Alan Shearer was interviewed at the launch of a charity match yesterday in aid of the Alan Shearer Foundation and he is still surprised that Rafa Benitez decided to stay with Newcastle, even though we are now in England’s second division..
Alan says he was surprised some other club didn’t move in quickly for him, but that could have happened, because Rafa said he turned down some big money offers to stay at Newcastle.
Alan Shearer – still shocked Rafa Benitez stayed
This is some of what Alan said when again asked about Rafa staying on Tyneside:
“I was surprised,”
“I was surprised that he stayed because I thought that he would have had so many offers that managing Newcastle in the Championship might not have been an entertaining proposition for him.”
“But the crowd made him feel really welcome and wanted him here, so that was a big sway for him.”
“To have him managing Newcastle, with his CV, is a big coup for Newcastle.”
“Well I hope he has control of football matters,” “I mean only time will tell about that.” “But I hope he’s actually allowed to manage.”
It’s certainly a massive coup for Newcastle that a man as good as Rafa Benitez seems so keen to stay on Tyneside.
Rafa has said himself that the fans were a big part of him staying and the fact that the potential of the club is so huge.
How many clubs can still have a sell-out crowd after they are relegated?
And to smash Spurs 5-1 in that final game of the season tells us that Rafa can turn the players we already have into a very good side.
Rafa also wanted to stay in England to be close to his wife and two teenage daughters in the Wirral and it looks like Mike Ashley gave Rafa everything he wanted in terms of control of all football matters.
And it seems there were no more offers for him, at least from a club with the huge potential of Newcastle – so we could have lucked out – so to speak.
But this season is also going to be so important – we simply must get straight back to the Premier League.
Getting a lot of early wins in the league will also help and we’re sure that’s exactly what Rafa will be looking for.
Newcastle will need to get used to winning again, after getting far too used to losing over the last couple of seasons.
It will also be interesting to see how the season tickets sell – and whether we can have full houses at St. James’ Park – even though now we are in the second division.
That would certainly help the team.