More Praise For Rafa Benitez

Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys is not a fan of Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, but even Richard has said it´s impressive what Rafa has managed to do in the last three games after the debacle at Southampton.

Five points against three of our bogey teams, Swansea, Manchester City and Liverpool is a very good haul and now we have two much easier games coming up against Crustal Palace at home and Aston Villa away.

Easier on paper that is.

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Richard Keys – now works for Al Jazeera

But if we can get a couple of wins in those games it will be very interesting to see what the situation is going into the last game of the season at home against Tottenham.

Most pundits believe Sam Allardyce and Sunderland will survive – but we will just havc to wait and see.

This is what Richard Keys has said on hos own web-site about Newcastle:

“The Toon got a really good point at Anfield.” “As you know, he is not my favorite, but Benitez is on a really tidy run – five points from nine.”

“It makes you wonder what might have happened had he gone in sooner, fair play to him.”

“Having said that I still fancy Sunderland to get out of it.”

Richard Keys, along with former Sky Sports colleague Andy Gray work for Al Jazeera and they both present from Doha in Qatar.

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5 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Rafa IN!

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 27, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #2


    there are no easy games. the smug smirking git will want to do us over desperately.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #3

    I hope once we’re three nil up the crowd let him know what we think of him.

  • lesh

    Apr 27, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Magscar – you preferred Jackson Browne’s Stay? A msn of impeccable taste….. err, just like me!

    Ron Knee, I could never get away with the British covers of American music.

    Bobby was waxing about Wigan Casino and its all-nighters and back in the day, we had the Gogo of a Saturday evening, generally watching the likes of the American blues men supported by tuppence ha’penny bands such as The Who, John Mayall, Them (with Van the man, Animals, Nashville Teens and other bands that would go on to bigger things. Then, at the witching hour of midnight, down to the Downbeat for its blues-based all-nighter – no booze licence but somehow Brown Ale used to appear from under the counter! Kicked out about eight and down to the Railway Canteen for breakfast – roast beef and Yorkshire pud.

    Heady days.

    Jib, you’re probably too young to remember the City Hall when smoking was allowed – some folk must’ve been so skint, they shared their fags. How friendly, how thoughtful.

  • beefman13

    Apr 27, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #5

    To be honest, Rafa was never my favorite by a long way, couldn’t stand the fella, 6 points out of 18 so far, not that clever at all, i haven’t seen to much difference in the toon since he came either, of course people are mentioning this fabled spirit thing we now have? first half against Liverpool was atrocious, second half we scored two of course and it was a good fightback, we had absolutely nothing to loose though did we.

    Im at this moment really worried if we go down, we have no fighters in this squad, there is no real heart, and you have to have that big style in the championship, the close season should see without doubt players leave this famous football club, they have sullied this badge no end.

    Now, if Rafa stays? then he needs total control of everything, that will earn him his money, no doubts about that.

    Of course Benitez will get my full support if he stays, his CV is terrific, he can and will imo do a job for us, but massive changes have to be made at NUFC.


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