As we often point out Alan Shearer is first and foremost a Newcastle fan – and it just so happens when he playing he was a world-class striker who spent the last 10 years of his career at Newcastle – his hometown club.
Alan ended up beating Jackie Milburn’s goalscoring record at Newcastle and scored 206 in 405 total appearances over those ten years.
And Alan has said whether he thinks Rafa can keep Newcastle up this season.
This is some of what Alan has said today in his Sun column:
“We are staying up. Just! It will be tight and may even come down to goal difference but I firmly believe we will do it.”
“I saw the draw at Palace and there is no lack of fight and commitment among the players.”
“But more crucially, we have a top class manager in Rafa Benitez.”
“Someone whose love of the Newcastle fans has kept him at the club through a tough time.”
“He will not desert the ship and let it sink but nobody could blame him given the lack of support he has had from the helm.”
“Newcastle should be bigger and better than this but under Ashley, we never will be.”
“The 52,400 that attend St James’ every week is not down to him either but a deep-seated loyalty which he will never understand.”
“Unfortunately Benitez recognizes it too and we will probably lose him at the end of the season.”
“Another huge chance has been missed.”
Alan seems to think there will be no new owner in by the summer – and he could be right.
Ashley has ruined the club over the last almost eleven years – but he’s tried twice before to sell the club before pulling it off the market.
He could do the same again this summer.
That would be the last straw.