‘Rafa Benitez is happy and upbeat at Newcastle’, Magpies star tells talkSPORT

first_imgNewcastle United winger Matt Ritchie has reassured fans that manager Rafael Benitez is ‘happy and upbeat’ at the club and there is harmony within the Magpies camp.Various reports of unrest behind the scenes have threatened to derail Newcastle’s start to the new Premier League season.Despite making a number of good signings, bringing in the likes of Kenedy on loan from Chelsea, signing midfielder Ki Sung-yueng from Swansea and striker Salomon Rondon on loan from West Brom, Benitez has been frustrated by the lack of funds being made available to him.The Toon army are such big fans of their boss that a section of supporters have threatened to boycott the club if Benitez leaves due to his disputes with the board – using the Twitter hashtag #IfRafaGoesWeGo. 2 Rafa Benitez is a hero to Newcastle fans after taking the club back to the Premier League Ritchie insists the Newcastle camp are all pulling in the same direction Meanwhile, there were reports of a revolt in the dressing room, with players apparently refusing to speak to the media over a bonus dispute with the club.There have been big question marks over how the Magpies will perform this season, but they put in a decent performance in the Premier League opener against Tottenham last week, where they were unlucky to lose 2-1.And Ritchie has moved to calm fan fears over their manager’s future, insisting there is harmony within the Newcastle camp.Asked if the manager is happy at St James’ Park, Ritchie told talkSPORT host Jim White on Friday: “I’d say so, yes, absolutely.“In training he is very upbeat. One of his best qualities is he’s never too high and never too low, and I think that’s really important for a team like us, because we’re not going to win every game, we move onto the next one and try and improve.“That’s one of the very important qualities he gives the group.center_img “There is absolutely harmony within the club, for sure. We had a really good pre-season, although we didn’t have really good results, we got a lot of minutes in our legs.“I think the performance against Tottenham showed we’ve got a lot to work on but it also showed there are good things and positive things we can build on.“With the protests, the fans are going to have their opinion and their say, but I can certainly reassure you that everything is very positive at the football club.“As players we want to concentrate on the football. Everyone is focussed on trying to achieve better than last year.”Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Newcastle star Matt Ritchie IN FULL above! 2 getty last_img read more


first_imgEnda CraigENVIRONMENTAL campaigners may take Donegal County Council to the European courts over the organisation’s refusal to implement European laws to a beach and bathing area in Inishowen.Mr Craig has written to the council insisting that the council is legally-bound to designate a bathing area at Carnagarve – between Greencastle and Moville.“In view of the recent coming into law of EC bathing water directive 2006/7/EC, we respectfully request that our traditional bathing area be designated as required for protection under the provisions of this directive,” Mr Craig told the council in a letter released last night. “In support of our application, we declare that this bathing area, located along the shoreline of Lough Foyle between the towns of Moville and Greencastle, has been in use from time immemorial by both local people and visitors. The beach is located at the end of a Council maintained access road, Lafferty’s Lane, which leads from the main Moville Greencastle road. We attach herewith, photographs taken in recent years clearly illustrating the popularity of this bathing area with both bathers and other water sports enthusiasts. They also show the picnic area and lifebelt provided by the Donegal County Council as amenities for beach users.“Our hope eventually is to attain Blue Flag status for the beach and its contiguous neighbours as amenities are provided in the short term. This protective designation will significantly boost efforts to improve other tourist amenities in the area as well.”The Campaign for a Clean Estuary group has opposed plans for a sewage disposal plant at the site.The council said in a letter back to Mr Craig in January 2013 however the body doesn’t have the money to do it! Here’s what they said a year ago:  DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL FACING LEGAL ACTION OVER REFUSAL TO DESIGNATE BEACH BATHING AREA was last modified: February 28th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more