Alan Shearer has admitted that no one could blame Rafa Benitez if he walked this summer over a lack of investment, admitting that he loves the club and realises its potential – but fears that NUFC owner Mike Ashley will never be on his wavelength.
This all comes from a Twitter exchange between John Richardson (a NUFC fan and sports correspondent who very recently wrote a positive takeover story claiming Staveley was back in talks), Ian Ladyman (football editor for the Mail) and the man himself, Alan Shearer (a man who needs no introduction).
After both Richardson and Shearer praised the brilliant job Benitez had done with NUFC following Sunday’s win over Arsenal, Ladyman admitted that he ‘wouldn’t blame’ Benitez if he walked in the summer, feeling he won’t be backed by Ashley (again) and could be left to repeat this season’s heroics next season without being handed any tools to improve his squad.
Shearer then responded, with an honest but slightly regretful response, suggesting Benitez may be fighting a losing battle – with him being the only person amongst NUFC’s top brass who actually loves the club and realises its potential:
Shearer rarely beats around the bush, so this brutal truth of the matter is something we have to consider.
Benitez may nothing more than to bring success and silverware back to St James’ Park, but he’s also a realist.
If Ashley doesn’t sell up this summer, can he be the man to deliver what Rafa requires to remain at the club? Based on the exchange above and his actions during Rafa’s reign, I highly doubt it.
A takeover never felt so important. Here’s hoping..