Alan Shearer has talked about the job Rafa Benitez has been doing at Newcastle this season and even after a bad spell, Alan thinks the manager is doing an excellent job at the club.
The interview was with Coral and took place before Friday night’s game at Nottingham Forest, which was a bizarre game with some weird refereeing that we ended up losing 2-1 at the City Ground.
That was our third defeat in six days and second in a row in the league.
Alan Shearer – Rafa is doing an excellent job
This is what Alan said:
“I think he’s doing an excellent job.” “It was a tough start for the first two games; but since then some wins have settled the team down, settled the area down because there was a lot of question marks around.”
“He’s done an excellent job, they’re still sitting up there in the table.” “It always has been, and is, their priority to get back to the Premier League.”
“I’m still confident in Newcastle,” “Their main objective has to be getting back into the Premier League, and I’m sure it is.”
“I went to the Newcastle-Blackburn game at St James’ Park and they were pretty poor.” “Blackburn were the better team, Blackburn deserved to win.”
“Rafa changed the team around from the team that won so impressively at Leeds the weekend beforehand and that back-fired.”
“But, then again, I thought: ‘Well at least we’ve now got one manager who’s taking cup competitions seriously.’” “That hasn’t always been the case here over the last few years.”
“But then you go to Hull on Tuesday evening, played well and created chances, but didn’t take them.” “Then they got the goal, went 1-0 up in extra-time and then it all sort of backfired after that.”
“If you don’t take chances, you don’t win games. And the penalties, they were pretty poor.”
“I’ve been in a situation with penalties – I wouldn’t ever criticize a player when it comes to penalties – but the penalties that the players took were pretty poor (so Alan just criticized them).”
“And we’ve been knocked out of another competition that they would have had a reasonable chance in.”
After 19 games played seven years ago Newcastle had 42 points, two more points than we have today and the goal differences are identical at +21.
We have lost 5 games compared to Chris’ team only losing three games at this stage and he only lost four league games all season.
Turn two of our defeats into draws and you get the same won, lost drawn records.
It’s very important to win games and we can still beat the 102 points Chris got doe us 7 years ago if we can keep going on winning streaks.