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Michael Gray’s Surprising Opinion On Benitez And Newcastle

There will not be any Tyne Wear derby next season as the best Sunderland can now look forward to is playing Middlesbrough, but  let’s face it –  beating the Smoggies is not quite like beating Newcastle United.

But at least under Rafa Benitez, we managed to break the win streak so we stopped it at six – which was painful enough.

As we reported earlier today Newcastle are the hottest favorites ever to win the Championship next season,  although we cannot be over-confident and we simply must get promoted – that’s job one for next season.

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41 year-old former Sunderland left-back Michael Gray

And even former Sunderland full back Michael Gray seemed impressed with both Rafa Benitez and even the Newcastle side that finished the season with a good 12 points from the final six games.

And of course we took Spurs apart 5-1 in the last game of the season – and the last 3 goals were when we were down to 10 men.

But it was all too late and in truth we deserved to be relegated simply because of the complete incompetence shown by those running the club.

Michael seems upbeat on Newcastle under Rafa Benitez – and he had this to say today in an exclusive in The Star:

“”Newcastle’s downfall was not replacing Steve McClaren a little bit earlier.”

“If you look at Rafa Benitez throughout his entire career he’s been a successful manager.”

“I saw the performances against Manchester City and Tottenham and they were breathtaking.”

“He’s the right man – the Newcastle public took to him straight away.”

“Every man, woman and child was singing ‘Rafa we want you to stay’ and I think that’s great.”

“They’ve not had that for a long time, and he’s got the affiliation with the football club straight away.”

“They’ve certainly got the right man in charge and the Premier League will be a better place with Sunderland and Newcastle in it.”

“And I know people might read this and think that I don’t mean it, but I really do hope that they get back in the Premier League.”

We agree with Michael that it’s best that Newcastle and Sunderland are both in the Premier League and not only that but  both do well – it’s what the north-east needs.

There will be a worry be could pass Sunderland next May as they come down and are relegated and we hopefully go up.

But big Sam is a very experienced manager and good at avoiding relegation, so we think he’ll have Sunderland safe next season.

So all being well we will meet Sunderland again the season after next and who knows we could even win the game for a change.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • G

    Jun 17, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Fair comments

  • firebug666

    Jun 17, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Well I am sure Rafa will get us back up as champions next season, Not so sure the unwashed will be there to welcome us back though, we are not there to help them out next season.

  • G

    Jun 17, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #3

    On current squads, I would bet Boro, Mackems and Bournemouth to drop next season, just an opinion, not a prediction. Never saw Leicester winning the prem. Had Citeh or Chelski for title. Hope its another surprise again next year, but suspect it will be four of the usual suspects (I have a feeling about Arsenal), but for some reason I think West Ham will be the team to watch. Time will tell.

  • firebug666

    Jun 17, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Well I think I will come back later, far too busy on here for me, can’t get a word in edge ways.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 17, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #5

    Good comments Michael. It seems reasonable to think we’ll get promoted straight away but I want to see what kind of first 11 we have to start the season. A long way to go yet.

  • Sazzer

    Jun 17, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #6
  • jimmysmith

    Jun 17, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #7

    From the Guardian’s ever excellent Barney Ronay. “Kyle Walker ……is a player who doesn’t just patrol or police his flank but sprints from start to finish at wild-eyed top speed like a man being chased through a market square by a rabid horse.

    Watching Walker at his relentless best it is tempting to worry a little, should the pitch markings become unclear or a gate be left open in the wrong place, that he might overshoot and end up pounding his way out of the stadium and down the A1 towards Arras, steaming past the truck stops and laybys, still furiously making space, still available on the overlap.”

    Dier possibly has been even better. Two top players who along with Rose add to a now splendid core of fine young English talent.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 17, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Watched Spain dismantle Turkey today. Pretty impressive stuff. None of the other teams look up to handling them as far as I can tell. They are horribly difficult to manage. The fullbacks are really wing backs. That new striker of theirs is just what they needed as well.

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 17, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #9

    And this of James Milner. “…..a fine, intelligent footballer but for successive England managers a kind of comfort blanket and all-round fail-safe, the tournament equivalent of tucking your vest into your underpants.”

  • StevoNorthShields

    Jun 17, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Who cares what this hacky tramp thinks about anything? Typical Mackem… Worry about your own shit 4th bottom every season wannabes

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 18, 2016 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #11

    “These Five Fringe Players Will Definitely Leave This Summer”

    By no means the case. It seems more likely that the players mentioned will by and large see out their contracts with the club in the Championship where they will at least be more useful than they ever were in the Premiership.

  • manxpie

    Jun 18, 2016 at 2:32 AM

    Comment #12

    looks like he’s a jealous kernt to me
    imagine a champions league winning manager picking sunderland!! haha
    saying that i said the same about us about 3 months ago!!
    shows you wat a club with a big stadium with unbelievable support can do!
    when are our fixtures released?

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 18, 2016 at 3:35 AM

    Comment #13

    The tournament equivalent of tucking your vest into your underpants.

    Lmfco at that.

    Never a truer word spoken.

    Bar jizz is a complete and utter cnut.

  • Ian Toon

    Jun 18, 2016 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #14

    Jimmy Smith- I might of known you would be a fan of Barney. He can make a boring 0-0 game appear entertaining. One of my personal favourites of his has to be on Andy Carroll:

    “fact is there will never be another all-out English target man bought or sold for such vast amounts of money (the still British record of £35m). Carroll is not polyvalent. The idea of him filling in on the wing or playing as a false 9 is a nonstarter. He is instead a fixed-gear colossus and perhaps – until the next revolution – English football’s last great striking yeti, the last of the big men. All things considered we should probably enjoy him while we can”.

  • Veltmann

    Jun 18, 2016 at 6:35 AM

    Comment #15

    A bit surprised no one picked Frank De Boer.I don’t rate him much like some on here but I thought he will be snapped up by Southampton and Everton as soon as he left Ajax.
    As for Zidane,he overachieved at RM.Coming from the B team and winning the CL & the majority of la Liga matches where he almost snapped the liga title as well,with no experience in coaching at senior level,is something highly creditable.I thought he will get sacked in just 4 or 5 games but going all the way to acheive those things is something surprizing.Still thought he will get replaced but after his good work in his short spell,he deserves another run in.Comparing him with Rafa is a bit hilarious though Jib.

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 18, 2016 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Yeah he’s particularly superb on Wor Andy Ian. Still my favourite player for the very reasons Ronay describes so perfectly well. The last of these very excellent three I often try to pass off as my own, although no one ever buys it. Too good.

    “Carroll scored two headed goals and did not so much outmuscle as traumatise the Swansea defence, appearing in the middle of those scattered white shirts as though catapulted in from some unforeseeable angle, like an Action Man hurled into the middle of a dolls’ tea party, boots popping off, legs flailing, grippy hands bringing down the lampshade, scattering the crockery.”

    “You don’t select him. You “take him”, you ship him out, like mobilising some particularly fearsome piece of weaponry, battering at the container walls as the ships leave Dover, peering out at the cowering villagers as the colony thunders south through Normandy.”

    “Carroll seeming to arrive in the penalty area from some improbably thrilling height, mane flowing, nostrils flared, like a horse hurled from a speeding helicopter”

  • greg

    Jun 18, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #17

    Naranjo joined Celta Vigo…

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 18, 2016 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #18

    So lets review the week…..nothing official just a confirmation of the new and snazzy home shirt…..and that’s all folks.

  • monty

    Jun 18, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Same shite suddenly were invincible, take a look at your comments pre season last year. Right know stability and a well run club are better than this we’re going to romp it shite.


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