Listening to Alan Shearer, you get the feeling that you have heard it all before.
This isn’t a negative aimed at the Newcastle United legend, he can only say what he sees.
Shearer once again asked how he sees the situation at St James Park and yet again he spells out the obvious problems, or rather, the usual one big problem.
At the minute Newcastle have a profit of between £25m and £30m on summer transfers, so even if Rafa Benitez had been allowed to spend that amount plus another £30m or so, just how different would all Newcastle fans, including Alan Shearer be feeling now?
With an extra £60m or so to play with, we could have seen ambition to progress the team, including Kenedy tied up long-term, a new centre-forward in place for the years ahead, other signings as well to mean we could be looking up the table, rather than having to scratch around looking for bargains to try and help avoid relegation.
Plus of course, we could then well have seen Rafa Benitez signing on as well longer-term…
It seems unbelievable that we are now having to sit here and think of a £30m net spend as having been far far beyond what we could hope for under Mike Ashley. This at a time when clubs such as Fulham and Bournemouth are paying almost that much on just a single player.
Alan Shearer thinks Rafa Benitez will ‘stick around’ and that with the manager in place, he and the rest of the NUFC fanbase can have hope of avoiding relegation.
Beyond this season though, Alan Shearer sees only one real hope. That Rafa Benitez can outlast Mike Ashley, that the owner will genuinely put the club up for sale this time and sell it.
However, with owning Newcastle United such a key part of Ashley’s tat empire in terms of the massive free promotion and advertising it gives it, you can only hope that now all the negative publicity that is being aimed at Sports Direct and his other brands, plus interference being ran on social media by fans attacking SD and related accounts, that Ashley will see the negatives outweighing the positives for him with Newcastle United.
Ten years ago Mike Ashley claimed the club was up for sale and he was supposedly desperate to sell, a decade later and he still owns NUFC and it keeps going up in price, the owner making the price tag £100m more than the actual reasonable value. Anybody would think you can’t believe anything he says…
Alan Shearer speaking to Talksport:
“I do think Rafa Benitez will stick around (for the time being).
“He will stick around in the hope that one day someone might come and buy the football club…I know for a fact he realises the potential of it.
“He knows there are fifty two thousand fans who love this football club and who are crazy about football and want to have hope.
“I think it is his wish that he can give them that one day, so he will stick around BUT if nothing changes come the end of the season, that will change I’m sure.
“Nothing changes at St James Park, does it?
“Rafa is obviously angry and upset, because the owner promised him all of the funds that were generated to spend on the team, and that hasn’t happened.
“I think at the minute it is a profit of around about £25m on transfers (this summer)…that is very difficult to keep going, when you are making a profit on transfers year in and year out, when all your rivals around you are spending big money.
“I understand Rafa’s frustrations totally, and the fans frustrations, they want to have hope.
“They work all week in Newcastle to have a good time at the weekend, spend their money, and a good time is going to St James Park and watching their team, being loyal and supportive and being encouraged and having hope.
“They don’t feel that at the minute but they have got a top manager and that will give me hope that they will avoid relegation again this year…because of him and what he did last season.”