Gary Neville hasn’t exactly always been the most popular at St James Park.
From his playing days when trying, and missing, to kick David Ginola into row Z of the Milburn Stand, to his pundit comments, he has often wound Newcstle fans up.
Indeed, not so long ago, he was one of those quite happy to suggest that Rafa Benitez’ chosen style of football and formation was one of the major factors preventing Newcastle United improving on the pitch.
However, even the thickest of ‘experts’ is now accepting that there is only one man to blame for Newcastle’s desperate situation and it isn’t Rafa Benitez.
Rafa has said it will take a ‘miracle’ for his underfunded team to stay up and responding to what the Newcastle boss said, Gary Neville says ‘I can’t help but feel sad when I come up here.’
He says he shouldn’t feel that way really because makes their own bed…but obviously he accepts that Newcastle United are now a real extreme, with Mike Ashley ‘making the bed’ and Rafa Benitez and the fans having no choice but to be the ones lying in that bed. Unless of course you choose to no longer lie in that bed….
Gary Neville declares that Newcastle United are a club who should be able to dream: ‘But the idea that Rafa Benitez is (forced to be talking) about it being difficult to stay in the league…’
The Sky Sports pundit stating ‘Newcastle are a club that should be on the front foot all the time.’
When you have Huddersfield spending the same on one defender (almost £18m for Kongolo) as Newcastle’s front five (Rondon, Perez, Diame, Hayden, Atsu) cost against Man Utd, it isn’t difficult to see why it might be a little difficult for NUFC to get on the ‘front foot’ against anybody, never mind the better teams.
So many pundits/experts were still trying to portray Newcastle fans as deluded but that summer 2018 transfer window with a £20m+ profit instead of any net investment at all, left their arguments with so many holes in.
Meanwhile, we are three days past the month when Mike Ashley said it was ‘possible’ a sale of the club could be concluded..
Gary Neville talking to Sky Sports:
“Newcastle for me…I go back to the mid 90s when I was coming here, this is such a special place for football.
“The stadium is absolutely incredible.
“The idea that ‘It is a miracle if we Newcastle stay up’… this feeling that Newcastle United are in this position, I can’t help but feel sad when I come up here.
“I shouldn’t feel that when I come here.
“Because ultimately every club makes its own bed.
“But the idea that Rafa Benitez is (forced to be talking) about it being difficult to stay in the league, the idea that tonight they’re talking about defending…
“Newcastle are a club that should be on the front foot all the time.
“Have dreams…because to be fair, every time you came up here in the mid 90s/late 90s, it was unbelievable.
“This place is so special to play football at and I do hope it gets that back.”