Rafa Benitez attracted much credit when he agreed to stay on at Newcastle United after relegation.

The club waiting far too long to get rid of Steve McClaren and the Spaniard having very little chance of turning around the almighty mess that Ashley, Carr, Charnley and their previous managers/head coaches had created at St James Park.

Rafa seeing it as a long-term project and confident his experience of managing everywhere from the Spanish second tier to Champions League & La Liga titles, would give every chance of initial success in the Championship and longer-term in the Premier League.

Little surprise that on Wearside there was a very different reaction and throughout the season we have seen some amusing/embarrassing reactions from Sunderland fans desperate to see NUFC and Rafa Benotez fail, including some tremendous chat amongst them as they watched the Brighton match on Tuesday.

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However, fans are one thing but experienced journalists should be above all that…the only problem being that on Wearside there appears to be a very thin/invisible line between them.

Time to revisit maybe the most classic example this season.

Nobody is saying, least of all Rafa Benitez, that the job is now complete after the wins over Brighton and Huddersfield – but fair for us to look back at what this particular clown said back in August – in the aftermath of a poor performance and defeat at Fulham on the opening day/night of the season.

Plus you can’t help but compare what has happened to Newcastle compared to fellow relegated teams, Villa and Norwich.

Formerly employed by the Sunderland Echo before becoming freelance, Graeme Anderson has covered Sunderland for over 25 years.

He has destroyed the evidence from that post-Fulham defeat but we still have it…what a clown saying this after one match of the season, playing up to his Mackem audience.

Graeme Anderson via Twitter 5 August 2016:

‘#SAFC fans will rejoice in #NUFC’s loss tonight – not because they’re bitter but because this Rafalution hysteria has been ridiculous.’

‘Still don’t get it. Why would you want him to stay? He took you down. And he’s never managed in the Championship. #risky’’

‘Just wearied/staggered by #nufc fans who expect to walk Championship under Rafa and then be Champions League.’

‘#safc has to share the same air-space, news-space, TV-space with you and can’t believe the #nufc hype.’

Newcastle fans didn’t/don’t expect to walk the Championship and funnily enough, the Champions League neither.

A simple case of Newcastle fans showing massive relief at having a decent manager at last and one who treats them with respect.

How dare we!

  • Leicester Mag

    Clearly a man with cheesy chips ? on both shoulders

  • Viking21

    I don’t know anyone who expects us to get straight into the Champions League?

    The only ones who seem to think that’s going to happen are the unwashed attendees (use that word lightly) of the Stade de Plight. Says a lot about them really, when they’ve got higher expectations of our team than that of their own.

  • hetonmag

    This man has been an absolute disgrace to journalism over the years especially where we are concerned, a friend of mine was actually banned by the Echo because he complained regularly about his continued bias of everything NUFC.

  • GToon

    What a clown.

  • Wor Monga

    Nothing surprises me anymore…after reading how many of our own ‘fans’ on here condemned Ciaran Clark for one mistimed tackle that led to a penalty, or saw Daryl Murphy as being just a total waste of money who would never get a game for us, and can you believe seriously…some were asking would Rafa ever want to use Jonjo Shelvey…

    …and that’s nowt compared to the flak that regularly gets dished out on here to Colback, Gouffran, Anita, Dummett, and Lascelles, despite the fact they are all standing united to win us promotion from a league that is many times harder now than it was back in 2009-10…

    …Some of those ‘turnips’ don’t even acknowledge that there’s such a thing as the ‘Rafalution’ happening here…can you believe that???

    • Wor Lass

      Completely agree with you here!

      • Leazesl Ender

        Thank you!

    • Leazesl Ender

      You are the Forrest Gump of all vegetables!

    • Geordiegiants

      I agree with you ? %, the stuff that has spewed out of some people has been beyond a joke. So called fans just jumping on Rafas and players backs, for a bad result or mistake here or there. What it must be like to be so perfect.
      In Rafa I have ALWAYS trusted.

  • Albert Stubbins

    Bitter OR SMB for short!!

