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.”



  • Rich Lawson

    Hopefully it is just when a takeover goes through,also people seem to forget what a big family man Rafa is and his family are very settled on Merseyside ? Easy commuting distance a plus factor.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      West Ham will give him a Helicopter or one of the owners private jets.
      might happen on the 1st Feb if Fatso`s still here
      🚁🚁✈✈

      • Kneebotherm8

        Moyes has only been given a six month contract at West Ham…………………I wonder why?🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Cos they want Rafael

          • Kneebotherm8

            Unfortunately,its looking that way.

        • Mark Potter

          Because he led Sunderland straight down. He needs to prove himself again, and if he doesn’t he won’t get a big payout if they sack him.

          If he’s only a temporary manager only, keeping the seat warm for someone else, that will cause West Ham more trouble than it’s worth. Remember a certain “Interim Manager” at Chelsea?

    • Kneebotherm8

      He’s loved by most of the supporters and he is near to home,as you say,the only two things that could keep him here.
      On the other hand,the owner is doing his level best to pss him off.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Totally correct Mr Ginola ,it’s frightening to think who we might end up with if fatboy stays and Rafa leaves.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Pulis 😪😪😪

      • Kneebotherm8

        Fkn hell,aye he’s available isn’t he? Is McLaren as well????

        • Peaky Magpie

          Definitely available but let’s hope he gets offered the Wales job,mind you if Rafa walks we might need him as he’s never relegated a team.As for the clown nee idea ? Fenwicks window maybe ?

          • Kneebotherm8

            So Pulis is as good as fat sham?????

          • Peaky Magpie

            Aye,in a double edged sword type of way I guess !

          • Kneebotherm8

            We want neither of either of those two.

          • Peaky Magpie

            It’ll be the Premier Leagues greatest coach,Geordie John parachuted in on the national minimum wage.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Yeeeeehaaaaaaaah,Geordie John to the rescue……..Yeeeeeeehaaaaaah,best coach in the land.
            I think he was misquoted on that best coach in the land bit,he actually claimed to be the best coach driver in the land😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

          • Peaky Magpie

            😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Peaky Magpie

    Doing anything Saturday David ? 5-30pm SJP,don’t forget ya boots.Divvent worry the miserable little Scotsman who got rid has long long gone.