Richard Keys has a long record of slating Rafa Benitez.

The disgraced formed Sky Sports presenter openly admitting that he doesn’t like Newcastle boss and having regularly got digs in whenever he can, often using ‘facts’ that are anything but.

As an example of his shameless attempts to undermine Rafa Benitez, last December (2017) was a perfect illustration (read below).

With Newcastle’s underfunded squad, Rafa had just seen his team take one point from nine matches and drop into the relegation zone, and was asking for investment in the January window.

Richard Keys slaughtered him and taunted Rafa, saying he should look at the examples set by how well the ‘Three Brits’ Roy Hodgson, Sam Allardyce and David Moyes were doing.

Richard Keys smugly declaring: ‘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.’

Keys adding: ‘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.’

The one compliment he did give Rafa was in getting promotion but that was just an excuse to really to have another sly dig, saying he’d had £102m to spend and brought in 17 players. 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) 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.

Moving back to the season just ended, Rafa Benitez did a brilliant job, even though restricted to only loan deals in January whilst every other club spent (Allardyce alone spending £50m on Tosun and Walcott), the Newcastle boss ended the season in the top half, ABOVE Roy Hodgson and David Moyes, whilst both Allardyce and Moyes have now got their marching orders AND both Everton and West Ham would love to attract a manager of the ability Rafa Benitez has.

No surprise that Richard Keys has been very quiet about this, unlike when Rafa and Newcastle were struggling in December and Keys was putting the boot in.

However, Richard Keys has now piped up again, but only to have yet another go at Rafa Benitez, this time attempting to portray the Newcastle boss as somebody who will walk out on clubs when he doesn’t get what he wants.

Richard Keys saying on Twitter:

“Rafa won’t leave Newcastle will he?

“He loves the club.

“He’s not the type to walk away when it suits him.”

The sarcasm is 100% obvious but as always he is way off the mark…

This is his managerial record of these past 18 years….

2001-2004 – Valencia:

Won La Liga twice in three years amazingly against the odds, then resigned on 1 June 2004 and taking up the chance to manage Liverpool, a club seen as a significant step up despite Rafa’s success against the offs at Valencia.

2004-2010 – Liverpool:

The highlight was of course winning the Champions League as well as the FA Cup, as well as being losing Champions League finalists another season. Even when the disgraceful Hicks and Gillett took over at Liverpool, Rafa stuck it out for a number of years as he dealt with owners who were almost as bad as Mike Ashley. They eventually forced him out after a six year spell at the club and Rafa was paid compensation, he didn’t walk.

2010 – Inter Milan:

Rafa Benitez had a fractious time at Inter and was sacked only six months into the job.

2012-2013 – Chelsea

Came in mid-season and did an excellent job, winning the Europa League and qualified for the Champions League. However, his short-term contract wasn’t renewed.

2013-2015 – Napoli

Rafa Benitez saw his two year contract out at the Serie A club and still remains on good terms with the hierarchy at the club, as well as coaches and playing staff who remain.

2015-2016 – Real Madrid

Rafa had a go at arguably the toughest and biggest job in World football but it didn’t work out, Real Madrid giving him the push in January 2016.

2016 – ???? – Newcastle United

Well we all know the story at Newcastle don’t we…yes Rafa is fighting his corner but so he should be.

He knows what is needed for Newcastle to progress and he also knows all too well what Mike Ashley is like.

Unlike what Richard Keys is intimating, Rafa Benitez is loyal to the clubs he is employed by but is driven by wanting to compete.

Who wouldn’t want a manager like that?

The Mag – December 2017:

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.’

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.”

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  • Peaky

    Old hairy hands really is a vile piece of shyte….

    • Rich Lawson

      And doesn’t he currently ply his trade in the football hot bed of Saudi Arabia ?

      • Sing in the Leazes

        one place where his misogyny fits right in

        • Dillon Tovak

          Suits the little troll to live somewhere where it’s too hot to go outside.

      • Allan Kidd

        No, Qatar.

  • Liam Hogg

    Werewolf hands should stick to what he knows best, demeaning & belitting woman or walking out on his sick wife for his daughters friend.

    • Peaky

      Aye…see below…a vile piece of shyte…

  • TheFatController

    If I had little going for me as Richard Keys, I’d be a bitter angry soapbox crusader like him too…

    Oh hang on!

  • Paul Patterson

    Who?

