Former England international defender and Liverpool great Jamie Carragher in his column in The Mail today has said he fully understands why his former manager at Liverpool, Rafa Benitez, has chosen Newcastle to relaunch his career in England, after being sacked at Real Madrid.
But Jamie also says there is no guarantee he can save Newcastle from relegation this season – and he believes with Sam Allardyce in place at the Black Cats for five months, big Sam has a better chance of saving Sunderland than Rafa has of saving Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager at Leicester
This is some of what Jamie Carragher has written in his column in The Mail:
“What Newcastle have got is a manager who players will listen to because of his CV, someone who is excellent in one-off games. He is brilliant at stopping the opposition from playing and that is one of the reasons we did so well in Europe during his time in charge at Liverpool.”
“Sunderland have the better chance of survival, because Allardyce has had a transfer window, a five-month head start in terms of working with his squad and now he has a slightly more inviting run-in than Newcastle.“
“There is no guarantee, then, that Benitez will stop Newcastle falling through the trap door, but I can absolutely understand why he has chosen St James’ Park as the place to re-launch his career as a manager in England.“
“The potential is there if he can turn it around.” “Newcastle are the 17th richest club in world football with the potential to earn even more next season when the new television deal kicks in. They could possibly be taking players away from clubs like Benfica and Porto this summer.”
“So the attraction is obvious. As it stands, he has no chance of getting a job with one of the top six clubs in England. He is basically an interim manager but if he succeeds in his task, things will have to change at Newcastle.“
“He will want control over all football matters. He won’t be just after a quick fix.”
The big question is if we fail to save ourselves this season does Rafa then just walk away?
Steve McClaren was left in the job for far too long and should have been fired a long time ago.
The fact that Rafa is only essentially an interim manager is why players and fans at Newcastle will be doing their very best to have us still be a Premier League club at the end of the season.
If that happens then owner Mike Ashley would be well advised to give Rafa full control at the club and allow him to change things for the better at Newcastle.
The way the club has been mismanaged from the top for far too long is the main reason we are in this terrible situation, where essentially we have been in the bottom four all season.
What do you think?