Dean Saunders predicted a few days ago that a ‘car crash’ was due very soon at St James Park.

The former Newcastle first team coach saying that with Mike Ashley not willing to back him in the transfer market, Rafa Benitez was going to lose any patience he has left.

On Thursday morning Dean Saunders has once again spoken about his former club.

This time he is once again saying that Rafa ‘won’t stand for it’ but also added in that the Newcastle ‘Fans think they should be in the top four or five’.

Newcastle supporters do rightly aspire to be in the top four or five, which every club’s fans should do, BUT we don’t think/expect we should be.

Dean Saunders speaking to Talksport – 10 August 2017:

Newcastle are a massive club with fifty thousand people there queuing up to get in, another ten thousand outside the ground.

“The fans think they should be in the top four or five.

“That is what the fans want.

“Rafa Benitez looked like the man to take them there…but money talks.

“Unless something happens, he is the type of character that won’t stand for it.

“He has obviously been told ‘get us back up and when we get into the Premier League, we will challenge towards the top’.

“I don’t think he will be prepared to manage a team that is treading water in the Premier League.”

Dean Saunders – 5 August 2017:

“The conversation when they appointed Rafa Benitez would have been:

‘Come and get us back up – we will give you a good contract.

‘When you do get us back up, we will let you spend THIS amount of money.’

“The problem is, that spending isn’t happening at the moment.

Rafa Benitez, the way he is, he doesn’t mess around.

“There is a car crash coming at Newcastle.”



  • Kevin Brown

    Who the h*ll says we should be in top five, not anyone I know have come out and stated this, that’s slander on us fans, dean just keep your opinions to yourself thanks,

    • Martin

      If we don’t finish top 3 I’ll be extremely disappointed. ;p

  • shortydave

    Dean Saunders is a complete tool, bordering on David Icke standards of self delusion that he’s a top pundit and anyone cares what comes out of his pie hole .. back to the valleys please Dean

  • magpiefifer

    The problem I have is the Mag publishing rubbish from the mouths of idiots – add Merson,Sherwood,Prunton and others to Saunders.
    They are so ignorant about NUFC that it is embarrassing.Thank goodness for the more accurate,knowledgable comments from the likes of Mick Quinn!

    • Leazes Ender

      Quinn just changed his mind from saying a top eight finish to …… fifteenth.

      Were you being facetious there, Quinns column is ghost written by Ryder.

      • magpiefifer

        No Leazes,I was referring to the comments that Quinny makes on TalkSport,which are usually reflective of many Toon supporters opinions/feelings.

        • Leazes Ender

          Oh well that can’t have been written for him…. I never bother with radio.

          • magpiefifer

            I dip in and out of radio – never read the Chronic,online or paper!

          • TheNutJob

            don`t read the chron, you don`t know what you`re missing

          • magpiefifer

            Oh yes I do – unless it’s changed for the better of course!?
            But with Ryder and co still there I don’t think so!!!!

    • Mal

      I agree totally with your first sentence.

  • Tim Boddy

    ‘Newcastle fans think they should be in the top four or five’

    No we don’t. Absolute bollocks!

    I’ll be happy with anything north of 15th this year.

    • Paul Patterson

      Agreed, it’s call consolidation.

      • Danimal

        I’d call it damage limitation year after year, until he finally dies or sells the club to someone who actually wants to try. As for these would-be accountants who keep telling us he’s “running it as a business”, for God’s sake he’s managed to miss the big Premier League payday in two of the last eight seasons.

    • magpiefifer

      I’d be happy with anything above 18th!!!

      • Leazes Ender

        You would be happy with 17th?

        • magpiefifer

          No,not really happy – I think Ashley’s strategy has got to me so much I would probably settle for PL survival!
          On the other hand!!!!

  • Jimblag23

    “Newcastle are a massive club with fifty thousand people there queuing up to get in, another ten thousand outside the ground.

    “The fans think they should be in the top four or five.

    “That is what the fans want.

