Inevitably, Rafa Benitez has been asked about his meeting with Alan Shearer.

The United legend revealed at the weekend that he had met up with the United boss for a coffee and a chat last week, so no surprise Rafa was quizzed about it when doing his pre-Barnsley media duties.

When Alan Shearer talked about the meeting, he just basically gave a positive update as to how both the team and Rafa are doing.

However, with journalists given the chance to quiz Rafa Benitez, they were keen to ask whether a role for Shearer at St James Park was in the offing.

The Spaniard played it with a straight bat and says that all he is concerned about is the here and now, getting Newcastle promoted and then worrying about anything else later. To that end, he’d asked the former Newcastle striker for his opinion and whether they had ‘made any mistakes’.

As for whether there is any chance of Alan Shearer becoming part of ‘Team Rafa’ in the future, the Manager says there is ‘plenty of time to talk about it in the future’.

Who knows what will happen in the future and certainly as Newcastle fans we know to always expect the unexpected. If Rafa Benitez has full control of football matters and Mike Ashley stays hands-off, then who knows what might happen.

What is for sure is that if Alan Shearer was ever inside the club once again, it could only be a positive for everybody.

Rafa Benitez:

“Everyone knows Alan Shearer is a legend and that is it.

“We will leave it (possibility of a  job) there and we will have plenty of time to talk about it in the future.

“Alan Shearer is a legend here, a fantastic player and a top expert and pundit – but it is time to concentrate on the games for us and that is it.

“I spent some time with him and asked him for some advice because he has experience.

“He knows the fans, the club, the city…everything.

It was more asking him advice…‘Please tell me if we’ve made any mistakes’.

“He was fine and he said it is going well so far. He said we are doing well and going in the right direction and he’s happy to see the club going in the right direction.

“He was supportive and he was happy with the way things are going on.”

What Alan Shearer had to say on Saturday 15 October:

“I had a coffee with Rafa in the week and he is reasonably happy with the way things are going, he’s loving life in Newcastle and, hopefully, long may that continue.

“He’s confident in his players.

“He, like everybody else, knows the aim is to get back in the Premier League, this season, not next season.

“They’re on track to do that, he knows it’s a long, hard slog, but he’s confident in his players. He’s got a group of players he feels he can work with and improve and they will improve.

“A lot of the players have not played in an atmosphere like St James Park before so once they realise and understand what it’s like then they’ll improve and get better from Christmas onwards.”