Shearer Still Concerned About Rafa Leaving The Club Next Summer

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.

Comments welcome.

Note: Ronald Koeman has been sacked as Everton manager so the Goodison Park club could come after Rafa Benitez – we will see.

12 comments so far

  • Jib

    Oct 23, 2017 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Rafa could be gone tomorrow !!!!!

  • KernowToon

    Oct 23, 2017 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #2

    lets not rule out today Jib

  • lochinvar

    Oct 23, 2017 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #3

    So the Coalman is sacked at Everton
    That leaves a vacancy for Pardew or Allardyce.
    Klopp may go next if Liverpool want to steal Pardew or Allardyce from their rivals.

    Bet Everton go after Dyce or Eddie Howe or David Moyes who failed at Sunderland.

    Rafa’s going nowhere.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 23, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Don’t think RAFA would go to Everton – Love’s Liverpool F.C. too much. Mind nowt is as strange as football!

    Me – I would like to see RAFA start with the team that finished on Monday night – but cannot see it as he likes a holding midfield player which Hayden seems to singled out for.

    also when we defend corners would like to see the likes of Atsu defending on the half way line as time and time again on Saturday we did not have a out ball when we cleared

  • Masai

    Oct 23, 2017 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m looking for Birmingham based Toon fans like myself. Are there any on here?

  • cyprus

    Oct 23, 2017 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Wow Koeman. Could do no wrong, then spends big time on players who can’t play together (Gylfi, Rooney) and aren’t worth that kind of money… No CF… Comes to tell you that coaches can only do so much.

    Would love to Guardiola at Swansea, Mourinho at Leicester, how would they do?

  • ArtyH

    Oct 23, 2017 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #7

    All good points from Alan but if the club is not sold and Rafa leaves or threatens to leave in the summer ashley would have shot himself in the chest not the foot! The club price would drop like a lead balloon and there would be a mass exodus of the good players we have, Rafa is building a cocoon of loyalty around himself with a core of players, if they leave or go with him the club is going to be relegation fodder again and he will have to appoint another no name puppet for coach/manager, remember how that worked out.
    I just hope we get a decent buyout and let Rafa do his thing it will repay the new owner many times over.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 23, 2017 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #8

    I believe that Everton might be looking to get Moyes back in, probably a good move for them and him.

    There’s no doubt that Wor Alan wears his B&W heart on his sleeve and is hurting as much as any Toon fan for the past many years of underachievement, I do get the jitters though when anyone mentions the possibility of Rafa abandoning us.

    Incidentally that great goal scored by Mikel was in fact another Joselu type effort as it rebounded from his head from an attempted clearance. Credit to him for being in the right place and the fact that it was great cos it gave us three points but lets not keep saying Joselu was lucky as he too was in the right place at the right time.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 23, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Any body making a wish list for the £500m warchest.

    I’d start with Forsberg, Muller and Lewandoski.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 23, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #10

    Everton are interested in getting Dyche would be good if they made an approach before Monday just to unsettle Burnley for when we play them!

  • beermonkey

    Oct 23, 2017 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #11


    i would like to see the training ground sorted and some players bought into the academy

  • Jib

    Oct 23, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Good thinking


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