Jamie Carragher has come up with a very muddled and clueless set of opinions on the current state of Newcastle United.

The former Liverpool defender says he feels sorry for Rafa Benitez because he is being starved of funds by Mike Ashley and having to try and make do with bargain basement signings such as Joselu and Manquillo.

On the other hand, Jamie Carragher then says that Rafa is letting everybody down by making clear that he is being starved of funds by the club’s owner which has meant that he can’t add the two or three better quality signings that would/could make the difference.

We have seen it all before, Kevin Keegan wouldn’t put up with promises being broken by both John Hall and Mike Ashley when it came to the transfer market and Rafa Benitez is the same, he knows when both he, his team and the supporters are being cheated and isn’t going to take it lying down.

Jamie Carragher contrasts the Newcastle mood with that of Huddersfield ‘and almost every team that comes into the Premier League’.

Well the difference is that those other promoted clubs are willing to give it everything to try and succeed/survive, the owners of these other clubs trying everything they can do to help their managers. It might be enough to do well or it might BUT at least they have a go.

Both Huddersfield and Brighton have a net spend this summer which is almost twice as much as Newcastle United. Bear in mind that last season Rafa produced a £40m transfer profit for Newcastle, whilst in the Championship Newcastle have just received almost £50m more than both of the other promoted clubs thanks to the parachute payments and prize money for winning the league.

It is so ridiculous at Newcastle United, you actually have an owner who actively works against his manager, simply because Rafa Benitez hasn’t taken the broken promises lying down.

Mike Ashley having launched a major PR offensive with a ridiculous ‘interview’ on Sky Sports where he was allowed to get away with a scripted delivery, full of misleading claims and half truths. The sole aim of this interview, that was timed to coincide with Rafa Benitez preparing his team for the Tottenham opening  match, being to undermine his manager and portray his (Rafa) as being the ridiculous and unreasonable one.

Jamie Carragher says derisively that ‘Benitez is a god to Newcastle fans now…’.

No wonder Newcastle fans have gone a bit over the top about it, having a top quality manager who sees the true potential of the club (unlike the owner) and treats everything about the club and everybody connected to it with respect.

This after all these years where Ashley did the dirty on any decent person – Keegan, Shearer, Hughton and now Benitez, as opposed to those who he was happy to have because they did exactly as they were told and didn’t expect any say, even willing to do his dirty work in interviews, often coming out with the most embarrassing justification for how Ashley was running the club – Pardew, Carver, JFK and McClaren the guilty ones.

If there is negativity and then failure at Newcastle United, it will be all down to only one man…and it isn’t Rafa Benitez.

Jamie Carragher:

“There’s a buzz about Huddersfield and almost every team that comes into the Premier League. You can see that from what they have produced in the first two games, getting six points.

“It is in complete contrast to Newcastle, you wouldn’t think they’ve just come up because there’s no buzz or energy about them.

“What’s happening off the pitch looked as if it transferred itself onto the pitch on Sunday.

“Looking at Newcastle, I said in commentary they still look like a Championship team, and they do.

“However, you could say that about Huddersfield, you could say that about Brighton, you could say it about Burnley, Bournemouth and those kinds of teams who have come up and done well.

“We treat those clubs differently to what we treat Newcastle. They are happy to be in the Premier League and there’s a buzz.

“With Newcastle, you expect more. You see them as a Premier League club really, who have just gone down, so it is different.

“I feel for Rafa with some of the signings that have been made and maybe the lack of funds.

“However, they are not the worst in the league. There are plenty of other managers who can have the same gripe but he’s not shy at making it public.

You look at Manquillo, he went down with Sunderland and he was well off the pace against Huddersfield. Joselu comes on and he couldn’t get a game for Stoke, but he’s actually better than what Newcastle had.

“He built a Championship team to get out of the Championship and he hasn’t really got Premier League players at the moment.

“Benitez is a god to Newcastle fans now…

“They are writing books about him now, the way he brought them up and the way he’s integrated himself into the city, but his negativity is rubbing off on the whole club.

“All the supporters were chanting for yesterday was Rafael Benitez, not the players. You can see how they feel about him but there’s got to be more of an upbeat mood.

“Continually talking about needing players to come into the club basically means the ones he’s got now are not good enough. But 80 to 90% of the squad are the ones he’s going to need to keep them up.

“You somehow have to lift them and lift the whole club.

“It’s far too negative and it has to change because even if they do bring players in, it’s only going to be two or three. There has to be a different tone coming out of Newcastle because there’s certainly no buzz on the pitch or off it.”



  • Andy

    Getting bored of the 10 yr thread: “get out of our club, get out of our club…..” – how long until that reverberates around the away grounds (home atmosphere still like a morgue!)?! Maybe Gordon McKeag wasn’t that bad after all!

    • NUFCLX

      Your pushing there with your McKeag comment, he was right up there with Westwood.

      • Geordiegiants

        Mckeag and Jabba are/we’re very similar, just on a different scale. Both greedy parasites with their pockets the main attraction.

    • Geordiegiants

      Mckeag was a parasite, in this day and age he wouldn’t of got away with what he did, but Jabba is just as vile a person.

