Sky Sports Pundit Talks About Newcastle Takeover – Makes A Lot Of Sense

Paul Merson doesn’t really go out of his way to praise Newcastle United too much, but he seems to appreciate just how good Rafa Benitez is as a manager.

Paul has said today Rafa is probably in the top ten of managers in the world – and we would agree with that.

Paul has come out and talked about the potential takeover of Amanda Staveley and the consortium she has put together to attempt to buy the club.

But Paul thinks there would need to be another £300M in investment the new owners would need to spend for new players – although he doesn’t mention the timeframe of that investment.

Paul Merson – makes sense

He also says that Newcastle winning the FA Cup this year would be a popular win for fans around the country – well except if you support Championship club Sunderland.

We also agree with that!

Here ‘s what Paul Merson has said to Sky Sports:

“Buy the club for £300M.”

“If you then want to be successful ……

“One: You have got to keep the manager Rafa Benitez because he is probably in the top 10 in the world.”

“Two: The other thing, you need at least another £300M to back Rafa with new players – at least £300M.”

“I think Newcastle are a prime example for the FA Cup and I think that if you don’t support Sunderland, who wouldn’t want to see Newcastle win the FA Cup this year?

Here’s why:

  1. Their supporters.
  2. They haven’t won anything for god knows how long.

“They are middle of the table and they are not getting relegated.”

“They’re also not going to get in the top four, so they should play their strongest team all the time (in the FA Cup).”

It’s back in 1969 when we won the then Inter-City Fairs Cup which has morphed to become the Europa League over time.

And it was back in 1955 that we last won a local trophy when we smashed Manchester City 3-1 in that FA Cup final, which I watched on TV at the time.

To be fair to Paul, what he says makes a lot of sense although we are not sure Rafa needs the full £300M.

If Rafa was given say £100M to spend next summer plus money from players he can sell like Mitrovic, Gayle, Mbemba, Colback, and Saivet – we’d have a much better side for next season with some real class in the team.

Then Paul could even take us to win most weeks with his predictions?

I’m getting carried away again.


What do you think?

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 22, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #1

    RIP David Cassidy

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 22, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #2

    300 million over a 3 – 5 seasons maybe, don’t see why we need to spend like Man U to be successful, aim is to qualify for champs league if we get investment, if not then the aim is to stay in the league

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 22, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #3

    David Cassidy is dead? always remember him scoring from halfway line almost, he looked as shocked as the crowd who basically were stunned into silence for about 10 seconds – couldn’t believe the fat bugger had scored a worldy

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 22, 2017 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #4

    ahhh that was tommy cassidy – my dementia is setting in , sorry

  • expatmag

    Nov 22, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #5


    David Cassidy the singer is dead. Tommy Cassidy the footballer is well and truly alive…….lol

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 22, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #6

    mind is def playing tricks , was outside the box at least
    at 1:48

  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #7

    You didn’t spoil my rant pet
    When I decided to add the
    Tiswas thing I was going to
    say somethimg like the
    BEEB were not alone in this vandalism
    but thought nah everyone knows Tiswas
    was on TTTV nobody would be that
    petty and pedantic
    At least the upside is you have afforded
    the blog idiot some moments of glee

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 22, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Actually this was the goal I was talking about, check out the shocked look on Tommys face

  • Sav

    Nov 22, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #9

    Sky pundit Paul Merson makes a lot of sense. Now THERE’S a headline. Can’t believe you just said that, Ed. Unfortunately, it isn’t true because
    1. He talks sh*’re
    2. He’s thick as a brick.
    The muppet has given us to lose practically every game so far this season and you are quoting him on this? They should go all out for the FA cup because fans from all the other clubs apart from Sunderland wouldn’t begrudge it!!!! There is a reason Rafa is a top 10 manager in the world and Merson is sat on his backside spouting nonsense. Think about it.

  • martoon

    Nov 22, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Jib – actually it was me but I’m quite happy for Magscar to ‘carry the can’ for that one :mrgreen:

  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2017 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #12

    According to one of the Chronics editors
    there is a feeling with a certain section of
    SJP that the Staveley bid is not genuine
    and that NUFC is not their real target.
    All a bit vague really


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