It is amazing that they still let Richard Keys out of the house, never mind still pollute the TV screens.

Fair enough, he may have been banished from these shores, but by the power of technology he can still be seen in the UK.

Richard Keys also has his own personal blog, where he writes very similar rubbish to what he speaks on screen.

Half-baked arguments based often on false premises.

In his latest blog, Keys has returned to one of his favourite subjects, namely English/British managers are hard done by.

Rather than just taking about what a great job Sean Dyche has done at Burnley, Richard Keys has felt the need to lay into Rafa Benitez as the main thrust of his argument that Brits are best when managing outside the top half dozen clubs.

Facts are very flexible for Keys and he claims Rafa Benitez only got Newcastle promoted because he spent ‘£102m and took 17 players to St James Park’.

It was actually around £54m and 12 players in the promotion season transfer windows.

He praises Sean Dyche (rightly) for producing a transfer profit this summer, yet fails to mention that Rafa Benitez is currently almost £30m in credit on transfers at Newcastle, having produced a £40m profit in summer 2016 (see extract from club accounts below), spending nothing in January 2017, then a net spend of around £11.5m this summer.

He praises Chris Hughton (again rightly) for the job he did getting Brighton promoted…but then fails to mention that Hughton, as well as David Wagner at Huddersfield, had net spends of over £40m each, almost four times as much as Rafa Benitez.

We can all pick and choose statistics to use but it is pretty disgraceful the way Richard Keys puts forward his ‘arguments’, especially with the lies regarding what happened in Rafa’s promotion season with Newcastle.

He has admitted in the past that he doesn’t like Rafa Benitez and repeatedly criticised him but to stoop to cowardly attacks like this just sums Richard Keys up.

Richard Keys writing on his personal blog:

‘Here’s an inconvenient truth – the three Brits who’ve taken charge at Palace, West Ham and Everton have lifted those clubs 16 places since taking over. Not bad eh? Moyes is fast becoming a hero at West Ham, Allardyce has got Everton moving and Hodgson has got Palace off the bottom and out of trouble.

By the way, if Allardyce can deliver Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January then its ‘lift-off’ at Goodison.

But I’ve often wondered how a ‘Super Coach’ would manage at the wrong end of our league – and it looks like I might be getting my answer. I’ve said before – great credit to Benitez for the job he did getting Newcastle up. It was every bit as good as the job Chris Hughton did the last time they got promoted from the Championship. To get the job done Benitez spent £102m and took 17 players to St James’ Park. Hughton didn’t.

Now the Toon languish in the bottom 3 – having taken just one point from 27. I’ll say that again – one point from 27.   Benitez wants more money to correct the problem. 

Of course he does. I’m sure Alan Pardew does at West Brom. I’m sure Paul Clement does. I’m sure David Moyes, Eddie Howe and Roy Hodgson do. I sure Mark Hughes does. Will they get it? I don’t think so.

No, I’m sorry Rafa, it’s a different game at the other end of the table isn’t it? The run Newcastle are on is NOTHING to do with Mike Ashley and EVERYTHING to do with what’s happening ON the pitch – or rather isn’t happening on the pitch. No Rafa, this one is down to you.

Sean Dyche hasn’t had anything like £102m to spend at Burnley. In fact, last summer he traded at a profit -again. The Brits are obviously doing something right.’

Extract from Newcastle United accounts for period up to 30 June 2016:

‘Subsequent to the balance sheet date the club has generated a net surplus of around £40m in respect of changes to the playing squad.”



  • Danimal

    Just seen it in the Chron. This clown must be desperate for attention if he’s happy to embarrass himself even further with such a dishonest assortment of “facts” and figures. How can he judge one manager on gross spend alone but another guy gets to have his sales included? I remember it was much the same back in the KK days.

  • TheNutJob

    I`m saying nowt till i see me lawyer on this one.

