Alan Shearer has spoken to Rafa Benitez and it isn’t good news.
The weight of evidence that things have to change at Newcastle, is now surely overwhelming, for even the most optimistic of supporters.
The behind the scenes lack of support for Rafa Benitez from Mike Ashley and his minions, has created a situation whereby the United boss approaches the season with a squad way below the quality he was expecting to have.
Alan Shearer says that having spoken to him, ‘There is definitely a frustration there from Rafa Benitez’ after missing out on countless transfer target this summer.
Shearer says that Rafa still needs to sign the experienced goalkeeper he is desperate to have as his number one, as well as a left-back and minimum of one, maybe two, strikers, before the transfer window ends.
The legendary number nine says that Rafa expected to be able to carry on the momentum if he won promotion but that if the backing from Ashley is not there, then ‘he won’t be there much longer’.
Alan Shearer speaking to Talksport:
“I think there’s definitely a frustration there from Rafa Benitez, having spoken to him.
“They have been in for a lot of players and they have missed out on a lot of players.
“They have tried but for different reasons they haven’t got some of the players in that they’ve wanted.
“They have been too late, other clubs have gone ahead and beaten them to it.
“Rafa will have them hard to beat, he will have them organised and well drilled…but Rafa wants to be bigger and better than that.
“He went to the Championship knowing that his job was to get the club back into the Premier League, then thinking he could go one step further and build and get bigger & better.
“That is what he wants and if he is not able to do that, he won’t be there for much longer.
“He will have to have signs of bringing more players in and I think it’s a big two or three weeks regarding bringing a few more in.
“He needs that, there is no doubt about it.
“He says he needs a new striker, he might need two, he needs a full-back, he also wants an experienced goalkeeper.
“He says they’re working hard to bring those players in and hopefully they can.
“I think we will know a lot in a month’s time and if he doesn’t get what he wants, than you might see it starting to unravel.”