Paul Merson is at it again.

The problem for his though is that when trying to undermine Newcastle United, he has two massive hurdles to overcome.

Remembering what he said/what happened in the past (or not caring what he said) and more importantly, he is absolutely thick.

Those expressions ‘As thick as a castle wall’ and ‘As thick as a whale sandwich’ could have been written specially for Merson.

His latest anti-NUFC garbage sees him stating that Rafa Benitez will definitely leave Newcastle United AND that he is right to do so.

He has came up with a list of reasons as to why the United boss should walk out on the club he has just got promoted at the first attempt…

Paul Merson says that Rafa should leave because there might be a transfer embargo due to the HMRC investigation, funnily enough he doesn’t say the same about West Ham who were raided on the same day. Plus, with the investigation said to involve any number of clubs, players, agents – Merson is too think to realise that any possible outcome/punishment would be way down the line and if there was any punishment, it would almost certainly be in the form of fines, not a transfer embargo.

Merson also says that the possibility of not getting as much transfer cash as he’d like, is another reason to walk. Obviously this is a worry for Newcastle fans but then any number of managers will be going into this summer trying to persuade club owners to give them as big a budget as possible. Again, why just single out Newcastle?

He says ‘Without new signings they’ll finish 15th or 16th at best’…well I think the fans would expect almost certain relegation without any new signings, Rafa Benitez will be able to make signings – it is just a case of how many and at what level he will be shopping.

Paul Merson says ‘You have to think long-term in this game’ and that Rafa Benitez ‘might wonder what’s coming down the line at Newcastle’. Merson is a fine one to talk about thinking long-term when you consider how he managed his whole career in terms of not looking after himself. Again, every Premier League manager can worry ‘what if’ about the future at their club and it’s not just Rafa. Newcastle supporters expect that every season he is at St James Park, Benitez will have to fight his corner every time when it comes to transfer budgets BUT that doesn’t equal him wanting to walk away now because of what might be around the corner.

If you did really doubt the existence of Paul Merson’s lame anti-Newcastle stance, then just look (see below) at what he said in May 2016 after Newcastle’s relegation.

Merson laid a significant part of the blame for Newcastle’s relegation at Rafa Benitez’ door and compared him unfavourably to Sam Allardyce, even though Rafa Benitez had only 10 games to save Newcastle in a hopeless situation.

In May 2016, Paul Merson confidently predicted/hoped that Rafa would walk out on Newcastle, saying:

“Did they really think if they went down that Benitez was going to stick around to get them back up?

“He started the season managing Real Madrid. I can’t see how you can go from the Bernabeu to the away dug-out at Burton so quickly – can you?”

Hopefully in 12 months time, Paul Merson will be yet again telling us all that Rafa Benitez is leaving Newcastle United…

Paul Merson – 29 April 2017:

“Rafa Benitez can leave Newcastle a hero if he walks out this summer – and I think he will.

“He’ll wonder how much further he can take them in the Premier League.

“It doesn’t look like they will be denied promotion because of the tax fraud probe but what if they’re hit with a transfer embargo?

“He might wonder whether it’s worth it if he doesn’t get a big transfer budget. Without new signings they’ll finish 15th or 16th at best in the Prem.

“And he could walk into another job fairly easily. He would be in demand. The fans shouldn’t hold it against him either.

“He stayed and took them straight back up when he could have walked away. He can leave with his head held high.

“You have to think long-term in this game and he might wonder what’s coming down the line at Newcastle.”

Paul Merson – 14 May 2016:

“Benitez will leave Newcastle.

“Sam Allardyce must have enjoyed sending Newcastle and Rafa Benitez down this week.

“Without Jermain Defoe’s goals they would never had stayed up, but Allardyce is the master of survival.

“He’s been there and done it before. He knows what to do. Benitez? He hasn’t. Newcastle had to beat Aston Villa last week and they played one up front.

“That was criminal for me. I said when he took over that Benitez is the sort of manager who sets teams out not to lose games, instead of trying to win them, and look what happened.

“Did they really think if they went down that Benitez was going to stick around to get them back up?

“He started the season managing Real Madrid. I can’t see how you can go from the Bernabeu to the away dug-out at Burton so quickly – can you?”

  • Geordiegiants

    You have to think long term? What a stupid statement in it’s self.

    • Jezza

      Yes I thought alcoholics were supposed to take it one day at a time.

  • bobbi fleckman

    It looks like his scriptwriter is Leazesl /mmm, it’s exactly what they have been posting on these comment boards for weeks.

    • Leazes Ender


  • Leazes Ender

    If there is a ‘transfer embargo’ then all the more reason to shop early before they bloody well implement it…. otherwise its a points deduction and no way of bouncing back because it will mean relegation yet again…. this is the North not Lancashire and London who control football…. the do this to the North!

    If Charnley is his usual lack luster self then Rafa will most probably walk or more likely get a few offers he cant refuse.

  • Allan Barron

    Perhaps Merson should keep his gob dhut and go back to crawling on his hands and knees along those white lines je loved so much .

  • relaxed

    Why do people give this tool air
    He is just provoking people for a reaction and he is getting it
    Best ignored

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Puddled with the drink

    • bobbi fleckman

      He’s just saying what you post on here every day.

  • DubaiExpat

    Honestly man – who cares what this soak thinks?

  • Jimblag23

    I honestly believe he hates us cos he’d of loved to play for us, sorry merse you were just too sh|t.

    • Paul Patterson

      He went for ‘Boro instead. Maybe the chemicals had an effect after all . .

  • Polarboy

    Pundits have become old women stirring the pot at every chance. It’s pretty pathetic that most of them have to talk utter shyte just to get attention. Then again most of them are probably just that thick.

  • Paul Patterson

    Been on the drinky drink by the looks and the sounds of it . .

  • Lord

    Hope Mike doesn’t read this and believe it: “Without new signings they’ll finish 15th or 16th at best in the Prem.”

  • Arty Hume

    Not going to be popular with this thought but here goes. We could let some of our players go the dark side and get Pickford and possibly De Foe, just a thought, and no money changes hands.

    • bobbi fleckman

      I suspect Defoe will go south, more than likely Bournemouth where he started. Pickford is good but we have an embarrassment of riches between the sticks.

      • Paul Patterson

        Agreed. If we could tempt Defoe then great, a goalkeeper wouldn’t be needed and would be a waste of funds anyway.

        However, if they want Colback . .

    • Jezza

      No money would need to change hands for Defoe. He can leave on a free transfer as a result of relegation. It’s in his contract.

  • Wor Lass

    Jackie – you could have finished the article at the end of the third sentence.

  • Toontone100

    Funnily enough .. I dont ever worry about what Paul Merson is saying ….

  • Taz

    Still drunk Paul???? Stupid alcoholic with a brain the size of a pea.

  • David Richards

    I’m sick to death of these people trying to undermine our club. We must be doing something right because everybody not connected to the club seems to have an opinion. Don’t see Merson and crew speaking about Brighton in the same way. Maybe they’re all a bit scared that we might do well next season. Who knows? Kev did pretty good in our first season and I remember a certain George Best predicting we would go straight down! I’ve been going to SJP for 50 years this year so I think I can top trump all these so called pundits when it comes to talking about NUFC.