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.”