    • Peaky Magpie

      😂😂😂😂 Me as well Nutjob,if I put what I really want to say there’ll be a knock at the door in the morning,straight to the magistrates then toorkey dinner in HMP Strangeways.

      • Haitchdee

        They might send you to jail down south for some ‘Brain reconditioning ‘. To think more Southern,!! God forbid.

        • Peaky Magpie

          😂😂 Im saying nowt 🤐🤐🤐

  • Paul Patterson

    “He has admitted in the past that he doesn’t like Rafa Benitez and repeatedly criticised him”
    That’s where the reading of his comments should have ended . .

  • Mitros gotta start

    Never liked keys much but he makes some good points on rafa

    • paul mclaughlan

      Apart from the lies of course.

    • KRS1

      No he doesn’t. Talk’s a load of biased rubbish, a bit like yourself.

      • Mitros gotta start

        As opposed to the biased rubbish sheep like you spout?
        Rafa is close to having the worst record of any manager the toon has had in recent memory….still he is a world class manager and a technical genius on 5 million a year…..we are in safe hands….nowt to worry about

        • KRS1

          I am intrigued, who would you like to see in charge?

          • Mitros gotta start

            Dyche…silva…howe…if a takeover does go through i wouldnt trust rafa to spend any money wisely anyway….half the players he bought he didnt play anyway…gamez…lazaar…selz…hanley…he doesnt even like his own signings

          • Alreet

            Other than gayle. Atsu. Hayden. Merino. Ritchie. Clark. Yedlin. Yea he hates his own players.

            Btw. Dyche is punching way above his weight. Hes never had money anyway so would probably waste it as well. Howe is doing pap at the moment and silva is a flash in the pan.

          • Mitros gotta start

            The same Gayle Atsu Hayden Merino Ritchie Clark and Yedlin that have all been dropped from the 1st team at 1 time or another?
            Thanks for making my point

          • Damon Horner

            More than ten outfield players signed by Rafa are on the books. He obviously can’t play them all.

  • Leicester Mag

    Seems an awful lot of negative ‘briefing going on at the moment via several Sky or ex Sky lackeys. Coincidence? Seems awfully convenient given possible stalling of takeover and what happens if it falls through preparing the ground for Ashley to get rid of Rafa. Yet again fans being played for mugs.

  • Leazes Ender

    Remind us why he got sacked by Sky…..

    • Paul Patterson

      Because he was found out to be a sexist pig and now he’s bordering on racism . .

      • Jezza

        Spot on.

  • Wor Lass

    Richard has obviously not got a direct line to God or He, in His earthly guise of Clarko, would have pointed out that Rafa has spent far more dosh than virtually any other manager in living memory.

    • Wor Lass

      Of course, when Keyesy has another tirade against the Fat One he`ll be everyone`s mate again.

  • 1957

    Keys is entitled to an opinion but its no more valid than any other football supporter, he has no special insight into football he was just there to feed scripted lines to his studio guests.

    It’s time to just ignore these football experts and their views on the world

  • Peaky Magpie

    Remind me again where your beloved Coventry City are these days ???????

  • Whitehurst

    Monkey man talks some sh*#e!!

  • Alreet

    You strange little man. Another merse and owen giving their wise insight.

    So lets cut into the facts. Stoke 1 win in 8 games and that was against the team bottom of the league Swansea who by the way have also got 1 win in 11. Against the other team next to them west brom managed by keys beloved gaffer (loose term) pardspew.

    Palace are the only team actually making a slight bit of progress but guess what richie boy they have a front line worth around 80 million. Benteke. Zaha. Townsend. So you bet ur bo***s to a barn dance that money talks.

    117 million. Who are you trying to kid.

    Give rafa 80 mill to spend on 3 attacking players and we will be mid table by the middle of feb.

    Jog on boy. Toon fans maybe alot of things but we aint daft. U slack yokel

    • Clarko

      Benteke, Townsend and Zaha cost Crystal Palace ~£46m, your numbers are worse than his.

