Jamaal Lascelles warns Mike Ashley
Jamaal Lascelles has laid it on the line for Mike Ashley.
The Newcastle United Captain explaining what a disaster it would be if the owner forces Rafa Benitez out of the club.
Lascelles points to all the Qualities the manager has brought to the club, especially the vast experience that means when the pressure is on, there is no panic.
The Spaniard’s experience and qualities having brought promotion as champions, tenth place last season on 44 points and now the opportunity to beat last season’s points total, four more points needed with nine still to play for.
Jamaal Lascelles spells it out: ‘It does worry us that he could leave as there aren’t many managers like him and Newcastle United should do everything they can to keep him. He is special.’
Obviously Mike Ashley not willing to accept just how lucky he was when Rafa Benitez approached the club and offered his services back in 2016.
The problem is as well, that the owner doesn’t appear to comprehend that this wouldn’t be just losing a top manager, it would be the domino effect it could produce.
Jamaal Lascelles himself could be one of those dominoes,, he turns 26 in November and if Rafa leaves, the NUFC Captain could then well think just what is the point of hanging around at a club that has no interest in keeping hold of such a manager.
Difficult to imagine Lascelles talking about a new manager in the mould of a Pardew, Carver and McClaren, as he talks about Rafa Benitez below.
“Of course we want him [Rafa Benitez] to stay.
“Since he has been here we have been doing really well.
“Even in the season we got relegated, he came in and we started winning games.
“In the Championship season we came first, tenth last year [in the Premier League] and now we are finishing strongly this year.
“As players we want him here but we are not in control of whatever is going on…but hopefully he gets tied down.
“It does worry us that he could leave as there aren’t many managers like him and Newcastle United should do everything they can to keep him.
“He is special.
“Even at the start of the season, when everyone is panicking and we’ve got all those big teams to play and we find ourselves down in the bottom three, he stays so calm.
“He knows his players, he trusts his own ability to get the best out of his players and that’s such an important thing for a manager to have.”
“When you get a [new] manager in, for the first couple of days and the first week you want to impress him so much…but with Rafa that has stayed for the whole time he has been here.
“I know him very well now, we have been working together for a long time, but I still want to impress him every single session, every single day.
“I just want to keep impressing him.
“I guess when he’s got all that respect off all the players it brings a hard-working team and a hard working team is tough to beat.
“He is a perfectionist.
“He will praise you when it’s due but if it’s not 100% he will tell you, that is why I’ve come on leaps and bounds.
“He is not going to praise you if you don’t keep a clean sheet, he is going to think about the chances they’ve had and what you could have done to stop it and I think that’s excellent from him.
“I should have done better with Southampton’s goal [in the 3-1 win on Saturday], it shouldn’t have even been a cross.
“So I will be sat down in his office and he will be grilling me about that like we lost the game – but that is him for you and as players we all appreciate that.”
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