    Pundits get paid to spew this sh!t. 🤦‍♂️

  • Leazes Ender

    I guess some people don’t know that what he actually said was correct….. and a slant was put on the quote by the original journalist.

    So who in their right mind doesn’t want a successful club challenging at the right end of the table?

    With Ashley, Charnley and Moncur the most you can get is survival and a ‘Trophy Manager’ to keep the suckers guessing…. most fans know this, some even want this…

    ….there is a name for such people who want 15th……

    …Nobodies…

    • Tim Boddy

      Nobody actively wants 15th. It’s the acceptable minimum. Of course we should be aiming higher, but we’ve got a squad that is a top Champ squad, but only a mediocre Prem squad at the moment. That’s the situation.

      • lukegte

        Exactly. That’s the situation. And there’s the problem. That’s only the situation because of one very greedy man. It isn’t a reflection on the true value of NUFC. So many fans have become pseudo-accountants, where balancing the books or being “big” is the ultimate goal in football, and one needs to “just accept this is where we are”… These are the Ashley apologists, they actually like what he is doing. That’s how poisonous he (and money) is. On the other end of the scale, you’ve got what Man U, Man City and PSG are doing, which is totally sick. The majority of lucid fans of all football clubs, want to be somewhere about smack bang in the middle of these two situations, where they are represented by the true value of their club. In practice, this has now almost disappeared from football.

        • Jezza

          Very good comment.

        • Bigredcat

          When you think about it, there are players now which clubs are willing to pay over 100 million pounds for add fees and wages etc and you’re getting to over a quarter of a billion pounds! I can’t help thinking of the financial crash 10 years ago and that something very similar will happen in the PL. What chance then with the likes of Newcastle? This money madness is surely unsustainable.

      • TheNutJob

        It`ll never get better than 10th Fatty plans it that way

  • Paul Patterson

    Normally I’d argue against misguided pundits like Saunders but judging by the regular comments on this site, it’s hard to disagree with him.

  • Wor Lass

    Good player in his day but he`s not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

  • TheNutJob

    Rafa departs, Nufc end up 15th or 16th with another patsy in charge
    Summer 2018, 50,000 will be queuing to get in
    the Car crash happened years ago they’re still working to reassemble it
    only an empty stadium on Sky will get rid of Fatty

    • anyobrien

      It won’t as long as he’s in the prem collecting TV money he’s happy 😊

  • East Durham Mag

    Delusional (new definition) :-
    Wanting the best for your football club. A little ambition and aiming for a high as possible league finish.
    Con man / liar (new definition) :- Mike Ashley.

  • Soldier

    No news ? things have ground to a halt

  • With the size of the club we should be able to challenge for the top 6, top 10 worst.
    I hope Ashley takes care of that, if Benitez stays(assuming we don’t get relegate and he’s allowed to build on the team he can assemble this year) we can certainly challenge for the top 8 next year, but you are foolish to think straight out of the Championship we can go for a top 8 finish, that is just bonkers for Today’s standards.
    Just look at the squads of the TOP 8 challenging teams, they weren’t build in one season you know.

  • Down Under Mag

    Ah…in the wake of nothing new to report the media drag out has-beens to spout of the same old tired rhetoric and cliches about the club, the fans and their unrealistic deluded expectations I see…

    As i’ve always said, I don’t think any of us EXPECT to be anywhere, but we do expect to at least try…and when we don’t then the fans get understandably irritable. With a club of this size there is the potential to be so much more. Sadly the owners visions are simply related to profit margins and nothing more.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    I think it is time that people started to see through all this rubbish that The Premier League really is.
    It has nothing to do with English Football and is nothing more than a showcase for foreign players.
    A badly scripted soap opera where the club of Newcastle United is cast as the eternal struggler with all manner of pundits stepping forward to give their view, Prediction etc, Despite knowing nothing !
    Who was it who once said there was an unwritten law in The Premier League that two clubs struggle every season and one of them is Newcastle United ?

    The only thing that has any basis in truth is the fact Mike Ashley is a lousy absentee landlord of an owner who is the real reason the club struggle and not any of the other rubbish spouted by so called pundits !