      Benitez has spent ~€113.05m since he took over, as we sit in the relegation zone, with Joselu as our first choice striker.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        😂😂😂

      • HTL

        That works out at just over £6m per player, dont get a lot for that these days. probably a championship squad that would get you promoted. Not the quality needed for the premiership. maybe a third choice striker from stoke, and a few untried (premiership) foreign players.

        • Clarko

          And who decided to spend “£6m per player”, Benitez right?

          • HTL

            No the club, they decided that getting quality players this season was too expensive, tammy abraham for example, rafa lined it up and the bean counters said no.

          • Mitros gotta start

            Is that the same tammy abraham that chelsea didnt want to come to newcastle because of the infamous nightlife on tyneside?
            That tammy abraham?
            Dont let the facts get in the way of a good story bonny lad.

          • HTL

            If there was no chance of a deal why did Rafa meet up with the player to discus the move? They said no to abraham because of the cost (loan fee and wages), and there would have been no sell on value.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Exactly right,they don’t want to shell out 4 to 5 million with no chance of a return on their money,as they see it.
            Course if he’d been signed and scored the goals that kept us up,then that’s where Ashley gets the return on his investment 10 times over.
            I guess there will be panic buying again in January, we’ve been in this position before when Ashley’s pre season gamble fails……will it be too little, too late.

          • Clarko

            It was Abraham who rejected the move in favour of the Swansea move.

            Benitez is the one who decided how and who to spend the budget on.

          • nufcslf

            No, it was his agent. Players have about as much say where they end up as a toon manager beind backed by the tight fisted fat c**t that won’t do the decent thing and p**s off. Enjoy watching the club falling into league 1 or worse. Total joke of a club as is anybody who backs it along with making excuses for Cashley. Rotten to the core and desparately needs a fresh start.

          • Clarko

            It’s not the 1800s, players are not slaves, they can do what they want.

            Benitez has spent €113.05m on players since he took over.

          • Danimal

            You are truly insane.

          • Clarko

            “You’re insane, I can’t tell you why because you’re right, but you’re insane”

          • HTL

            Like the 4 signings he had lined up at the start of the summer transfer window, the club vetoed them as well, yet as you say there was still money spent during the summer, so why not use the money to buy Rafas first choices? because the bean counters said no. so no Rafa could not spend the money how he would have liked,

          • Clarko

            The four signings/targets were Lejeune, Merino, Abraham and Caballero. We signed two of them, the other two chose to go to other clubs.

            Find me one Premier League manager who signs every single player he wants? Their first choices? It doesn’t happen. Their not buying stationary from WHSmith.

          • HTL

            Lejune (26) and Merino (21) both have sell on value that may increase so could be sold at a profit. Abraham (loan) and Caballero (35) do not, funny how that worked out.

          • Clarko

            Look, you’re just being ridiculous, you don’t have an actual argument so you’re just throwing around made up conspiracies to try and make an incorrect point.

            Caballero didn’t come because he wanted to join Chelsea.

            Abraham didn’t come because he wanted to join Swansea.

          • Kneebotherm8

            You’re being ridiculous,and you’ve got no actual argument, except in your own “Ashley world” tiny mind.
            Caballero,Abraham joined their respective clubs cos we didn’t want to/couldn’t compete to get them “over the line”
            How many times have we heard that one?……………..

          • Clarko

            “Caballero,Abraham joined their respective clubs cos we didn’t want to/couldn’t compete to get them ‘over the line’
            How many times have we heard that one?”

            That’s just not true, you’re uninformed.

            Abraham wanted to join Swansea and Caballero wanted to join Chelsea. Do some research.

          • Kneebotherm8

            So where does your information come from ?
            Would your research be the Sun comic book newspaper?
            You patronizing twt.

          • Clarko

            Do your own research before spouting more imaginary nonsense, dummy.

