It was one of the best days for British football broadcasting when Richard Keys and Andy were caught out, banished to the desert.

Unfortunately, we can’t quite ignore Richard Keys completely.

He has a long running deep-seated hatred of Rafa Benitez and grabs any chance to have a go at the Newcastle manager (see below).

With six days to go until transfer deadline and Newcastle more than £25m ahead on transfers in and out this summer, Richard Keys has launched his latest attack.

The world and his dog know that it is ridiculous the way Mike Ashley is treating his manager and the fans, but in response to the Newcastle manager going public with the squad desperately needing strengthening, Richard Key responds with ‘Shut up Rafa – or walk…’

On Thursday we saw an embarrassing attack on Rafa Benitez from Andy Dunn of The Mirror, a shameful piece of journalism based on ignorance or deliberately misleading readers/fans, whichever way you saw it.

Richard Keys is equally pathetic, he claims that because Newcastle stayed up, it proves Mike Ashley ‘was right last season’ in terms of transfer funds.

Rafa had to bargain hunt last summer with a net spend of only around £15m, then in January 2018 with Newcastle still deep in relegation trouble, he wasn’t allowed to buy any players. It was just pure good fortune, and a good eye from Rafa, that led to Kenedy and Dubravka coming in and hitting the ground running, leading to a run of five wins and a draw in a seven match set of games. It could so easily have gone the other way.

Richard Keys is quite contemptible because we all know that if Newcastle had gone down, it wouldn’t have then proved Mike Ashley was wrong in how he had handled transfer funds, it would be Rafa!

So basically, if Newcastle do badly, it will be Rafa’s fault in Keys’ eyes.

However, if he once again over-achieves it will be credit to Mike Ashley and what was Rafa Benitez complaining about once again?!!

Richard Keys:

“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.”

The Mag – 18 May 2018 – An article by Dean Wilkins:

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…..”



  • Paul Patterson

    Nobody cares what a disgraced, sexist, idiot with an agenda (who had an affair with his daughters best friend) has to say ..

  • Sickandtired

    I’m sure Keys will also support the fact that Ashley was trying to pimp out Rafa to Spain during the world cup?
    The complete ignorance of fact is what keeps boiling my [email protected]@ about all these hacks – that, or they are Ashley disciples for one reason or another.
    Fatty did last season what he did after relegation 1. Tried to ensure his fault was rectified through immediate promotion – and that achievement is 100% Rafa’s. The net spend is a fact and keeps being ignored, as it has been year on year.
    The real fact is that since he took over, our net spend each season equates to a miserly £5 or £6 million quid.

  • Martin Rooney

    Keys is a real odious creep, shouldn’t give him any coverage

    • Wor Lass

      That`s a comment of yours that I agree with 100%!

      • KRS1

        I bet Mongseaton Muppet met him in a lift in Qatar recently and found him to be thoroughly decent

  • Big Hairy Man

    Richard who? Oh yes, that sexist moron with the werewolf hands who can only work in the Middle East where sexism is allowed.

  • Wor Lass

    Keys is like most of the Talk Sport lot – he`s a professional troll. He feeds on the responses he generates by winding people up. He`ll look at what`s going on in the sport (not much at the moment bar the Rafa v Ashley battle) and think, “What can I say to generate the maximum number of clicks/calls?”. This one`s a no-brainer because he does seem to have a bit of a hatred of Rafa for some reason. Best bet, as with all trolls, is to ignore him – no oxygen. It`s funny, though, because I do seem to remember a couple of articles a while back (maybe pre Rafa?) praising Keys for berating Ashley over his lack of backing for the manager.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    So the odious Mr Keys rears his subnormal head for another go at Rafa Benitez.
    I wasn’t sure anyone still listened to “The Gruesome Twosome” since their fall from grace through their Benny Hill Show attitude towards women.
    Which is ironic really when Mr Gray isn’t apparently “Packing” any heat in that department if you believe what has been said in some quarters lol

    Journalism or media work concerning football should be done in a fair and balanced manner which doesn’t seem to be the case here.
    It looks as though this is a vendetta that Keys is waging against a manager for his own personal reasons, And that should not be allowed !

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Fair & balanced journalism, in this country?! We can only dream I guess

    • Paul Patterson

      Fair and balanced journalism? Now that would be a novel first . .

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        Exactly, We all live in hope !

    • Jezza

      Truly excellent comment.

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        We aim to please lol

    • Tweed Mag

      Great stuff. I hope he reads this. Perhaps The Mag could send him a framed copy to hang on the wall next to his 25 yards swimming certificate.

      • TheFatController

        Those hands must need 10 minutes under the dryer after a swim….

    • Icky (Heaton)

      Well said 👏

  • Polarboy

    I’ll give him this, for a shaved monkey he has quite a good grasp of English.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Werewolf hands left his cancer stricken wife for his daughters friend.

    His opinions are worthless & vile…just like him. Hence why he’s in the gulf state because no one in these isles would touch him the odious creep

  • Leicester Mag

    The extent this Shytehouse of a club will go to manipulate the news is shocking.To me we are approaching an end game. If Rafa walks as clearly the agenda us to drive him to do then what? Do fans finally see the reality? The aim is crush fans. Will fans stand idly by and watch this?

    • Hughie_Gallacher

      Exactly. This has Keith Bishop’s prints all over it.

