Jermaine Jenas says he doesn’t see Rafa Benitez leaving Newcastle United, at least not until the end of the season.
The former Newcastle midfielder believes Rafa won’t walk away and Mike Ashley won’t sack him, as the manager is key to the chances of NUFC staying up this season.
Watching the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City, Jermaine Jenas declared it ‘not nice viewing’ from a Newcastle perspective.
Whilst the players gave the effort you can’t disagree with the BT Sport pundit that going forward it is pretty horrendous in terms of flair, creativity and goalscorers.
Jermaine Jenas declaring ‘I feel sorry for the Newcastle fans when I see what I see there.’
Even with the best eleven on the pitch Newcastle United are up against it, never mind when key players such as Shelvey, Ritchie and Lejeune are missing.
Two weeks until the next test, another top six team in Arsenal coming to St James Park.
Jermaine Jenas talking on BT Sport:
“The thing with that (way of playing) is that Rafa is that type of manager
“Wherever he has been that has been his style.
“That is how he likes to manage at a club.
“I don’t think that it is down to personnel.
“Premier League jobs don’t come easy and Rafa has got one.
“There are plenty of managers out there that haven’t got one and are chomping at the bit to get one.
“I don’t see Rafa walking away, or the club sacking him, because I don’t think they can, as he is key to this team staying in the Premier League.
“In my era Newcastle had top players and when you look at them now…it’s not nice viewing.
“It doesn’t look like a club that’s getting what it deserves.
“I feel like Mike Ashley is running that club like a business, that sounds like a stupid statement but he’s got to do more with the money that is coming in.
“I feel like he’s not prepared to go that extra bit to bring in those players who can take that club to where it needs to be.
“That’s why it has problems.
“It is pretty sorry.
“I feel sorry for the Newcastle fans when I see what I see there.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Manchester City 2 Newcastle United 1
Newcastle: Yedlin 30
Man City: Sterling 8, Walker 52
Possession was Man City 78% Newcastle 22%
Total shots were Man City24 Newcastle 3
Shots on target were Man City 8 Newcastle 2
Corners were Man City 4 Newcastle 0
Referee: Kevin Friend
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Clark (Murphy 81), Dummett, Ki, Diame, Kenedy (Atsu 54), Perez, Rondon (Joselu 73)
Darlow, Sterry, Longstaff, Muto
(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the Man City match go HERE)
(To read NUFC player match ratings from the game go HERE)