          • Alreet

            OMG how jaded your views are. Do you know a guy called mike ashley? Referred to on these sites by the name jabba. The fat one. Cashley. The savern pie eater.

            To be clued in. Hes the guy that decides what to spend and hasnt a clue about football.

            And rafael benitez or rafa to the fan folk well hes the guy who has won the champions league a few times. The spanish la liga. The FA cup. Europa cup. Super cup erm i forget the others.

            Bit of a gulf there.

            Or did you say that for a larf?

          • Mike Adam

            Rafa won the Champions League 1 time.

          • Alreet

            Another glaring error on my part. Correct. He took other teams to the final thats right.

            And pardew. Macca. Carver did what???

          • Mike Adam

            No problem, we all make mistakes, even Benitez does.
            I did quite enjoy the 2011/12 season under Pardew though! Finishing fifth was quite an accomplishment for that team.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Said yes sir,no sir,three bags full sir to Mike…….

          • Clarko

            Mike Ashley has no role in the day to day running of the club, you are uninformed. Ashley in March 2016:

            “All I can say is; there is a bank account. When you have emptied it, it’s empty. Don’t come crying to me for more money. [There is] virtually nothing left now. They have emptied it. I have virtually nil affect on Newcastle in reality because I only pick the board.”

            Benitez is 100% in charge of who comes in.

          • HTL

            so who is on the board now?

          • Clarko

            Benitez is 100% in charge of who comes in.

          • HTL

            What about the Southampton left back (Matt Targett) he wanted on loan?, the bean counters said no (would not pay the loan fee), thats why we have not had a left back for most of the season.

          • Clarko

            Targett didn’t come because the length of the loan deal and substantial loan fee and clauses.

            Again as stated before, it’s not like buying stationary from WHSmith.

          • Mitros gotta start

            No….they wanted a stupid loan fee for that deal to go through…and the reason we have had no left back is benitez wont even play his own signing there(gamez) and let 2 others leave the club….all of which were rafas decisions.

          • Kneebotherm8

            If Mike said that then it must be right………one absolutely genuine individual.

          • Clarko

            What does he do?

      • Leazes Ender

        He’s spent minus £12.5 million dope…. the squad is worse than the one that went down you twisted freak.

        • Whitehurst

          Also chuck in the mix that MacClaren was given £75m to spend when we last went down too!!

        • Clarko

          Wrong.

        • Whitehurst

          Exactly my point Leazes! Unfortunately Clarko has as usual missed the point of the article. Not asking much is it?

      • Whitehurst

        Are you a Southern hack in disguise?! In the immortal words of Salt & Peppa: “Let’s talk about net baby”!!

        • Clarko

          Why is net spend relevant to this discussion, we are talking about how much Benitez has spent, he has spent ~€133.05m.

          More specifically, who did Newcastle sell this summer that was so important to the team?

          • Whitehurst

            Have you read the article? Net spend is totally relevant, in regards Keys referring to Rafa spending £102m over past 12 months!!! As for your last point….players sold this summer has nothing to do with net spend and is all about gross spend….which has nothing what so ever to do with my point!! Do you want me to repost my original post in small caps so you can actually understand this? It’s not really that hard to comprehend fella!!

          • Clarko

            The article leaves out key information, the article is spreading misinformation, the article is wrong. Do you know what the full quote from the accounts is:

            “Subsequent to the balance sheet date the club has generated a net surplus of around £40m in respect of changes to the playing squad, a substantial proportion of the player sales are on deferred terms and will be received over the next 3-4 years, with the result that in the year ending 30 June 2017 there will be a net cash outlay with respect to these transfers”

            Key part being,”substantial proportion” and “will be received over the next 3-4 years”, meaning Newcastle did not have a “£40m” net spend last season.

            Benitez has spent ~€113.05m on players since the summer 16 window, that is factual information. It’s not really that hard to comprehend fella!

