NUFC star sends brutal message to any fan questioning Benitez – What do you make of this?

Jamaal Lascelles has sent a strong message to fans slating Rafa Benitez following Saturday’s defeat to Brighton, saying ‘he knows football better than anyone in this whole stadium’.

It’s pretty bold stuff from Lascelles – especially when quite a number of fans feel that they have every right to question his decisions – however it’s something that needed to be said for me.

Yes we should be able to say what we feel he got wrong, but it’s totally wrong to be turning on Benitez for me.

He is not THE problem in all of this. He may have got a few things wrong, but he’s had his hands tied once again over the summer, with Ashley sucking all the momentum out of the club after last year’s top 10 finish.

Here’s what the skipper has had to say after we slipped to bottom of the table following Saturday’s defeat at St James’ Park:

 “I don’t think anyone in the stadium can question the manager about anything.

“Substitutions, tactics or whatever, he knows football better than anyone in this whole stadium. People might say he should have brought this or that player on, but he’s done it at the top level and won trophies, so he knows.

“He wants us to play a certain way and if we can’t do that as players, it’s down to us.”

The way I see it, Rafa Benitez has been asked to paint the Mona Lisa with just one crayon. What else do we expect?

Do I think this team are underperforming? Yes. But I can see why the drive has diminished. We were a club on the up just a few months ago after finishing 10th and beating Chelsea 3-0, however Ashley’s total neglect (both of Benitez, his future, a takeover and the transfer window) has left us in a mess.

Some want him out – and they’re entitled to an opinion – but can you name me a manager who would be able to manage on a £1m net spend over two seasons in the top flight after getting promoted from the Championship?

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

3 thoughts on “NUFC star sends brutal message to any fan questioning Benitez – What do you make of this?

  1. Lascelles would be better served leading the lads to their first win. I think that would be a better way of defending our manager rather than having a veiled pop at the supports who have turned up through thick and thin – regardless of which division they are playing in. These supports turned up in there thousands for midweek Championship away games.

    As Rafa knows football better than anyone in the stadium – he’ll know better than anyone that Lascelles himself didn’t have a great game at the weekend. So maybe concentrate on defending on the pitch rather than social media.

    Rafa has won plenty in the past, and he did a great job in the Championship and getting a 10th finish last season. But he’s not doing well at the moment and you don’t have to have won the Champions League to see that.

    I like Lascelles and think he’s a good captain. But pipe down and win some games …. that will shut the critics up.


  2. All this criticism of Rafa is music to the portly, greedy one’s ears and deflects the abuse he’s getting at present. He’s just sitting laughing at us at how stupid we really are.
    Bloody hell – the majority are all too thick to realise it.


  3. Had one of them shots gone in the stats would have said well done we would not be having this debate you some times need the rub of the green, Brighton Had it .


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