The barrels have been well and truly scraped in recent days, with the likes of Andy Gray, Dennis Wise, Richard Keys and other chancers sent out to have a go at Rafa Benitez and the Newcastle fans, in an attempt to prop up the Mike Ashley regime at Newcastle United.

Rafa Benitez had thus far played with a straight bat any attempt to get him in conversation about any of these shady characters.

The manager always insisting that all he wanted to talk about was the team/squad and matters on the pitch, now the summer transfer window is history.

On Friday, whilst he still wanted to mainly talk about playing matters, Rafa did allow himself a few interesting comments about the laughable people trying to have a go at undermining the NUFC fanbase and the manager in particular.

Summing up what impact the disreputable pundits might (or might not…) have on the players, Rafa declared ‘Do you think Muto is worried about what Andy Gray is saying?’

Forced to leave Sky Sports and England is the answer the Japanese striker will get if he googles the disgraced presenter’s name.

As for everybody’s favourite vertically challenged disgraced former Director of Football at NUFC, Rafa Benitez states: ‘If I had to pick somebody to listen to, when we’re talking about Newcastle United, it would be Alan Shearer more than Dennis Wise.’

Rafa could probably say a whole lot more about the likes of Dennis Wise but why should he lower himself to it, that is our (Newcastle fans) job!

Rafa Benitez:

“If I had to pick somebody to listen to, when we’re talking about Newcastle United, it would be Alan Shearer more than Dennis Wise.

“I don’t think the players are even aware of them (pundits and what they say), especially the foreign players.

“Do you think Muto is worried about what Andy Gray is saying?

“It’s the same for us (but) I need to know what they are saying in advance of press conferences, to prepare because journalists will ask me the questions.

“It doesn’t change what type of day I have, as I just have to concentrate on football and my team.

Our fans know what is going on anyway and have done for years.

“People outside will have an opinion but we aren’t worried about that.”



  • Paul Patterson

    You can’t fool all of us Bishop!
    “Our fans know what is going on anyway and have done for years.”
    Stick that up your PR pipe and smoke it . .

  • Rabid Dog

    I love his responses. Professional, on the level and all with a tongue in cheek.

    • KRS1

      The tragic thing is that with a different owner we could achieve so much with Rafa. He won the Champions League with a team that didn’t have a multitude of world class player’s. His time with us will have been such a tragic wasted opportunity

      • Rabid Dog

        I know right? It’s crazy. Pay 6 mil a year for a top class manager, then not back it up.

        • Christopher Smeaton

          It’s like buying a prize racehorse and feeding it Pot Noodles…

        • Kneebotherm8

          Pay 6 mil for a top class manager to placate the fans after the McLaren debacle…….Benitez has been worth every penny for the way he united this football club for Ashley…………..Ashley has a short memory and I think he’s heading for a massive backlash when he’s forced Rafa out the club at the end of the season…….

      • scumtest

        Exactly. Let’s hope he’s here longer than the slug

  • Kenny

    Class Rafa

    • Kneebotherm8

      Crass Ashley..

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    haha! low key shade, Rafa style. how can anyone dislike this guy?

    • KRS1

      Mongsh#thead Mugpie will be on in a minute to explain how he can dislike Rafa, Shearer, Lee and Given

      • SuperDesHamilton

        He’s probably smashed up his pc & is stalking Benitez hotel for crimes against the regime

        • Kneebotherm8

          He’ll catch him in the hotel lift……no doubt…….

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Poor bloke, Rafa will be looking to jump out the highest window possible after that

          • Kneebotherm8

            Doesn’t bear thinking about,does it?……….gettin’ caught in a lift with Mugpie…..probably worse than gettin’ a rusty screwdriver shoved in yer ear or ya balls squashed in a vice…………..

          • TheFatController

            Remember he said he met Merino in the lift.

            Mugpie : ‘he wasn’t happy when is asked him about why he wasn’t playing..’

            thing is, that was the day he scored against Palace. Not sure therefore why he was unhappy …..?

          • Kneebotherm8

            I do remember him saying that last season……..not sure what planet Mugpie is on really…….he talks absolute bollix……

        • KRS1

          He’ll be constantly going up and down in the lift hoping to find him.

