In an exclusive with the Star today former Newcastle player Jermaine Jenas thinks Rafa Benitez feels a real passion for Newcastle United and will not be leaving the club.
Rafa has been disappointed at Newcastle this summer, and fees the agreements made with owner Mike Ashley in early May have not been kept.
He is annoyed at that, but we expect him to do the best he can with the squad he has until January.
And we now have two good wins with two clean sheets in our last two league games and because of that things are looking up at Newcastle.
Jermaine Jenas – now a BT Sports pundit
Jermaine Jenas is now a pundit for BT Sports, and he had this to say in an exclusive with the Star:
“I just think if you’re going to walk, why didn’t you just walk last year when you were in the Championship?”
“It doesn’t make sense, this is Benitez, he will have had places to go.” “He doesn’t seem happy but I don’t have him down as a walker.”
“I think he really does feel a passion for the club but I think he feels let down.”
“There’s one situation that’s worrying me a little and that’s Slaven Bilic,”
“I think we all know football too well now and how the system works so it wouldn’t surprise me if there are conversations been put in place.”
“The fact they’ve gone from the players that they had then to what they’ve got now, I just look at the club and think, how does that actually happen?”
“I can’t get my head round how it happens.”
“But then I think about the position I was in and the reasons why I left. And those were the reasons.
“I thought, ‘I’m not going to develop as a player here, I’m not going to get any better, I’m not going to win anything.”
“I’m not gonna play for England if I stay here’.”
“Unfortunately that’s something that hopefully the club get rid of soon because it’s an incredible club when the place is bouncing.”
We have a feeling Jermaine may be spot on about Rafa and of course we are hoping Rafa stays at Newcastle for a long time.
Sir Bobby Robson signed Jermaine Jenas back in 2001 from Nottingham Forest when the youngster was just 18, and he stayed at Newcastle for four years playing 152 games with 12 goals before he signed on at Spurs.
He made his England debut against Australia in February 2003 while still at Newcastle and was a regular for the England side when he moved to Spurs in August 2015.