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Richard Keys Takes Another Cheap Shot At Rafa

Richard Keys doesn’t seem to like Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez.

Why do I say that – because he’s always criticizing the Spaniard on his Twitter account and he can be very nasty.

We were beaten 3-1 last night at Nottingham Forest in the League Cup, and that was an “unfortunate” result for us.

But it was 1-1 two minutes into stoppage time after a nice first goal from new-boy Salomon Rondon

But the result gave more ammunition to those gunning for Rafa Benitez – saying he is out of touch with the modern game and all that complete and utter nonsense.

Richard Keys – another cheap shot at Rafa Benitez

Here’s Richard Keys having another shot across the bows to Rafa.

Rafa’s getting a lot of criticism at the moment, and that’s different from the way he was lauded just last May after having Newcastle finish in 10th place in the Premier League.

Give Rafa a break – please.

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32 comments so far

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 30, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    I know Richard’s wife thinks he’s wrong.

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 30, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Who’s ever going to take this guy seriously ever again? Get over yourself.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 30, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Ronaldo I’d find it hard to listen to Simon Jordan if he told me I’d won money

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 30, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Keys, btw, not Dr Ed or OP for the avoidance of doubt…

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 30, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    His wife or ex-wife says he is a pathological liar. Can only assume here that he is saying that Rafa DOESNT have the tools to have a go at winning the league cup.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    I know but when I’m driving I only have talksport or 5 live on. What he spoke about was interesting though.

  • jazzyp

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #7


    At least I view an opinion on football and would never ever bring Child rape on here like you ya prick.
    Yet another cracking post in your repotoir over the years.

    Ooohhh I had a drink…F@ck off freak

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #8

    The problem on this blog is that from the say Rafa arrived, he could hardly be criticised, and that’s never healthy. For once I agree with keys, we could have competed for that cuo. I don’t blame Rafa for uttings out a weakened team – it made sense. But I think something may be amiss and there is no point blaming Ashley if for losing to forest. As with Cardiff we had good enough players but either they have stopped listening to Rafa or he needs to help them creatively. But we look poor and there is no point completely absolving the manager. That makes no sense. Rafa will be glad of two weeks with his players but if we see dismal efforts after that, then we will know there is something wrong within the dressing room and management. Hoping for best but we have seen poor in pre season too. Its not good.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #9

    Liverpool are looking at a new £50m training ground. Need to tell them they’re wasting their money, the current ground is ‘fit for purpose’. If they want some extra ice baths we could loan them a could wheelie bins and paddling pools. Does the job.

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #10

    I don’t see what Keys has said this time to be false, i think it makes sense.

    i listen to you all making excuses and keep saying the same thing, Rafa has got no tools, rafa has been felt a bad hand, Rafa is working for the devil.

    rafa gets paid very well, we all have free will, and he can leave if he does not like it here, but 6 million is a lot of money to walk away from, so is he here for the fans or the money?

    it’s never going to get better for him regarding Ashley, you could have told him that i could have,

    KK couldn’t work for him, Shearer gave wise counsel to Rafa, when he came.

    i’d take Karanka everyday over Rafa, Rafa is now a walking excuse

  • Jib

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #11

    A drama queen ?

    Read post #7
    your honour.

    My case rests m’lud

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #12

    Yes there is something seriously wrong, a team that battled so hard to avoid relegation was filled with a new bunch of players that couldn’t quite manage to stay up.

  • Geordie-john

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #13

    Oh no not you again. Get back to what you do best, nothing, apart from arse licking.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14

    Your managerial reccomendations are well documented!

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #15

    Rafa has been consistent. When the windiw shut he explained that the squad isn’t strong enough fir a cup run. Priority has to be the league. Why do people have short memories?

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #16

    Karanka over Rafa? I imagine you don’t know any boro fans then lol. I live in boro, most my mates are boro fans. They’ll tell you straight over the manager choice of yours. That’s s troll comment if I ever saw one.

  • hibbit

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #17

    Munster Mag
    your keeping good company there Keys Catchy and Munster the 3 musketeers
    how can anyone agree with Keys

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #18

    Richard keys is actually right. Shi* tactics at Cardiff then Chelsea and then Forest. We can’t even match a championship side. Disgraceful and its down to rafa.

  • north east lincs toon

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #19

    If there is one so called football pundit I can’t stand with a passion is this dopey twat he knows f@ck all he is weirdo and just slags is of because Coventry are sh@t nob head

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #20

    I see what you’re angling at and the only solution seems to be sacking him. Who would you replace him with?

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #21

    catchy, your mentioning of a specific blogger in a post which could potentially be construed as homophobic earlier was not cool.

    No matter how open people have been in the past with personal matters, it’s not for you or anyone else to raise it again without them having done so first.

    Also “Rafa is now a walking excuse” – words fail me….

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #22

    You said yesterday we’d be in the Championship without him?

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #23


    Stop spouting nonsense. That team yesterday couldn’t even match a championship side! They were completely all over us. 0 shot on target for 90mins.

    Your argument that rafa fielded a weak team does not cover the points above. If rafa played a bunch of retired taxi drivers and we got 0 shots on target then I’d agree.