          • TheFatController

            Apparently everyone now uses the stairs….

          • Kneebotherm8

            😂😂😂

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Like Rafa, Shearer no longer supports the club and him and his mates play golf and watch Rugby. Lee is fine no problem. Shay blames the club for getting rid of him and forcing his beloved family to move which caused so much hurt then meets a dolly bird in a nightclub and leaves his beloved family. Hope that sums it up. Happy to oblige.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Given still has a house up here and lives in it, my pal done work there a few month ago. Him & his family are very much together.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Shay left his wife called Jane in 2013 and his kids for a tart called Becky who he met in a nightclub. Can just about cope with that but slagging off Newcastle saying his move upset his family and it was devastating the sums the scum bag up.

          • JohnCornwell’sHair

            What a joyless [email protected] you are

          • TheFatController

            I suspect you’re just bitter as Shay has attracted two women in comparison to your lifetime duck.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Becky might be a lovely lass…if she was real. Is this because Shay has been critical of fatty in the past?

        • Toon Arnie

          Your nastiest and most desperate post yet. That was borderline – Shay doesn’t deserve that personal attack.

  • drc74

    id rather push a rusty screwdriver in my ear than listen to deniss wise

    • Kneebotherm8

      I’d rather push a rusty screwdriver in his fckn ear………….there’d be little resistance…………….straight oot the other ear…….. nae bother……

  • scumtest

    Nice one Rafa lad, I’m praying you out last the slug and it’s slimy cast offs! Stick it out mate, the real toon fans are right behind and ready to support you when you get a proper crack at waking up this sleeping giant without disruption.

  • Toontaff

    I’d rather have my balls squashed in a vice than listen to Dennis Wise – how could someone be called wise when he’s such a stupid kunt!

  • drc74

    just a theory guys, we’ve got the cxnts convention supporting ashley, is this a pr move from bishop, sd board and even sky, to oust the fat twxt himself, i mean all new media outlets are being hammered, pr companies who can’t promote on new media outlets, aint gonna last

  • drc74

    i mean even his i dependant share partners are turning against him, he seems to be turning into ali fraser from series 2 of auf weide, house of fraser fxck up a step to far

  • SuperDesHamilton

    The blokes a class act. He wouldn’t lower himself to the level of wise & gray

    • Kneebotherm8

      Rafa’s a class act……Ashley is a crass act……

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Rafa has also said he wants the fans to support the team in the ground it fell on deaf ears against Spurs we will see what happens on Sunday watch this space.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Even you can’t put a spin on this haha

    • drc74

      yeah, u really are a cxckend aren’t you

    • TheFatController

      After their run in over bonuses, the players will have a little smile as they hear it, and will be lifted by the thought of the lying owner being protested by fans who they know will be right behind them in deifiance of Ashley.

    • Toon Arnie

      He hasn’t mentioned anything about stopping the Sports Direct protests against your hero though has he ? Strange considering he supposedly hates the protestors ?
      Another contradiction – you’re losing all credibility Monkwearmouth.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    The great thing is All the paid for PR by Bishop this week has been wasted by a few words from Benitez

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Monkseaton is almost ready to explode all his nasty lies & comments are flowing 😂

    • TheFatController

      He’s claiming Rafa as ‘one is his own’

      He’ll be singing it in the monkey arms tonight.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        He’s on another planet. He’ll be standing outside Rafa’s ken pretending to want an autograph, like that chaver who killed John Lennon

        • TheFatController

          The planet Lift, yes.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    It related to an attack on one of his players not Ashley so Rafa defends the club. He also like me hates the protesters.

    • Chris-Chapple

      he supports the protests

    • TheFatController

      Well, you now have one friend in the ‘anti-protester camp’

      I worried about you when you were on your own getting very jumpy about the protests and how influential they are now.

      But you have Rafa to talk to about it now. Do let us know what he says.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      😂😂😂 I’m generally worried about your health tonight Monk. This is Leazes & jezza levels of mental tonight

      • KRS1

        Definitely needs to increase the doseage.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Wonder who he gets his gear off because he’s off his rocker

        • Ron

          2 bars?

