The legendary striker has been speaking with the local press after backing their ‘Rafa Must Stay’ campaign, which has been set up ahead of our penultimate home game of the season as a way of showing the club, and Benitez, how much the Spaniard means to us all.
If a new contract is not offered to the gaffer, then Liverpool’s trip to St James’ Park this weekend could be the last time we see him take charge of the Magpies on home soil, with his current deal set to expire in the summer.
Before he signs a new deal, however, he wants assurances from owner Mike Ashley as to what will be on offer going forward, otherwise the European, FA, and Italian Cup winning manager will call quits on his time on Tyneside.
Shearer, though, feels the board would be crazy to see Benitez pack his bags and search for a new manager.
“Rafa has done a magnificent job again this season in securing Premier League football,” the Match of the Day regular said. “Newcastle have an excellent manager with so much experience and success who loves this area and this club so it would be crazy to allow someone of his calibre to leave.
When that quotes was later circulated on social media, this is what some Magpies supporters had to say…
It’s what EVERYONE wants apart from tatman and his hangers-on.
— Lucy (@dunelmcuths) May 1, 2019
So where is the support from the city Where are our councillors who like to bathe in any success but do nothing to help the fans
— ray atkinson (@driver62637172) May 1, 2019
Ashley needs to leave completely or leave the calls to somebody else.
— Emre Nebioglu (@EmreNebioglu) May 1, 2019
Mike Ashley is exactly why I’ve been watching Leyton Orient
— Liam (@LiamNUFC1998) May 1, 2019
Rafa deserves a club where the owner has ambition. Sadly the owner has no football ambition whatsoever. Gets money for nothing & the advertising is free! #nufc
— Raymond Matthew Anderson. (@celticlad19533) May 1, 2019
But will Ashley have to put up money for transfers ???? yup would you spend +£50m on your house if you were trying to sell it ????
— Drunken Gamer ???? (@DrunkenGamer69) May 1, 2019
But the fans aren’t
— Dexter Cousins (@DexterCousins) May 1, 2019
Al’s dead right, but the problem is, Ashley doesn’t care. He knows best, don’t forget..
— Robin Wheatley (@RobDrW) May 1, 2019