With Newcastle United bottom of the table after nine games, Alan Shearer hasn’t held back in pointing out where the blame should lie.
The NUFC legend says he finds it ‘incredible’ that anybody could identify Rafa Benitez as the problem at the club.
Instead, Alan Shearer declares ‘I think everyone is aware of what the problem is.’
The former number nine saying that Rafa Benitez is being forced to shop at ‘Aldi’, whilst every other club is backing their managers.
Shearer points to the likes of Fulham spending over £100m this summer as Newcastle were making a profit on transfer deals of £25m.
A perfect example being Southampton spending £13m on a reserve keeper this summer whilst Newcastle paid £10m for a new centre-forward in Yoshinori Muto.
That actually being by far Newcastle’s biggest signing this summer, with the others being a free transfer, two loans, and £13m in total spent on the other three players brought in.
Despite Newcastle finishing tenth last season, Alan Shearer is clear as to how serious the situation is: ‘I would take fourth bottom now, there’s no doubt about that.’
Alan Shearer talking to Coral:
“Newcastle were very poor against Brighton, they created chances but weren’t clinical enough to take them.
“There are one or two people talking about Rafa and his future, which I find incredible, Rafa is not the problem at Newcastle United.
“I think everyone is aware of what the problem is.
“If they were to bring a new manager in, he would have exactly the same problem that Rafa has and what other managers have had beforehand.
“The problem that Rafa and Newcastle have got, is that he is shopping in Aldi, as other teams in and around him…Southampton spent £13m on a reserve goalkeeper, Newcastle have spent £10m on a centre-forward.
“That’s the problem that Newcastle United have got, we still go back to Michael Owen as the record transfer from 2005.
“When you look at the market Newcastle United are competing against, as in the other football clubs: whether that is Brighton, whether that is Bournemouth, whether that is Southampton, whether that is Fulham who have spent over £100m…Newcastle are actually making £25m, not spending that, this summer.
“That is why it is very difficult for Rafa and Newcastle United, Rafa Benitez is not the problem at Newcastle and I think most people understand that.
“Relegation is going to be a huge issue, they are up against it, no doubt about that.
“Rafa’s contract runs out at the end of the season, which is another issue.
“It is going to be tough, it is going to be a hard long season.
“We talked last season about what an incredible season it was t finish tenth, I would take fourth bottom now, there’s no doubt about that.”