Jermaine Jenas thinks that there has never been a time in Premier League history when teams are less afraid of coming to St James Park.

Newcastle have failed to score in five of their last six league home matches and have only picked up one point from the last 18 at St James Park.

Looking at the players ‘individually’, Jermaine Jenas doesn’t think they are good enough for the Premier League.

To sum it up, the former Magpies player says ‘If Newcastle remain in the Premier League, then as far as I’m concerned, it is a miracle. I really do.’

The one thing Newcastle United do have going for them, in the opinion of Jermaine Jenas, is predictably Rafa Benitez.

Jenas says that if the Spaniard wasn’t there ‘I honestly think that 100% they would go down.’

The BBC pundit obviously thinks people generally don’t realise just how weak this Newcastle squad is due to lack of investment, saying this Newcastle side ‘is not a top team, it is really not’.

On Friday, Rafa Benitez also made this clear, when he said ‘For me it is obvious, he (Mike Ashley)  knows he has to improve the team, so that we have the quality which allows us to stay in Premier League. I have made it clear (to Mike Ashley) that we need some help.’

Rafa Benitez knows it, Jermaine Jenas knows it, and the Newcastle fans know it, but will Mike Ashley accept it?

Jermaine Jenas talking to Radio 5 Live:

“I don’t think there has ever been a time in the Premier League era where teams look forward to going to St James Park, more than they do now.

“You have to be realistic, this Newcastle United side is not a top team, it is really not.

“If Newcastle remain in the Premier League, then as far as I’m concerned, it is a miracle. I really do.

“When I look at them individually, I think if Benitez wasn’t there, I honestly think that 100% they would go down.

“This is the type of game where it might not help Newcastle that they have to win it…but they just have to.

“The fans, even though they endured that horrible 45 minutes against Manchester City and dealt with it, they won’t accept anything less than full steam ahead against Swansea and a result.

“Because it keeps Swansea at bay and they need the wins, they need to start churning out a few results (at St James Park).”



  • Leicester Mag

    He’s only stating what 95% of fans feel.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      the other 5% should be in Mental wards as they still believe the Fat lad will pay up for players

  • Leazes

    Why have the local press allowed this to happen again?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Betvictor`s paying them !

      • Leazes

        Its paying Mark Jensen… but not the tax man.

    • Leicester Mag

      The Chronic is a hapless cartoon which owes as much to Journalism as the Beano. It’s a disgrace.

      • Leazes

        During the Rugby world cup at SJP the Chronicle stated the ‘Scots would be pouring over Hadrians Wall….. SJP is North of the wall….. as is Thomson House.

        They lack knowledge but there’s no excuse for not being able to search for it.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          that is very true,
          i look out of my bedroom window to see Hadrian`s path
          5 yards away

    • FatParosite

      Local press now gifted with hindsight have not paid for their sycophancy of the regime. Simon Bird only now issuing warnings over the Fat Controller is hypocrisy of the most sickening kind. The Comical are just the same. Ryder has cosied up to Ashley by doing his PR for years. Mirror group should have been hounded out of town. Yet they still sell papers but are slower than the Mag at delivering news.

  • hetonmag

    After 10 year’s + of this regime the so called pundits are maybe just realising how run down this club has become.

  • Cockneytrev

    I agree with everything he says and imo about 98% of fans think this as well, we would be in worse trouble without Benitez,,

    • Leicester Mag

      Well I said 95 so won’t quibble the remaining flat earthers will continue to remain in their own little garden of Mikey.

      • Cockneytrev

        I was with friends in a bar the other day and one of them said he didn’t know what name to put on the back of his sons shirt,,
        That really hit home, the kids don’t have even one decent hero to look up to,,
        It’s a sad state of affairs when there’s not one hero at the club and further there is not a decent Geordie playing at the moment that I can think of.

        • Leicester Mag

          So sad and true. Grew up with SuperMac as my hero. The prospect of kids fighting over who is Hoselu in a park game is somewhat remote.

        • GToon

          My kids joke with me about that. They both had Carrol the Xmas he was sold and then Barton just as he went. Shearer is the safest bet or their own name.

          • Cockneytrev

            my son is now past that but I always only had his name on,
            When I think of the players we had in the past and always sold (shearer an exception, I could cry) Alan Kennedy, terry mac, Beardsley, waddle, gazza, cole, Ferdinand, ginola and many more.
            We were trying to name top top players who signed for us when they were at there best and I could only think of , Shearer, woodgate, ginola,…possibly Owen, but he was always injured and never really tried for us

          • Cockneytrev

            I remember being at waddle last match for us at Norwich, a lad ran on the pitch and got his shirt,, I would have loved that at the time,, we were in their corporate end, couldn’t get in so went round the entrance (behind the goal) and said we were guests of Steve Bruce, the old guy let us in and give us a tour of the ground,, we missed the first 20 minutes,,but had a bite to eat and a beer for nowt,,

          • GToon

            Dyer maybe.