      • TheFatController

        His love of mike reminds me of those women that write to and then marry serial killers in US jails.

        Obviously I’m not saying Ashley is a serial killer. But he would look like one in an orange boiler suit with ‘Kentucky penitentiary’ on the back.

        Which just happens to be the photoshop picture Mugpie uses as his screensaver.

        Orange is the new black and white for Mugpie.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Hahaha that’s tickled me 😂 he’ll be smuggling in a key up his back eye to bust mike out

          • TheFatController

            Shouting ‘Mikey, shower time! I’ve dropped the soap….’

          • Ron

            Smuggling Keys in where??? Oh key! oops

      • Carverlier football

        I would’ve thought that arguing that black is white would’ve got tiring for him by now – so I think any attention is a bonus for him. Makes you wonder just what the bleak void is in his life that he’s trying to fill…

        • SuperDesHamilton

          This is his life unfortunately & confronting footballers in lifts

  • Tweed Mag

    Rafa continues to run rings around the apologists and the second rate pundits.

  • magpiefifer

    Well said Rafa – more class in his little finger than Ashley,Wise,Gray,Keys and the other brainless morons.

    • Geordiegiants

      Bishop is the puppet master for all involved.

      • Toon Arnie

        Ghostrider, Vodka, Monkwearmouth Mackem…

  • GlasgowMag

    Brilliant put down for the Ashley [email protected] brigade well done Rafa!!😂😂 See Monksy boy is trying to defend below but is struggling big time classic!!! Is Ashley team losing the PR battle time will tell but they are certainly on the run. Ashley out!!

    • TheFatController

      Napoleon the third couldn’t find an eagle to match his grandfather Napoleon’s eagle on the arm when trying to replicate the pomp of entering Paris.

      So he had a skinny vulture instead.

      Almost mirroring that farce, where Rafa can hold Shearer aloft, Ashley is left parading the skinny short mangled vulture that is Dennis Wise.

      latest score from st James’ – Rafa 1 Ashley 0

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        R.afa three the protesters nil

        • TheFatController

          Don’t show how angry and phased you are by the success of the protests – even Rafa is mugging Dennis Wise.

          I am going to love reading you in meltdown as it all hots up.

          Money has never saved any football club owner who wasn’t wanted bar the oyston family, and they are, unbelievably, more morally decrepit than your mate Ashley

        • Toon Arnie

          I think you meant Rafa ( backed by protestors ) 3 The Regime ( backed by apologists ) 0 ?
          For someone who rates himself in terms of debates you post some really childish stuff at times. Come on, up your game.

      • Vodkamagpie

        3pts would be nice from rafa, never happens in his first 2 games

        • TheFatController

          No wonder all the fans hate him.

          Oh no, just you and Mugpie and Ashley.

          Why does no one see it as you do? Are you a genius? Or a sad lonely old [email protected]?

          • Vodkamagpie

            Clearly rafa gets distracted with the transfer window, hence poor results after, and during transfer windows. Results prove that.

          • TheFatController

            What a remarkably enlightened and informed sad lonely old [email protected] you are.

          • Vodkamagpie

            I’m not old. I’m a fan of rafa, just dislike his ability to moan every transfer window , it affects the team, and divides fans

          • TheFatController

            He doesn’t moan. He holds in well his emotions given Ashley lies to him and fans and sells us up the river every time.

            What’s he supposed to do, shut up and let Ashley get away with it Scott free?

            Most abusive people rely on others saying nothing.

          • Vodkamagpie

            If he shuts up and let’s Ashley get away with it as you say, that negative mind set should rather be focused on future games to try for positive results. There is no positive outcome when he constantly moans about transfer dealing of the club, it only affects results in negative manner

          • TheFatController

            There is anosotive outcome.

            A world class manager says the club operates unprofessionally and thus not competitively.

            We agree, this puts Ashley under massive pressure. Ashley has to re-consider his ways, or face massive protests across his store and social media.

            What part of your brain can’t see ‘the bigger picture’ and instead bleats on about ‘negativity’ and like a child wants to ‘just be positive and pretend nothing bad is happening’ …?

