Paul Ince has given his opinion on how Rafa Benitez has performed this season on Tyneside.
Paul seems fairly positive but he says it’s was not difficult for Rafa to keep Newcastle up this season, because Fulham and Huddersfield were well behind the other clubs in the league for such a long time.
So one other club still needs to be relegated – it looks like it will be Cardiff City – or an outside chance that Brighton could even go down.
Paul Ince – former Manchester United great
Paul was speaking BBC Final Score and has said this about Rafa:
“If he wants to leave Newcastle, where else could he go in the Premier League? That’s the thing I am looking at.”
“I don’t think there are many places he could go, he is a fantastic manager and people say it’s great he has kept Newcastle in the Premier League again this year, but it wasn’t hard.”
“Let me tell you that now, when you have got Fulham and Huddersfield on the lowest points, so you are only talking about one other team.”
“It wasn’t a hard thing for him to do, but I know he is ambitious, I know he wants to compete with the top-six, top-seven.”
“So it is important they do get it bedded down before pre-season starts that’s for sure.”
That’s been brought up before that no other Premier League club has come in strongly for him this year – as far as we know – and it’s the Premier league he wants to manage in.
So that could help us keep Rafa and if he signs it will be a great day for Geordie fans everywhere.
Paul Ince managed six different clubs from 2006 but seems to have retired from football management since 2014.
He was a terrific central midfielder who played 767 first team games with 91 goals.