  • Bladey

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #24

    Rafa was lauded for finishing tenth
    By who nufc fans who know sod all about football.sorry most nufc fans on here Tenth could so easily of been bottom three we were lucky and you know it
    It was boring defensive rubbish we even let West Brom take 4 points off us
    He is old hat there is a new breed of managers who like to play pressing expansive football not shut up shop and try to get lucky and Nick a point
    If big Sam had of set up his team like Rafa you lot would have been up in arms
    Your hypocrisy is mind boggling
    Most other teams fans are not taken in anymore that nufc fans know football
    Most posters on here Know nothing
    I have stated a few times Rafa is a top bloke and his record is good with teams like Liverpool and Madrid even you lot could send those two teams out
    But he is past it and needs to go
    Why is he hanging on I will have a stab at it
    MONEY MONEY MONEY he wants to be sacked so he doesn’t lose out
    Ashley is poison always has been but Rafa a top manager not anymore

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #25


    rafa managed to get us to scrap through last season. That’s what I meant that we’d be in the championship without him. This season I don’t know how it will turn out as the players are already falling out with him.

    This team looks worse than the last season one. Atsu and kenedy on paper sound like players who can cause trouble to a weakened Forest team. Was pathetic by both of them.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #26


    Don’t forget. We may have won the championship last time we were there by 70% of our games in the championship was a nightmare to watch. Opponents were all over us but we manage to nick a goal or two and win games.

  • Rob1971

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #27

    Catchy Middlesbrough fans hated Karankas negative football, you would give him about the same timespan as you have Rafa before you started on here shouting for him to be sacked

  • Rob1971

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #28

    Munster Keys has slagged Rafa off from way before he arrived at Newcastle he has had an agenda with him since his days at Liverpool, he hates him just as Catchy has even though Catchy tries to say he rates Rafa as a Manager

  • Geordie-john

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #29

    I was just about to write that I wonder how long will it take Fatboy to turn this around and blame it on Rafa ? But after reading some of the comments on here it looks like the doubters are already on the loose.
    So this is for the doubters,
    If you own a car and you need a clutch or gearbox replacement or something which isn’t an easy job. Would you take your car to a nice looking garage that has all the mod cons and fantastic selection of tools with a vast knowledge and knowhow with a fixed price ? OR Would you go to a garage with a mechanic of the same stature and knowledge as the previous garage then lurking in the office a greedy fat southern jessie with his pockets stuffed full of cash that appears and says OH that’ll be about the same price but there could be extra money involved and I only deal in cash . You then agree and in goes your car then the mechanic gets out his old box of tools with a hammer and a chisel to ward off them troublesome nuts that are tight,molegrips and a pair of pliers.
    Would you walk away feeling happy ?
    Now think again before slagging or moaning to a professional manager that hasn’t got the tools that he needs to perform the task that you want him to. He has been as discreet and professional as he possibly can to do this job or saving the team and the club as well as his own personal name and career only for GREEDY COCK-ney to keep all of the funds that he PROMISED AGAIN to give Rafa enabling himself to do the job in hand as well as promoting this FANTASTIC club to the heights that it should be enduring as well as giving us all nose bleeds from the place where we should be and then being able to buy a failing company CASH for a bit less that the total that should have been passed onto Rafa in the first place.
    I hope that it’s a bit clearer and you feel like getting behind the team and manager or if not just don’t buy a ticket and hit the Fatboy in the pocket. Rafa doesn’t deserve a part timer telling him he has done his job that he specialises in, WRONG !

  • Just a fan

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #30

    Keys actually says nothing wrong here.my problem is why is ed quoting him and others of his ilk that basically we have no interest in whatsoever.

  • Slank

    Aug 30, 2018 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #31

    I always try to refrain from commenting on the immediate aftermath of a defeat and let things settle for a bit before commenting.

    Yesterday’s result was almost predictable. If manager puts out eleven individuals who have never played together as team before that includes players new to the club, new to the country, and new to the league it should therefore come as no surprise that they don’t gel and play like a well oiled machine.

    I feel that Benitez should have bolstered the team from the outset with a sprinkling of regulars. Diame would have made a considerable difference playing alongside Longstaff. Similarly, Murphy and Perez.

    I can understand Benitez wanting try out some new players and some newly promoted reserves to see how they perform in a competitive match but surely not all at once. It’s best to slot them into a recognized first eleven.

    So what did Benitez learn:

    Darlow: Not good enough. Dubravka justifiably the number one keeper.
    Clark: Dummett need not fear for his position. Clark looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights, so nervous.
    Fernandez: Difficult to tell as this was the second variation of a defence in a week that he has had to adapt to.
    Schar: Like Fernandez. A defence operates best as a settled unit. Lascelles & Lejeune need not worry.
    Sterry: Did okay in the circumstances. Certainly better than Manquillo. Yedlin also need not worry.
    Longstaff: Did okay in the circumstances. Not helped by a very weak Ki. Needs a regular alongside him.
    Ki: Very weak and ineffectual. Early days. Could be a very poor buy by Benitez.
    Kenedy: Poor. What’s the point of having a tricky winger who never takes on the fullback near the byline ?
    Atsu: Poor: Like Kennedy. More effective on the left ? Their first goal was why a player has to get to the byline.
    Muto: Was he playing ? Benefit of the doubt. Like Ki, Its early days or early doors.
    Joselu: He always tries. But he needed support and service.
    Rondon: Knew which side of the goal to aim for. Pleased he’s off the mark.
    Perez: Many people don’t like him but I do. It looked like a penalty.
    Murphy: He can get to the byline. And he can cross. So why not play him instead of Kennedy ?

  • Toon&oot

    Aug 30, 2018 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #32

    Don’t waste any Oxygen on this Pissed Vest! He’s no longer in the public eye and just looking to have a cheap shot and get some publicity. He states we have the tools to win the LC but failed to mention our current injuries. He is by far the biggest Tool in the box ask Sky!


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