Discussion in 'Pitchside - Football Forum' started by Zoran, Aug 5, 2016.
Rafa's first XI for tonight's opener at the Cottage:
That's a pretty stout lineup, it seems to me. Ayoze Pérez and Dwight Gayle up top could be pretty lethal in the Championship. Hope they gel. Unchanged FB's from last year. Colback's energy. Vurnon Anita. All the best for Rafa's new campaign. Wonder if there is a stream for gringos.
It is on BeIN Sports.
Mitrovic should be well able to score 20+ goals once he returns from suspension. Armstrong is another young player who has plenty of potential and was excellent at Coventry on loan last season.
I can still see Rafa signing another attack midfielder as there doesn't look to be many goals in that area of his squad.
I suspect Rafa has the Championship won in record time and by a massive margin. I further expect him to have Newcastle in the top half of the Premiership in the 17/18 season.
Apparently showing in youtube these days....
You sure pal?
I tried several of those Youtube streams. All duds. Don't have BeIN Sports. Also, quickly hit a few Newcastle fan sites but could not find any recommended streams. Almost like visiting the Stone Age. It's a bummer.
Evening @El Dorado and all,
Your wish is my command ... or something.
If you like endless misplaced passes and disjointed attacking play, you'll love this one. You haven't missed much so far.
Fulham 1 up
It won't be that easy, you've got a decent set up at Villa and the league is a dog fight.
loss for Rafa
Entertaining match, though. 2nd half anyway. Speed and openness of play. Much better than some of those boring Euro 2016 defensive snorefests. Could have been 3 or 4 more goals. By the look of it, I'd say Jonjo is going to be an issue for his manager. Has the petulant look about him, doesn't seem to be enjoying his relegated life.
Either that graphic is wrong, or Rafa really did only name 6 subs. Anyone know why he didn't name the full 7?
Yeah it's a mistake, Shelvey was on the bench as well.
OK, thanks mate.
Blackburn are predicted to be in the Championship relegation mix, and are starting that way. Down 3-0 25 minutes in at home versus Norwich. Owen Coyle's career has really gone sideways in the past few years.
He should have stayed in America.
I have a feeling Wednesday and Ipswich will be up there with Norwich, Villa and Newcastle. QPR too most probably.
Just had the best laugh of my life. Ian Holloway comparing Ross McCormack to Messi and Ronaldo. Holloway really is nuts!
Might have to postpone the parade in Newcastle - home loss to Huddersfield is not good at all, they will be chasing the leaders now.
Rafa to get the boot midway through the campaign.... can see it happen now.
With their spending, the pressure will definitely build. Rafa needs to put a marker or two down, they play both Bristol and Brighton this month so have a chance to reel in some of the leaders.
After one defeat?
I also can see that happen.
But only if he doesn't deliver.
I think he needs to realise he is in a very different league structure with very different style of play needed to employ. If he persist on his way of tackling the big European tactical teams, he will soon see himself in the midtable fighting with the likes of QPR. Championship is not a league for idealist.
One defeat? I said, midway through no? Besides did he messed up twice already?
Well, I wanted to say that after one defeat we shouldn't expect him to fail.
Didn't realise that the championship already has played 2 games.
You are right, that doesn't look too good at the moment.
Newcastle is too small for him, anyway.
It is one thing to get fired from Real Madrid, it is another to get booted off by Mike Ashley. He might not find another job again if he doesn't get his act together. I may have been very appreciative over what he had done for us, but by god he needs to change his ways. Championship boys don't play like those in the Premier League, or especially not any European side. He will have to find the balance between chaos football, and very measured way of dealing with his setup. He also needs an inspiration fella in the team to help him get the players all riled up for the game. I didn't see this one, but I saw the first game and they were pretty lifeless.
The signings Newcastle have made haven't been great, but Rafa's using the scouting network already in place there. A lot of Newcastle fans think that Graham Carr should have been sacked ages ago. Rafa needs to get his head round this division. There's a long way to go, but 2 losses from 2 games is never a great start.
This was just before the Fulham game:
Oops, not good at all this... so much pressure heaping up there already... hopefully Rafa will get it around quickly. Steep learning curve there for him it seems...
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