Alan Shearer slaughters Mike Ashley statement to Rafa Benitez

Jo Caldwell
May 14, 2018

We want to compete and with the right quality and at the right level.

'On many occasions throughout the season they have been described as a Championship side, which I personally consider to be derogatory.

"This group of players have done so well, so it would be easy to say, "Okay, well you are already in the top ten". Prior to the Huddersfield game we were in good form but that's not an excuse. "We have to have the confidence in our team to be able to go anywhere thinking that we can win".

The defender has had a superb season at Newcastle and it is expected that Rafa Benitez will struggle to hold on to his captain.

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It was a tribute to all Benitez has done this season, as well as a plea for him to stay and build on a hugely encouraging first season back in the top flight.

"It is clear what we need", said Benitez.

"We have a couple of players on loan, some leaving so we have to sign players. They are different in terms of characteristics, but the team could do well with one or the other one". Imagine this team with two or three injuries. It can not be the case that if you miss one or two players, the team is not the same.

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That decision remains in the balance, although surely it would be madness for Benitez to give this up.

There were similar scenes yesterday, with the Spaniard being serenaded from all four corners of the ground as he led his squad on a post-match lap of honour.

The 58-year old is believed to want a series of transfer-related guarantees if he is to remain on Tyneside.

This would be the opposite of last summer where a number of deals were blocked or delayed by the club, infuriating the former Real Madrid manager.

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The Dickensian rule of the Mike Ashley era has brought about many changes with those of us who have followed Newcastle before his time here suffering the most, whilst the younger fan was born into an era of fabricated blind loyalty with very little chance of building lasting foundations.

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