Jermaine Jenas says he doesn’t see Rafa Benitez leaving Newcastle United, at least not until the end of the season.

The former Newcastle midfielder believes Rafa won’t walk away and Mike Ashley won’t sack him, as the manager is key to the chances of NUFC staying up this season.

Watching the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City, Jermaine Jenas declared it ‘not nice viewing’ from a Newcastle perspective.

Whilst the players gave the effort you can’t disagree with the BT Sport pundit that going forward it is pretty horrendous in terms of flair, creativity and goalscorers.

Jermaine Jenas declaring ‘I feel sorry for the Newcastle fans when I see what I see there.’

Even with the best eleven on the pitch Newcastle United are up against it, never mind when key players such as Shelvey, Ritchie and Lejeune are missing.

Two weeks until the next test, another top six team in Arsenal coming to St James Park.

Jermaine Jenas talking on BT Sport:

“The thing with that (way of playing) is that Rafa is that type of manager

“Wherever he has been that has been his style.

“That is how he likes to manage at a club.

“I don’t think that it is down to personnel.

“Premier League jobs don’t come easy and Rafa has got one.

“There are plenty of managers out there that haven’t got one and are chomping at the bit to get one.

“I don’t see Rafa walking away, or the club sacking him, because I don’t think they can, as he is key to this team staying in the Premier League.

“In my era Newcastle had top players and when you look at them now…it’s not nice viewing.

“It doesn’t look like a club that’s getting what it deserves.

“I feel like Mike Ashley is running that club like a business, that sounds like a stupid statement but he’s got to do more with the money that is coming in.

“I feel like he’s not prepared to go that extra bit to bring in those players who can take that club to where it needs to be.

“That’s why it has problems.

“It is pretty sorry.

“I feel sorry for the Newcastle fans when I see what I see there.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Manchester City 2 Newcastle United 1

Goals

Newcastle: Yedlin 30

Man City: Sterling 8, Walker 52

Possession was Man City 78% Newcastle 22%

Total shots were  Man City24 Newcastle 3

Shots on target were Man City 8 Newcastle 2

Corners were  Man City 4 Newcastle 0

Referee: Kevin Friend

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Clark (Murphy 81), Dummett, Ki, Diame, Kenedy (Atsu 54), Perez, Rondon (Joselu 73)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Sterry, Longstaff, Muto

Crowd: 53,946

(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the Man City match go HERE)

(To read NUFC player match ratings from the game  go HERE)



  • ZICO MARTIN

    Fair play he has his critics but what he said tonight was good, Rio didn’t have a clue but Jenas got it. The north east fans are having their money and mickey taken big time by an owner who has seen SD and his personal wealth grow through owning nufc. This £144m debt is non-sense, he has made a fortune off the back of the club.
    What will be his next tactic to buy time, another buyer lol?

    • Ben Jones

      Ok there’s no debt now but there was before he bought the club, once he sells the club there may be debt again

      Easier to look at it like that I think

      • ZICO MARTIN

        Its all about the money, NUFC ceased to be a sporting club in 2007, it exists purely for the benefit of one person and his other company, the fans (customers lol) are a nusiance that can be fobbed off by token buyout rumours, possible transfers etc. He has zero interest in the club other than the money and developing SD on the back of it. We are being mugged off big time.

        Its a slow death by a thousand cuts that other clubs fans just wouldn’t stand for

        • Will In Despair!

          Well said, we’re a sports club with zero ambition – this itself speaks volumes, no ambition except making that 0dious man more money.

          Deloitte Touche consistently having us in the top 30 in their Football Money League ever since Newcastle gained promotion to the Premiership in 93 season.

          Until sadly, dropping fast under current owner, even though the Premier League TV broadcasting rights revenue rose significantly from 1,706 millions in 2007/10 to 5,136 millions in 2016/19.
          This itself is a solid reason to buy the club, coupled with the free global advertising thrown in!!!

          Plus thanks to his ownership, the likes of merchandise revenue has tumbled, probably the lowest among any of the Premiership teams? I’d even go as far as worse than many Championship teams?
          After all who in their right mind would readily hand him more money, when we know for a fact, and history proves, that it is never reinvested back into our club!

