Alan Shearer has been singing the praises of Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez today.
Rafa has made a very good start to his career as the Newcastle manager and while he couldn’t save us from relegation last season he has us in an automatic promotion spot after 19 games played.
And after today’s game at home to Birmingham we will be back on top of the league with a win.
Alan has been interviewed exclusively in Chronicle Live and says that Rafa Benitez would deserve a statue of his own if he can win a trophy for the club.
Alan Shearer – Rafa is superb
We haven’t won a trophy since 1969 and not a home trophy since we took Manchester City apart 3-1 in the 1955 FA Cup final.
This is what Alan has said today:
“I was so honored to have it a statue after 10 years of trying to do my best.”
“I was pretty successful at trying to do something and to be stood alongside Sir Bobby, it’s something I am very proud of and very honored by.”
“I want to be around when Newcastle win something and I hope Rafa is the manager to do that, if he were to, I would be first to shout it (a Rafa statue) – believe me.”
“The way he has changed the training ground and perception; everyone loved him.” “They all thought he was tough and hard, but also honest and very good.”
“In my opinion he won’t know whether the club’s going to back him or not until they get back to the Premier League,”
“He’s not going to want to stay in the Premier League and fight relegation every year, he’s going to want to be backed.”
“At the minute he is controlling everything, signing the players, selling the players, doing what he wants to do.”
“But he has made the club a healthy profit in the summer by selling four or five players for crazy money.”
“So at the minute everything is fine, great, I don’t think we’ll know the serious questions and answers until they get back in the Premier League.”
“I had lunch with Rafa maybe four or five weeks ago, he is brilliant, he is superb.”
It’s obvious from those comments that Alan still doesn’t trust owner Mike Ashley much.
It could be wishful thinking on our part, but we think Mike will let Lee Charnley and Rafa run the club like they’ve been doing this year and hopefully there will be good money available in January and this summer to strengthen the squad.
Rafa will not be thinking too much of any statues today, as he tries to get Newcastle back to their winning ways after three successive defeats.
Fans are confident we can win this game today against the Blues.