Richard Keys launched an attack on Rafa Benitez at the end of last week..
The shamed formed Sky Sports presenter declaring on Friday: ‘Shut up Rafa – or walk – which is your right. The club will survive you. Mike Ashley isn’t going to change for you. He was right last season – you had more than enough.’
This is standard behaviour for Keys, who has regularly spoken out against the Champions League winning, twice La Liga successful, double Europa League winning manager.
Richard Keys has a dislike of Rafa Benitez for whatever reason and even though his lines of attack are laughable, he just can’t stop himself.
Three days after telling the Newcastle manager to ‘Shut up, or walk’, he is at it yet again.
Keys is unrepentant about Friday’s comments and says he stands by them and says it is ‘tiresome to hear him (Benitez) bleating on’ about the lack of transfer funds at Newcastle United.
To prove his point (in his own head maybe…), Richard Keys declares: ‘These are the facts – Mike Ashley isn’t going to change. Benitez will get the money the club generates – no more. Ashley isn’t going to put it back into the mess he inherited. It’s stable now.’
Keys is truly hopeless.
In the last eight Premier League seasons, Mike Ashley has brought about two relegations and two very near misses, NUFC are the very opposite of ‘stable’ and indeed only 15 months ago were in the Championship. It is absolutely ironic that it is only Rafa Benitez who gives the club the slightest hint/chance of any stability and only due to Rafa’s expertise that Newcastle go into this new season still in the top tier.
Richard Keys goes on about the Champions League places ‘Forget Top 4’, as though that is what Rafa and the fans expect, rather than just hoping for a season of comfortable safety and making some progress in building a squad.
Likewise, you would think Rafa Benitez was demanding fortunes to try and do it, Keys attempts to slap the Newcastle Manager down by saying that ‘Benitez will get the money the club generates – no more’, if only that was a ‘fact’ at St James Park.
This transfer window sees Newcastle currently £27m+ up on transfers in and out, with only three days until transfer window deadline. So in these days of record Premier League revenues, Rafa Benitez is supposed to make a profit in the transfer window AND deliver a ‘Top half – maybe a cup’ according to Richard Keys.
The latest comments come from a review on his own personal blog of how he sees the Premier League turning out this season – but as soon as he mentioned Newcastle United, he was off at a tangent on this latest embarrassing rant.
He finishes off by declaring: ‘Which leaves one last question on this subject – is he (Rafa Benitez) trying to get the sack? If he does go – trust me – Newcastle will survive.’
No decent Newcastle fan would blame Rafa Benitez for walking out after the way Mike Ashley has treated him – but the manager looks determined to stick it out and do his best in the final year of his deal.
Richard Keys also has the cheek to tell Newcastle fans to ‘bite into some realism, get behind their team and demand their manager does the same’, absolutely pathetic when the supporters delivered 51,000+ average crowds after Mike Ashley relegated the club.
“I got a lot of stick for offering Benitez advice last week. I stand by it. It’s so tiresome to hear him bleating on.
“These are the facts – Mike Ashley isn’t going to change. Benitez will get the money the club generates – no more. Ashley isn’t going to put it back into the mess he inherited. It’s stable now.
“It’s in the PL and they’ve got enough to be competitive with. Competitive? Top half – maybe a Cup.
“Benitez won’t get a better job if he walks and he knows it. Newcastle is a fantastic football club. If he delivers silverware his stock will rise even further.
“Forget top 4. It’s not going to happen. Keegan over achieved and for a while so too did Dalglish and Bobby Robson, who both delivered CL football.
“Newcastle fans should stop their fight with Ashley, bite into some realism, get behind their team and demand their manager does the same. He won’t walk – not without a pay off.
“Which leaves one last question on this subject – is he (Rafa) trying to get the sack? If he does go – trust me – Newcastle will survive.”