Richard Keys hypocritically slams Eddie Howe & fires odd dig at potential January signing

Richard Keys has criticised Eddie Howe for deflecting questions on Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.

Howe was unveiled as Steve Bruce’s replacement last week as he took questions from the media at a press conference inside St James’ Park.

Our new manager shut down two questions from reporters about political discourse in the Middle East, insisting he was there simply to discuss football.

This clearly angered Keys, who tore into Howe on his own personal blog.

The same Keys, we might add, that has lived and worked for Qatar since 2013 – the same country responsible for over 6500 migrant worker deaths repeating to the construction of the 2022 World Cup.

He’s also had a pop at reported January target Conor Coady, questioning if he’ll speak out against the Saudi regime – should he sign for Newcastle – after vowing to ‘use his platform’ as an England player when out in Qatar next year.

This is what Keys wrote yesterday as he attacked Howe:

“And that leads us onto Eddie Howe.

It’s a warm welcome back Eddie as well.

“And I genuinely wish Howe good luck – he too is going to need it. It’s great to have another young Brit back in the PL. But, let’s keep it real.

“On the plus side Howe is apparently already a much better manager than he was when he took Bournemouth down than he was when he didn’t take to managing in Burnley (Newcastle is a bit further north than Turf Moor) or when he didn’t fancy a crack at Celtic. Or the previous regime at Newcastle chose to ignore him time and again. So that’s all good news.

“And I’m sorry – but as the face of the new Saudi ownership at Newcastle – Howe can’t duck questions about that regime as he did at his unveiling. It isn’t just ‘about football’ Eddie.

“But I guess you’ll find that out when you try to sign players in January. Forget about the likes of Conor Coady and his England colleagues, who’ll be demanding the FA hold Qatar to task on the subject of human rights as soon as they’ve qualified for the WC finals.

“Coady has announced that he and his colleagues will ‘use their platform’ to make a difference to the human rights issues in Qatar. Will you Conor? What exactly do you know about human rights in Qatar? Will you use your platform to highlight abuses in Saudi when Newcastle come calling in January – offering to fatten up your bank account? Have you been in touch with Jamal Khashoggi’s widow? No. I thought not.

You see – this is where it gets complicated when pop stars/footballers and the like start to want to get taken seriously – and they forget about the day job.”

I’d take Keys’ words with a pinch of salt; he has clearly become a dinosaur from yesteryear that gets off on spouting inflammatory nonsense with the intention of getting a response.

Well, he’s certainly got one, as we feel it’s important to highlight just how much of a hypocritical clown this man has become!

7 thoughts on “Richard Keys hypocritically slams Eddie Howe & fires odd dig at potential January signing

  1. Hypocritical Richard Keys, is he forgetting he was marched out of his Sky position along with Andy Gray for their disgusting sexual harassment of a young female colleague whilst the cameras were still recording. there was certainly no equal rights then..


  2. 1 murdered journalist v 6500 dead workers and $1 billion to terrorists.

    And everyone is having a go at us and Saudi but say nowt about Qatar, or the PL and its clubs taking money from them via BeIN?


  3. Right enough is enough keys !
    Eddie Howe is right to say he’s there to talk about football. Let the politicians moan about the human rights debate and let the ” FOOTBALL MANAGER” stick to his job, which is hopefully bringing a little hope to the long suffering toonatics. Ffs Richard, what is it about Newcastle that you so hate. Could it be the fact that so many have put you in your place so many times while you spew bile about the delusions and high expectations at St James Park, while backing Mike Ashley with the tip of your nasty little tongue ???
    HYPOCRITE!!!!! based bein sports, QATAR BASED, your employers are as bad but you back them because they pay your wages. But coady would be wrong to take a wage from us…… your an absolute numty. Go back to harassing young women with your sidekick grey.
    Utter fool


  4. the human rights lot should keep out of sport I can remember when people used to say keep politics out of sport and that’s the way it should be this sportwashing the names they come up with these people live or die by there religeon


  5. Keys is a dinosaur and a hypocrite. He is also correct here. You do realise by attacking anyone who attacks our owners, you are guilty of sports washing? It’s what our new owners are here for. It’s such a mess


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