    • Dillon Tovak

      Just some f*cking cu*t mate.

  • Peaco

    So proud that he cannot contemplate admitting he got it wrong. Result: digging a bigger hole for himself, losing any remaining credibility. A once respected broadcaster, now reduced to a bitter and irrelevant blogger, making contentious posts to seek attention. Very sad.

    • nevfur

      I was agreeing with you till you got to the once respected bit lol

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Does anyone give a Flying F what that idiot says, i think not, he`s full of 💩

    • nufcslf

      Least of all Rafa I would imagine.

  • Polarboy

    An irrelevant poisonous little troll trying desperately to make himself relevant. He’d likely be livid to find out how little Rafa gives a sh*t about his almost wholly fact free diatribes.

    • Paul Patterson

      Does he also post on fan sites under the name of Ghostrider?

      • East Durham Mag

        Made me laugh mate.

      • Kneebotherm8

        Their diatribe is very similar..

  • Coach Clagnut

    An ugly little scumbag totally irrelevant to football. This pile of pigshyt is desperate to try and remain relevant as he and his bumchum Gray try and salvage their careers stuck in Qatar with BEin Sports. Over there they don’t mind misogynistic and corrupt blurts: They learn from them.

    The moral equivalent of Pardnocchio & I’m surprised Fatty hasn’t offered him a job as they’d get on like a house on fire.

  • Jonas

    Keys was a w**ker on his best day, twenty plus years ago.

  • robbersdog

    A few years ago I met Keys at a charity event in London; smarmy, insincere and unpleasantly hairy.

  • Elsa

    Talks out of his hoop…

  • Weyhhadaway

    And why are we discussing a talking head who has done nothing in professional football?

  • East Durham Mag

    Erm Richard who?

    • Kneebotherm8

      Dick?….yeah he’s that alright

  • FatParosite

    Misogynist Chimpanzee…

  • ghostrider

    The disgraced former sky sports presenter. Hahahahaha.
    This is the problem with witch hunts.

    If Richard keys was bigging Rafa up to high heaven Richard keys would not be the disgraced former sky sports presenter.

    Richard keys tells a lot of truth’s in what he says.
    He’s merely pointing it out and it does not suit people who have Rafa down as some kind of idol…messiah….god…or whatever.

    • Paul Cannell

      Shut up and go shave your hands Richard.

    • Cockneytrev

      🔔 end

      • ghostrider

        Goodbye.

    • nevfur

      He is a disgraced former sky sports presenter. The article pointed out where he was wrong rather than telling truths, did you bother to read it???? Whether you see Rafa as a messiah or not the facts are there and all he’s pointing out is his own ignorance and his own witch hunt. Sadly others are just as bad as him obviously

      • ghostrider

        Disgraced for what?
        Also he’s telling it like he sees it and I tend to agree, shock horror.
        I don’t think Rafa’s held his hands up for any errors since he became manager.

        • nevfur

          Ah so you think Keys was sacked for nothing, amongst other things. He’s wrong and conducting his own witch hunt on Rafa.
          Like I say It’s irrelevant whether you like Rafa or not Keys inferred he couldn’t manage a bottom end team and yet oops we end up tenth. Wait till season ends to comment.

    • Ram Kishore

      Where’s your logical argument for this huh.. reply for NEVFUR

      • ghostrider

        What?

  • 1957

    I once met Keys when he was at Sky and he is really arrogant and unpleasant. He seemed to see himself as top of the tree at Sky and I had the impression many of his colleagues didn’t like him. A typical tv presenter who brings no special insight to the table when he makes his regular pronouncements.

  • Fisherking

    He should stick to things he is good at let’s start with infidelity then how to rip your family apart by sleeping with your daughters friend who is younger than your daughter there are words for people like him starts with P

    • Kneebotherm8

      Rick?….

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      P…leased with himself I suspect.

  • Dillon Tovak

    Seriously, is there a human out there that cares what this embarrassment of a man thinks, says or does?

  • Ba ba.

    What’s his problem with rafa does anyone know we’re this stems from.
    The dikhead

    • Dillon Tovak

      Maybe cos he bums Everton supporting Gray?

      • Ba ba.

        Dear me 😂

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    I am not bothered in the slightest what him or his equally pathetic friend have to say on any subject !
    I am not a big Sky Sports fan by any stretch but the best thing they ever did was get rid of those two prats.

  • 1ewis

    Who is he?