Richard Keys can’t stand Rafa Benitez and I am guessing the feeling is mutual, not that the World class manager will spend any time worrying about a disgraced nobody like Keys.
Richard Keys has even admitted in the past that he doesn’t like the Newcastle manager and has repeatedly attacked him, almost every time using ‘facts’ that have no basis in truth.
On Thursday I wrote on The Mag after the disgraced former Sky Sports presenter had a sly dig at Rafa on Twitter.
With the speculation about West Ham, Richard Keys questioned Rafa Benitez’ loyalty to previous clubs, and I put him right with the actual truth.
Unbelievably, Andy Gray’s sidekick has launched yet another attack on Rafa, this time using his own personal blog (see below).
Rafa Benitez isn’t going to waste his own precious time replying to this idiot’s nonsense, so it falls to the likes of us to do it on his behalf.
He starts off quite slyly by saying ‘Well done Rafa’ but then immediately follows that up with ‘It turns out Mike Ashley was right after all. After spending £102m on 18 players the previous season Ashley always believed Benitez had enough to make Newcastle comfortable. He did.’
This is a lie Richard Keys has told previously, the only difference being that he has made the lie even bigger! Increasing it to 18 players from 17 that this mythical £102m was spent on in Summer 2016.
The truth of course being that a massive number of players left in summer 2016 and Rafa had to rebuild the whole squad, he did that by bringing in 12 first team squad players (not 17 or 18) and actually made a £40m profit in that promotion season, with an estimated spend of around £50m with £90m worth sold…not by spending £102m.
Richard Keys obviously from the old school that if you repeat a lie often enough it becomes accepted as the truth.
It is also laughable of course that even Rafa’s own success at Newcastle is then used against him by Keys.
Rafa gets Newcastle to 10th place despite having to make do with loan signings and bargain basement signings such as Manquillo and Joselu, then the likes of Richard Keys puts down that top half finish to the quality of the players, not the manager!
Richard Keys writing on his own blog:
“Well done Rafa.
“It turns out Mike Ashley was right after all.
“After spending £102m on 18 players the previous season Ashley always believed Benitez had enough to make Newcastle comfortable. He did.
“Now comes Rafa’s big test.
“I’m tired of reading about his threats to leave if he doesn’t get his own way.
“He won’t get his own way.
“I’ve no idea where Benitez will find a better job – because he certainly wouldn’t enjoy working at West Ham.
“We’re in for some big changes in the dug outs this summer – more changes than we’ve ever seen.
“As owners go searching for men with a magic wand here’s something to think about.
“It remains the case – and always will – that the teams with the best players are going to be successful. Be careful what you wish for…..”