Lee Charnley, Rafa Benítez & Jamaal Lascelles issue ‘joint message’ to NUFC fans – Read it here

Ahead of tomorrow’s opening day of the season clash with Spurs, Lee Charnley, Rafa Benitez and club skipper Jamaal Lascelles have sent a joint message to Newcastle fans – asking for ‘unity’ now the transfer window is closed and the new season is about to begin.

Getting straight to it, here’s the message they’ve sent to fans on the club’s official website in the last few moments, praising the seven new signings, the work that has been done to secure them and asking fans to now get behind the team to give us the best chance of success over the new season:

“Dear supporters 

“As the transfer window closes and attentions turn to the start of the season, we wanted to make this joint statement, on behalf of everyone at the club.

“Doing good business in a transfer window is about ending the window clearly stronger than when you started and we believe we have done this. The view we all share is that we have a better squad now than the one that finished tenth last season and all involved have worked tirelessly to make this happen.

“Collectively, we must extend praise to Steve Nickson and his recruitment team. Their operations are year-round, but they have worked day and night in recent months to support efforts to enhance the squad.

“We are all excited about the seven players who have joined us this summer. Their combined experience in the Premier League and at an international level – with three of them appearing at this summer’s World Cup for their respective countries – cannot fail to strengthen us. 

“Martin Dúbravka and Kenedy have already proven themselves to be fantastic players here and we are confident that Ki Sung-yueng, Fabian Schär, Yoshinori Mutō, Salomón Rondón and Federico Fernandez will be excellent additions to the dressing room.

“Given our finishing position last season, we already had a team of players who were more than capable of performing well in the Premier League. They have shown heart, guts and determination and the inference that they are ‘Championship’ players and not good enough is unfair and untrue. The players all believe in themselves and in the quality of the squad, and we all believe in the players.

“Now, it’s about all of us pulling in the same direction, for the good of the club. This came through strongly in a recent positive call between our owner and senior members of the squad, who agreed that better dialogue going forward will benefit all parties and is in the best interests of the club.  

“With the transfer window now closed, the focus should be on unity and getting behind the efforts on the pitch. 

“We know our supporters are incredibly passionate and we know that passion will be channelled into supporting the players we have in black and white on Saturday, and every matchday thereafter home or away.​”

Lee Charnley, Managing Director

Rafa Benítez, Manager

Jamaal Lascelles, Captain

Whilst this is claimed to be a ‘joint message’ from all three, it makes me wonder if the board are now pleading with fans to get behind the team amid claims that protests could occur against a certain Mike Ashley?

What do you make of it folks?

It’s positive, but it doesn’t quite add up given how frustrated Rafa has been left by our lack of ambition and activity this summer..

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

6 thoughts on “Lee Charnley, Rafa Benítez & Jamaal Lascelles issue ‘joint message’ to NUFC fans – Read it here

  1. we expected more I know but we have what we have and we still have Rafa, we have brought some new players who will improve us, but the competition has also improved and time will tell.

    We are United we are Newcastle United


  2. I used to work for a firm like NUFC.
    At critical times for the business they would “chuck a few biscuits” at the staff to smooth over short term issues. Ashley appears the master at this “short termism”.

    Let’s get behind Rafa and the lads, and show any new owner we are worth the “Substantial” investment.


  3. Luke Edwards reporting that signings didn’t come, and Rafa denied full football control, because of the flops of Sels, Lazar and Gamez.

    What a farce! Like the long list of no hopers signed by Carr and his predecessors is some kind of measure of success?

    And Charnley putting his name to this release, after signing fatty’s letter the other day, just rubs salt into the wounds.


  4. Rafa’s done the best he possibly can considering the difficulties Le Knacka placed in his way.
    His hard work is matched by the players effort on the pitch and whether they are his first or last choice no longer matters. We have what we have and the season starts tomorrow. Let’s get 100% behind the manager and players and see where it takes us.
    Hopefully ‘The curse of the house of Frazer’ will strike Ashley and we’ll be rid once and for all.
    I admit I made the curse bit up but nowt wrong with wishful thinking. 😎


  5. Let’s hope the cameras show the dissent amonst fans on the terraces. Ashley will and deserves stick.
    Wants to make House of Ashley the working man’s Harrods, shame he couldn’t make Newcastle the working man’s Barcelona.


  6. Looking forward to the game tomorrow and seeing a few of the new faces in action, hopefully Kane maintains his excellent record of never scoring in August.
    Great site Olly 🙂


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