Newcastle’s future bleak without Rafa to lead them
THE unanimous verdict is now in on Tyneside.
In short, Rafa Benitez’s stay at Newcastle United must be extended beyond the summer of 2019.
Or at least that is the verdict of the supporters, the current playing staff, and also club legend Alan Shearer who now can’t see any other way forward for the Magpies.
It’s something that the supporters at St James’ Park have known for a long time because they finally have a manager they feel they can trust in the dugout.
After spending just a modest amount last summer and failing to stump up a penny on a permanent transfer in the January window, Newcastle took a gamble last season, and very few expected Benitez to lead United to anything other than fending off relegation if he was lucky.
Instead, Benitez transformed a team that plied their trade in the Championship last season into a top-10 Premier League outfit, against the odds and despite having spending restrictions from the club’s stubborn hierarchy. A top-10 place is nothing to be sniffed at, of course, but it makes you wonder exactly what Benitez could achieve if he was handed a decent transfer kitty to spend. The worrying thing is we might not get the chance to find out because United officials don’t seem willing to take any type of chance financially. Surely a top-10 place is evidence that Benitez is the only man to take the club forward in the next few years? You’d like to think so, but for one reason or another, he is yet to sign an extended deal. Supporters will always want what’s best for the club, but when noises from the dressing room from current players and the club captain start to emerge it’s baffling to work out why Newcastle aren’t going that extra mile to nail down their manager.
Club legend Alan Shearer knows exactly how the good times roll at St James’ Park and, having played under the two greatest bosses in the club’s modern history in Sir Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan, he has a brilliant
It’s baffling to work out why Newcastle aren’t going that extra mile to nail down their manager Lee Ryder
understanding of what type of manager can take the club where it belongs. Shearer told the Magpie Channel this week: “No one can blame him if he turned around to Newcastle fans and said, ‘I can’t put up with this anymore.’ We’ll probably say, ‘You know what,
Alan Shearer (right) and Newcastle United fans have made it clear they want Rafa Benitez to stay
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