Alan Shearer has once again been talking about Rafa Benitez, Newcastle United, and Alan Shearer.
Congratulating the Newcastle Manager on the ‘magnificent’ job he has done, despite such limited financial backing from Mike Ashley.
The NUFC legend declaring: ‘You can imagine what he could do if he had some funds to invest with.’
With perfect timing these [obviously prerecorded] Alan Shearer quotes have been released on Monday afternoon, only minutes after Sky Sports had reported that their information was that Mike Ashley wants Amanda Staveley [or whoever] to hurry up and buy the club in the next few weeks, with the price now having risen by around £100m to the £380m-£400m bracket.
Shearer obviously fears that Rafa Benitez could walk if Mike Ashley stays, not believing that the owner is set to properly back his manager..
The former number nine says ‘we still know Mike Ashley wants to sell the football club’ but how true is that?
Ashley may say that is the case but if the price is higher than it is worth, who would ever buy it? It is like an estate agent telling you your house is worth £150,000 and then insisting it goes up for sale at £250,000, claiming to anybody interested that your house is indeed ‘up for sale’.
Alan Shearer talking to Coral:
“We [Newcastle fans] would like a new owner to come in and take the club forward, give the manager funds spend.
“Because if he is able to do that with the squad that he has, then you can imagine what he could do if he had some funds to invest with.
“Really take the club forward, which is what all the fans want.
“But there is only one guy who can sort that out and that’s Mike Ashley.
“I’m sure the talk will rise again about a takeover but only he knows the answer to that.
“I’m exactly the same as all Newcastle fans in that they would love Rafa to stay.
“They have seen the job that he has done this season…they would also like a new owner to come in and take the club forward.
“As I’ve said, I’m sure there will be talk about him (Rafa) going elsewhere but that all boils down to one man I think – whether he stays or whether he goes, whether he backs him – invests- we suspect not.
“But we still know that Mike [Ashley] wants to sell the football club, it is just a matter of wait and see.
“I think every Newcastle fan is delighted with the season they have had, and again, Rafa has done a magnificent job.”
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