Alan Shearer seems to be a big supporter of Rafa Benitez.
And before Rafa agreed to take the job as Newcastle manager back in March, he had talked with Alan about the job and what could it entailed and what some of the problems were that were limiting the success of the club.
It could also be true that the things Rafa asked for before he agreed to sign on at Newcastle for three years were fully discussed with Alan, and that was from his experience of briefly managing the club under Mike Ashley seven years ago.
Alan Shearer – upbeat about Newcastle future
Whatever did actually happen it certainly seems that Rafa has full control at the club and that was clearly shown in the summer transfer market when he brought in players he wanted – both young and old.
Alan Shearer sees things starting to turn around for Newcastle – for the better – and we’ve made a very decent start in the Championship after two initial defeats.
In fact in the 11 games we have played since those two unexpected defeats at Fulham and at home to Huddersfield, we have 9 wins, one defeat and 7 clean sheets so we seem to be heading in the right direction.
This is what Alan has told the Chronicle when he was asked if he thought Rafa was building a foundation like Kevin Keegan had built with his Entertainers back in the 1990s:
“I hope so, there’s a feel-good factor about the club and the city.” “I know they’re in the Championship, but it’s got to start somewhere.”
“They’ve got to get back into the Premier League before they start thinking too much about that though.”
“They’re doing all right after a little blip to start with.” “But they’re back on track – and it will be a long, hard slog in that division though.”
“I hope him staying is starting to pay off,”
“He’s doing what he wants to do, managing the team and bringing in the players in he wants, so hopefully yes I think it’s been very good to keep him.”
“You’d have to ask him if buying his own players was important, but in general I’d assume very much so, yes.”
When Rafa took the job he wanted to ensure it would be possible for him to be successful at Newcastle and if he wasn’t given the various assurances he asked for – he would have simply walked away.
That’s something previous managers like Alan Pardew and Steve McClaren wouldn’t (couldn’t) do because they were just happy to get to be manager of such a huge club.
And they were then hog-tied with a stupid and unworkable system that had Graham Carr selecting the players that were brought in.
But Rafa is world-class and he wants to have success at Newcastle and so as far as we can see he’s on the right track to building Newcastle into a great side and a great club again.
But Alan is right to put first things first – we must get promoted this season and then we can go from there.
What do you think?