Get your daily update and weekly newsletter by signing up today!


Very ironic – Identity of journalist putting out exclusive Rafa Benitez could be set to replace David Moyes

4 years ago

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?”


If you would like to feature on The Mag, submit your article to [email protected]

Have your say

© 2021 The Mag. All Rights Reserved. Design & Build by Mediaworks