          F00k all the apologists with their delusions of grandeur and sickly pro MA/SD 💩💩💩 agenda, the truth will always oust – Block them all, it’s the only way 😉

          • Cockneytrev

            Well said,,,👏👏👏👏👏

      • Danimal

        What????

        • Ben Jones

          Elaborate and I will

  • Steven05

    And when you went away with the English superstars, and came back home to drop to a lower standard…

    Newcastle were higher than the teams you reffered to – Spurs, Chelsea, Liverpool,

    Thanks for your selective memory. When Ashley finally does go, there will be plenty of your type saying we were right all along

    • Ben Jones

      Nope nope and nope. You’re lying

      • Steven05

        Go on then, because it’s Saturday night, I’ll bite. I know it’s what you want.

        Please understand that I when I make a comment on this forum, it is simply to share opinions with Newcastle United like minded people. Now I don’t wish to say that you aren’t this way inclined (although it is what I believe), but simply to say that I don’t believe someone of your standing can say the things you say without being in need of a decent life, instead of craving negative attention in the hope of giving your life a sense of purpose. Either you are a Newcastle fan or not – surely your type must have more about yourselves than to lower yourself to either being a ‘troll’ or in support of Mr Ashley?

        • Ben Jones

          What on earth. Newcastle fan yes, doesn’t mean I have to pretend we were ahead of Chelsea Tottenham or Liverpool prior to Ashley. Just look up the league table from the season prior to him taking over , that’s why I said you’re lying(or at best mistaken)

          06/07

          Chelsea 2nd
          Liverpool 3rd
          Tottenham 5th

          Newcastle 5 points off relegation

          • Steven05

            I simply referred to what Jenas said on telly – about him going away with England internationals and then coming home and dropping his game. At that time we were challenging Man Utd for the title – ahead of Gerrard, Lampard, whoever played for Spurs…

          • Ben Jones

            No we were not, again look at the league tables, but let’s just say you were right, you accept that after jenas but prior to Ashley that we were a spent force yes?

          • Steven05

            You use the term ‘we’ quite liberally don’t you

            This is my club. This club belongs to many people like me. You/Ashley are not part of this club and never will be

          • Ben Jones

            It’s our club I’m afraid , just can’t bring yourself to admit that we were a spent force after Bobby even though the league tables back that assertion up can ya eh?. You’re weak Steven

          • Steven05

            Did I mention Sir Bobby’s team? Or did I make reference to what Jenas actually said on telly?

            … you are right. I am weak. I replied and bit to your plea

          • Ben Jones

            It’s all around the same time Steven let’s not be silly, apart from the Roeder run after Bobby we were drifting and about to go out of business, people like you just won’t accept the facts even though they’re all there in black and white

          • Steven05

            Well ok then, thanks to Ashley for his interest free loan which has not decreased in 10 years despite all he has taking in advertising and below minimum investment and at least 2 relegations. Where has the money gone?

          • Ben Jones

            I think it’s better to look at the debt/loan as, we did have debt prior, currently we do not, after we may again. The advertising is worth 2m maximum a season now so yeah, lets say 20m in ‘free advertising’ during his tenure, no big deal for me, he could take a salary afterall, the money hasn’t gone anywhere it’s still in the club, it’s the clubs money, we’re owed around 85m in transfer fees so there’s a decent chunk already

          • Steven05

            I don’t believe you believe what you are saying

          • Ben Jones

            Eh? Ask Chris holt on twitter how much the stadium advertising is worth in his opinion, very little compared with what people think, we are owed money from past transfers , it’s well known and the sales this season no doubt added to it? What exactly don’t you believe that I believe?

          • Steven05

            People like you deserve an owner like Ashley. Instead you’ve got the Glaziers

          • Ben Jones

            Christ almighty I’m a [email protected] hebburn lad, get it into your thick [email protected] head that I’m a Newcastle supporter

          • Steven05

            My mistake then. You just sound like a pathetic individual with no life or at the least, no affinity to Newcastle United. My mistake, I must have misunderstood you

          • Ben Jones

            yes your mistake

          • Danimal

            You’re a seriously misguided one.

          • Danimal

            If your defeatist predecessors had won the day in the early 90s we would now be Sheffield Wednesday. Old fashioned, lower divisions for 20 years, decrepit stadium etc. Thankfully you got blown out of the water, although your second coming is now in charge.

