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.”

  • Paul Patterson

    Hard to have dreams when we wont spend Pogbas half yearly wage on a player ..

  • Shipcote Willy

    Its all been said about the state of the club and the wider world knows what is actually happening and its nothing to do with fans unrealistic expectations or the negative tactics of the manager, unless you are one of Bishops place men like Wise, Keys and Gray who now sound ridiculous. However none of this changes what is happening at the club as Ashley continues to roll the dice on PL survival and run the club into the ground. Like most fans I am angry with the owner but also annoyed with the gullible fans led by the tame media who continue to fall for the cr*p spouted by Ashley and his cronies. It even stretched as far as the fanzines and Magpie group who cancelled protests. I think we might go down this season but does it matter if we don’t as every season is like this under Ashley and it will get worse while he remains as owner, which is likely to be for a very long time. I just wonder what Ashley has to do wake the slumbering masses at SJP.

  • Tweed Mag

    Dreams? Nothing but a nightmare at the moment.
    At least the majority of pundits are beginning to see the reality of NUFC under the oaf.

  • Geordiegiants

    They can all talk about it and see it, but like everyone else, nobody is going to do anything about it. The premier league should be stepping in and doing something about it. The thing is he has that much money and influence he just threatens legal action against everyone.

    • We’ll support you evermore

      Could always go on like the French have if people really wanted something. Could do this with anything in life, the people are the majority. 7.odd billion in the world but we are controlled by so few who call themselves elites leaders etc people mentalitys need to change if they is a chance for anything to change and that goes for anything and everything.

      • Steven05


  • Ken

    Fair dues to Garry Neville but really Shola should have been saying that or at least agreeing with him

    • New Durham Mags

      Shola is embarressing he can hardly string a sentence together. I cringe when he talks or should a say rambles on

      • Ken

        I’m sure him and Bellamy are still on Ashley’s pay roll poor pundits who will not criticise him

        • Paul Patterson

          Well it looks like Bellamy is in the same spot of bother that Beardsley is . .

          • Ken

            Yup probably got his bullying ways from Ashley….. allegedly

      • Billmag

        I was squirming when he was talking it was as you say embarrassing.

        • New Durham Mags

          hes probably a really nice guy …..But hes not cut out for talking on TV sorry shola if your reading this LOL ( I know you are)
          why isnt Robb Lee on anymore ? he always spoke sensibly and didnt make me want to rip off my ears

          • panther

            Because rob told the truth

    • Billmag

      He’s too thick Ken.

    • panther

      Depends on the highest bidder with shola

  • Mrkgw

    Fair play to Gary Neville – he is spot on. Bit harsh to criticise Shola unless of course, he is defending the odious owner.

  • TeessideMag

    If you add up all the points we got last season, 15/16 when we went down, and this seasons current total… That’s 99 points, 1 less than man City got in a single season. That’s the gulf that exists.

  • Themoscow72

    What about the state of Man Utd. Over the two games not any better than us. Not going to challenging at the top for many years to come.

    • Wor Lass

      “… not going to challenging at the top for many years to come.” Leaving aside minor infringement of missing a word out, that`s pure krap.

      • Wor Lass

        PS have you spotted the “irony”?

        • JohnnyH

          Monk doesn’t do irony I’ve tried it,
          I think he’s got a syndrome or a plate in his head or something
          Bonne Annee wor lass

      • KennySamsung

        I’m regretting blocking him now 🤣

    • Vincent Gigante

      He isn’t talking about Man Utd he’s talking about Newcastle Utd. Obviously it’s well done mike in your strange little world that we have been turned over for the eighth time in the league this season.
      Incidentally over the two games they scored 5 and we scored 2. They also picked up the 6 points funnily enough.

      • Kneebotherm8

        He’s the village idiot on this site mate………..just ignore him…..

    • New Durham Mags

      well apart from the 3 goals and 6 points yeah Not much better then us !!!

    • JohnnyH

      Monk, were you ever starved of oxygen as a child for a short period of time?

    • Ram Kishore

      We are talking about relegation and u r comparing our relegation chances with Manchester United’s title chances.

  • Paul Cannell

    It’s the first time a Neville has spoken
    sence, since Neville off Auf Wiedersehen Pet said ihe wasn’t a joiner.

    • Coach Clagnut

      but he was there for a porpoise

      • WildBill

        I didn’t know he had a porpoise, I knew he had a wife.

  • Weyhhadaway

    The league should be able to declare an owner unfit for not trying. It might be the only way to get shot of this guy.

    • JohnnyH

      I’m thinking more along the lines of a catastrophic medical event, which may be more likely to occur in our lifetimes.

      • Weyhhadaway

        I don’t do bad thoughts about people. But you might be right.

        • JohnnyH

          I don’t normally either, but would lose no sleep if years of poor lifestyle choices caught up with the fat f#£&#*

  • DeadToiler

    Never been one of Gary’s biggest fans. A good full back but an average pundit. However can’t agrue with his sentiments here.

  • Kneebotherm8

    The penny has dropped then Gary?…….

  • Leicester Mag

    About time some fekka got emotional about this hideous charade and abuse of trust.

  • Carl Marks

    Thoroughly and utterly depressing, when an ex Man U player appears to care more than fifty plus fans who persist in attending home games and thousands of fans who buy official merchandise!!!!
    F.F.S. You’re only being asked to boycott matches and stop buying official merchandise,not split the atom,swim a shark infested ocean,
    draw up a blueprint for a Nuclear Power Station etc
    How difficult can that be????!!!!

  • Gallowgate Dave

    It’s not in Sky’s interest to talk down its “product” but it’s so unavoidable now that even they have to tackle it. I’m sure they’ll balance it out with a sycophantic Ashley interview on February 1st telling us all that the takeover is dead just in time for the closure of the transfer window.

  • robbersdog

    Give us a cuddle Gary!

  • BigHairyDog

    Ashley, Ashley, Ashley…the man is a scavenger picking up the corpses of retail franchises and rebuilding them as glorified jumble sales. With the club though he’s a parasite, draining the life out of the club and leeching money given to the club to buy players that will entertain and compete.

  • Mike

    wot happened to the Takeover that was assured from another clown Steve Howey?All of them get paid for spouting crp