          • Vodkamagpie

            I agree with Dennis wise, the transfer window was good trading. The club made a net profit of 20mil odd. The starting eleven has been improved, and so has the squad in general. Selling players who don’t feature for the club is obvious trading business. West ham might of spent over 100mil, and yet I believe Newcastle have improved their squad more than them, which is a remarkable achievement considering we made a net profit

          • TheFatController

            All other clubs have improved significantly.

            You have no idea how West Ham’s players will do, you just say it in hope rather than expectation.

            Desperate apologist talk as usual. The axe hangs over Ashley, it falls when Rafa goes.

          • Toon Arnie

            So you think it was a good idea to realise a profit of £20m and in turn not meet a £20m asking price for an outstanding prospect then next just get him on loan instead ?

          • Danimal

            That works fine if you managed to recruit what was needed and still ended up with a profit. It’s not so clever if the profit is a pre-condition and the recruitment is hugely downgraded as a result.

          • Ron

            You’ve had too much vodka, don’t drive.

          • Kneebotherm8

            He’s obviously on summit…

          • Toon Arnie

            Not knowing what your squad for the season will be until very late in the window, despite making targets known early, is what affects preparation and results. Come on, have a think about what you’re saying you just look foolish.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Fail to prepare…………..Prepare to fail………

          • Ron

            My pal says “PPPPPP” Perfect planning prevents Pss poor performance. Rafa dcoes perfect planning and Ashley is pss poor.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Ashleys blueprint is a manager that does shut up and lets him get away with it Scot free……..that’s why Rafa is being constructively shown the door by the fat twt…..

          • Ron

            But when he gets home he gets out the fat little doll and sticks pins in it. I nned a new one mines threadbare.

          • Geordiegiants

            Well so far it hasn’t has it?

          • Toon Arnie

            The fans support Rafa the apologists support Ashley/Bishop. Not really a divide as such.

          • Geordiegiants

            As far as I can see Rafa has played it perfectly. It’s definitely hasn’t affected team performance last season or the season before, plus it hasn’t divided fans. The fatcunt has divided the fans.

          • Kneebotherm8

            99% to 1%……….not exactly a divide is it?

          • Ron

            I see very little divide, fans are 99.99% for Rafa, and 299% hate Ashley. Not much of a divide there is there?

          • Toon Arnie

            You might be right and you’ve highlighted a valid point in the appalling incompetence shown by the Ashley regime. For the last two seasons Rafa has submitted a list of targets well in advance of the transfer window and has then been messed about or ignored or had promises broken until very late in the window. Thank you for highlighting this and giving Rafa your backing – I had you down as one of Ashley / Bishops puppets so it’s good to see you standing up to them at last

          • Kneebotherm8

            Exactly right…..Rafa has stated quite categorically,each transfer window,that he’s wanted his new signings in early doors to integrate them in the squad……..it’s never been allowed to happen by Ashley who has undermined our manager at every possible opportunity…………..hence ,as you say,poor results ensue due to a total lack of preparation by our wonderful owner….

          • Kneebotherm8

            Definitely the latter….

    • Leazes.

      Is it a PR battle? Its not aimed at the fans is it…. its aimed at journalists….. its no good telling fans that he’s invested billions when we can see a squad made up of bargain sub £10m players and loanees…….

      It can only be Ashley having a bit of a laugh at the Geordies….. hes still sore that he and Wise humiliated themselves when they ran like cowards to the Emirates 10 years ago.

      He’ll force out Rafa… who was defeated the power struggle…. and he’s still here at the stripped out shell of a club taking the mickey.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Good old Leazes trying to make himself centre of attention

        • Toon Arnie

          Most of what he says is right though in fairness ?

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I’d say I agree with more or less all his things he says. It’s just the conspiracy theories & trying to belittle other fans & thinking his opinion counts and nothing else what I don’t like

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Not struggling at all . Rafa says support the club I do to. The morons on here want us relegated full stop me and Rafa want us to stick together nothing hard to understand about that. The protesters are the enemy within.

