On Wednesday, Rafa Benitez was at the 19th UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum in Nyon.

This annual event is an invitation only affair and allows top European club coaches to exchange views.

This year it was chaired by Sir Alex Ferguson and including Rafa Benitez there were 12 current Managers invited:

Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus FC), Rafael Benítez (Newcastle United FC), Eduardo Berizzo (Sevilla FC), Sergio Conceição (FC Porto), Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain), Bruno Génésio (Olympique Lyonnais), Leonardo Jardim (AS Monaco FC), José Mourinho (Manchester United FC), Maurizio Sarri (SSC Napoli), Ernesto Valverde (FC Barcelona), Rui Vitoria (SL Benfica) and Zinédine Zidane (Real Madrid CF).

In one of those ‘you couldn’t make it up’ moments, Rafa Benitez followed up this meeting being slagged off by some attention seeking League One owner on social media.

For some reason, Newcastle fans on Twitter asking Peterborough United’s owner Darragh MacAnthony opinion about the happenings at St James Park:

‘What do you think of what’s going on at Newcastle?’

Darragh MacAnthony:

“I think their manager (Rafa Benitez) needs to stop moaning/play acting via media & get on with doing job he is paid a fortune to do.”

‘Thoughts on Mike Ashley?’

Darragh MacAnthony:

“Good guy who gets lot of grief he doesn’t deserve imo.”

 ‘Feel bad for asking you that question now some nufc fans are going well into you now!’

Darragh MacAnthony:

“It’s ok. Most geordie fans are cool & realise I’m giving an opinion & are educated on the game & it’s all about opinions.”

MacAnthony’s justification for airing his views is presumably that he was asked the questions…

Anybody with any kind of class would keep their mouth shut, at least in public, when it comes to something that doesn’t concern them at other clubs.

Champions League winner, double La Liga winner and Europa League winner, Rafa Benitez, is unlikely to be even aware of this nobody slagging him off BUT it doesn’t stop us (Newcastle fans) having our say/right of reply.

Just because he has taken on Steven Taylor doesn’t give the Peterborough owner the right to slag off Newcastle’s manager.

Obviously he must fancy himself as a bit of a Mike Ashley in the making and his opinion is worthless when it comes to telling us that the Newcastle owner doesn’t deserve ‘grief’ after undermining Rafa Benitez from January onwards.

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  • East Durham Mag

    I’ll jump in first and make the opening gambit.
    Who gives a f*ck what this idiot thinks. He is entitled to his view but who cares what they are.
    Back under your stone idiot.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Just beat me to it mate,was typing practically exactly the same.Who is he anyway ? Attention seeking a***hole !

  • Paul Patterson

    Not sure what possessed a Newcastle fan to ask the question to be honest.
    As for the response, I think it’s about time other clubs owners/players/fans p**s off and shown some respect. There would be uproar if it happened at their club. We are currently just comedy relief to other clubs.

  • Steve Smith

    “I’ll just randomly ask some obscure person, which just happens to be positive, in a public forum on his opinion of Mike Ashley”

    Hmmm…

  • disqus_4YjhbdFXec

    Need to publicise globally the plight of this club, it might just find someone who might want to buy it and get rid of Cashley & Co.
    Since my first match 65 years ago with my dad I’ve never known it being so bad as this, even Gordon Lee seems like an angel.

  • Steve Pearce

    He’s after Rafa’s job when the fat stinking bag of southern pus forces him out…

  • Jimblag23

    How can anyone say he’s a good guy. The government condemned his warehouses to having “Victorian working conditions”.
    What a moron.

    • Guest 2

      And now apparently using fingerprints to identify which staff press the happy or sad buttons when clocking in!

  • Leazes Ender

    From Wiki God….

    Holiday Homes Hardsell….’ MacAnthony appeared in court in April 2012, charged with ‘Theft and Swindle’ relating to furniture packs purchased by clients of MRI Overseas Property which the clients claimed were never delivered. MacAnthony has constantly denied the claims but the solicitor representing the clients, Antonio Flores, claims he has further clients wishing to take action against MacAnthony once the first case is completed.[21]

    In September 2011 a former employee was awarded €157,767.31, plus interest and legal fees by a Spanish Court, for the non-payment of commission by MacAnthony Realty International (MRI)

    Thats the burden of the entrepreneur… getting caught out…..lots in common with Ash the Cash.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Another Scumbag out to fleece the plebs

  • Leicester Mag

    Thick as thieves springs to mind

  • Cuh

    “Anybody with any kind of class would keep their mouth shut, at least in public, when it comes to something that doesn’t concern them at other clubs”

    Not necessarily.

    If he was offering praise, this wouldn’t hold. If he was pointing out a business model the club follows, this wouldn’t hold. So, not true.

    If he were a rival manager, maybe then this set of comments would be deemed harsh or offensive. But he’s so far off, he can speak as freely as a fan or pundit.

    The man has a right to bare his mind

  • Rich Lawson

    He signed Steve Taylor on a 2 year contract (?) rather than pay as you play.Somewhat devalues his opinions ?

  • disqus_GFJ5SSXQ7o

    Wow, I need hankies! what a nasty man, I hate him.

  • Mal

    If you think his opinion is worthless why have you gone to the trouble of writing an article about it?

  • ghostrider

    People should accept other opinions whether they agree or disagree.
    Many fans think Ashley is the devil when it suits.
    Many generally change their mind depending on how well we are doing, as in the championship.
    Woe betide Ashley if he messes with a manager that is adored.
    Woe betide Ashley if he doesn’t mess with a manager some fans are not fussed with.
    Woe betide Ashley if he doesn’t spend big on players and give an adored manager what the adored manager wants, unconditionally.
    Woe betide Ashley for ending up with overpriced players on sickening wages.

    When an opinion gains a following it generally creates the pied piper effect with more and more people choosing to follow it for ease rather than looking at all other opinions that differ from it.

    In terms of Newcastle fans in this case, it’s almost an epidemic of dislike or hatred for Ashley.
    To many outsiders it’s a much different portrayal.
    It becomes varied opinion.

    That’s the nature of the beast.