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Benitez Willing To Work With Board – Could Bring Shearer Back

6:41 am, Monday, March 14th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

Rafa Benitez has proved himself to be a savvy person since he arrived on Tyneside last Friday – and he has been conciliatory to those in power at Newcastle, such as Lee Charnley.

He´s certainly giving the impression he can work with them and seems somebody who has been brought in because of his stature in the game and his past success at lots of different clubs over a 23 year management career that began with the Real Madrid B team.

He is the only manager in history to have won the UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.

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The news leading up to his appointment was that Mike Ashley wanted somebody brought in who would ignite the Newcastle fans and maybe make up for the two woeful seasons we have had under two coaches in Carver and McClaren who were nowhere near good enough for Newcastle.

And with Rafa´s arrival even if we keep the current Board in place it will suddenly become a decent enough Board – only because of the monumental knowledge and understanding that Rafa will provide with his vast experience and past successes in the game.

By his very personality and presence he will be the one Charnley, Carr and company will listen to and Rafa will also listen to the opinions of the likes of Graham Carr.

From what Rafa has said about Charnley since he was appointed, it seems the club have got the former Liverpool man in to help them put stuff right at the club – and they should be (very) willing to follow Rafa´s advice on what he thinks is needed.

For Rafa himself it´s a tremendous opportunity to build a club – a sleeping giant – that he knows all too well has massive potential  – and he aims to tap into that massive potential.

Sounds good to us.

Sounds great to us.

And the club is a mess right now – we all know that.

The 55 year-old doesn´t look to be a  power grabber, but genuinely wants to build a club that can be great again and have a very strong side in the Premier League.

We think he will be allowed to do that and as we said earlier today he may even try to bring Alan Shearer back into the club in some capacity – although the former striker is very busy and involved with his other activities such as BBC´s Match of the Day.

Alan is an Ambassador of the club whether Mike Ashley likes it or not – perhaps he will be appointed into a similar position by Rafa?

Having Alan part of the club again, even in a minor capacity will give Rafa and the club massive credibility with the fans – the life blood of the club.

If that´s what Rafa wants to do and Shearer is willing then Newcastle would be stupid to stop him.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Alan Shearer · Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League




6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Derek // Mar 14, 2016 at 6:46 AM

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Rafa is not Jesus.

    Yes, he might bring a great deal of confidence back in our players and get the attackers scoring more goals. This might be enough to scrape through and avoid relegation.

    BUT, he cannot make our current back 4 capable of performing well against top-level Premier League opposition. We are still going to concede lots of goals in the next 10 games and until we sign new CBs, a LB and a RB, we will struggle even against Championship opposition.

  • 2 sing in the corner // Mar 14, 2016 at 6:47 AM

    Don’t need to bring Shearer in. He’s already there, Benitez can do his own thing, and Big Al seems more than willing to chip in whenever / however it is required.
    Go Rafa! HWTL

  • 3 sing in the corner // Mar 14, 2016 at 6:49 AM

    Derek
    You’re right, he’s not Jesus. He’s MOSES!
    Promised land..here we come! 🙂

  • 4 G // Mar 14, 2016 at 6:53 AM

    So Derek, what you are saying is Rafa is not as good a coach as Jorge Jesus? Jesus has done very well in Portugal, and he was in charge of Benfica when we played them a few years back, but I couldnt comment on his ability to galvanise a poor defense against Rafa.

  • 5 Sir Braveheart // Mar 14, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    @Derek

    He can’t change the personnel but he can instill confidence and belief, he can drill them to be more focused, reduce the mistakes that we’ve been making and he can play a formation that offers more support at the back, to tighten up our defence. That should hopefully be enough for us to concede a few less goals between now and the end of the season. If it reduces the goals conceded by 10 over the next 10 games that’s a solid base to build on.

    Then it’s just about the other end….

  • 6 rwpoynter // Mar 14, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    I have not posted for some time but I have to say Rafa Benitez is the best appointment since Keegan and Robson.
    He is class with a fine CV and we should look after him. I don’t want to hear any aggro if we don’t win at Leicester tonight. We will unlikely get a better one. The most important thing is that Ashley seems to have learned (hopefully) that Rafa should manage the club. This is a concept I never knew why, we as a nation, dispensed with. I can understand that Mike Ashley who as owner, should determine how much money is available for purchasing players. I can also understand that Graham Carr is a good scout and should bring to the attention of the manager which players should be worth looking at. I understand that Lee Charnley’s strength is in negotiating the deals, but when it comes to all the rest of it, the manager makes the decisions. We do not need Directors of Football, we need a MANAGER. Now we have finally got one, please don’t hamper him and get in his way, Carr,scout, Charnley negotiate, and Benitez, manage. It really is quite simple and it will produce the results if we choose the right guy. This time I think we have. Let him get on with it and support him.




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