighter future lies ahead of him at St. James’ Park than at the Riverside.

Kamil Glik
Torino captain Kamil Gilk has reportedly been monitored by Newcastle for several months now, and the hope is that the Polish centre-half will be tempted to Tyneside by the prospect of playing in the Premier League in the near future. It is thought that the Italian side, whom Glik helped get promoted in 2012, would be prepared to sell their skipper for a bid around the £8m mark.

With Glik set to be at the heart of Poland’s defence at Euro 2016, Newcastle will certainly be watching their supposed target with particular interest over the coming weeks. If the 28-year-old manages to impress during the tournament, no doubt Newcastle will not be the only club eager to secure his signing.

Will Hughes
England U-21 man Will Hughes has apparently been shortlisted by Newcastle to compensate for the probable departure of the likes of Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum this summer.

The Derby County midfielder burst into the spotlight during the 2012/2013 campaign and has long been subject to open admiration from potential suitors. The Magpies are the latest side to be linked with a move for the 21-year-old, even though Hughes only managed to make six Championship starts last term due to a serious knee injury. Given Hughes’ likely England aspirations, he might find the opportunity to play under the experienced Benitez one that is too invaluable to turn down should an offer be made.

Alvaro Arbeloa
Another former Benitez favourite could also be heading to the Toon – former Spain right-back Alvaro Arbeloa. Just like Ayala, it was Benitez who was responsible for introducing Arbeloa to the English game, and the 33-year-old would be available on a free transfer this summer after his contract with Real Madrid expired at the end of last season.

Newcastle are in the market for a right-back, with Daryl Janmaat widely expected to be heading for the exit door after only two seasons at St. James’ Park. Whether or not Arbeloa, whose personal honours include two Champions League titles and a World Cup winner’s medal, can be convinced that he’s not too good a player for the Championship is less certain.

Benitez feels that he has had bad luck

The managerial charge of Rafael Benitez in Newcastle United initiated on March 11 of 2016 but so far it has been a fairly disappointing time for the Spanish manager as the amount of points that has been dropped is huge and Newcastle United are still at risk of being relegated unless they can claim a triumph over Tottenham Hotspur in their last match of the season and Sunderland will also have to lose their last matches in order for Newcastle United to have any chance of surviving in the Premier League for another season.

It still remains uncertain if Rafael Benitez will stay in charge of Newcastle United for another season if they are relegated.

Rafael Benitez and his squad dropped points after playing against: Leicester City, Sunderland, Norwich City, Southampton, Manchester City and Aston Villa. These are all of the teams that Newcastle United has faced off with and either lost or had to settle with a draw.

The Spanish manager believes that it’s because of bad luck that his team has dropped so many points and hasn’t been able to jump out of the bottom relegation zone.

“You don’t always finish where you deserve to be. Sometimes, you are unlucky, and I think that has been the case with us during my time here.We have been unlucky. We had a clear chance against City in the last five minutes and conceded a goal in the last minute against Norwich, so things could have been different. But we cannot change things now. The only thing we can do is make sure that if we have an opportunity against Tottenham, we are ready to take it.” Newcastle United’s Rafael Benitez said.

In order for Newcastle United to have any chance for survival in this season of the Premier League, a victory against Tottenham Hotspur is needed and considering all of the recent disappointing results that Rafael Benitez has secured, it seems like relegation is imminent but in the world of football anything can happen.