      • Alreet

        No you are right. Must have been looking at other fees at the time. But then again near 50 million of forward line. Still better than most in the bottom 6.

        Oh did you see that. I admitted something that i got wrong. However 113 million…..wheres that number plucked from. Does it include the players wages and future sell on clauses.

        We have Joselu because the powers that be thought rafa was made of magic and fairy dust and could turn a 6 million player into…….benteke.

        Ahh if only we had a benteke or jamie vardy.. oh no wait…..26 million on one player. No no no rafa wind ur neck in son.

        Bigger picture you see

        • Clarko

          €113.05m – transfermarkt

          That’s how much Benitez has spent, without wages or clauses.

          We have Joselu because Benitez bought him.

          Benitez had the resources to spend £26m on a player, instead he decided to buy Murphy, Manquillo and Joselu.

          The actual picture, you see?

          • Alreet

            Really…..you still dont see it?

            Ok..

          • Clarko

            And there we go, nothing to say.

          • Alreet

            Yes. Again you are correct oh wise one. You win……… I cant see the actual picture where rafa is a selfish single minded butthead that only cares about his ego. He is a bit pap. Anyone can win the champions league but only a few can get relegated 3 times over (pards).

            Yes. You are right. I have nothing more to say……

            Bet you will though.🤣

          • Clarko

            Doesn’t even make sense…

          • thewildchimp

            Ooor (drumroll):
            he couldn’t get anyone decent because our survival was in question from the start…

            Ooor (drumroll):
            he simply needed numbers first to replace the people who have left…

            Rafa’s problem is that he isn’t willing to take risks even when things are falling apart. And occasionally he brings poor players. Because obviously he doesn’t have the time to scout people properly because he is the manager. As for his tactics – we’ll see how good he is on Saturday against Man City. Of course we’ll lose, but at what margin? If it’s by 4 or less, then he is a superb manager.

          • Clarko

            “he couldn’t get anyone decent because our survival was in question from the start”.

            Brighton brought in Gross. Bournemouth brought in Begovic, Ake and Defoe. Swansea brought in Abraham, Sanches, Mesa, Clucas and Bony. Huddersfield brought in Mounie and Mooy. Crystal Palace brought in Sakho. I could go on. It’s his job to get players and I personally don’t think “survival” is the first thing players consider when deciding on a new club (£££).

            “he simply needed numbers first to replace the people who have left”

            That’s not true, Newcastle spend the whole summer trying to get rid players and failed, hence why Colback, Saivet, Mitrovic and Mbemba are still present. Newcastle didn’t lose any first team players in the summer (other than maybe Gouffran).

          • thewildchimp

            1. They did. Who did Newcastle bring? A few lads when all of the other deals failed, some on loan. Every single agent on this planet who has a good player under his wing would say: “Listen, Newcastle is a massive club but in shambles, it’s a big risk.” And that’s it. If a player wants to go into the Prem league – of course we are gonna be at the bottom of the pecking order. Add boardroom incompetence and it’s a disaster.
            If you had money: would you invest in a minor company encountering some difficulties, or a major company that’s rotten on the inside and as stable as a pack of dynamite?

            2. When we were relegated. Or you’d fancy another turn with Taylor and Coloccini?

          • Clarko

            “They did. Who did Newcastle bring? A few lads when all of the other deals failed, some on loan”. Newcastle bought Atsu, Manquillo, Joselu, Murphy, Lejeune and loaned Merino before purchasing him, spending a total of €49.30m. Newcastle didn’t just bring in a “few lads” with some being “on loan”, Newcastle bought six players. Where are all these other “failed” deals? Benitez had four targets at the beginning of the window, those being Lejeune, Merino, Abraham and Caballero, he got two of them.

