Newcastle Fans Tear into Richard Keys as Disgraced Ex-Sky Man Backs Ashley Over Benitez on Twitter - W88bet

Newcastle Fans Tear into Richard Keys as Disgraced Ex-Sky Man Backs Ashley Over Benitez on Twitter

With the overwhelming majority of football stories, there’s two sides to the coin. It’s very rare that you come across an issue where being on the other side of the debate is absolutely unfathomable. The Rafa Benitez/Mike Ashley ​Newcastle situation, however, seems to be exactly that.

And yet, along comes Richard Keys, football’s answer to Katie Hopkins as a Newcastle fan so kindly puts it, bludgeoning us all with his ham-fisted, unsolicited opinion that Rafa, somehow, is in the wrong on this one…

Richard Keys

@richardajkeys

Shut up Rafa – or walk – which is your right. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/aug/02/newcastle-rafael-benitez-really-worried-squad-depth  The club will survive you. Mike Ashley isn’t going to change for you. He was right last season – you had more than enough.

‘I’m really worried’: Rafael Benítez concerned over Newcastle’s squad depth

Rafael Benítez’s tenure as Newcastle United’s manager looks to be reaching a potentially pivotal moment after he claimed that “everything” is wrong behind the scenes at St James’ Park

theguardian.com

To briefly explain the situation at Newcastle: Benitez was promised £45m to spend in the summer by Ashley, who then reneged on the promise and told him he had to operate on a ‘buy to sell’ basis – meaning he could only spend what he raised via transfer fees in the summer.

This itself was a pretty poor way to treat such a quality manager. However now, it seems, he’s not even being allowed the freedom to do that much.

Benitez’s been allowed to spend £14m on transfers so far, £9.5m of which went on Yoshinori Muto, who arrived yesterday. They’ve raised £43.5m through the sales of Mikel Merino, Aleksandr Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba and Mats Sels.

Sporting Braga v Newcastle United - Pre-Season Friendly

If Rafa is handed another £30m to spend between now and the closure of the window next week then the situation will be redeemed somewhat. But he’s not convinced that’s going to happen, and he’s worried about it – after watching his side lose 4-0 to Braga, no less.  And for this, Keys, professional pundit, is telling him to quit.

Makes sense if you look closely and squint really hard, I suppose…?

It’s hard to imagine it’s an opinion he genuinely holds, especially bearing in mind his ​criticism of those in charge at Coventry just three days ago. Rogue, destructive owners are alright, as long as he likes them, then.

Richard Keys

@richardajkeys

No reason why owners of football clubs shouldn’t make a profit – but not when you’ve been in charge for 10 years and delivered total failure. This is hard to fathom. PUSB. http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/sisu-accounts-coventry-city-seppala-14973316#ICID=ios_CoventryTelegraphNewsApp_AppShare_Click_Other 

Coventry City owner Sisu makes a profit

The profit for Coventry City owner Sisu in the year ending in March 2018 compares with a loss of £157,141 for the previous 12 months

coventrytelegraph.net

When you consider it, the Katie Hopkins comparison holds remarkably true: well, at least so far as they both have absolutely nothing to offer of actual value, so just mindlessly and soullessly hit out with controversial gibberish because that’s the only way they can keep themselves in the headlines.

Anyway, I digress. Here’s what some Newcastle fans have to say on the matter.

Spoiler alert: they generally disagree with old Richard.

NUFC 360@NUFC360

Your demise is very saddening. One of the top tv presenters in the country at one stage. The sexism and cheating scandal have led you to this: desperate attempts to feel relevant by making controversial statements contrary to popular opinion. Just sad tbh.

#IfRafaGoesWeGo@Silo_1980

The Katie Hopkins of football punditry, howling from the void in a desperate bid for relevance. Desperate and pathetic.

Richard Keys

@richardajkeys

Shut up Rafa – or walk – which is your right. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/aug/02/newcastle-rafael-benitez-really-worried-squad-depth  The club will survive you. Mike Ashley isn’t going to change for you. He was right last season – you had more than enough.

The Mags@TheNUFCMags

Is this your true feelings Richard? If so to quote
“When you say that about a man like him” “you went down in my estimations”

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Richard Keys

@richardajkeys

Shut up Rafa – or walk – which is your right. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/aug/02/newcastle-rafael-benitez-really-worried-squad-depth  The club will survive you. Mike Ashley isn’t going to change for you. He was right last season – you had more than enough.

Jamie@robertsonj87

You really do talk utter nonsense. Rafa is the best thing to happen to Newcastle in years, he has overachieved with what he has been given by that asset stripping parasite and people like you sticking up for him is embarrassing. The fans agree with Rafa.

Richard Keys

@richardajkeys

Shut up Rafa – or walk – which is your right. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/aug/02/newcastle-rafael-benitez-really-worried-squad-depth  The club will survive you. Mike Ashley isn’t going to change for you. He was right last season – you had more than enough.

Tom Wooldridge@TomWooldridge29

“Rafa, as always, has my full support, and contrary to some media reports that portray me as a pantomime villain, I will continue to ensure that every penny generated by the club is available to him.”
Mike Ashley, May 2018. pic.twitter.com/XmAWte887j

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Richard Keys

@richardajkeys

Shut up Rafa – or walk – which is your right. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/aug/02/newcastle-rafael-benitez-really-worried-squad-depth  The club will survive you. Mike Ashley isn’t going to change for you. He was right last season – you had more than enough.

Ben Kilbride@benkilbride85

I’m genuinely absolutely baffled how you’ve arrived at this opinion.

Richard Keys

@richardajkeys

Shut up Rafa – or walk – which is your right. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/aug/02/newcastle-rafael-benitez-really-worried-squad-depth  The club will survive you. Mike Ashley isn’t going to change for you. He was right last season – you had more than enough.

Charli Hayes 🌹@Charli_Hayes

Why is he not allowed to be concerned about the depth of his squad? He wants to keep the club up and that means he needs a couple of new players, what’s wrong with that?

Richard Keys

@richardajkeys

Shut up Rafa – or walk – which is your right. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/aug/02/newcastle-rafael-benitez-really-worried-squad-depth  The club will survive you. Mike Ashley isn’t going to change for you. He was right last season – you had more than enough.

Ali Line@BluPheesh

Rafa is fighting his corner on behalf of the fans, the most important part of the club. He did the same at LFC under Hicks & Gillet. I suggest you ask their fans about the job he’s doing for a better idea.

 

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