      • Billmag

        The moron you support has got us relegated twice in case you’ve forgotten.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          We’ve been relegated 6 times his pals contributed to 2 in 11 years

      • GlasgowMag

        Me and Rafa were on the same page your a funny guy😂😂

      • JohnCornwell’sHair

        Rafa says support the team, slight difference. Supporting the club by your standards means taking anything offered straight up the rooper from Ashley. That’s blind faith, that’s being a zealot a sheep. You’re drinking the Kool aid, you’re an active member of the cult of Ashley.

      • Toon Arnie

        Rubbish. Nobody wants us relegated. You seem to like Rafa so we’re all on the same page with that one other than Ghostrider who hates Rafa.
        The main difference is you like the regime and accept being messed around and lied to while the club never reaches it’s undoubted potential. The majority of us don’t – protesting against this poisonous regime doesn’t mean we want relegation. Ironically the encourgement and support you give to Ashley and Bishop is for a regime that is likely to lead to relegation once Rafa leaves. Think about what you’re saying as you consistently contradict yourself.

        • Danimal

          It’s already led to two relegations so, as usual, Monk’s comment is baffling.

  • Mrkgw

    Well chosen words from Rafa there. At least his eggs are in the right basket so to speak. We should ignore the views of a few irrelevants. After all, we masses can’t all be wrong.

    • Ron

      You can fool some of the people some of the time, but Ashley’s cronies fool all of the people none of the time.

  • BanJones

    Rafa oozes class, the fatman and the dwarf ooze poison. We love Rafa’s class while spunkseaton laps up the poison under his bridge.

  • Kneebotherm8

    “Rafa could probably say a whole lot more about the likes of Dennis Wise but why should he lower himself to it, that is our (Newcastle fans) job!”
    There’s an unintended pun in there somewhere…..

    • Down Under Mag

      That was the beauty of this comment, answered all the critics without lowering himself to their level. Brilliant by the gaffer.

  • Milburn_Taylor

    Rafa dismissed the whole sorry bunch with one sentence. Every single one of them has a stain on their character.

  • relaxed

    Rafa that was pure class mate
    Bet that hit them right where it hurt
    10 out of 10 without a shadow of doubt

  • Carverlier football

    Love it Rafa – the man is class. That is why people love the guy. I’d be interested to know just how much Chelsea fans love love Dennis Wise… On a vaguely related subject I’m really quite sad that when it comes to my choice of retro shirts for Sunday’s protest I’m leaning towards the one with Dyer on the back over the one with Beardsley…

    • Jimblag23

      I googled the little troll the other day and it took me to a tweet of his and the comments led me to believe the Chelsea fans absolutely love him. Which is gross. And shows how rubbish they were before Abramovich bankrolled their success.

      • Carverlier football

        But representive of most of the Chelsea fans or just the ones who push black men off metros…?

  • Geordiegiants

    “Our fans know what’s going on anyway and have done for years”
    Says everything!

  • Alreet

    You have to love the way he handles the media and rmthe mess they get hold of.

    Mike can try wheeling out old has beens and bezzie mates at 500 quid a pop to back him up and tarnish rafa but theres no substance. Hes trying too hard to be liked or to take the heat off himself.

    No point now man. The game is up. Let ur guard down a little and let the fans finally knock u the **** out

  • Kenny

    I would rather listen to the Mad Monkpie than Wise, maybe 😁

    • Ron

      I know you are prone to exaggeration Kenny, but sometimes you can go a bit too far. I mean, come on!

  • SuperDesHamilton

    MONKSEATON ARE YOU OK?

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Fine only sixty six single seats left in the normal part of the ground for Sunday will be on the half nine Metro cannot wait.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Good man! That’s the spirit!!

      • TheFatController

        Despite no signings of note in the summer, the power of Rafa is shown in the fans turning up to back him and the team in spite of their hatred of the regime, and alongside the constant efforts to disrupt SD.

        It’s fantastic so many are joining together against the owner who continues to put SD ahead of the club’s chance to progress anywhere.

        • Kneebotherm8

          At this moment in time the fans are backing Rafa 100% and not the regime……..when he’s forced out Ashley is in for one helluva backlash I reckon……..the💩 will really hit the fan for the fatman…..

          edit: backing Rafa 100% should read 99.999%…….forgot about 👻🏇 and his couple of deluded disciples…….