Michael Gray thinks that Rafa Benitez is the best signing Newcastle will make this summer, if they manage to keep hold of him.

The Sunderland fan and former player declaring ‘The guy is a born winner’.

Gray has just watched Sunderland fall apart and the future looks desperate for them, so it must be sticking in his throat as he sees Newcastle replacing them as CHAMPIONS!

Michael Gray speaking on Football on 5:

“Newcastle started very brightly (against Barnsley) and the first goal was fantastic.

“A great move finished off by Perez, it was a superb performance from them.”

(Presenter and Newcastle fan…) Lynsey Hipgrave ‘Worthy winners?’

“Take nothing away from them.

“I said at the start of the season they would get over a hundred points but congratulations, they bounced straight back.

“That was the job they had in hand at the beginning of the season and they have done that.

“Again, like we said at the start of this season, the hard work starts now.

“Keeping hold of Rafa Benitez is their best signing, that is what they have to do.

“They have to back him with funds, because lets face it, this team is not good enough to stay in the Premier League – but I think they will get backed with maybe £100m.

“The guy (Rafa Benitez) is a born winner.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 3 Barnsley 0


Newcastle: Perez 23, Mbemba 59, Gayle 90

Possession was Barnsley 44% Newcastle 56%

Total shots were  Barnsley 8 Newcastle 15

Shots on target were Barnsley 3 Newcastle 8

Corners were  Barnsley 4 Newcastle 10

Referee: James Linington

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Mbemba, Hayden (Haidara 13), Dummett, Gouffran, Colback, Shelvey (Diame 72), Atsu, Perez, Mitrovic (Gayle 80)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Lazaar, Anita, Murphy

Crowd: 52,276 (2,789 Barnsley)

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  • Geordie-7676

    We wont be getting £100m, more around the 60-70 region, but in all honesty, that should be enough to consolidate for a year.

    It is important for everyone to remain relatively grounded over the next 3 months….lets enjoy the summer as champions, and use this time to accept that the rebuild that needs to happen is not going to happen over the course of 3 transfer windows (2 of which have already been and gone). We have a long road ahead of us before we can start competing where we all feel we should be.

    As long as Rafa is at the helm, success wont come immediately, but is on the horizon……hopefully

    • We see that more money doesn’t get you better players, Leicester, Everton and Tottenham have proven that you need to have proper managers and scouts to get the right players. We need to emulate their model and get good and experienced players who are under the radar, plenty of those around.
      It’s going to be an exciting summer and I think Rafa will want to do most of his business early to get the team to gel.

      • Andy Mac

        Agreed which is why the “McCarthy for £20m” story is just such horse sht !

      • Geordie-7676

        Definitely…..if a player has a good season their values treble pretty much overnight, without any real justification.

        Look at Mahrez as an example – Had an absolute screaming season last year, with people touting ridiculous sums for him over the summer – dont get me wrong, he is a good player, but look at him this year, he isnt half the player he was last year.

        Steady, solid, and importantly, grounded players are what we need, players that understand work ethic and success come hand in hand.

  • Mrkgw

    Well chosen words from Gray. Have to say that he offers more of a balanced view of things despite his previous allegences. Sky coverage yesterday was utterly shocking and I thought that Alan MacInally was grossly unfair in singling out Atsu as a player that he didn’t think was good enough for the Premiership. I actually hope that we sign Atsu and that he makes him eat his words!

    • The Vicar

      Stop on. Agree 100% with every syllable.
      Surprising from Gray but hats off to him.
      Sky – shocking.

  • Andy Mac

    So “worthy winners” then Fanboy ?

  • Leicester Mag

    Comes to something when Mackem Micky is one of the few ex-pros talking any sense. The rest sound like little more than bitter cynical washed up, has beens ( or in the case of Cundy never were). The standard of analysis across both Sky and Talk Sh^te is pathetic. Cundy / Merse et al go take your bitterness back into the Whine bar some old drunken tramp might be p!$$ed enough to listen to you.

    • Andynufc

      Spot on with your comment. Actually cant believe the bitterness towards Newcastle from the media and so called knowledgeable pundits. Seems they were desperate for Newcastle to fail from the very first game of the season. I find it funny how, before a ball was kicked, they predicted that Nufc would struggle in the championship and Rafa would find it difficult as he didn’t know the league. Now all am hearing is that nufc should have walked this league without a single defeat with the amount of money spent and having a champions league winning manager. People seem to forget Aston Villa spending 80-90 mill this season and they started the season with Roberto Dimatteo (CL winning manager with Chelsea). This league is tough to get out of. Certainly better than the last time we got promoted. Personally I glad to see the back of this league. Filled with bitter managers, fans and dodgy refs.