Michael Owen believes that Rafa Benitez is a good bet to be ‘the first manager to walk this season’.

Ahead of the game on Sunday, the former Newcastle striker has pointed to some of the signings Swansea have made this summer, with Wilfried Bony and Renato Sanches arriving just before the end of the transfer window.

The pair could make their debuts (second time around for Bony) on Sunday and Michael Owen predicts a struggle for Newcastle United in Wales.

He describes Paul Clement as ‘doing brilliant work’ in late August when making his signings, in contrast to Rafa Benitez having any ambitions curbed by Mike Ashley.

Michael Owen says ‘I really fear for Newcastle this season’ and Sunday’s game could be a good pointer as to just how United can get on this season.

Michael Owen talking to BetVictor:

“I really fear for Newcastle this season and the signs from manager Rafa Benitez aren’t good.

“Rafa doesn’t sound happy with the club’s hierarchy and he looks a fair price at 4/1 with BetVictor to be the first manager to walk this season.

“I expect the Magpies to struggle at the Liberty Stadium, with Paul Clement doing brilliant work in the closing stages of the summer transfer window.

“Both Renato Sanches and Wilfried Bony look great additions to the Swans’ squad and they can make an immediate impact for the South Wales club at the weekend.

“Michael’s recommendation: Swansea to win.”

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  • Keeganontherebound

    Given Owen has publically admitted to losing 30-40 thousand quid over a two year period on horses, I’d take his gambling tips with a good dollop of salt…

  • Peaky Magpie

    With Merson that’s 2 so far this weekend,just waiting for Charlie’s verdict now to complete the golden triangle.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    if there wasn`t a penalty clause i think he would walk.
    i can`t see Rafa & the Great Fat one ever getting along, 1 want`s the cloob to progress the other just wants the cash

  • Paul Patterson

    Nobody just walks from a multi million pound contract . .

    • Alex

      They do…..when they can walk straight into another one.

  • ghostrider

    It’s great when you have people like Michael Owen knowing the ins and outs of Newcastle’s fortunes.
    You’d almost think he still helicopters it to the club every day just to catch up on the gossip.

    If Rafa does leave by his own accord or whatever, then that would be a shame but the first one out looks likely to be Bilic who appears to be getting hung out to dry.

    Maybe Bilic first and then Rafa to follow, eh?
    Maybe a ploy is on the cards to install Rafa as West Ham manager.
    I’d take Bilic in exchange if the worst came to the worst, but hopefully we have Rafa for a few seasons whilst we rejoice in the resurgence of this club….MAYBE.

  • Rich Lawson

    If only you could have walked/run for most of your career with us I’d take more notice of your nonsense.

  • Steve Pearce

    Instead of spouting his usual shyte this sawn off Scouse nonentity should pay back the 17 million we squandered on him when he was in fact physically unable to play football…

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    The guy who was on the sick for Newcastle turned up for England and got injured time and time again. A disgrace to Newcastle United you should not put his comments on here. This site hates Newcastle United I would love to know how many of the people on here are going to Swansea on Sunday. However I all ready know the answer it, s one

  • Angela Stubbs

    What about the free advertising for Sports Direct and sales of goods in the club shop worth millions £’s in franchise to most premier league clubs, the increase in Sports Directs shares on the stock market. Not so much what have the Roman’s done for us but how much have the Geordies made for us!