  • Steve Pearce

    Who do you think you are? You continually post such negative comments when you are supposed to be supporting Newcastle United and its fans. Day after day you scrape the sewers to find such lumps of slime as this Chris Brunt Carragher who would have his bollocks kicked to jelly if he came within 5 miles of Newcastle. You should be ashamed of yourself and you clearly do not have the interests of us all at heart. You are a total disgrace and should be kicked to Sunderland where you obviously belong!

    • Guest 2

      Carragher’s comments weren’t made ‘in the sewers’, bonny lad. Live on Sky.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Rafa’s negativity? Carraghers got to be
    kidding,all the negative vibe around this club comes from Ashley, full stop.

  • Cuh

    True analysis if you ask me. For an outsider, he’s justified in saying this

    • Geordiegiants

      No way, Carragher is a pr’ck, Rafa is for the fans, he is doing everything in his power to let us know what is going on, that is not negative, it’s the truth, that is something we don’t usually get from anyone inside the club.

      • Cuh

        I think Rafa could have put it better. English isn’t his first language, I know. Still though

        • Geordiegiants

          To me it’s not coming across any worse than it actually is, Rafa knows, we all know, the players all know. In fact everyone is fully aware of what’s happening it’s no big secret. The only people that are trying to paint a picture of health, is the Jabba hoop lickers.

        • Geordiegiants

          I know where your coming from 100%, but who is he supposed to be dressing it up for?

  • TheFatController

    i think our players would welcome a strong squad, not feel that the manager’s need for more players is a sign they are the victims in all this

    Chelsea and Spurs are looking to spend upwards of £100m each before deadline day, didn’t see any negativity in their existing players’ games on Sunday.

    Do the players respect a manager who answers ‘are you happy with transfer activity?’ questions meekly or with huge self respect – the players know he was promised more, and know it’s needed – why should Rafa act like a patsy? The players would all take him for one too. Look at the Leicester game under Carver for what happens when your manager (coach?) is the owner’s patsy…

  • Chris

    Just finished talking about pundits that I cannot handle listening to….guess who came up. I get home, what do I see lol.

    • Geordiegiants

      Well you could try Prutton 🙄

  • Gyan Satyajit Weerakoon

    I love Rafa and trust him but I do think Carra is spot on here

    • Geordiegiants

      So he should just say nothing like Pinocchio, or tell lies?

      • Cuh

        Not tell lies or say nothing, but saying something like “we will get players to add to the quality of our group, or bring in something new” would have been far better. He literally went out numerous times to say he needs better players. That could be deflating to hear

  • Down Under Mag

    I half expected a quip about the fans and unrealistic expectations…

    Like it or not there are problems with the current squad, we have too many players who simply aren’t good enough, being paid far too much who we can’t move on to free up space (let alone salary) to bring in new ones. The only way we could even hope to bring in anyone new of the quality that we need is to sell half a dozen players or for Ashley to be willing to underwrite the expense in the short term in the interest of long term sustainability of the club – needless to say I can’t see either happening!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    the negativity at Newcastle is down to one man and that`s Fat Mike, do you think those players want to be in a relegation fight this year, of course they don’t they know that squad needs additional players in, Carra`s talking shyte
    💩💩

  • FatParosite

    There are some morons who will take a pundits view rather than researching properly. There are some cretins who will slate fans for even trying to expose Ashley for the carlitain he is. There is a puff piece in the Daily Fail that is straight from the mouth of Ashley involving willing victim & Pardew misfit Elliot. This is a propaganda war people. I know who to believe because the results and the 10 history define it for me.

  • 1957

    Never been a professional footballer so I can’t say whether Carragher is right about the effect on players, but as a player he has experienced Benitez in dispute with owners, so his views can’t be dismissed out of hand.

    This scenario with Ashley, isn’t something unique to Benitez at Newcastle, he has had very public disputes with owners over transfers at almost every club he has been at. Those disputes inevitably result in him leaving a club, famously at Inter where after winning the CWC in early December he was sacked by the 23rd for demanding through the press greater investment in new players.

    We all know where this is going to end the only remaining question is when

    • Geordiegiants

      His views should be dismissed. We wouldn’t want Rafa telling lies would we?

    • Guest 2

      He’s not going to be sacked that’s for sure. Fatty won’t take the hit for compensation of his contract.
      Huddersfield owner is worth around 8 times (or more) less than our multi billionaire – yet they’ve spent more and ours claims he’s not spending anything more of his own money.
      Fact is, Ashley hasn’t provided a single penny for buying players in all of his time here.

    • Marveauxless

      To be fair to Inter Milan, Benitez inherited a treble winning side; Benitez shouldn’t have needed more players.

  • steve

    Totally agree with Carragher on this one, Benitez body language throughout the game on Sunday was awful.

  • Desree

    Carragher is talking sense. Which makes me think that Rafa is more than half way out the door.

  • James

    Rafa knows what will happen if we don’t get the funds. That’s why he’s complaining.

  • TwinFire

    This whole situation stinks! Why oh why my club AGAIN!