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Attention seeking League One owner slags off Rafa Benitez and praises Mike Ashley

4 years ago
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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.

(All contributions from Newcastle fans welcome, send articles (as well as ideas/suggestions) to [email protected])

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