Stan Collymore has been giving us the benefit of his opinion on Newcastle United once again.

With Newcastle back in the Premier League, as usual EVERYBODY has an opinion on our club.

It’s just a fact that whilst Brighton will in comparison, largely pass under the radar, everything at St James Park will be analysed in great detail.

Before any Brighton fans get upset about this, I don’t think it is any great help when this is happening, clubs that are allowed to just get on with stuff without a media circus, have a distinct advantage.

The pearls of wisdom Stan Collymore has given us, is repeating the old story about West Ham supposedly having lasting interest in employing Rafa Benitez.

We hope that when it comes to transfer cash Rafa would have at least as much as Bilic (or whoever replaces him) to spend this summer, whilst ‘higher profile’ is questionable.

As for ‘London life’. Rafa Benitez’ family would stay in the north west wherever he manages next season, just as they did when he was enjoying ‘London life’ when at Chelsea and their supporters gave him such a hard time, despite winning the Europa League and qualifying for the Champions League in only six months at Stamford Bridge.

Benitez going on record to criticise the Chelsea fans for their hostile reaction to him from day one and their ongoing protests against him being their interim manager.

Stan Collymore though has actually advised Rafa Benitez to turn his back on London and go for the quieter (!) life at St James Park.

Naming Gayle, Shelvey and Perez(??) as the three stand out players, Collymore says that if Rafa gets transfer backing to add to them, Newcastle supporters ‘can expect a top 10 finish’.

He says that the Hammers can offer the Newcastle boss more transfer cash, a higher profile and ‘London life’.

Stan Collymore talking to The People:

“It is certain that Rafa’s promotion with the Geordies won’t have gone unnoticed elsewhere in the Premier League, especially at West Ham, where Slaven Bilic is under the cosh.

“The Hammers can offer Benitez London life, a higher profile and more money in the transfer market.

 “If I were him though, I would stay put at St James Park…but only if owner Mike Ashley opens the cheque book.

“If he does and Rafa Benitez adds to talent such as Ayoze Perez, Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle, then Newcastle fans can expect a top 10 finish.”

  • Alex

    Have these pundits one ounce of intelligence? What interest in “London life” would a 57 year old, portly, family man have????

    • Samuel Brown

      His family live in Liverpool. There is not much difference traveling from Newcastle to Liverpool compared to London to Liverpool, so it’s a completely moot point. But Stan probably doesn’t know this.

      • bobbi fleckman

        I disagree, try travelling on the 3 and a half hour trip on the TPE between Newcastle and Liverpool and then compare it with a 2 1/2 hour trip on Virgin from London. I know Rafa drives or has been given a go in the old Private Jet but crossing the country East to West is far more of a hassle than coming out of London by train.

        • Lord

          Why do I have difficulty imagining Rafa sitting on his own in a Virgin first class carriage chowing down on a microwaved bacon butty and instant coffee.

          • Damon Horner

            possibly because Ashley’s NUFC staff’s expenses policy wouldn’t allow him to go first class?

          • MadMag83

            Depends if it’s a VAT fiddle

        • Samuel Brown

          Yeah, but we are talking margins here aren’t we. An hours difference either way, I’m not sure he will be begging to go to London to take an hour off of his journey!

          • bobbi fleckman

            There is a difference in travelling first class in the Fast train from London and two hours later jumping into his car at Runcorn compared with chugging along on the transpennine, arriving in Liverpool, then negotiating the city to get out to the Wirral

  • Wor Lass

    Stan who? He hed to finish his piece early – he was meeting some mates at the car park.

  • Leazes Ender

    How dare these pundits have an opinion on United… they should remain silent and just say nothing….. true they wont get paid….

    …. I blame those repeating articles from publications I wouldn’t normally look at…

  • Jimblag23

    With all due respect to Perez, it shows Collyminge doesn’t know what he’s talking about cos Ayo isn’t exactly an established star who wows us every week in the championship.

    • bobbi fleckman

      You can see the quality within Perez and although he may not have flourished in the Championship, I think that is as much down to him not quite suited to the league. I think he will be better for the experience but he should be kept. The only issue with him is where does he play within Rafa’s set up?

      • Porciestreet

        Left back ootavit.

      • Geordiegiants

        So what your saying is keep him, although he won’t get in our team?
        How is anyone supposed to take the other (Jabba) propaganda seriously?

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    If he thinks that Shelvey,Gayle and Perez are Premiership “stand out players” I think Ukrika must have given as good as she got, severe trauma can be his only excuse!

    • Leazes Ender

      Mike Ashley went to School with Ulrika, he was besotted.
      This is actually true.

      • bobbi fleckman

        Yes he went to the same school as Ulrika but she was 3 years younger and as much as Mike has an eye for a blonde Swedish lady, Ulrika would have been a little too young for him at School.

        • Leazes Ender

          I’ve met Ulrika.

          • bobbi fleckman

            That does not make you right and what were you doing opening a phone shop?

          • Leazes Ender

            They wanted someone with a bluetooth

    • Doug Dacre

      I often saw Ulrika in the shop while working in Cookham, Berks.
      Rough as a badgers danny…:-)

  • Paul Patterson

    ‘London Life’ Pah, you can keep it.
    The way the Chelsea fans treated him was Disgraceful..

  • Mark Davies

    “If he does and Rafa Benitez adds to talent such as Ayoze Perez, Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle, then Newcastle fans can expect a top 10 finish.”

    Erm I beg your pardon Mr Collymore but dont you know us Newcastle fans arent allowed to expect anything as according to the likes of you and your media pals we are completely deluded…..Just saying like!!!

    • Damon Horner

      haha true, maybe “expect” should be changed to “apologetically hope”

  • Porciestreet

    You need to remember where you were dragged up from ya little Brummie git…!

  • MadMag83

    He’d gain little by joining West Ham, a club with questionable ownership like us.

  • Martin

    Higher profile?! We in the championship was still a more high profile club than West Ham.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Why are some people mind numbingly thick in this day and age but get away with it ?
    Stan Collymore has been another of these holy sages who seem to be experts on everything Newcastle United and pushers of “The Deluded Geordie” mantra.
    I remember him doing a radio phone in for Talks***e or one of those type of tripe where he was banging the deluded drum and asking Geordies to phone in.
    Suffice to say not one of the callers were saying Newcastle should do this or do that blowing his argument out of the water but no rebuke for his actions.

    I for one am sick and tired of Geordies being misrepresented in the media and frankly it is tantamount to slander and libel in my honest opinion ?
    The things that are being said about Newcastle fans would get you prosecuted in a court of law in any other walk of life.
    People like Graeme Souness, Craig Bellamy, Tim Sherwood etc should be hauled over the coals for what they are saying !