Richard Keys is at it again.
Yes, I hear you saying just ignore him, but his latest Newcastle United stupidity/mischief does really have to be answered.
For whatever reason, the disgraced former Sky Sports presenter is recently taking an ever increasing unhealthy interest in the affairs of Newcastle United.
Richard Keys determined to back up Mike Ashley, for who knows what reason, as well as repeatedly having a go at both Rafa Benitez and the Newcastle fans.
His latest stroke of genius just doesn’t make sense on so many levels.
No idea who takes the credit, whether it is Keys’ own work, or this is more of Keith Bishop’s nonsense on behalf of Mike Ashley.
A Geordie warrior had me run this comparison. Interesting isn’t it? In full seasons Pardew finished 5th 16th 10th + he had 1 Europa Lge 1/4f. 46 of Benitez’s games were in C’ship. A manager can only be judged on what he spends – not net. pic.twitter.com/AA7i5cf2cs
— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) September 6, 2018
Even if you assume Richard Keys’ figures are correct, how on earth is this convincing anybody that Rafa Benitez is doing a bad job?
In fact the big message that is glaring, is just how rubbish life is under Mike Ashley. According to these Keys/Bishop calculations, under the two managers in total, Mike Ashley has made a £73m profit in the transfer market!
Also, Richard Keys clearly wants us to all forget that since Pardew left Newcastle in 2014, we have seen the most ridiculous transfer inflation that football has ever seen. So what you could get for £91m in 2010-2014, is a hell of a lot more bang for your buck than you get for the £124m spent by Rafa in 2016-2018.
There are other just as glaring factors that Richard Keys doesn’t want to acknowledge.
Pardew took over a team safely in Premier League mid-table in 2010, whilst Rafa took over a side in 2016 in the bottom three with 10 games to go, that was all but already relegated.
Maybe the most notable thing though is that when you see what the two managers inherited that they had available for the following season.
Chris Hughton had done a brilliant job and after promotion as champions with 102 points, he was treated disgracefully by Mike Ashley, determined to get rid of him and bring in a puppet.
Richard Keys spotlights that 5th place finish the season afterwards.
Pardew had in that team:
Tim Krul (Dutch international)
Fabricio Coloccini (Argentine international)
Jonas Gutierrez (Argentine international)
Hatem Ben Arfa (French international)
Cheick Tiote (Ivory Coast international)
Danny Simpson (Future Premier League winner)
As well as those there were Steven Taylor, Ryan Taylor, James Perch, Shola Ameobi, Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Leon Best and Danny Guthrie – all very decent first team and/or squad players. All of these players above inherited by Alan Pardew from Chris Hughton.
Fast forward to 2016 and Rafa Benitez, there was a wholesale exodus at the end of the season, two months after he had taken over.
Wijnaldum, Townsend, Janmaat, Sissoko, Thauvin, Cisse, all insisted on leaving. Whilst the likes of Coloccini, Steven Taylor, de Jong and Krul were all past their best and also left. Rafa also had to clear out a lot of poor players, such as Marveaux, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Doumbia, Saivet and Riviere.
Altogether, there is already 16 players, the bottom line is that Rafa Benitez had to pretty much totally rebuild the squad to try and get promotion, not just bring in a few players as Alan Pardew did in summer 2011. For the record, the only two notable players that were sold for fees, were Kevin Nolan and Jose Enrique, two good players but nothing compared to the host of shirts Rafa Benitez had to fill.
To portray Rafa Benitez as somehow doing badly when he has won instant promotion as champions, finished 10th in the Premier League, AND made a £40m transfer profit..you would clearly have to think that these are the claims of a desperate bitter simpleton.
Over to you Richard.