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Gary Neville fires controversial dig at Rafa Benitez – A naive assessment of the old NUFC

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Gary Neville has criticised Rafa Benitez’s ‘boring’ style of football at Newcastle United, claiming games at St James’ Park should be ‘mad’ and filled with ‘incident and excitement’.

Above all else, Benitez brought results – and, at the end of the day, isn’t that what it’s all about?



Here’s what he’s had to say to Sky Sports when discussing all things NUFC, “To me, I’m not knocking Rafa Benitez – I think he is a brilliant manager – but I think Newcastle, when I go up there, it should just be mad,”  “It should be really loud, the games should be mad.



No doubt some will agree, with a few fans struggling to get on board with Benitez’s pragmatic style which focused on shape, organisation and keep it tight at the back before all else, but I for one find Neville’s comments pretty staggering.

The former Man Utd manager does accept that the Spaniard is a ‘brilliant manager’, but says he was bored ‘every time’ he travelled up to Tyneside for a game during Rafa’s reign.

There should be incident and excitement.

I was bored.” In an ideal world, we’d be winning games of football and playing free-flowing football, but, right now, I’m sure most fans would take success over style – and Benitez could’ve delivered that with the right tools.
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