We wrote a piece this morning in which we said we hoped Mike Ashley would give Rafa Benitez and his coaching staff new and improved contracts – given that we do get promoted back to the Premier League this season.
We suggested 10 year contracts given that Mike was willing to give the mediocre Alan Pardew and his team eight year contracts back in October 2012 for finishing in 5th place the previous season.
If Mike Ashley wants Newcastle United to become a big success then it’s vital that the way the club is being run continues with Rafa in complete control of all football matters.
Alan Shearer – Rafa could leave Newcastle
Rafa is being assisted in no small way on the executive side of things by Managing Director Lee Charnley and his staff.
Alan Shearer has been speaking on the BBC’s Premier League Show and the Newcastle legend says he is worried that if Rafa doesn’t continue to get full backing from owner Mike Ashley he may even look to leave Newcastle:
“I think this is such a key period for Newcastle, the next 12 months.”
“They’ve got an iconic figure, a world-class manager, who has achieved almost everything in the game that you can.”
“To have him at Newcastle and to waste that, they now have to back him, or once they get up, they have to back him.”
“Otherwise he’ll be off – and we’ll be back to square one.”
Rafa Benitez to leave Newcastle – I feel as though I’m going to be sick!
That should never be allowed to happen and Mike will now know he has the perfect manager in place at Newcastle.
And the way the 56 year-old has transformed Newcastle into a very good side where the fans are again packing St. James’ Park in the Championship will not have gone unnoticed by some big clubs, who may start to eye Benitez.
However, to end this on a positive note – we think Mike Ashley will continue to support Rafa and maybe even more so should he be successful in getting us promoted straight back to the Premier League.
That is now looking very likely – but don’t tell Rafa we said that!