Gary Neville disrespects NUFC once again after inadvertent dig at Rafa Benitez – unbelievable

Sky pundit Gary Neville has been discussing his contenders for Premier League manager of the season and, surprise surprise, he’s failed to even mention Rafa Benitez – choosing to credit the likes of Palace’s Roy Hodgson and Spurs’ Mauricio Pochettino instead.

It’s a game of opinions and his winner, Pep Guardiola, is a worthy one, but I was baffled to see him fail to even give Benitez a mention.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football earlier in the week, here’s what Neville had to say when asked who his manager of the year was – refusing to recognise Rafa’s miraculous work this season.

“Roy Hodgson deserves a mention for the job he has done at Crystal Palace; Sean Dyche comes very close; Mauricio Pochettino, given his spend, has achieved a level of consistency; and Jurgen Klopp has had a great season and if they go on to win the Champions League you could argue it could be him.

“Right now it’s Pep Gaurdiola for the outstanding football Man City have produced in winning the Premier League and the Carabao Cup. “

I love how he mentions Pochettino’s lack of spending. They’ve spent £110m since last summer, improving a side that was already mightily impressive. That’s almost treble the amount Rafa has spent over the past two windows – yet we NEEDED to improve our side after promotion.

No disrespect to Roy, who has done a brilliant job taking Palace from bottom of the pile to pushing the top 10, but Benitez has surely trumped his achievements this season?



Rafa’s not only kept us up, but taken what’s been called Championship into the top 10. Hodgson has done a great job, but they’re a side full of attacking flair, quality and experience, with Wilfred Zaha being a player who could easily play for a side in the top 6.

Dyche and Guardiola are worthy winners of this year’s award, but I’m really struggling how he could mention the likes of Hodgson, Klopp and Pochettino over Benitez.

You can’t call us a ‘Championship’ team playing in the Premier League when we’re struggling, then fail to recognise that we’re now in the top 10 and staying up quite comfortably. Poor.

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About Olly Hawkins

Born in Gateshead, Olly was a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

5 thoughts on “Gary Neville disrespects NUFC once again after inadvertent dig at Rafa Benitez – unbelievable

  1. Not sure where you are getting your figures from but Spurs have a net spend of -£250,000 this season. Palace have a net spend of £31,350,000 whilst Newcastle have a net spend of £10,250,000 this season.

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  2. I think hodgson has trumped Benetiz. Everyone had palace down as relegation certainties after losing and not scoring in their first 7 games. That is a better achievement then keeping Newcastle up in the sense that in my opinion most people expected it with a manager of benetiz’s class.

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  3. Phil:
    Not sure where you are getting your figures from but Spurs have a net spend of -£250,000 this season.Palace have a net spend of £31,350,000 whilst Newcastle have a net spend of £10,250,000 this season.

    I wasn’t talking about net spend? Point being because Neville was suggesting Pochettino had nothing to spend. He did..

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