David Ginola believes that it is all in the balance at Newcastle United.
With the future of Rafa Benitez seemingly linked intrinsically with whether a takeover happens at the club, the Frenchman thinks Newcastle are running the risk of losing the manager.
David Ginola thinks that as things stand, it would be ‘very difficult for Newcastle to keep him’ if another major club came in for the United boss.
The Newcastle United cult hero believes that the ‘stability of the club’ over the next five years could rest on keeping Rafa Benitez at the club.
The five+ years before he arrived, saw Alan Pardew, John Carver and Steve McClaren managing the club.
As Ginola warns, none of us want to ‘go back to the nightmares you had in the past’.
If a takeover doesn’t happen and Mike Ashley is still at the club, you would imagine it is all but impossible to think that Rafa Benitez could put up with Ashley’s nonsense any longer.
As for potential replacements, I think we can all safely assume that if Rafa ever left, we would not be seeing a similar standard replacement, instead it would once again by a below par stooge so desperate for a job, that they would agree to take the job on the same limited influence terms as Pardew and McClaren did.
David Ginola speaking to Talksport:
“To keep Rafael Benitez on board, that’s the main thing for Newcastle.
“If by any chance Rafa Benitez has an opportunity to go and manage another team, a big name, it’s going to be very difficult for Newcastle to keep him there, right in the north east.
“Second, talking about the consistency and the stability of the club in the next three, four, five years.
“Rafa Benitez, if you lose him, you’re going to go back to the nightmares you had in the past.”