A new ‘exclusive’ has been put forward, yet again claiming that Rafa Benitez could be in line to take over at West Ham.

The newspaper claiming that David Moyes will definitely not have his short-term contract renewed after the end of the season.

The claim being that West Ham still have Rafa Benitez at the top of their list of permanent replacements.

Interesting though when you actually take notice of who is putting this ‘exclusive’ out there.

The journalist being Matt Law of The Telegraph.

Ironies of ironies, this is the same Matt Law who covered the West Ham 2 Newcastle 3 match on 23 December 2017.

In the lead up to that win over the Hammers, Newcastle had only picked up one point from the previous 27 and plunged down the table into the relegation zone.

The Matt Law who is putting forward Rafa Benitez as the most credible person to take over at West Ham, is the same Matt Law who embarrassingly took it upon himself after that 3-2 win over West Ham, to slag off Newcastle fans for staying loyal to Rafa Benitez despite the solitary point from 27, mocking them for chanting the manager’s name at full-time.

Matt Law saying ‘I don’t really get the Rafa love-in from the Newcastle fans’…’It’s like he never took them down and hasn’t failed to get a PL win in nine games’. The clear implication being that Rafa Benitez was now a busted flush as a Premier League manager and failing badly.

Thankfully, after this attention seeker launched his attack via Twitter, many many Newcastle fans put him right, with Liverpool fans also piling in, as well as an Arsenal supporter!

The Mag – 23 December 2017:

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.”

Chris Conway:

“Oddly enough, Rafa isn’t the problem at Newcastle.”

Some random non-Newcastle fan:

“Team selection not his fault then?”

Paul Charters:

“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.”

Honest Johns:

“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.”


“Staggering ignorance.”

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.”

Mark Wright:

“English journalism at its finest here.”

Luke Summers:

“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.”

Kevin Ledwith:

“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?”

Robbie Bell:

“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.”

Darren Potter:

“If you look at the shortlist for the Swansea job then you’ll realise why we’re keeping our faith in Rafa.”

Graeme Moore:

Has Keith Bishop been on the phone to you or something?”

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  • Wor Lass

    If the club isn`t sold then I can see him going to W Ham or some other club with a bit of ambition at the end of the season.

    • TheNutJob

      they`ll just swap jobs

    • Leazes.

      Unless the come up with another ‘take over’ story in May or June.

      • TheNutJob

        that wouldn`t come as a surprise

      • Wor Lass

        How did you get on with the bet Victor odds calculating course? We missed you – especially Clarko.

        • Leazes.

          I wouldn’t know mate I blank out the trolls using the button on the top right…. life is too short to read them.

          • FatParosite

            Top tip everyone…. no more Clarko Monkseaton or Fleckman… Look at the top right ^ of any one of them, it’s your Bishop Blocking Button….

          • Cockneytrev

            Also ghostrider,, he’s another

  • Peter Stabler

    You have called him a journalist when the word you were looking for was parasite.

  • TheNutJob

    If Fatty doesn`t leave in the summer then Rafa will be gone & this is old news
    W Ham have been after Rafa for years & that`s why they employed Muppet Moyes until the end of the season only

  • Paul Patterson

    ‘Journalists’ are generally two faced, agenda driven and biased buffoons. They print opinions not always facts and normally write what pleases their editor/whoever pays them.

  • Leazes.

    Some people don’t get at all why Rafa is here…

    He’s here because he’s perceived as NOT being a ‘yes man’, and as someone with integrity who will take on the regime.

    Most people here know that the owner is hostile to the club he owns, but they don’t know that elsewhere, especially in London where he is falsely perceived as someone who has bailed United out. The reason for this is that our local press, Ryder and Douglas haven’t corrected them.

    Some United fans are oblivious to this and think its for footballing reasons and are patiently waiting for the Rafalution to start…

    The fans have their ‘champion’ and their Ashley…. the two are not compatible unless you string out the lies and misinformation and throw into the mix a ‘takeover’ ….

    … it can go on indefinitely especially with Mr, Douglas… because the lies fill pages.

    • S.G.M.

      So Ashley hires someone who is going to cause him problems?

      • Leazes.

        No Rafa is very useful to Ashley in Stringing along the fans and Journalists…..

        he is being strung along managing a Championship squad and earning the third highest wage in the Premiership for doing so…. its far cheaper than buying players and planning for the future.

        Rafa is going along with it for now.

        • FatParosite

          I agree wholeheartedly. The sale of the club is a contrivance to placate everyone. The media have bought it. I’m not sure Rafa will put up with a holding pattern unless he gets a pay hike.

        • ghostrider

          Surely you don’t really believe that. Does Rafa really mean that much to you even after the dross you’ve witnessed under him?
          So, if Rafa avoids relegation easily or just avoids it he’s a genius working with a championship squad…right?

          If he relegates us, it’s because Ashley done him over and left him with a championship squad and new signings that were just brought in too late…..is this right?

          Is there a point where Rafa actually takes the blame for anything?

  • paul mclaughlan

    Stop reading newspapers, they are only capable of contradictions and lies.

    • nufcslf

      Cashley is a journalist as well!!!!!!

  • Rich Lawson

    I don’t like David Moyes at all,he’s a miserable t##t,but he has surprised me by doing a pretty good job at West Ham so far.The owners are usually quite loyal with their managers,why would they get shot of him or he want to go (where ?,Scotland job ?) if he can keep them mid-table ? Nonsense.

  • Buck Blacket

    The West Ham fans are just as dissalusioned with their owners as we are with fatso so he is hardly likely to swap one toxic atmosphere for another. It would be like jumping out of the frying pan into the fire.

    • Jonas

      Its simply not possible for any set of fans other than Blackburn to be anywhere near as disillusioned as we are with their owner/s.


    West Ham apart from NUFC with the worst owners in the Premiership, frying pan to fire methinks.

    • FatParosite

      Wow…. worst owners in the Prem? I hope Bishop does not read this he will use it as a soundbite.