    • kingfisher

      Of course most of the 50,000 will stand idly by Leicester.That’s why Ashley is still here. A 50, 000 captive audience,gauranteed millions in season ticket sales.He knows that even if Rafa walks,it won’t affect the gate money .

  • Superdooperhooper

    Wind your neck in yeti

  • Steve Smith

    Stop giving these clowns clicks on their website.

    If you must insist on publicising their work for them then at least archive their page first to stop the clicks.

  • Ron

    There’s nothing to discuss here – the blokes deranged

  • BanJones

    Richard Keys knows exactly what he’s talking about and Mike tastes lovely.

    • MadMag83

      He’s been seen sporting a pair of Donnay socks and drinking tea from an oversized novelty SD mug.

    • Toonbadger

      He`s got Fat Ash hanging out the back of him

  • MadMag83

    Isn’t it suspicious how this dinosaur and some moron at The Mirror, both launch attacks on Benitez within a short space of time? It’s so obvious that it’s a PR initiative from Ashley’s goons to try and shout down Benitez after his own attack on transfer policy. Quite why he thinks any fan cares what either of these contemptible halfwits come out with, that I don’t know.

    How about less character assassination, and more transfer incomings Mike?

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Keith Bishop at his best.

  • Awaymag

    **** *** Richard Keys

  • kingfisher

    I really hope Rafa does’nt walk,but Keys does have a point in saying stop moaning or leave.It sounds harsh but as in any walk of life, if you don’t like your job/employer then either just get on with it or go somewhere else.
    Everyone loves a moan now and then,and God knows Rafa has plenty to complain about with Ashleys shenanigans, but as I used to say to colleagues when they constantly moaned about work,pay,conditions etc :”there’s no lock on the gates”

    • GlasgowMag

      Mabye he is genuinely a good guy who when he signs a contract he sees it through. I suppose a comparison could be Bobby when he was at Barcelona bespite getting dogs abuse he stayed and honoured his contract!!!

      • kingfisher

        Could be Glasgow. I suppose there are still some people in football with honour and principles. I just wish he’d stop complaining and get on with it or leave !

        • Martin Rooney

          It can’t be doing the players he’s got especially the ones he’s just got in.

          • kingfisher

            Exactly Martin.

    • Jimblag23

      Really? You really believe in any situation you either put up or shut up?

      • kingfisher

        I know it sounds a bit hard Jim.If somebody’s not happy with a situation then obviously in the beginning they can try and work things out through discussing the problem and trying to arrive at a mutually beneficial solution.But in some cases (ie Rafa v Ashley.)There’s no point in Rafa keeping moaning and having a go at Ashley because as we all know he will not budge an inch, and all of Rafas complaining and moaning must be having a detrimental effect on the players.
        There’s got to be a time when things come to a head, and I think we are rapidly approaching that time.As Big Sam said,”You don’t have a go at your employer”.There will only be one winner and it won’t be Rafa !

        • Jimblag23

          I think the main point is…would the situation improve if he said nothing?
          To me the answer is a clear no, so he might as well cover his own back and be transparent.
          There isn’t an alternative that makes any sense in my opinion.

  • Rob

    Sexist troll.

  • Jezza

    Just ignore the disgraced, creepy, pervy, misogynistic, chauvinistic sex pest.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      That’s you, what about Richard Keys?

  • TheFatController

    He’s not even an ex footballer, he’s a disgraced football tv presenter .

    Credibility.

  • Toonfen

    Another one of Ashley ‘s cronies ASHLEY OUT, OUT, OUT!!!

  • Toonfen

    WHERE HAS ALL THE MONEY GONE JABBA??? ASHLEY OUT, OUT, OUT!!!

  • Big Al 1967

    And yet on his Twitter feed he criticises the owners of his beloved Coventry for being in charge for 10 years, making a profit but failing on the football front!! Sound familar?
    This man is a total to$$er who like a number in the media have a serious agenda against all things NUFC

  • Novocastrian Git

    Is Ben Jones’ last name really Jones or is it Dover?

    • TheFatController

      It’s Ben Sectioned-Often

      • Jimblag23

        It’s Clarko thinking “What’s a generic name I can use as my new alias because everyone’s blocked me?” 🤔

  • Ba ba.

    Does anyone actually know what’s his beff with rafa…. Was the same at Liverpool

    • Leicester Mag

      His beef is no-one challenges his elephant size ego. How he harks back to the days of the Silver Shhthead when a lacky knew his place. Get prepared for the return of the shelf made self declared legend.

  • Scottie Chugger Dearden

    It’s bellenders like him and Allardyce who make me lose interest in football. It’s a travesty he’s ended up with Bien sports on more money Where’s the karma?

    • MadMag83

      He does sort of share the Arabic view on women being second class citizens.

  • Fisherking

    He needs to be a dad because he’s turned his daughter into a alcoholic after screwing her mate

  • Lewis SG

    Yes. Richard Keys’ opinion is very important. We should all listen to him. So much respect for this guy for his contribution for football. Football won’t be the same without him. Perhaps he should apply for the top role in FIFA since his opinion is so important.

  • Peaco

    …or Richard, do everyone a favour and fnck off or die…preferably the latter

  • Martin

    Please notice me. I used to be someone.

  • Toonbadger

    Prize fekkin plum what a total total little piece of dogshite he is

  • Steven Hawthorn

    Who cares what wee hairy hands sex case says