Shearer – The Saddest Thing Is This About Rafa

It seems like keeping Rafa at Newcastle if we are relegated is a (Tyne) bridge too far – and Alan Shearer in his column in The Sun today thinks it’s a really long shot at best for Newcastle to be able to retain Rafa Benitez.

Alan rightly points out the world-class manager will have offers from far and wide for his services this summer.

We had a shot at keeping Benitez on Tyneside, but only if we could survive in the Premier league which now looks like it will not happen.

alan shearer close up 2012

Alan Shearer – Newcastle will lose Rafa

This is what Alan has said about Rafa in his column today.

“If they are relegated, you can’t attach any blame to Rafa.” “But the saddest thing now is that the club will probably lose him.”

“I will be absolutely amazed if the former manager of Real Madrid, the former manager of Liverpool who won the Champions League, were to be at Newcastle in the Championship and managing at places like Rotherham.”

“I hope I am wrong. I would love him to stay.”

“But I am sure he will have offers left, right and center from clubs in the Premier League and all around Europe.”

One of the devastating effects for both fans and players alike is Rafa leaving the club – he will be hard to replace and whoever comes in will not be as good – and the players and fans will know that.

The former Liverpool manager has said he wants to manage somewhere close to his home in The Wirral, but managing in the second division will be too much of a comedown for the man.

We will have to wait to see if a prominent Premier League club – apart from Everton who he will not join because of his Liverpool connections – comes in for his services this summer.

That’s what he would like to do – manage again in the Premier League.

It’s a pity that will not be Newcastle next season – and yes – that’s a huge understatement.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Jib

    May 9, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #1

    I think there is a strong possibility that Rafa will stay.

    The simplicity of the structure at Newcastle with a multi millionaire owner is very similar to 3 other clubs he managed Inter (Moratti) Napoli (De Laurentiis) and Chelsea (Abramovich).

    If he feels he can trust , and get the backing of , Ashley , he will stay.

  • stuart no9

    May 9, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    FFS … why will we lose raffa ? i dont think we will . people are runningn about like scared chickens.. ooh were going to lose raffa were going to lose raffa . calm down people eh ,just calm down . it feels like the whole of tyneside ae pannickng . We are not down yet , yet people are looking to see how far it is to rotherham huddersfield. just calm down . Raffa has never said he was leaving , untill he does he is the manager of NUFC .

  • stuart no9

    May 9, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #3

    stuart no9 // May 9, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    from previous topic —— what you on about ed ” raffas parting words” stop being so dramatic.
    stuart no9 // May 9, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Ed — i apologise for this but you nare starting to talk complete ball cocks., for one , the season is not finished we still have 1 game to play WE ARE NOT DOWN YET.
    Two, harp on about raffa leaving , he has said nothing about leaving since hes been here and where is he going to go ? and why? going to a bigger club for CL success ?? hes done that , won that , got the t shirt , where is the ambition in that ? there is none . His ambition is here at newcastle . IF IF IF we go down he will get more pleasure in turning us into a force again than going to a club where if he dosnt win the CL hes fired.
    The fans wont be as lovable at any other club than newcastle and that will make work a lot more pleasurable than anywhere in europe,
    So stop fretting ED you sound like a scared schoolboy,
    First of all , lets see how sunderland get on on wednesday . One step at a time eh. thankyou.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #4

    From previous, we all know why the hapless tuft was appointed, like every other Ashley brand he is a once famous name available on the cheap and most importantly he “wouldn’t put obstacles in their way”. An obstacle being that if their wasn’t an U25 year old LB available and deemed to have sell on value we’d just persevere with our future CB there despite its effect on the team. Another obstacle might be arguing that it would be madness to sell a PL experienced relegation battle hardened DM and replace him with an untested French bloke who’s managed about 70 mins of football so far such is his talent, definitely do without the manager throwing down caltrops and saying he wants to win a cup. Rafa didn’t just put obstacles in the way he demanded wholesale change, something that the desperate and spineless McCardew never done.

  • geordie157

    May 9, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #5

    I think Rafa will stay in England so for it will come down to what premier league jobs are available.

    The Spanish national job could however play a big part.

  • geordie157

    May 9, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #6

    Me not it.

  • magscar

    May 9, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Alright so things don’t look good but it isn’t over and there is one scenario that could just play out and make us smile – no whoop and cry for joy!

    If Mackems don’t beat Everton they go to Watford needing to win (or draw if they managed a point at home). We need to win but if all that pans out what a blow to them and unbridled joy for us.

    Man City experienced the lows and highs of becomng last minute PL champions with a last minute win a few seasons ago when Man U thought it was in bag for them. Would City fans now change the way that panned out notwithstanding the hell they went through or now savour it time and again on recorded media.

    A long shot which will clarify on Wednesday night but something to cling to in this dark week.
    They now think it is all but over but what if they blow it and we snatch it -worth all the pain – you bet .

  • nufc 11

    May 9, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #8

    writing is on the wall for rafa he would have indicated his intentions by now if he was going to stay. Biding his time and courting offers and who would blame the man.

  • lesh

    May 9, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #9


    Would you trust Ashley?

  • stripes1009

    May 9, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #10

    When Rafa joined us, he described the club as a ‘sleeping giant’. I think he sees that he’s in a win-win situation (he was called in too late to save us) and he could determine the ‘sleeping Giants’ destiny from now on.

    Go for it Rafa, we are right behind you……..??


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