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Simon Jordan accidentally starts praising Rafa Benitez…then realises his mistake

4 weeks ago
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Simon Jordan is very much one of Team Ashley.

Along with the likes of Dennis Wise, Richard Keys, Shola Ameobi and John Carver, the former Palace owner is frequently wheeled out in the media to defend Mike Ashley.

For some reason, Simon Jordan repeatedly given a platform to talk about another football club that he has absolutely no connection with.

Jordan has time after time attacked both Rafa Benitez and the Newcastle fans in recent years, as he argues blindly in favour of Mike Ashley and what he doing to NUFC.

After Saturday’s desperate performance and result at Norwich, Simon Jordan has come to the defence of both Ashley and his former Palace manager Steve Bruce.

Amusingly, in attempting to defend and back up Steve Bruce, as he waffled on, Simon Jordan ended up accidentally drifting into praising Rafa Benitez, before realising his mistake…’He (Steve Bruce) has spent £70m on players. And whilst they have lost Perez and a couple of other players, you know, they are still the basis of a squad that Rafa Benitez got working…you know, I won’t say working the oracle because I think he did his job. But working well together and cohesively.’

So Rafa Benitez got this NUFC squad into 10th and 13th in the Premier League, both times 11 points clear of relegation…and now Steve Bruce has got basically that same squad and had £70m (according to Simon Jordan) to spend on signings, so none of Ashley, Bruce or Jordan have got anywhere to hide now if things don’t improve.

Simon Jordan then going on to say that anybody who tries to be positive about Newcastle United now will be accused of having ulterior reasons, such as himself, because he knows Ashley and like Bruce…’But you know, you get into a territory where anything that is said that is positive about Newcastle, as they currently are, will be (seen as being) said by somebody who hasn’t got Newcastle’s best interests at heart, that doesn’t come from the area, and has got an owner that he knows and has got a manager that he likes.’

Simon Jordan speaking to Talksport:

“He (Steve Bruce) is going to be disappointed.

“He is going to have wanted to have made a better start than this.

“But he would have known these two games, despite people saying it is promoted Norwich, he is going to have known that they were going to come with an absolute bag of confidence.

“He’s not going to assume they have got it knocked out of them by Liverpool because he is going to see the calibre of the manager.

“Bringing in the players on a Sunday, OK it is a bit demonstrative…but he is an experienced manager.

“He’s managed at a variety of clubs.

Newcastle is the club that he has always wanted to manage.

“He doesn’t know what his best side is.

“But the only thing I would say against all of that, is that Steve is a defender.

“And if anybody knows what he needs his defenders to do because I think at this moment in time, specifically and explicitly in the game against Norwich, it was defensive frailty.

“It was defensive lack of urgency, it was defensive qualities, not getting close enough to players in the box. Which are basic premises of what defenders have got to do.

“And Steve will be looking at that and going – that’s not good enough.

“He has spent £70m on players.

“And whilst they have lost Perez and a couple of other players, you know, they are still the basis of a squad that Rafa Benitez got working…you know, I won’t say working the oracle because I think he did his job.

“But working well together and cohesively.

“But you know, you get into a territory where anything that is said that is positive about Newcastle, as they currently are, will be (seen as being said) said by somebody who hasn’t got Newcastle’s best interests at heart, that doesn’t come from the area, and has got an owner that he knows and has got a manager that he likes.”

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