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Alan Shearer Surprised Rafa Is Staying At Newcastle

8:03 am, Thursday, May 26th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

Alan Shearer has been telling everybody who would listen to him for a few weeks now there was no way that Rafa Benitez would stay at Newcastle and manage a second division club, when he would have big offers coming in from all over the place.

But that’s what the Spanish manager has done as he seems to have fallen in love with Newcastle and the fans and yes – he did have some big money offers come in for his services.

It says something about Rafa that he has stayed on Tyneside and no wonder the fans simply love the man, who will transform the club.

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Alan Shearer – surprised that Rafa has stayed at Newcastle

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Spoof // May 26, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    It seems to me, however I’m probably wrong, but it appears as if Rafa wants to keep the majority of last seasons squad, so with that in mind we have to accept that we will still have last seasons problems, two severe weaknesses were a need for a commanding CB who could be a goal threat for us from set pieces, Lascellas could be the problem solver there but with Taylor expected to leave and Colo possibly leaving as well that leaves us short of a decent CB, so I expect one to be bought, another issue was the lack of a natural goalscorer, McCormack fits the bill, yes I understand the concern as to whether he would be good enough in the PL but we aren’t in the PL so lets worry about the PL if or when we get there, apart from those two positions depending upon how many of the squad Rafa retains we may not see many more signings as the squad is already more than strong enough to get us back up.

  • 2 hibbitt // May 26, 2016 at 8:15 AM


    we lack depth especially in the championship with the amount of games and our injury record

    i think players will leave but only when Rafa’s ready

  • 3 jimmysmith // May 26, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    The problems we had in the EPL are not the same problems we’ll face in the Championship, simply because the standard is lower.

    All of a sudden with Dummett and Haidarra we look well served at LB. Mbemba, Lascelles, Collocini and Taylor are top notch by Championship standards, particularly if coached and set up by Benitez.

    Also, our new recruits have had a season of EPL football to acclimatise the English game. I think with one or two quality young additions, or experienced additions, we are good to go.

    I don’t quite understand any clamour for a clear out.

  • 4 Ron Knee // May 26, 2016 at 8:26 AM


    Yes, but what about our terrible away form? We have skilled players but the attitude is all wrong.

    Benitez sets great store by character so I’d be suprised if some of our ‘stars’ are still here in August.

  • 5 Spoof // May 26, 2016 at 8:30 AM


    I’m not sure we need that many to be honest, keepers we a more than enough, don’t forget Krul will be back, 4 fullbacks in Mbabu ( who’s natural position is right back ) Janmaat, Dummett and Haidara, not forgetting Colback and Anita if needs be, CB yes as I mentioned earlier will probably be an area which will be looked at, centre mid we have an abundance of with Colback, Anita, Tiote, Shelvey, Saivet, Gini and Sissoko, wingers could be looked at as we only really have two natural ones in Townsend and Aarons, then again he may want to look at Cabella ( I very much doubt it ) and Thauvin, strikers, he hasn’t even gave Riviere a second glance so that leaves Cisse, Mitro and Perez, possibly Armstrong, so as I said a striker does seem urgent.

    For me we aren’t really that far away as it is and I expect the likes of Riviere, Cabella, Thauvin, Obertan, Marveaux, Colo and Taylor to be replaced with younger players with the aim of preparing them for hopefully sterner tasks the season after next, now these younger players may be ones we already have or ones which Rafa brings in, or possibly both, but if Rafa does keep the majority of the squad then I don’t forsee whole sale changes.

  • 6 jimmysmith // May 26, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Ron I reckon it’s much more a question of getting the heads of a few influential players right, which he seemed to manage to do pretty effectively given the very short space of time he had, and the low ebb he found the players in. The same players should gain immense confidence simply by winning games, and confidence seems to be essentially what was missing.

  • 7 lochinvar // May 26, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    Ross McCormack being a Scot might relish being closer to home and family. At 30 the opportunity to play under Rafa Benitez guidance, have a decent upgrade in salary and play in front of 50,000 must be an attraction – you would think.
    On the football side he’s unlikely to be phased by a stormy night at a wind swept ground against other championship teams in a mid week match.
    Seems a logical plan.

  • 8 nufc 11 // May 26, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Mbabu looks a better LB than Dummet but then again a season in the championship might just be the making of Dummett either way Mbabu could play RB if it turns out that Anita is to small for the hurley burley nature of the championship. Jannmatt could have the making of a top RM if played their he might want a move though. Young RB at Derby Cyrs Christie looks the part if we need further cover, love to see Carrick n an NUFC shirt be just what we need to link play up an feed the strikers, philips from qpr if townsend moves, and Mccormack bones of a team then.

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