            “Every single agent on this planet who has a good player under his wing would say: ‘Listen, Newcastle is a massive club but in shambles, it’s a big risk.’ This is a silly argument to make, it’s not objective, you do not know what agents do and do not say. That being said, it’s not even a logical argument, every club outside the top six find themselves battling to avoid relegation, meaning fourteen other clubs find themselves in the same position. Again, football is about money, it would beneficial for the agent to a) advise the player to join the club that offers the biggest wage or b) advise the player to join the club that will allow the player to move in the future, if Newcastle are relegated option b) becomes a reality.

          • thewildchimp

            Well, what do you expect to happen with such budget? To bring in a 50m forward and play who on the left wing, who as the left back, etc.? He scavenged what he could with the pennies he got. Players don’t grow on trees so you can’t just pick ’em when they’re ripe. If he got 100m budget and bought, let’s say, Atsu – I’d say he’s mental. But 50m is nowt when freshly promoted.

            To you all the footballers are robots or greedy savages, it seems. If it’s ‘all about the money’ they why are rich sheikhs coming to Europe and buying clubs, instead all of the players going to China and Middle East? Yes, they do want ‘das geld’ but they also want luxury, fancy girls and, most of all: to play football. If we offered 300m to De Bruyne, Messi or Neymar to play for NU for 4 years – do you honestly think they’d take the money?

          • Clarko

            To put it politely, you don’t know what you’re talking about, you are massively uninformed, below are the spends teams during the summer window 17/18:

            West Ham €45.40m
            Crystal Palace €37.20m
            Stoke €34.90m
            West Brom €45.70m
            Bournemouth €34.30m
            Brighton €47.60m
            Burnley €34.04m
            Huddersfield €44.40m
            Newcastle €49.30m

            Newcastle have spent enough to be competitive.

            This conversation isn’t about “China”, “sheikhs” or “Messi”. It’s about Newcastle, that last paragraph is incredibly silly. Players are going to China (Oscar, Hulk, Ramires, Teixeria, Martinez, Paulinho, Modeste, Ighalo, Witsel, Pato, Gervinho, Ba, Guarin, ect…), “rich sheikhs” buy clubs because they are rich and yes, I imagine those players would move to Newcastle if they were paid £1,442,307 per week. Can you stop with the ridiculous, hypothetical, irrelevant nonsense now?

          • Natturner26

            He did not need numbers. We had too many players yet he kept making crappy minor signings.

  • anyobrien

    He’s a total bell end, bitter about losing his sky job so resorts to sensational lies to draw attention to himself… I feel sorry for him tbh a very very sad little man.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Looks like Fat Mike is using some of his odious contacts to brief against the manager

    • HTL

      Yes this is the second one on the mag today, could MA be going to pull the trigger on Rafa? trying to soften everyone up with the briefs against the manager? He did it with CH and we were mid table then.

      • Kneebotherm8

        Quite believable,and no club sale either,one day the penny will drop for some on this site…………Mike Ashley is taking the pss out of this club and you the fans,all of us.

      • KRS1

        Really worried you are right. Shudder to think who Fat Mike has lined up to take the managers job.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Richard ,you’re a dck.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    An article that moans about a journalist being inventive with figures and then trumping it by being inventive with figures.

    • Danimal

      What?

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        The figures in the article are not accurate

  • East Durham Mag

    Didn’t this pr×ck used to be someone famous? Not now Richard get back in your box please.

  • Clarko

    That isn’t a “blatant lie”, Benitez has spent ~€113.05m on players since coming to Newcastle.

    As for the net spend, you’re either lying, uninformed or selectively leaving out information, the full quote from the accounts:

    “Subsequent to the balance sheet date the club has generated a net surplus of around £40m in respect of changes to the playing squad, a substantial proportion of the player sales are on deferred terms and will be received over the next 3-4 years, with the result that in the year ending 30 June 2017 there will be a net cash outlay with respect to these transfers”

    Key part being: “will be received over the next 3-4 years”

    • Danimal

      Get back up Ashley’s backside where you belong.

