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Alan Shearer On Rafa Benitez – He’s Brilliant – He’s Superb

Alan Shearer has been singing the praises of Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez today.

Rafa has made a very good start to his career as the Newcastle manager and while he couldn’t save us from relegation last season he has us in an automatic promotion spot after 19 games played.

And after today’s game at home to Birmingham we will be back on top of the league with a win.

Alan has been interviewed exclusively in Chronicle Live and says that Rafa Benitez would deserve a statue of his own if he can win a trophy for the club.

Alan Shearer – Rafa is superb

We haven’t won a trophy since 1969 and not a home trophy since we took Manchester City apart 3-1 in the 1955 FA Cup final.

This is what Alan has said today:

“I was so honored to have it a statue after 10 years of trying to do my best.”

“I was pretty successful at trying to do something and to be stood alongside Sir Bobby, it’s something I am very proud of and very honored by.”

“I want to be around when Newcastle win something and I hope Rafa is the manager to do that, if he were to, I would be first to shout it (a Rafa statue) – believe me.”

“The way he has changed the training ground and perception; everyone loved him.” “They all thought he was tough and hard, but also honest and very good.”

“In my opinion he won’t know whether the club’s going to back him or not until they get back to the Premier League,”

“He’s not going to want to stay in the Premier League and fight relegation every year, he’s going to want to be backed.”

“At the minute he is controlling everything, signing the players, selling the players, doing what he wants to do.”

“But he has made the club a healthy profit in the summer by selling four or five players for crazy money.”

“So at the minute everything is fine,  great, I don’t think we’ll know the serious questions and answers until they get back in the Premier League.”

“I had lunch with Rafa maybe four or five weeks ago, he is brilliant, he is superb.”

It’s obvious from those comments that Alan still doesn’t trust owner Mike Ashley much.

It could be wishful thinking on our part, but we think Mike will let Lee Charnley and Rafa run the club like they’ve been doing this year and hopefully there will be good money available in January and this summer to strengthen the squad.

Rafa will not be thinking too much of any statues today, as he tries to get Newcastle back to their winning ways after three successive defeats.

Fans are confident we can win this game today against the Blues.

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19 comments so far

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Dec 10, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Rafa had mentioned that he had lunch with Al as well.

    Love how Rafa tries to gain all the information he can, and really soak up the club and the city. It is absolutely refreshing.

    Even after the Forest game, his interview was spot on. Love it.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 10, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Viva la Rafalution!


    Dec 10, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #3

    He also has meetings with fanzines and fans (recently had the true faith lads over to discuss club going ons for the second time this season), with no censorship around what he will talk about


  • jasper

    Dec 10, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Rare near unanimous line on bingo line-up.
    Yedlin Lascalles Clark Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie Diame Gouffran
    So we will all be right – or all wrong.
    So I will go for bonus points of 3-0

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 10, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Isn’t it ironic that an owner with the least footballing ambition in our long history is about to become the most successeful in over 47 years.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 10, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #6

    left a post for you on previous.
    Was goingbto wait until the last minute to post my bingo but was worried I might not wake up in time and put Colbxck in 🙁

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Dec 10, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #7

    WWS, yep, saw them as well. It’s excellent. A real top draw man and manager.

    If you had an ideas session and everyone contributed to provide what kind of things you would expect from a top level manager, many, if not all of the points, Rafa has already put into to place.

    It’s brilliant. Just hope it stays smooth for him and the rug won’t be pulled out from underneath him at any point in the future. If he’s continued to be backed, the future is very bright for us indeed I reckon.

  • AncientC

    Dec 10, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #8



  • AncientC

    Dec 10, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #9

    *correction* Should read Shelvey, not Colback.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 10, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #10


    That is a very positive statement have you seen it in your tea cup. 🙂

    I really hope you are correct, even if it is Mr Ashley.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 10, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #11


    it’s not just the things you mention which are correct, he has that same affiliation with everything and everyone connected to the club, he wants to create a good harmony around the club.

    there is a saying, a new brush sweeps clean, managers like pardew live by it, they only see the team there’s when the squad has been massively changed, managers like KK , SBR , RAFA only sweep what is needed to be swept.

    belief is the biggest thing RAFA has giving the club back, players and fans alike

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Dec 10, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Jail, it is yeah. He can’t pay the consultancy fee for the knowledge can bring, though. It really is almost a gift in his lap. Just let Rafa get on with it.

    I hope he continues to back the upward trend. He’d be mad not to. A lot of mistakes have been with the shocking people around him who have been advising him. At least now Rafa gets his control and Ashley can take a relative back seat.


    Dec 10, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #13

    Ah right makes sense mate I’ve pretty much ignored the on going red debate so haven’t kept up with it, did think it was a touch odd that Tuff was being targeted by names id not seen before so vigorously

    As for line ups ur lucky as Colback out apparently

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Dec 10, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Catchy, exactly. It’s the whole sweep of change that he’s brought. It really is night and day compared to recently. Exactly why I wanted a manager like him in for these last few years.


    Dec 10, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Aye it’s mad how good lucky we’ve gotten with Rafa

    Like u I’ve got my fingers crossed that he’s allowed to continue his plans

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 10, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #16

    The mans top knot should have disappeared for good with the Samurai class in the 19th century.

  • AncientC

    Dec 10, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #17

    Bill Kenright is probably drawing up a short-list of managers right now.


    Dec 10, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Yedlin does the press conference and doesn’t start ffs man Anita

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 10, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #19

    Aye, if the brown nosing of Belfast wasn’t a give away or the constant attacks on people on his list wasn’t a give away you get this.

    carl // Jun 14, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    I feel the best comparison of Rafa’s role would be with Arsene Wenger. At the start of his reign he undertook a root and branch review of the whole football club.

    7Jack Root // Jun 28, 2016 at 4:33 PM
    England’s failure followed by “root-and branch-reform

    11Ian Toon // May 22, 2016 at 8:53 AM
    This will enable Rafa to undertake the root and branch work to turn us into a modern progressive football club.

    Any doubt as to who is who.


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