Jamie Carragher has been speaking ahead of Sunday’s match at St James Park.

For the first time, Rafa Benitez will host Liverpool on Tyneside.

However, Carragher sees bad news ahead with divorce on the cards for Rafa and NUFC, the Sky Sports pundit telling Newcastle fans ‘So enjoy it while Rafa is here’.

The former Liverpool defender thinks it is inevitable that the manager and Mike Ashley will clash again and that it won’t be ‘a happy and long marriage’ for Rafa Benitez and the club.

In the shorter term though, Jamie Carragher has more positive news and declares that just because of Rafa’s presence ‘I don’t think there’s any chance of Newcastle going down’.

Back on the negative side though, he says it is impossible to turn Newcastle United into a force when Ashley limits the manager into buying a Stoke reserve such as Joselu to play up front.

Jamie Carragher speaking on Sky Sports:

“I don’t expect to see Rafa Benitez at Newcastle over a sustained, long period of time.

“I think eventually something will happen with him and the owner and unfortunately for Newcastle this is not going to be a happy and long marriage.

“So enjoy it while Rafa is here.

“You can’t turn Newcastle into a force if you’re buying players like Joselu, who was a squad player at Stoke, who Newcastle are probably going to rival this season, maybe in the bottom half of the table.

“I don’t think there’s any chance of Newcastle going down, just because of the manager.

“He is very pragmatic and he’ll make it very difficult.

“I don’t think Liverpool have got an easy game going to St James Park at the weekend. You saw how they were against Tottenham before they went down to 10 men.

“In every game Newcastle have, you will very rarely see them lose 4-0 or 5-0, as you might see teams in the bottom half of the table.

“I think that is where Newcastle will be but I don’t expect to see them in a relegation fight.”

  • Georgia Peter

    Just another G085hyte Pund!t now. Who knows what the future has for Newcastle United.. I still think Rafa has the inside line on poss takeover and is keepng stum. Time will tell.

    • Kneebotherm8

      We live in hope,if there’s no takeover,though,then Carraghers words make sense.

  • Paul Patterson

    Er Jamie, we did beat Stoke you know..

  • Soldier

    he`s right, Rafa wants a team to progress the owner is happy with the status quo, survival on the cheap

    • NUFCDan

      Agree. I think he’ll be here for a little while yet but without significant investment he’ll be thinking ‘there’s only so many times I can work miracles with no budget.’

  • Steve Pearce

    This walking talking human rat hasn’t read stories of our impeding sale. As he can’t read anything more complicated than the Daily Star and the first news of it was in The Times it would have been way above the capabilities of his tiny brain to understand grown-ups writing anyway. So he just joins the list of despicable Toon knockers who we just ignore as they waffle on in total obscurity.

    Do you need a translation Jamie…..

  • tonytoon

    Carragher is another ex Liverpool employee who can’t understand that Rafa could actually enjoy the same adulation anywhere else that he received at Anfield. He looks for any sign that Rafa is unhappy, seeing the obvious frustrations that Benitez has with the owner as proof that he will walk away.

  • East Durham Mag

    “Well Jamie what qualities do you think you would bring to the Sky Sport team?”
    “I hate those Geordie [email protected]
    ” Great your in!”
    Sky Sports job interview.

  • Jimblag23

    What on earth would he actually know about Rafa or tinge inner workings of Newcastle?
    Sky needed something for Monday Night Football which would create a quote to advertise Super Sunday next weekend.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Another great disciple from the self pity city who probably lives in Manchester.Moron.

  • Oldgeordie

    The bloke can’t even speak correctly never mind having anything worthwhile to say.

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    I’ve no idea what Carragher has said that is so objectionable. He is merely pointing out that Rafa and Ashley are incompatible, which they are. Rafa may receive as much adulation at Newcastle as he did at Liverpool but nowhere near the same support, as long as the Corpulent One remains here that is.

    • Peter

      Well said…..

  • Anne Mumford

    Much as I hate to say it I have to fully agree with Hughie_Gallacher. We need Ashley out

  • Marveauxless

    Everything Carragher said makes perfect sense, Newcastle United are not important enough for their to be some media conspiracy against us.
    Newcastle cannot establish itself consistently in the top 8 without considerable financial backing and if Newcastle can’t progress beyond mid-table then they cannot be considered to be a long-term project. If another Premier League team were to offer him adequate financial backing to compete for the top 8 I can see no reason why he would stay at Newcastle.

  • ghostrider

    These ex player pundits are on a classic slag Newcastle United (and other choice clubs) off first and rise in stature as a top expert match and club analyst.
    Good defender who never won any league title with Liverpool.

    I don’t mind listening to him but he’s so far up his own aris.
    Gary Neville is miles ahead of him in the BE REAL stakes, I think.

  • ianscapegoat

    So this thick scouser has a direct line to Rafa now has he?? How the hell does he know what Rafa is thinking???