          • Cockneytrev

            Good shout Had so much potential, but off the field events took over,, reminded me of tony green,, best player I had seen in a black and white shirt until we had Beardsley, waddle, Gazza,,
            MAybe even jenas

          • GToon

            Was just gonna say tony green. My dad always went on about him. Never saw him play but my dad said he was exceptional.

          • Cockneytrev

            He had fabulous balance and a great footballing brain, loved watching him, unfortunately typical of our club (cursed) he was tragically injured at an early stage in his Newcastle career,,
            But a great player, my favourite when I was growing up

          • Colin Brumwell

            Jimmy Smith a genius when he could be bothered or the greatest CF we have ever had Len White (look at his record)

          • Cockneytrev

            I was just too young to see Len White,,, Colin.
            as you said Smith when he could be bothered’ but he preferred getting tanked up, I would see him regular at brough park, when I worked there as a kid at school, mind he would always chat to us, but he was not a patch on Waddle or Ginola.

  • John

    Wow this page is just like Benitez, manipulative and deleting comments of those who don’t like him. Pathetic.

    • Wor Lass

      This comment`s still here after 40 minutes but you clearly don`t like him.

    • KRS1

      Who would you prefer as manager?

      • anyobrien

        Aye they never answer that one mate… Just silence… Sshhhhh

    • anyobrien

      Eh wtf you on about?

      • Kneebotherm8

        Fkn right there………..unbelievable….

  • Leazes

    ‘Doctor Ed’ and the Chronicle ‘Good News Bears’ just keep on belivin…..
    …..ELEVEN YEARS IN!

    • anyobrien

      That Dr Ed talks utter boll ox how do they get away with it ffs

  • Martin Rooney

    Memo! More like Dory, this kids so thick I’m surprised he’s a pundit. Anyone analysing the premier league squads, can see Swansea stoke, west Brom, Huddersfield, Bournemouth have worse squads than us. Staying up without better new additions and comfortable mid table .

    • GToon

      Stoke have a better squad than us and so do Bournemouth and WBA. Huddersfield are similar and Swansea too. We don’t have a better squad than any team in this league.

      • Martin Rooney

        Lay off the drink kidder there’s one player butland I’d take from stoke non from Bournemouth west brom or swansea maybe two from Huddersfield but they wouldn’t be starters.

        • GToon

          Martin, I’m just going for a run and doing some boxing then I will come back and answer your comment properly. Talk later mate.

          • GToon

            From WBA – foster, Gibbs, Evans, Phillips, Morrison, Burke, Chadli.
            From stoke – butland, Pieters, Allen, zouma, shawcross, Shaqiri, Edwards
            From Bournemouth- begovic, Defoe, king, cook, Arter, Afobe, ibe.
            From each of those teams I chosen 7 players who I think would start in our team.

          • Martin Rooney

            Not a chance you missed Ake, Zouma was good at Chelsea where he is on loan from but has had a worse season than any room defender this so Nar thanks.

            Chadli Gibbs I’ve foster that’s a reet massive joke

          • GToon

            Ok, well there’s certainly quite few who would improve our team. I just think we have a very poor team that all. Gibbs is a good full back and Rafa was after him until it became apparent he wasn’t for free. Evans is decent too. Most of those teams have a good keeper and a goal scorer. We struggle in both those areas I think.

        • Cockneytrev

          Evans from wba, Nathan Aki from Bournemouth Abrahams from Swansea, also the young Portuguese lad on loan at Swansea, just off the top of my head, this is possibly the worst Newcastle squad that we have had in the premier,, I think all the starters today were players we had in the championship,,
          It’s going to be a coin toss as to who goes down, 6 or 7 in the frame and we are right in among it,,

          • Martin Rooney

            Wouldn’t have Evans but definitely Ake so I’ll take that back Abrahams is not better than Joseph Sanchez is worse than colback don’t say we are not in it but we don’t have one of the worst three squads

          • Geordiegiants

            Martin kidda, go see a doctor, think you might be coming down with something. You wouldn’t have Evans?
            We have by a long distance THE weakest squad in this division.

          • Martin Rooney

            Psst have a look at the league table, it might help you out. Add in the points robbed by ref v Bournemouth and be even higher

    • Christopher

      This is what I don’t get, to listen to the media and pundits you would think Newcastle were the only team struggling.

  • Wor Lass

    He`s spot on but then we all knew that. One thing, though, we`d have a much better chance of staying up if we just had someone who was a proper goal scorer.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      I thought Ryder was sorting that out

    • HarryHype59

      Agreed, but without one I reckon we are 50:50 for the drop!