          • Danimal

            You actually want us to be a spent force because you’re more comfortable with that pathetic level of ambition. There were loads of short-sighted defeatists like you knocking about when Hall, Keegan etc dragged the decaying remnants of our club into the 20th century (just in time). You lot hate the idea that we could be something better.

          • Danimal

            One season. How about checking the previous 13 or 14 seasons?

          • Ben Jones

            How about the 4 prior to him taking over, surely that gives a better picture of the state of the club at the time, it’s like a sunderland fan ignoring the last few seasons and banging on about 10 years in the top flight…it’s irrelevant pal

        • Wezza

          Just block him mate, that’s one of the Lee brothers. Oh I laughed when they lost 0-3 at home. As for their neighbours, CIty are light years ahead of them.

          • Steven05

            Thanks mate. I must admit I feel a little embarrassed for resounding to him

          • Ben Jones

            He’s saying that because he thinks you’re not bright enough to debate with me, don’t thank him for that

          • Danimal

            The empty pizza box in front of me right now is bright enough to debate with you.

          • Ben Jones

            You have to be one of the most pathetic people in existence, you really are, don’t ever forget that

      • Danimal

        How is he lying?

        • Ben Jones

          It’s all in the thread

  • relaxed

    The likes of the mad monk, goat rider and the other rsholes will certainly try too put a favorable spin on the Jermaine Jenas comments by no doubt bigging their master and employer up
    Probably blame Rafa as usual because its their favorite get out of jail card

    • Cockneytrev

      What them rsols write. is way past trolling,, their agenda is more than winding people up, imo they must be working for Ashley/bishop , it’s been going on for far too long now and far too in depth .
      No one would have the energy to carry that off for so long, unless they had some very series mental issues,,,

      • Ashley-out

        he has mental issues ok

    • ghostrider

      I will blame Rafa because it’s Rafa’s fault. He sets this tactical nonsense up.

      • Danimal

        Hahahahahahaha you are amazing.

        • ghostrider

          Aye and right.

  • Ashley-out

    the club stinks of neglect & a few of the fans are up in arms about it,
    the rest just go to the match like sheep, if you do buy a season ticket then lump it, you have no right to complain.

  • Cockneytrev

    Jeans was quite in what he said,,,
    Ferdinand said only what he had read in newspapers or heard from other journalists,,
    I loved when the net spend since 2017 was put up,,
    NUFC £1 mil
    Huddersfield £78 mil
    Brighton £ 110 mil
    Ferdinand’s face , he was gob smacked , the first time he had obviously seen any of these kind of figures,, he must have been thinking,,” Ashley where’s the Fekin money gone”

    • Ben Jones

      I doubt it’s accuracy

      • Danimal

        You’re right, the real net spend is in negative figures.

        • Cockneytrev

          I never know what him and the other hoop lickers say, as I’ve blocked most of them,,,

        • Ben Jones

          Nah, I doubt the merino fee we paid this season is on there at all

      • Kev Newcastle England

        Bent Jones

    • Sickandtired

      Was never bothered about what we being spent when he was at Manu was he! He’s another hypocrite. Wonder what he would be saying if it was Manu who were ran the way Ashley runs us?

      • Will In Despair!

        The Premier League was formed in 1992, and subsequent 93–94 season Newcastle achieved promotion.
        Were we were ‘consistently’ in the top 30 Deloitte Touche rich list, well until the current 0dious goit owner!

        Example:
        04/05 season position 12.
        06/07 down to 14 ( – 2.8 million).
        07/08 season down to position of 17.

        I’ve only just started looking through the pdf’s (yawn), these are the initial details I’ve pulled from the 1st couple I’ve looked at.
        They give you an idea of the clubs wealth standings in Deloitte Football Money League.

        Sadly, I’m already bored, I cannot sum up the energy or think of any justification to continue! As most fans know the score, the truth is out there 😉

  • joe mac

    jesus!…..the nerve of the “goldfish”……cldnt wait to bail out!…..and he feels sorry for us now!! ffs!…..

    • FatParosite

      At least Jenas is adding to the growing mass of correct information. However you’re right Jenas is a pan faced ĈŨƝŢ.

