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Andy Cole spells out reality and where blame lies at Newcastle United

4 years ago
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Andy Cole says that when the supporters are totally behind a Newcastle manager it is ‘phenomenal’.

The former number nine remembers just how good it was when he was in that Kevin Keegan team, which took the Premier League by storm on promotion in 1993 – finishing third in the top tier.

Andy Cole says that this has happened again with Rafa Benitez but the massive obstacle in the way, is Mike Ashley.

The one-time NUFC striker says that Ashley hasn’t given Rafa what he wanted/needed and the net result is that he believes this current squad the United boss has been left with, will do very well to stay up.

Even worse, Andy Cole thinks that if Rafa Benitez is finally driven out by the NUFC owner, then ‘the club could fall like a pack of cards again’.

You only have to look 12 miles down the road and see the mess that Sunderland are in, looking in total disarray and capable of dropping into League One. That could so easily have been Newcastle if Rafa hadn’t seen the potential at the club, and the commitment of the fans, last summer.

Andy Cole speaking to The Star:

“I think Newcastle are going to struggle (this season).

“The fans are disappointed because I don’t think Mike Ashley has given Rafa what he wanted.

“You look at the players Newcastle have got…

“I spoke to a couple of Newcastle fans the other week and they said they felt their team would finish mid-table – I told them Newcastle will do well to achieve that.

“I think with the players they have got they will be doing well to stay out of the relegation fight.

“And hopefully…hopefully, if Rafa stays then they can go on from there.

“But if Rafa goes, the club could fall like a pack of cards again.

“The fans believe in him and I think he has done a very good job.

“They were relegated but he got them back up and they finished winning the Championship.

“So that was the time for the board to bring in better players. Rafa knew what he needed.

“Instead he now has to work with the players he had last season with a few additions.

“There are 52,000 fans there every home game but they don’t play the games.

“All they want is a bit of success, to watch good football and a good team.

“When the fans are behind the manager it is phenomenal. When I was there we had that with Kevin Keegan – it is vital.”

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