Newcastle United 2018/19
Newcastle United, or the Magpies as they are known, are a Premier League football club based in the North East of England. They were formed in 1892 when two clubs, Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End, merged and play their home matches at St James’ Park, which now holds over 52,000 fans after it was redeveloped around the turn of the century. The Magpies are currently managed by Rafa Benitez, though he doesn’t appear to have the best relationship with owner Mike Ashley, who has been at the helm of the club since 2007, when he bought the club from local businessmen Sir John Hall and Freddie Shepherd, who died in October 2017. Newcastle are recognised as one of England’s biggest clubs, but they have not won a trophy since 1969, when they lifted the Inner City Fairs Cup. Their last domestic triumph came in 1955, when they won the FA Cup, but they have four league titles to their name in their history.
Notable former players and managers include Joe Harvey, the manager of the Fairs Cup winners, Bob Moncur, the captain, Sir Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan. The latter pair, like Benitez, were extremely popular with fans because they understood what the club meant to its community. Keegan oversaw the “Entertainers” era in the 1990s, when Newcastle almost won the Premier League and broke the world transfer record in 1996 to bring Alan Shearer to the club. Robson helped them reach the Champions League in 2002.
The all time record goalscorer is Alan Shearer, who went on to score 206 goals for the club in ten years, overtaking the previous record, which was set by Jackie Milburn. He scored 200 goals during a successful spell early in the 20th century. Scott Jimmy Lawrence made the most appearances for the club with 496 between 1904 and 1922. Only Shay Given, who made 462 appearances between 1997 and 2009, comes close to that record in the modern era.
Newcastle United 2018/19 squad
Goalkeepers: Martin Dubravka, Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow
Defenders: Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Jamaal Lascelles, Isaac Hayden, DeAndre Yedlin, Javi Manquillo, Fabian Schär
Midfielders: Matt Ritchie, Jonjo Shelvey, Mohamed Diame, Kenedy, Christian Atsu, Jacob Murphy, Ki Sung-Yueng.
Strikers: Ayoze Perez, Joselu, Yoshinori Muto, Salomon Rondon
Newcastle United 2018/19 predictions
Newcastle United finished tenth in the Premier League last season, but that was mainly down to the tactical nous and leadership of their manager Rafa Benitez. For much of his new two-and-half year reign at St James’ Park, he has been unhappy with the level of backing, both financial and otherwise, from the boardroom. His grumblings have continued this summer, and his long-term future remains in doubt, with just one more season remaining on his current contract. Right now, it looks incredibly unlikely that he will sign a new deal, and that, added to the other teams’ strengthening, suggests it could be another tough season for The Magpies.
But for all the talk and all the negativity, Benitez remains. He has the quality as a manager to get the most out of his squad; he did that last year, and he can do it again this year. But everyone needs to pull in the same direction; the fans are far from happy with Mike Ashley, even more o than usual, but there is a feeling that they will get behind the team until Benitez goes. It could all change then, but we think, though it will be another long, hard season for everyone involved, Newcastle have enough to stay up. Out betting tip for them is a bottom half finish.
Newcastle United 2018/19 best offers
Top ten finish @ 15/8 with Betfair
Rafa Benitez to leave before the end of the season @ 5/4
Relegation @ 5/1