Newcastle United entertained West Ham at St James’ Park yesterday in front of the usual 50,000 plus faithful.

The Premier League’s bottom club came to town being backed by the London-based “national” media to come away with all three points.

The Sky pundits on Jeff Stelling’s “Gillette Soccer Saturday” in particular (why do they hate us?) wrote us off before this match – led by the usual anti-Newcastle garbage that spews constantly from the mouth of Paul Merson.

Why is it that West Ham, bottom with no points, were adjudged by the bunch of misfits who pass for Sky pundits to be a team in a false position whereas Newcastle United are always presented by the likes of Sky as “a club in crisis”.

Luckily, United hadn’t read the script.

West Ham were outplayed and outfought for large parts of this match. United duly despatched them 3-0 but it could have been more.

Toon fans hit the pubs and clubs last night to celebrate our first win of the season. The spirit of our successful one-season tour of the Championship had returned and there will be a few sore heads this morning on Tyneside and surrounding areas.

However, before we’d even gone to bed the London media were at it again!

News began to emerge that West Ham manager Slaven Bilic’s job had been put “under review” and he will be called in by their Directors next week to discuss his position.

Fine, that’s their business and good luck to them.

However part of the story was also that West Ham apparently think they can basically walk in and take Rafa Benitez away as their next manager! This story based largely on another one also by the London media that Rafa is unhappy and wants to leave.

Now none of us are daft enough to think Rafa is content with the business the club has done so far in this transfer window. He’s pretty much said that on a few occasions.

But he is a fiercely proud man who values the strong relationship he has the fans, the North East and the squad he is building here.

Apparently this story of “Rafa to West Ham” is based on the fact that the Hammers are long-term admirers of Rafa. Well I’m sure quite a lot of clubs are – so what?

If there is a grain of truth in this rather arrogant assumption that he would leave United at this stage of the season, the question has to be asked “why on earth would he go to West Ham?”

A club who are bottom of the EPL, have a clearly inferior squad to the one Rafa has built here and who don’t even own their own ground – but rent the taxpayer’s arena that the likes of you and I paid for!

“We bought your ground for you”

In fact – if the London media would be honest for once, they would admit it’s West Ham who look like the “club in crisis”.

Being kind to West Ham, Rafa moving to them could only be described as a sideways move at best.

No. My own view is that, if Rafa eventually leaves Newcastle United it will be for one of the media’s so-called “big clubs”.

And sorry West Ham – that’s not you!

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