Premier League Season Review – Newcastle United

Newcastle United: 18th (relegated) FA Cup: Round Three Capital One Cup: Round Three A worrying slide down the table that almost resulted in relegation in 2015 tested the patience of Newcastle supporters. They had long since grown tired about the club’s apparent lack of ambition and its policy of seemingly prioritising profits over success on the pitch. Merely staying in the top-flight appeared to be the only significant aim of those at the top, but the squad had been allowed to fall into disrepair and as such even that modest…

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Newcastle vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

It promises to be a sombre atmosphere at St. James’ Park on Sunday as after suffering the ultimate kick in the teeth in being sent down by their biggest rivals, take on a Tottenham team that needs just a point to sure of second place. This has been a truly punishing season for the Tyneside club, who are now having to count the full cost of its lack of direction and poor decision making at the top. Progression up the table and ambitions to win that elusive piece of silverware…

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Liverpool vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

Newcastle United can move out of the relegation zone for 24 hours at least if Rafael Benitez can mastermind a victory away to his former club Liverpool, who are finishing the season exceptionally strongly. If the dramatic Europa League victory over Borussia Dortmund was not enough, Liverpool supporters were given even more to savour as they breezed to a 4-0 success in what has to be one of, if not the most one-sided match in Merseyside derby history. The second half of that match was spent simply toying with Everton…

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Newcastle vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

Six games remain for Newcastle United to make an unlikely escape from relegation, and the first sees them take on a Swansea City side to whom they have lost in six of their last seven Premier League meetings. Performances such as the one which saw them surrender at Southampton last weekend are only serving to reinforce the feeling that Newcastle will be losing their top-flight status at the end of the season, and with a bit of a whimper. Half-hearted and lightweight defending contributed to the concession of three goals,…

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Newcastle vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Once again, Premier League survival is at stake for bitter rivals Newcastle United and Sunderland as they meet in a massive Tyne-Wear derby that could go a long way towards deciding which of them will be relegated this season. The hosts will be looking to give the Black Cats a taste of their own medicine as they strive to end an ignominious six-match losing streak in this fixture home and away. The last four Sunderland managers including current incumbent Sam Allardyce have all won their second games in charge, which…

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Leicester vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

It will be an intriguing night at the King Power Stadium as Leicester City aim to maintain their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League against Newcastle United, who have recruited Rafael Benitez to lead them to safety. Having looked on as the North London derby ended favourably in a draw, there was an expectation on Leicester that they would take full advantage by winning at Watford and they did not disappoint as Riyad Mahrez’ fine shot from the edge of the penalty area proved to be enough…

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Steven Gerrard slates Rafa Benitez for decision to sell Liverpool star in 2009

Steven Gerrard has criticised former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez for the decision to sell Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid in 2009, according to the Daily Mirror. The Spaniard had been an integral part of the Reds’ squad for five years before he completed his £30m move to the Bernabeu, and Gerrard has explained in his autobiography, My Story, that he could not understand why the classy midfielder was allowed to leave (via Mirror). “It was clear Alonso was royalty after our first training session together in August 2004, and Rafa…

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Steven Gerrard claims former Liverpool boss DIDN’T LIKE HIM

Steven Gerrard has explained in his autobiography, My Story, that he felt that former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez didn’t like him as a person, the Daily Mirror report. “I don’t think Rafa Benitez liked me as a person. I’m not sure why, but that’s the feeling I got from him,” he said. The 35-year-old revealed that the current Real Madrid boss had a stronger relationship with the contingent of Spanish-speaking players that arrived during his reign, than he did with the Reds hero (via Mirror). “I used to think he…

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Arsenal blow as Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez discusses Karim Benzema’s future

Arsenal have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, after Rafa Benitez discussed his expectations for the forward this season, the Daily Express report. The Gunners have been heavily linked with a possible move for the 27-year-old, with many fans suggesting that the Frenchman would be the final piece in the puzzle that would allow Arsene Wenger’s side to end their wait for the Premier League title. However, Benitez has seemingly quashed speculation by suggesting what he expects of the former Lyon man…

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OUCH! Jose Mourinho hilariously hits back at claims from Rafa Benitez’s wife, and brands the Real Madrid boss FAT

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has already provided football supporters with one of the moments of the season, after hilariously hitting back at claims made by the wife of Rafael Benitez, that the current Real Madrid boss has been forced to clear up the mess that the Special One made at his former clubs. According to the Daily Express, Mrs Benitez suggested that her husband had to pick up the pieces of what Mourinho left, having followed the Portuguese at Chelsea, Inter Milan, and Real Madrid. But, as the Blues boss…

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Rafael Benitez clashes with Real Madrid president five days after appointment

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Real Madrid managers are famed for having particularly short lifespans in the Bernabeu dugout, but new manager Rafael Benitez won’t have done his chances of a lengthy tenure any good whatsoever… READ MORE: Manchester City News and Goals According to the Daily Mirror, the former Liverpool boss – who was appointed on a three-year deal five days ago, The Telegraph reported – has already had a disagreement with club president Florentino Perez about the transfer policy. The Mirror suggest that both men have pinpointed a striker as the man they wish…

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Rafael Benitez confirmed as new Real Madrid boss

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Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has officially been appointed as the new boss of Spanish giants Real Madrid, having signed a three year deal. Benitez – who left Serie A side Napoli at the end of this season – will be unveiled to the media later today, according to Sky Sports. The 55-year-old – whose first job in the dugout was with Los Blancos’ B team – has been selected to replace Carlo Ancelotti at the Bernabeu, after the Italian was discarded following his failure to win a trophy this season…

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