      • Clarko

        In other words, I’m right, you don’t like it, you have nothing to say because I’m right, so you’ll just throw “insults” around in place of any argument, because that’s all your capable of. They’re not funny, witty or clever, you can’t even do that properly…

      • Tony Mann

        It will be with the Richard Key part he’s referring to above.

    • Tony Mann

      which Richard Key part will be received???

      • Tony Mann

        Forgot to include the required insult – soz – you cretin!

        • Clarko

          Again, like all of your posts, it just doesn’t make sense. Is English your first language? Do you actually know what you are saying?

          Dummy.

          • Danimal

            Is brain your first organ?

          • Clarko

            Doesn’t make sense as a joke/insult.

            I’m embarrassed to be a part of this fanbase. The stereotypes, they’re all true.

          • Tony Mann

            Nappy.

  • HarryHype59

    I am no fan of the Phat one and will rejoice when he sells up! However, Rafa has wasted millions on utter dross, who are no better and in some cases worse, than the players he inherited!

    His bad buying, odd team selection and refusing to drop certain players, has contributed to this nightmare season!

    He is the seventh highest paid manager in the EPL and needs to justify that mega salary!

    • TheFatController

      The whole point of emperor’s new clothes is that the tailor’s know the emperor will deny the reality of there clearly being no clothes by telling him ‘only idiots and people of low position’ cannot see the fine clothes they make. They thus successfully appeal to his weak ego and vanity.

      I find it amusing you use the same tactic – appealing to the weak egos and vanity of anyone supporing Rafa -in the same sentence.

      You basically suggest that ‘only sophisticated fans (like you, naturally) can see he’s a bad manager’

      So let me get this right? If I, or anyone else for that matter, don’t think Rafa’s [email protected], I’m not sophisticated ?

      If you’re so sophisticated, why have you demonstrated you’re unable to understand the true meaning behind a simple story like emperor’s new clothes?

      • HarryHype59

        Bless..I understand it perfectly! Do I think Rafa is a good manager? Certainly, when he has quality players to select! However, I question the “Borg” like collective adulation for a man whose record here at Newcastle is mixed to say the least!

        I admit he is working under the dead hand of the Ashley regime! However, for a manager who is reputedly the 7th highest paid in the top flight, I expected the team to be better! His signings, team selections and tactics have been questionable this season!

        That is an indisputable fact!

        • TheFatController

          you’re very angry at people who don’t have the same attitude towards Rafa that you do. That anger manifests as superiority, the last refuge of the insecure.

          You don’t sit comfortably in a world that won’t always have people that see it like you do, do you ?

          Do you find your tactic of shaming people as inferior to you gets them to change their opinions and agree with you?

          • HarryHype59

            A certain someone claiming on here, to be an expert on multi million business dealings, because they sold their window cleaning round, clearly has laughable delusions of grandeur and superiority!

            I just find it incredible how many people fell for the “Rafalution ” guff! It is clear nothing has changed nor will do at this club!

      • HarryHype59

        The whole “Rafalution” was a manipulative marketing strategy, designed to deflect attention away from yet another relegation! It had all the hallmarks of an “Emperors new clothes” scenario!

        It was gobbled up by the gullible!

        I think Rafa is a good manager with better players! With the calibre of footballer he has at this club (including his own buys) , he is struggling!

  • TheNutJob

    i see the indian`s are getting restless regarding the numptie`s Rafa`s bought & have to agree to a certain extent it`s not 2 or 3 it`s 8 or 9.
    of course Clarko`s back to keep us straight

    • MadMag83

      It’s fitting that an article about that cretin Keys, should see the return of another giant cretin in Clarko.

      • Clarko

        Don’t forget the return of the “I’ve been schooled by Clarko association”.

  • MadMag83

    Utter tosh. Allardyce inherited an Everton side with some excellent players, so has Moyes at West Ham and Hodgson at Palace. Neither of those lot should be struggling. Benitez inherited a poor team, had to rebuild quickly to gain promotion, and needs to overhaul the squad to bring it up to standard. That’s not to say Benitez shouldn’t be doing better, because he should. But the comparison is flawed.

