Freddy Shepherd has been talking in The Sun today about Mike Ashley, Rafa Benitez and the plight Newcastle find themselves in at the moment with the club being back in England’s second division for the second time in seven years.
And Freddy says it’s possible to stay down below for one season and not lose too much and be able to recover – but not for two seasons.
Rafa Benitez – rebuilding both the team and the club
And Freddy has talked about Rafa being a smart guy but that he has some players in the squad who will simply not be able to do the job in the really tough Championship – and he needs to ditch those players.
Here’s some of what Freddy has said in The Sun today:
“People normally associate Rafa with clubs like Liverpool, Real Madrid and Chelsea.” “But he’s smart enough to know what sort of player he will need for the muck and nettles of the Championship.”
“Some of the players he’s got there now just won’t be able to cut the mustard in the Championship and they need to be got rid of.”
“I’m sure Rafa will have identified the dead wood and they’ll be on their way soon.” “I think we need to bring in more British players to steady the ship.”
“The last time we went down people like Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll and Alan Smith led the way and it’s really important that they follow that blueprint.”
“You can recover from being relegated and spending one season away from the top table — but not two.”
“So it’s essential Rafa is given whatever he needs to get the club back up at the first attempt.”
Newcastle have already been linked with a number of British players – Will Hughes, Ross McCormack, Lewis Cook and Lewis Dunk – among others.
But the next thing we expect to hear from Rafa and Newcastle are the players who will be released this summer.
That should be an interesting list.
Who do you think the players are who will not cut the mustard in the Championship?