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Gary Neville fires laughable dig at Rafa Benitez – No wonder he failed miserably at Valencia

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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?



Usually he’s one of the more sensible pundits on Sky Sports, however it doesn’t take a genius to work out why he failed miserably at Valencia if he thinks a ‘excitement’ should be the main focus of a football manager.



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.
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