  • Hopey

    Newcastle are now what the whole country perceive as the Poundland of the country an area that can be manipulated and pushed into a situation of under achievement and no ambition, if this club was down south this situation would have been nipped in the bud 3-5 years ago, we are insignificant the also rans that make the numbers up. When Ashley departs the true understanding of what this club means to our region of the COUNTRY will hold bare, the celebrations will out do any champions league win by other clubs in this country, it will be euphoric beyond measure, our time will come at some point not sure when but it will, he is one man we are a City a region of the UK, people south of our region will one day get an amazing shock of what is laid bare, we are an amazing pull (on TV every week because the audience out dose all before us) we will rise above the so called upper classes one day , Keegan/Sir Bobby knew it ,we all know it.
    Get this poison out of our lives
    ASHLEY OUT

  • narseny101

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    • ianyutka513

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    • Alex

      Are you an alias for Monkseaton?

    • Jimblag23

      If you come across a guy named Clarko, heads up he’s riddled.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Lurking or looking? Sounds creepy as

    • Toontaff

      Looks like Monkseaton’s surgery went well!

  • NUFCLX

    Watched that, great presenter, not sure what his name is but asked serious questions and put the fans point of view (I should say the vast majority of fans views)

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Jake something, he was quality he really stuck it to them and didn’t let anyone get away with lazy answers

      • NUFCLX

        Obviously done some research beforehand unlike Sky pundits and presenters who are allowed to spout off without being challenged.

      • Danimal

        Jake Humphrey? Did he? Great, finally the media are waking up to what’s going on here.

        • Danimal

          That’s BBC, Sky and BT all finally getting the message after years of belittling us.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          That’s the one! Aye try watch it he didn’t let up. Richard Dunne was a disgrace

          • Sickandtired

            As was Rio.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Rio was a joke but he at least approached it from both angles…clearly hadn’t done any sort of research because Jenas blew him away with facts. Dunne said no one wants to join Newcastle it’s not attractive & Jake pointed out because of the structure the owner has in place, he couldn’t get it in his head

          • Sickandtired

            I wouldn’t say he approached it from both angles. He was stumped when presented with actual facts, then ended by telling Jake “well, you invest your money then…”. He’s oblivious to the fact that there is no investment going on – not even reinvestment of club revenues.
            As I have already said on here, he wouldn’t be saying any of that if his beloved Manu were ran the way we are.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            That’s what Jake kept saying, they couldn’t understand and all Rio had to say ‘but it’s mikes money’ to which Jake replied it’s money the club made itself, he was stumped and kept going back to that lazy line about it not being his money & he can spend it how he wants

    • Sickandtired

      That Richard Dunne was a [email protected] as well. No one wants to come and play for Rafa because of his style? Can’t recall players walking out the door of any club he has been to – and won with.
      The same type of Muppet comments which were made when KK was here and the ex players and pundits crucified him. Never win nowt playing like that they said – and yet over 20 years later they are all crowing about City’s attacking entertaining football, and how defensive Rafa is! PMSL!

  • Sickandtired

    Rio is another one who needs a good slapping. Wonder if he would be saying the same thing if Man Utd were ran the same way as Ashley runs us?
    Hypocrite

    • Danimal

      What did he say?

      • Sickandtired

        It’s Ashley’s money. He’s invested, spent big, blah blah blah. Clueless moron.

        • Danimal

          Really? They still get away with that shyte?

        • FatParosite

          Rio is on the payroll

          • Sickandtired

            Said he was ‘playing Devils advocate’. Why? The facts speak for themselves to any sane minded person.
            Simply put, the only additional ‘investment’ Ashley has made since buying the club is due to two relegation’s. He has however repaid himself, in full, the £29 million loaned after relegation 1.
            Not a penny of his ‘investment’ is personal money. It is all secured loans from St James Holdings/MASH and as such will have to be fully repaid if and when the club is ever sold.

          • Kneebotherm8

            As you say he’s put nowt into this football club that won’t be returned with interest.

  • robbersdog

    Jermaine is 100% correct; it’s depressing, and I do feel sorry for us, the fans. Life under Ashley is a sh*t-sandwich, it’s hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel and five games with no wins tells its own story.

    But hey, things can only get get better. Right?