Richard Keys has now joined the party.
The disgraced former Sky Sports presenter joining in the attack on Newcastle United, Newcastle fans and Rafa Benitez, as well as all common sense, truth and logic.
Rio Ferdinand really got the ball rolling on Saturday, Mike Ashley’s business associate giving a laughable attempt at punditry on BT Sport.
The same as his last appearance when he talked about Newcastle United, Ferdinand either willingly told untruth after untruth about what is actually happening with Ashley and the club, or he was happy to speak from a position of total ignorance.
Rio Ferdinand following that up with another ridiculous go on Twitter, backing up Mike Ashley once again and having a go at the Newcastle fans (see here).
Richard Keys then piling in on the back of that by applauding Rio Ferdinand (see below).
Keys as we know has a long record of form and this time states that 18th place in the Premier League is Rafa’s fault because he ‘picks the team’, whilst he questions ‘Why should it always be Ashley’ to blame.
When somebody owns the club and insists on a profit rather than net spend on players, that undermines everything else, making the manager’s job all but impossible.
Saying it is Rafa who is to blame for where Newcastle find themselves…on that basis it was Panama’s manager’s fault they didn’t win the World Cup, or David Wagner’s fault that Huddersfield are bottom and not top of the Premier League. You can only work with what you have got.
As for the Richard Keys solution to the situation, he says that ‘If Rafa loves Newcastle as he says’, why doesn’t he buy Newcastle United with his own money.
This is definitely fact being stranger than fiction, if somebody had claimed Richard Keys had said this to somebody in a conversation you would think it was too far-fetched.
I think it is very difficult now to believe this is all coincidence.
Mike Ashley suddenly appeared back at a Newcastle match yesterday, which coincided with Tim Sherwood talking absolute nonsense and saying Ashley deserved credit, then we had Rio Ferdinand yesterday and this morning, now Richard Keys…
You might think well this is a great PR strategy from Mike Ashley and Keith Bishop, getting media people to talk such absolute rubbish that a six year old (chimpanzee) could immediately pull to bits.
However, what else is there that could be scripted but nonsense, if you were trying to defend Ashley’s running of Newcastle United?
If these next 24 hours see Richard Keys follow up his Twitter shout out with more of the same on beIN SPORTS and Dennis Wise pops up on Sky Sports, we will have conclusive proof that this isn’t just coincidence.
With clearly no NUFC takeover happening and no signings coming in as we reach the midway point of the January window, this level of Mike Ashley PR nonsense matches his running of Newcastle United as a football club.
Richard Keys via Twitter:
“Well said Rio Ferdinand.
“If Rafa loves Newcastle as he says – spend some of his own money.
“He’s got enough.
“Management is about teamwork – why should it always be Ashley?
“Buy it. It’s still for sale.
“They’re in the bottom 3 and Rafa is responsible.
“He picks the team.”