The way that Rafa has guided Newcastle to 7th place in the league table with a squad not as good as a number of clubs below the Magpies in the league has not gone unnoticed.
Newcastle fans know how good Rafa is but having been away from the spotlight for a season while we were winning the Championship last season some pundits had forgotten just how good Rafa Benitez is.
But he’s done really well this season and did not get the players he wanted this summer – and maybe if we had we would have been higher in the league table.
Alan Shearer has mentioned that today in his column in the Sun and the fact we are now well positioned to finally realize the vast potential of the club.
But Alan feels that is Mike Ashley is still the owner next summer Rafa could well want to leave the club with the trust having been broken down after Ashley failed to deliver on his promises in the summer.
Alan Shearer – still worried about Rafa leaving Newcastle
This is some of what Alan has said in his column today:
“Ashley has held Newcastle back for too long.” “I have never quite got why he bought the club in the first place.”
“It has made him unhappy and everyone else connected with it for that matter.”
“All we have ever wanted is the hope our club can challenge the very best, hope that they can win a trophy, hope that our dreams and desire for the club can be matched by those owning and running it.”
“I don’t know potential buyer Amanda Staveley, or what her plans are for the club, but I know what they should be,”
“They should be to back a world-class manager to the hilt. Because the club has one in Rafa Benitez.”
“My fear is that if a takeover does not go through by the end of this season, he will be lost to Newcastle.”
“Benitez has them up in seventh place. Imagine what he could be doing with some serious financial backing.”
“What any owner of the club will get is a guaranteed passionate fan base that will support and work with anyone who has the best interests of Newcastle United at heart.”
“The spillover from St James’ Park goes deep into the community.” “It can lift the city or leave it flat.”
“It is that which Benitez loves so much.”
“Right now, Newcastle is at one of those moments in its history where things can go one of two ways.”
“I don’t want to think of the wrong turn that could be made.”
Here is Alan’s full column in the Sun today and it’s definitely worth a read.
We think Mike Ashley pulled back in the summer from spending too much in an effort to make the financial records looks good.
At the end of August we had spent a net of only £12M on new players and of course last January we spent nothing on new players; maybe it was then that Mike had decided to sell the club?
So we expect the financial records to be in good shape and with the massive money coming in from the Premier League TV rights, Newcastle look a good bet as a takeover target.
Having Amanda Staveley buy the club on behalf of her PCP Capital Partners group would be fine with us.
And let Rafa Benitez guide the club in all football-related matters.
Then things could become really exciting.
Note: Ronald Koeman has been sacked as Everton manager so the Goodison Park club could come after Rafa Benitez – we will see.