Jermaine Jenas says that he is puzzled by the situation of Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United.
The former NUFC midfielder thinks it surely would have more sense for Rafa to walk out when the club was in the Championship, rather than waiting until the Premier League is well underway.
Jenas says that somebody of the calibre of the Champions League winning manager would have had plenty of ‘places to go’.
However, he is still worried about the situation at West Ham, though the pressure eased slightly on Monday with a win over Huddersfield. Adding that he thinks the Hammers will still be putting plans in place behind the scenes to potentially replace Bilic.
Jenas also looks back at the difference between when he was at Newcastle under Sir Bobby Robson and the situation the club are in now.
He can’t believe the difference in the quality that was at the club then: Shearer, Bellamy, Given, Speed, Woodgate and others, compared to what has now happened under Mike Ashley.
The rot started with the shocking decision by John Hall and Freddie Shepherd to bring in Graeme Souness and it has been pretty much downhill ever since, with Ashley taking the baton from the previous owners who banked a fortune due to their connections with Newcastle United.
Jermaine Jenas speaking to The Star:
“I just think if you (Rafa Benitez) are going to walk, why didn’t you just walk last year when you were in the Championship?
“It doesn’t make sense, this is Benitez, he will have had places to go.
“He doesn’t seem happy but I don’t have him down as a walker.
“I think he really does feel a passion for the club but I think he feels let down.
“There’s one situation that’s worrying me a little and that’s Slaven Bilic.
“I think we all know football too well now and how the system works, so it wouldn’t surprise me if there’s conversations been put in place.
“The fact they (Newcastle) have gone from the players that they had then (when Jenas was playing under Sir Bobby) to what they’ve got now, I just look at the club and think, how does that actually happen?
“I can’t get my head round how it happens.
“But then I think about the position I was in and the reasons why I left. And those were the reasons.
“I thought, ‘I’m not going to develop as a player here, I’m not going to get any better, I’m not going to win anything, I’m not gonna play for England if I stay here’.
“Unfortunately, that’s something that hopefully the club get rid of soon, because it’s an incredible club when the place is bouncing.”