Rafa Benitez Could Be Given A Free Rein At Newcastle

Alan Shearer has come out with some pearls of wisdom today that Rafa Benitez must be allowed to manage Newcastle United in the way he sees fit – and there can be no interference from above.

After all Rafa knows so much more about football and what it takes to win –  than all of the people put together who are currently running the Newcastle club in such an abysmal manner.

But there is real hope now at Newcastle, especially after hearing Rafa  talk on nufcTV last night – he seems completely committed to the Newcastle cause.

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Alan Shearer – there must be no interference from above

And in the Chronicle today there’s an article which suggest he may have been brought in to overhaul the club from top to bottom – but it could also be a very short stint at Newcastle for Rafa, if he cannot keep us in the Premier League over the last 10 games of the season.

Alan Shearer has come out and made it public that he wants Rafa to be given a free reign at Newcastle:

“It’s a great coup for Newcastle to get someone like Benitez, if – and it’s a big if – he can manage the football club the way he wants to manage.”

“What’s been clear is that every manager that Newcastle have appointed has come from a point of weakness, where they’ve not been able to set their own agenda.”

“They’ve always had to work to a certain structure, whereas I think Rafa will be different – he’ll set what he wants, he can demand that he controls the transfers, and he can run the football club as he wants to run it.”

“When you look at his success rate, almost wherever he’s been he’s delivered trophies.” “Newcastle fans will love anyone who gives them success. He’s shown he can manage in tough situations.”

“They’re crying out for something to grab hold of up here.” “They just want people to sweat blood for the black-and-white shirt.”

With Alan’s stature at Newcastle – coming out and saying that can only help Rafa do his thing at the club.

If you haven’t seen Rafa’s nufcTV interview – here it is on his own web-site – quickly now – before Newcastle try to take it down so they can sell subscriptions to nufcTV.

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21 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Mar 12, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Well the Whisky Festival in the Milburn Suite at SJP in full swing now and I imagine by the time I spill out of the lift doors Rafas presser will be well under way. Not a bad day this. Not a bad day. 😉

  • archaeomag

    Mar 12, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #2

    @ED !!!!

    Please update the blog side bar – there is horrid picture near the bottom labelled “HEAD COACH”

  • Tsunki

    Mar 12, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Rafa, have a look in, the Caol Ila 18 year old is sublime 😀

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 12, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #5

    All these years of bad feeling and mistrust could have been avoided if only we’d got a proper manager when Houghton went.

  • seasons

    Mar 12, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Great having Rafa at the club but i’ll get excited once we are safe. Pointless thinking of next year till we get some points on the board

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 12, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #7

    I have never willingly put Collo in a team before, but I think Rafa may see we need defensive responsibility against a Leicester team who are based on a strong defence also. Great to have the choice to bring on Lascelles, Haidara or Tiote as DM.

    Collo, Sissoko, Shelvey and Gini are in as our most experienced players around who the younger ones need to galvanize, these players need to take personal responsibility and play with the freedom their skills are known for. Personal desire from these men needs to be expressed on the pitch.

    We also need to see the speed and experience of Doumbia showing through, influencing Perez directly with their change of interplay and indirectly motivating Mitrovic to come on for the last 30 minutes and bag some goals.

    Leicester 0-0 ( or one point)


  • Ron Knee

    Mar 12, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Citeh not doing us any favours.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 12, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #9

    That side (4132) I posted is selected based upon the right players playing their right positions but relies on Gini and Socks do a defensive duty. Ultra defensively it can change to 541; to control the midfield 4141 and for fast counters 4411.

    With Tiote in at DM it would become a traditional 442, which can be relied on to reorganise quickly in times of confusion. Or with the introduction of Townsend for Collo an attacking 433.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 12, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #10

    One question i would like to ask you all, will Benitez stay if we do go down.

  • shaun83

    Mar 12, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Anyone else think our players are so poor we need a miracle to stay up?

  • Jib

    Mar 12, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #12

    It’s hard to believe that Rafa with all his Continental experience is unaware of Syedou Doumbia’s European record over the last 5 years of 17 goals in 22 games.
    One of Benitez’ noted attributes is to make scorers more prolific .

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Mar 12, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Since bobby Robson. Rafa Benitez is the first manager by a country mile worthy of the newcastle job. All the rest speak for themself

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Mar 12, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #14


    Benitez loves his facts, it will only be a matter of time before he realises his scoring record

  • Tinman

    Mar 12, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Come on City, no good giving Norwich a point here…

  • Jib

    Mar 12, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Benitez said one of the things that helped him to decide to take the job was the quality of some of the players at the club.
    Rafa doesn’t do platitudinous crap so you have to believe him.
    I think Rafa would take a year in the championship at £7million p.a.

  • Jib

    Mar 12, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #17

    You have to admire Norwich
    One point in the odd home game isn’t going to save them but they show great fighting spirit.

  • oldarse

    Mar 12, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #18

    Most one sided game ever watched city by a loooooooong mile

  • Moonraker15

    Mar 12, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #19

    I have a sneaking feeling one of the fringe teams either Swansea or, hopefully Palace are gonna be sucked into the relegation battle. Hope so any way as there’s no margin for error with 2 from 3 going down with Villa!

  • Moonraker15

    Mar 12, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #20

    It seems as though SMc was picking players to keep them sweet rather than being ruthless which is a coach’s weakness rather than a good manager. For me the biggest failure was playing Rivierre against Bournemouth as we all know he is totally out of his depth in the PL. Previously he picked Goofy also; I would love to see Doumbia get on against Leicester to see what he can do! I bet Rafa knows more about our players strengths and weaknesses already than SMc.

  • Moonraker15

    Mar 12, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #21

    Anyone know the injury situation? I bet Colo is now miraculously fit now and Tiote!


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