  • robbersdog

    Around four or five years ago, I met Richard Keys at a charity event in London. He has very hairy hands and he struck me as being a bit feral. He also seems very pleased with himself the whole time.

    He appears to have an ongoing vendetta against Rafa, but to be honest, that’s not why I dislike him. I dislike him because he’s a c*nt.

    • Danimal

      I fully endorse your method of character assessment. What do you make of Mashley and his lapdogs who post on here?

  • thewildchimp

    Lads, 100m for 2 seasons after being relegated is nothing. Especially in our condition. If Man. City, Barca or Real M. spent that much money they could get whoever they wanted. We can’t. We’d have to pay much higher wages for the same players if they would be willing to come here at all. Our 100m and their 100m are not equal.

    Add to that that we ‘lost’ a significant amount of players due to relegation – yes, only Townsend and Wijnaldum were any good – but those holes still needed plugging. So a lot of that money was a waste, in a way. On Championship players. Yes, we got Sels and Lazaar, but we also got Ritchie and Gayle. It’s not all bleak. Other clubs also buy wrong players but the bigger the club the less mistakes are displayed. When Mourinho or Klopp make a blunder you don’t see it because they simply loan them out and no big deal. In our position, or with Sunderland, Palace, etc., when we have to play what we buy because we do not have a lineup made of world class players that we can only upgrade – every single little thing goes under the microscope.

    All in all, with a poor scouting team on his disposal and a greedy owner to prevent anything good from happening – I think he’s done rather well. Many of his reinforcements are massive for the squad right now.

    • Danimal

      Yep. The irony of us trying to take Leicester City’s £30 million – yes £30 million – cast-off in the January window. Rafa’s getting slated because his £3m keeper didn’t work out.

      • TheNutJob

        there`s plenty of others didn`t work out but that`ll have to be behind us now

        • Danimal

          It’s not a precise science. KK I thought did very well (I’m sure Clarko Feckless of Monkseaton will disagree) but for Andy Cole, Sir Les, Philippe A, David G, Venison, Beresford etc there were McDonagh, Cormack, Drysdale, Robinson, Jeffrey, Hottiger, Fox, Kitson etc. Not to say the latter names were total failures, they played a part but didn’t hit the heights of the others. They were punts. Since promotion, Rafa has been restricted to punts. He hasn’t been allowed to sign any blue chip.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    I am no fan of Richard Keys but he does have a valid point here.
    Rafa is in a job which is results based and 1 point from 27 is not good enough in the scheme of things.
    If it were any other manager Tyneside would be spitting feathers right about now and the knives would be out !

    • thewildchimp

      Well, unlike the goons before, we know that Rafa can do better. And that we can’t find many of the same quality, nor will most of them be willing to take this job. But if he’s just going to go down without any guts – then he should walk away. We’ll see what he’ll do after the Man City game and when the transfer window closes. For me, Dec. 27th is the turning point. Well, not the outcome itself – we all know how it ends.

  • Tomb

    Valid points sick of this net spend rubbish we had a premier league squad relegated so of course the other promoted teams needed to spend more. Our squad value is 16th in the league.

    • Paul Smith

      So we are approximately at the level we should be in the league table considering injuries and suspensions..

      And what are you using to judge squad value ? Some website like Transfermarkt ? A website that values Merino at only £1million more than Diame and £2million more than Colback.. And has Manquillo valued higher than Dummet.. That’s what you are using as a realistic guide ?

  • Tomb

    Brighton have Glenn Murray up front the equivalent of us sticking with Daryl Murphy. They might have spent more in the summer but they do not have a stronger team than us neither do Huddersfield. In fact Bournemouth have some incredibly weak players for this level most of who wouldn’t get into our team though granted they have 3 or 4 quality players in there