Paul Gascoigne can’t speak highly enough of Rafa Benitez.

Recently spotted at St James Park watching Newcastle beat Arsenal to make it four wins in a row, Gazza says the United boss is ‘an unbelievable manager and coach.’

Newcastle fan and former player, Paul Gascoigne though believes Mike Ashley is in danger of losing the Champions League winning manager.

He says the club ‘have to give him money to spend.’

Rafa Benitez has only one season to run on his current contract and has already stated that Newcastle United have to match his ambitions. That things need to change in the transfer market with a ‘realistic’ budget.

Paul Gascoigne says money has to be spent if Newcastle ‘want to match Man City and Man Utd and teams like that.’

Naturally, I assume Gazza didn’t mean matching the spending of those clubs but rather, like all other Newcastle fans, simply wants to see ambition shown and money spent that is somewhere in between the budget shopping Rafa Benitez has been limited to in the past 18 months, and that of those clubs at the very top of the money tree.

Paul Gascoigne speaking to BBC Sport:

Rafa Benitez is an unbelievable manager and coach.

“What he has achieved on his CV is incredible.

“They (Newcastle United) have got to keep hold of him.

“They have got to give him money to spend.

“If you want to match Man City and Man Utd and teams like that…they have got to give him money to spend.

“They have got the money as well.

“He (Rafa) is not going to buy players just for the sake of it.

“He will buy players for different positions to strengthen the team.

“So they need to give him the money.

“Otherwise they are going to lose an unbelievable manager, as far as I’m concerned.”

  • Rich Lawson

    Good words Gazza,but as far as the big money investment,nobody really has a clue ? Can we not get back to being a proper community football club and developing local talent like yourself and actually keeping them at the club. We’ve got a world class manager for the 1st team,instead of just giving a job to formerly great players(match day host is ok ?) who don’t know how to coach properly or inspire a team can we get someone decent in for the young lads ?

    • pedrodelgardo

      Totally agree, a bit of investment from the club at grass roots could pay off big time now and then.

    • Guest 2

      Developed Gazza and Waddle and they both F’d off!

      • Rich Lawson

        I know,but I did say ”actually keeping them at the club”

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      I love that idea but it you listened to Mike Ashley in full, that’s what he had in mind. He wanted players to come through but conceded that it probably wasn’t possible with such a strong league.

      • Rich Lawson

        Don’t actually rmbr him saying that Bobbi,but I just think the lower levels of management and coaching at the club have been woeful,hence the young lad going to Everton and accusations of mistreatment. We need a much more professional academy set up.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Watch the full interview with Sky last summer or the full transcript. It’s quite interesting, he concluded that it wasn’t possible to get acedemic players to constantly come through but the academy needs to be run separately.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    I know Gaza is not the brightest but where are we going to get the money which Man City spend from. New owners will probably have no where what they have

    • wheyayeman


      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Just like Jezza and Leazes where is the money going to come from brains of Gazza the lot of you.

        • Guest 2

          Gaza. I think you belong there and were shot in the head by an Israeli rubber bullet…

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            This is where you are playing the man not the ball. Where would the money come from to compete with Man C or Man red?

    • Vincent Gigante

      Just like the vast majority of your posts this makes no sense.
      You have spelt Gazza incorrectly yet question the intelligence of others.
      I suppose you are happy with what you have seen on the pitch over the last 11 years?

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        It makes sense to me. He’s saying it would cost billions to compete with Man red and man C. Mike Ashley doesn’t have that money so the new owners would need to have it, I don’t think that’s likely given the purchase price haggling.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        I prefer Gaza not Gazza as sounds daft. The last eleven years have been a lot better than when we spent seven years in the old second division often near the bottom so yes very happy.

        • Vincent Gigante

          Seven seasons near the bottom?

    • Guest 2

      Gaza is Stephen Hawkins compared to you. Monkseaton Mong. Brain dead.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Man City spent £215m so you is going to put the money in Paul himself or Mr Shearer as he always opens his gob about spending money.

  • GToon

    4 or 5 £20m players and we’d be top six and competing in the cups. That kind of money is coming in from the TV deal this year. I think if Ashley did agree to back Rafa it wouldn’t cost a fortune. Rafa wouldn’t buy eleven new players. He just needs to be able to improve the playing squad on an ongoing basis. An agreed amount to spend every transfer window so there’s no uncertainty and no relegation battles. But we need to buy quality not a collection of Joselus and Manquillos