BT Sport pundit and former Newcastle United midfielder Jermaine Jenas says he can not see Rafa Benitez walking away from the club – with him believing that he will be reluctant to leave the Premier League; a division where jobs ‘don’t come easy’.
Don’t get me wrong, Rafa clearly loves it here; he wants to build on this project at Newcastle and will be reluctant to move away from his Merseyside based family, but I don’t see him hanging around if this don’t change with Mike Ashley.
Yes, a job in the Premier League is something so many managers are eyeing, but with the amount of sackings that occur in this day and age, someone of Rafa’s calibre would soon secure another job in the top flight.
Either way, it’s positive to hear from Jenas, with us all anxious to see Benitez stay beyond next season. Here’s what he’s said:
“Look, Premier League jobs don’t come easy and he’s got one. There are plenty of managers out there who haven’t and are chomping at the bit to get one.
“I don’t see him walking away or the club sacking him because I don’t think they can – he is key to this team staying in the Premier League,”
Jenas then spoke about Rafa’s approach in last weekend’s defeat to Man City, also insisting that there have been some positives to take from out start to the season – stating it’s not all ‘doom and gloom’ for the NUFC:
“The thing with that [style of play adopted against Man City] is that Rafa is that type of manager – where ever he’s been, that has been his style; that is how he likes to manage a club. I don’t think it’s just down to personnel.”
“The Cardiff result is disappointing but it’s been as tough a start as possible. There have been some positive things in that start. I don’t think it’s all doom and gloom for Newcastle United FC.”
Do you agree with him?