Alan Shearer gives 6 reasons why the Rafa Benitez Newcastle revolution is working
As Newcastle United stretch five points clear of second and nine ahead of third, Alan Shearer has given his insight into why things are heading the right way at last.
The United legend has unrivalled insight into the club, both from the inside as the club’s greatest ever goalscorer and as a lifelong fan of NUFC.
Alan Shearer has come up with a six point checklist as to why we are all at last looking up, rather than down…
Appointing a great manager – Tick
Rafa putting together a ‘fine squad’ geared to getting out of the Championship – Tick
Rafa ensuring strength in depth which means he has suitable cover in every position – Tick
The quality of the squad is consistent, so no big drop when making any change – Tick
Mike Ashley as last agreeing to hand over control of transfers to the Manager – Tick
The Manager allowed to get on with job without interference from above – Tick
Alan Shearer says that in Newcastle’s case, relegation has proved a necessary evil, allowing/forcing changes to take place and momentum once again to be built up due to Rafa’s appointment.
However, Shearer warns that it is imperative that Mike Ashley doesn’t return to his usual ways if Rafa Benitez delivers promotion at the first attempt.
The retired number nine saying that Rafa has to be backed to build on what he has put in place, Alan Shearer declaring that Rafa Benitez is ‘desperate to turn this club around’.
The Geordie legend points out that now everybody is on the ‘same page’ it would be criminal if Mike Ashley now scores his biggest goal of all (against some pretty stiff opposition) at Newcastle United – and wastes the chance of the club being a massive success, which the owner would benefit from more than any other individual.
Alan Shearer speaking to The Sun:
“After so many years of chaos and disillusionment the feel good factor is most definitely back. You can sense it in the city and you can most definitely feel it in the ground.
“I went to the Cardiff match at St James Park before the international break and while it was not a great game it was another win and a wonderful atmosphere.
“The Championship is not the place the club wants to be but sometimes it can have a positive affect to take a step back, build a bit of momentum, and go again.
“Better that than the constantly trying to avoid the relegation trap door. That breeds a mood of disillusionment season in season out.
“At Newcastle there is hope again and it is a while since we have been able to say that.”
(Why is it happening?)
“Well we have a great manager who has built a fine squad to get them up.
“He has enough strength to put out two sides right now.
“Players can come in and go out without any discernible difference in the level of performance.
“At last the hierarchy have allowed a manager to decide who he wants in and who he wants out.
“Allowed the manager to get on and manage.
“If as I hope we do go up, the board have to make sure this continues, They have to back him (Rafa) again and let him get on with it.
“This is too important a period, too big an opportunity to let go.
“I sat down with Rafa Benitez about a month ago for a cup of coffee and a chat – he is desperate to be the man to turn this club around.
“Newcastle has not had a manager of the level of Rafa for some time.Everyone seems to be on the same page and it has to stay that way.”
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