Quite incredible this attack on Newcastle fans.
The national newspapers slaughter supporters for not giving managers time and backing.
Just look at the way they went on when Alan Pardew was the patsy for Mike Ashley, Newcastle fans knew he was a chancer, just as Palace fans found out, and West Brom ones are doing now.
Yet they (journalists) knew best.
Newcastle fans have stayed behind Rafa Benitez despite a solitary point from 27 because they know he isn’t the cause of the problems at Newcastle, plus seven of these past nine games were against top half sides.
Daily Telegraph journalist Matt Law though, has took it upon himself to attack Newcastle fans for staying loyal to the manager, mocking them for chanting the manager’s name at full-time after beating West Ham 3-2.
What business is it of his to criticise fans for staying behind their manager???
Thankfully, after this attention seeker launched his attack via Twitter, many many Newcastle fans have put him right, with Liverpool fans also piling in, as well as an Arsenal supporter!
Matt Law – Daily Telegraph journalist:
“Newcastle fans singing Rafa Benitez’s name.
“It’s like he never took them down and hasn’t failed to get a PL win in nine games.
“Harsh, I know but I don’t really get the Rafa love-in from the Newcastle fans.
“Rafa shaking hands with all the Newcastle players he doesn’t think are good enough.”
“Oddly enough, Rafa isn’t the problem at Newcastle.”
Some random non-Newcastle fan:
“Team selection not his fault then?”
“You’re right, he should be picking De Bruyne and Hazard.”
Kopite (Liverpool fan):
“Its like he never bought them back up again and also keeps stability alongside a owner whose a complete shambles.”
“Amazing isn’t it. Great supporters.”
Mikey O’Brien (Liverpool fan):
“Journalists and pundits always complain about clubs and fans turning on managers too quickly.
“For once a fanbase gets behind a struggling manager and he says this.
“Wonder if he’d say the same if Newcastle had an English manager.”
Welcome David Luiz:
“Yeah I really hate it when our fans support the manager. You guys are right.”
Dave Davis (Liverpool fan):
“Or came in for the last few games of last campaign and did well, plus got them back up and is getting plenty out of a championship quality squad.”
“English journalism at its finest here.”
“Crazy, showing loyalty to our best manager for years and you’re criticising the fans?”
“You moan at fickle fans that turn against managers then mock loyal ones…. Standard English media that.”
“Unreal you’re actually paid to write about football and evidently have no idea what you’re talking about.”
Paul Ottey (Arsenal fan):
“Weren’t Newcastle already sliding the wrong way when he took over, and then stayed to bring them back up. Doesn’t that count for anything these days?”
“Like most journalists and pundits you haven’t seen the job he’s done in uniting the club/fan base and community.
“Under the previous few managers the club was out of touch with the fans the community and even the press. Without him it would be worse.”
“If you look at the shortlist for the Swansea job then you’ll realise why we’re keeping our faith in Rafa.”
“Has Keith Bishop been on the phone to you or something?”
Stats from BBC Sport:
West Ham 2 Newcastle 3
Newcastle: Saivet 10, Diame 53, Atsu 61
West Ham: Arnautovic 6, Ayew 69 (Saved penalty by Rob Elliot from Ayew as well! 56 minutes)
Possession was West Ham 63% Newcastle 37%
Total shots were West Ham 19 Newcastle 11
Shots on target were West Ham 6 Newcastle 4
Corners were West Ham 6 Newcastle 3
Referee: Lee Mason
Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Manquillo, Ritchie, Diame, Saivet (Mbemba 84), Atsu (Murphy 90+1), Gayle (Perez 76), Joselu
Darlow, Haidara, Dummett, Aarons
Crowd: 56,955 (Newcastle 3,000)
(See Alan Shearer’s reaction to the win HERE)
(Read the instant Newcastle fan/writer reaction to beating West Ham HERE)