Alan Shearer has been talking to BBC Sport, and he has said the majority of fans are right behind manager Rafa Benitez.
Rafa’s job of keeping Newcastle in the Premier League this season has been made very difficult by owner Mike Ashley, who has refused to spend much money in the last few transfer windows, presumably because he wants the finances to look good so he can sell the club.
Newcastle fans want Mike Ashley to sell up as soon as possible and leave town.
We can then stop the slide we’ve been on since Ashley took over in May 2007 and it’s been sheer torture for Newcastle fans ever since.
Alan Shearer – fans want Mike Ashley out of Newcastle
This is what Alan Shearer has told BBC Sport about Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez today:
“I think he is doing a magnificent job and the vast majority of fans are with him and know what he is going through, and having to put up with.”
”I was not surprised the club did not spend more money in the January transfer window because of what was going on in the background with the failed takeover.”
“I know Benitez wanted to strengthen his squad more than he did.”
“But two of the three signings he did make – Kenedy and Dubravka – have been excellent, and hopefully Islam Slimani will have the same impact in attack when he is fit.”
“The Newcastle fans definitely helped on Sunday, but the way the players went after Manchester United in the first 10 minutes lifted the whole stadium and got the crowd going from the start.”
“Benitez played with two up front in Dwight Gayle and Ayoze Perez, which was a really attacking approach anyway, and the high-tempo start the whole team made set the tone for the rest of the game.”
“We used to try to do something similar at St James’ Park when I was a Newcastle player because we knew if we really took the game to the opposition early on then it created a really positive atmosphere from the start.”
“St James’ Park is also a difficult environment to play in at the moment because of what is going on behind the scenes, with so many of the fans desperate for the owner Mike Ashley to leave.”
“But now the players have shown what they can do and they also know what kind of response they will get.”
“Newcastle are going to need to produce more home performances like this one in the next few months if they are going to stay up but, with the backing of that crowd, they have got a very good chance.”
We are at Bournemouth a week on Saturday and then at Liverpool the next weekend followed by a home game against fellow strugglers Southampton on Saturday 10th March.
We need to get two wins out of those three games.