Alan Shearer has been praising Rafa Benitez in his Coral column today and it seems the two of them form a mutual admiration society, since Rafa has praised Alan many times.
Not only because he was a great player in his day – one of the best footballers ever to be born in Newcastle – but also because he has helped Rafa understand the club and its supporters, since he became the manager at the club.
Hopefully we will see Alan Shearer take on some official position at Newcastle United soon – maybe in the summer?
Alan Shearer – brilliant to keep Rafa Benitez
This is some of what Alan has written is his popular Coral column today:
“It was brilliant for Newcastle to keep hold of Rafa when they were relegated, because of who he is, what he is, what he’s achieved, what he’s won.”
“For Newcastle to keep hold of him in the Championship was a great coup. They’ve not disappointed.”
“They had a tough start of course and lost their first two games, but they have turned it around spectacularly.”
“They’re enjoying themselves, they’re top of the league, and we all want, well I do, and hope they’re back in the Premier League where they belong.”
With seven consecutive wins Rafa and 15 wins in the last 17 games – Benitez is bringing comparisons to the great Kevin Keegan.
But what Rafa will tell you is he’s done nothing at the club yet.
Nothing but bring the supporters flocking back to fill St. James Park to its capacity, bring back a real belief in the club, have supporters snapping up tickets to every single away game, breaking attendance records at stadiums we play at – and having the fans talk about Rafa incessantly.
It should be really good once Rafa does achieve something at Newcastle!
We cannot wait.