After regularly siding with Mike Ashley and slating Rafa Benitez, Richard Keys has come out with some very surprising comments about NUFC – insisting that we won’t go down after Benitez ‘made a statement’ at Man Utd over the weekend.
For over a year now, Keys hasn’t had a good word to say about Benitez or Newcastle, with him choosing to fire a dig our way at any given opportunity.
Considering we surrendered a two goal lead on Saturday, I’d have expected another petty rant, so his latest comments are surprising to say the least.
Here’s what he’s had to say about Benitez, NUFC and Saturday’s game during his review of the weekend’s games, with him also questioning why on earth the Manchester based referee Anthony Taylor was picked to officiate:
“And that leaves Newcastle.
“They won’t go down. I was pleased to see Benitez make that same statement this weekend.
“Fair play to him – they had a really good go at Old Trafford and who knows how it would’ve turned out had they been awarded the pen they were due at 0-2. It was a stick on.
“As we saw at Anfield – there are no guarantees from the spot, but I’ve said this so often, when you’re in the backyard of the big boys you simply want what you’re due. It was a pen. I’m sure 0-3 would’ve seen them win the game.
“One last thing. Why on earth was Antony Taylor in charge at Old Trafford? He lives in Altrincham – 6 miles from the ground.
“Not for a minute am I suggesting that he was biased – but he’s open to the allegation of favouritism isn’t he?
“Why did the PGMOL made such a daft decision? There are plenty of other refs who could’ve done the game.
“I’m confused by the decision making. The PGMOL once stopped Graham Poll taking charge of a game at Arsenal because he lived in Tring – 30 miles away.
“What’s the policy guys? We all need to know.”
It’s a very strange moment when you find yourself agreeing with Richard Keys – a man who posted the following tweet in the middle of Saturday night’s game at Man Utd:
Almost inevitably. But this is why loan moves between PL clubs shouldn’t be allowed. Kenedy can’t play v Chelsea – but he can here.
— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) October 6, 2018
I’ve got absolutely no idea what he’s trying to get at here!