Alan Shearer has declared ‘It has been a very good few days for Newcastle’.

The NUFC legend saying it all started when ‘Brighton went into party mode and Newcastle stepped up’, with Rafa’s team winning the final three games to clinch the title, whilst Chris Hughton’s team only managed one point out of the last nine.

Alan Shearer then followed that up with the Mike Ashley/Rafa Benitez meeting and its outcome.

Wednesday night saw the official club statement with quotes from both manager and owner.

Rafa indicating he is staying and planning for next season, whilst Mike Ashley appeared to commit to ‘big funds’ for Rafa Benitez to have available.

Like many Newcastle fans though he is still a bit wary until he sees it for himself, saying ‘Great news – but actions speak louder than words and we will have to wait and see whether that will happen’.

Alan Shearer says that the funds are essential and just the other day he was talking of Rafa Benitez needing a £150m budget this summer.

Whatever the amount, the former Newcastle and England striker says that ‘big improvements’ are needed in NUFC’s squad and he is sure that Rafa Benitez will have already started ‘the process of going out and trying to sign players’.

Alan Shearer talking to Coral:

“It has been a very good few days for Newcastle.

“Brighton went into party mode and Newcastle stepped up, were focused and won the games they had to win, and won the Championship.

“Then of course a few days later, Rafa (Benitez) has talks with the owner, Mike Ashley.

“Says he is staying and Mike has promised there is big funds there for Rafa to spend.

“Which is great news – but actions speak louder than words and we will have to wait and see whether that will happen.

“But hopefully it will and it is all good news for Newcastle.

“There is big improvements needed (with Newcastle’s squad) and Rafa will know in which positions.

“I’m sure he’s already started the process of going out and trying to sign players – but they will need a few players to try and do what they want to do in the Premier League.

“Which is to try and finish in and around mid-table in their first season back.”



  • Jimblag23

    Apparently mid table isn’t good enough for some supporters.

    • HappyToons

      Look at the Premiership table and WBA in 8th. Look how many points they have. Then look how many 3rd bottom have and then Everton 7th top. Note Bournemouth in 11th who went up in 2015 with 90 points. The premiership is now the top 6 with Everton adrift. Then the second tier of the Premiership is WBA with 45 points downwards just a 3 or 4 wins above relegation.

      I don’t see why trying to compete with WBA should be so difficult. Pulis is a decent tactical manger, but he isn’t Rafa Benitez. WE should be able to compete with 11th place and Bournemouth’s resources; then WHU, Stoke, Southampton and Leicester.

      Just like the Championship is pretty poor, I don’t think WBA is such a mighty step even in one season. The top 6 are (and Everton at present).

      • Burt Humperdink

        It could happen but in real football it is never as easy as that. Sometimes new players just don’t gel and thus it takes a few seasons for things to come together. I agree if we spent well and THEN the players also gelled quickly we could finish 8th but that is why saying 9-13th is realistic and hoping for a little more is sensible.

      • Wor Lass

        That`s a logical argument and it could well happen – look at Leicester! – but we all know life doesn`t always work out so neatly. I think the most telling thing you point out is the comparison of managers – Pulis, for example, v Rafa. That`s got to be a big factor in our favour as long as he gets the players he needs to execute the plan. Look what a class manager has done with Everton.

  • Leicester Mag

    To my mind it’s all about intent. Mid Table is realistic we should not swimming in the sh^t at the bottom . We won’t repeat 1993/1994 but we can and should make an impact. Every fan wants to see an intent, that will come from the players we get not those we are linked with. Rumours in the Chronic mean nowt same as the amount Rafa has to spend means nothing when little more than a hypothetical. Never has there been a clearer case of actions speaking louder than words

    • Leazes Ender

      Well at least Alan Oliver was big enough to say that his contributions were ‘Wide of the mark’ the current crop don;t even apologise for their bloody lies… with the exception of Chris …..who is great.

    • Jezza

      Yes I’ll hold back from getting too excited till I start seeing decent new signings being unveiled at St James’s Park.

    • Down Under Mag

      Agreed, we should be aiming for top half finish, even if that means we will only finish 15th, at least we need to be aiming for more than a relegation scrap from the outset. Much of the general populous’ feeling for the season will come down to the quality of signings and the squad Rafa can put together. Despite the pomp of the Premiership, there are a lot of very mediocre teams who have just learned how to survive and scrape results no matter the style of football played. We should be wanting to finish as high as we can but with the mindset from the players that they will need to graft for every last point on offer. Hopefully they get that and the new signings are up for the fight as well.

  • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

    Ashley will be more than happy with 17th…

    • trouble

      every season forever!

  • Peaco

    Don’t recall “big funds” being mentioned in the press release? Instead my interpretation was a disconcertingly vague statement that could later be reneged upon, without appearing to have done so. Time will tell, but experience tells us that we shouldn’t get our hopes up.