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Fans Hammer Richard Keys After Moronic Rafael Benítez Take

Fans Hammer Richard Keys After Moronic Rafael Benítez Take

Mike Ashley's continued refusal to meaningfully back Newcastle United has once again led to mass frustration amongst the Newcastle United fanbase, but Ashley has found an unlikely ally in BeIN Sports presenter Richard Keys.

The curious hamfisted regime at Newcastle has persevered despite numerous protests and takeover bids. Their return to the Premier League came thanks to the astute managerial skills of Rafael Benitez, who managed to deliver a net surplus of over £40m in transfer fees while securing promotion. He then kept the club in the Premier League.

However, the Premier League and television revenue has not been put to use this summer. The club spent are set to spend £9.5m on Yoshinori Muto, £4m on goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, Chelsea's Kenedy arrived on loan and Ki Sung Yueng on a free transfer.

On the other hand, midfielder Mikel Merino has been sold for £10m. Chancel Mbemba for £8m and Matz Sels for £3.5m while striker Aleksandar Mitrovic looks destined for Fulham for a reported fee of £20m.

With the transfer deadline just six days away and his contract approaching its last year, Benítez aired his concern about the current situation and admitted he was fearful about the oncoming season: "The fans have to be concerned, we are concerned. I’m really worried."

This was a view Keys challenged.

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While misguided, the overwhelming backlash against Keys' comments were an interesting insight into the current level of resentment amongst the St James' Park faithful.

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Maurice Brosnan

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