  • Leazesl Ender

    What Rafalution?….

    …..’Rafa seeing it as a long-term project’… really?

    He’s not going to be short changed by Ashley having seen what Charnley did in the last window….. he will get better offers than those two clowns without a doubt…

  • imrevaradi

    #SMB #Going down #Always in our shadow…

  • Geordiegiants

    He may have done us a good job getting us out of the mire, but you can bet your bottom dollar there is no long term project. He will be away after the final whistle of the last game.

    • East Durham Mag

      Hope you are wrong, however i wouldn’t blame him if he did. Must be hard dealing with the two faced double dealing lying barstewards at the top. Until Ashley, Charnley and Carr are gone this club will be mismanaged.

      • Geordiegiants

        I really hope I’m wrong.

  • Wor Monga

    There’s nothing like a great result to get the Doom Mongers back into gear…now it seems that Rafa will be leaving…where’ve they heard that then…it’s not what I’ve heard…This club will be his project into the long term future, and who knows there might be a statue at the end of it!!!

    • Geordiegiants

      I’m not a doom monger, check my posts. I have backed Rafa even in defeat all season, and given the fans easy targets Colback/Dummett etc support. Unlike a lot of people on here that judge everything on one game and jump on the band wagon.
      I’m a realist, why would he do a job with his hands tied behind his back? Why would he work with Jabba and his muppets? Why would he be lied to time and again?
      He would be snapped up by more than half of the premier league clubs without hesitation and backed to the best of their abilities.

      • Damon Horner

        In truth though nothing is concrete about Rafa leaving, it’s all conjecture and tin foil hat paranoia and something that should really be talked about after the season.

        • Geordiegiants

          It’s all about the long term future of Newcastle, not the here and now. That is how we are in this mess. The cracks have been covered over, but we still need solid foundations.

          • Damon Horner

            It should be about the long term and them at the top should be working with Rafa to make it the case but as fans we’re at the mercy of the decision makers really and having them in charge has taught me not to get too far ahead with anything now.

          • Geordiegiants

            I can’t disagree with that, until they are gone nothing is assured.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    He`ll be off faster than a pair of agent provocateur knickers

  • nevfur

    What a bunch of miserable whinging tossers there are in here. Whatever may or may not happen in the summer with Rafa can be judged at the time but so many are already convinced it’s going to be the end of Rafa and can’t wait to moan and whinge their insightful doom mongering as if they are the only ones who know what is going on up there instead of being just over opinionated know nothings blathering on interminably about Ashley and previous god (in him we trust) now public enemy number one Carr. Ffs just enjoy where we are and let the summer take care of itself.

  • tonytoon

    The anti NUFC bias is childish and spiteful – yet understandable from this ingrained brainwashed Mackem. It’s water off a ducks back. What is much harder to accept is the equally negative and destructive comments from so called ‘supporters’ (they are anything but). Our club has had it’s fair share of difficulties, most of it self imposed, but are currently and very obviously on the right track and yet these sad people continue to aim their poisonous remarks at manager, players and all. Reasoned constructive criticism it is not.

    • Geordiegiants

      “very obviously on the right track”. Well if this is what you are happy with, running on rails until the wheels fall off, then that is your prerogative. Rafa has made it clear he is not happy with the way things are going behind the scenes.
      I’m interested in the long term future of Newcastle. I hope every day that Rafa is going to stay. There is none or very little chance that he will work under such restrictive conditions though.

      • tonytoon

        And there you go offering nothing but an opinion based on nothing in fact. You may yet be proved correct but until then there is absolutely no evidence that Rafa is so unhappy that he can’t wait to leave. Do you really think that a manager of the reputation and calibre of Rafa would still be here now if this was the case.
        Go on with your warped negative view but we heard you the first time so consider not imposing them on what is supposedly a SUPPORTERS blog. No need to repeat yourself over and over and over and …………..

        • Geordiegiants

          So it isn’t fact that Rafa wasnt happy with what went on in the January transfer window?

  • Gallowgate1982