Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys has launched an incredible attack on NUFC boss Rafa Benitez, claiming the Spaniard is the man to blame for ALL of our struggles this season – stating Mike Ashley is in no way responsible in a lie-fuelled rant on his personal website.
The infamous presenter now works for beIN SPORTS in Qatar – having resigned from Sky following his sexist comments alongside Andy Gray – and his ill-informed opinion of Rafa Benitez has got NUFC fans talking.
Here’s what he had to say in his bewildering attack on Benitez on his online blog yesterday:
“Here’s an inconvenient truth – the three Brits who’ve taken charge at Palace, West Ham and Everton have lifted those clubs 16 places since taking over. Not bad eh? Moyes is fast becoming a hero at West Ham, Allardyce has got Everton moving and Hodgson has got Palace off the bottom and out of trouble.
“By the way, if Allardyce can deliver Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January then its ‘lift-off’ at Goodison.
“But I’ve often wondered how a ‘Super Coach’ would manage at the wrong end of our league – and it looks like I might be getting my answer. I’ve said before – great credit to Benitez for the job he did getting Newcastle up. It was every bit as good as the job Chris Hughton did the last time they got promoted from the Championship. To get the job done Benitez spent £102m and took 17 players to St James’ Park. Hughton didn’t.
“Now the Toon languish in the bottom 3 – having taken just one point from 27. I’ll say that again – one point from 27. Benitez wants more money to correct the problem.
“Of course he does. I’m sure Alan Pardew does at West Brom. I’m sure Paul Clement does. I’m sure David Moyes, Eddie Howe and Roy Hodgson do. I sure Mark Hughes does. Will they get it? I don’t think so.
“No, I’m sorry Rafa, it’s a different game at the other end of the table isn’t it? The run Newcastle are on is NOTHING to do with Mike Ashley and EVERYTHING to do with what’s happening ON the pitch – or rather isn’t happening on the pitch. No Rafa, this one is down to you.
“Sean Dyche hasn’t had anything like £102m to spend at Burnley. In fact, last summer he traded at a profit -again. The Brits are obviously doing something right.”
Not only is Keys blindingly biased and anti-Benitez to suggest Ashley is in no way responsible for any of our troubles, he lies quite conveniently to back up his quite incredible claims.
Keys suggests Rafa only got us promoted due to him spending ‘£102m’ and taking ’17 players to St James Park’ in that Championship campaign. Wrong. A fee in the region of £55m was spent on 12 players over the course of our promotion season.
All very bitter and bizarre from Keys here, whose proven himself to be pretty classless and clueless once again.
Newcastle fans have hit back at him and rightly so. Here’s some of the best reactions to his embarrassing rant at Rafa:
Richard Keys' claims that Newcastle spent "£102m" to get promoted a weird way of saying we actually went up with a £30m profit on transfers.
— NUFCThreatLevel (@NUFCThreatLevel) December 19, 2017
Let’s get something right Keybacca…
Ashley allowed Rafa to spend around £55m to get promoted, which transpired in real terms as a £30m profit.
Ashley then allowed Rafa to spend £35m (about £20m, net) to stay in the PL.
Do some fact-hunting, attention-seeker! @richardajkeys
— NUFC Index (@NUFC_Index) December 19, 2017
@richardajkeys could you quantify the £102m you state has been spent in the last 18months and that rafa hasn’t operated at a profit unlike Sean dyche??? Strange statement!! #NUFC @rafabenitezweb 🤔 pic.twitter.com/wLkIcg0EiF
— ajf (@foxaj) December 19, 2017