Former Magpies legend David Ginola has fired a warning shot for Newcastle’s current owner Mike Ashley. Ginola thinks that Newcastle are asking for trouble if they get rid of Rafa Benitez. The Tynesiders are currently the subject of an ownership bid by a consortium headed by Amanda Staveley. In a time of uncertainty off the pitch, Ginola thinks stability on it is key for The Magpies.
Newcastle Need Rafa
David Ginola was a firm fan favourite during his time at St James’ Park. His flair and flamboyance thrilled the Newcastle faithful and he still holds the club in high regard. Ginola worries for the future of The Magpies if they don’t give Rafa the funds he wants in the upcoming transfer window. Speaking to Talksport he said: “To keep Rafael Benitez on board, that’s the main thing.”
Ginola went on to say: “If Rafa Benitez has an opportunity to go and manage another team, a big name, it’s going to be very difficult for Newcastle to keep him. Keeping Benitez is key for the consistency and the stability of the club in the next five years. If you lose him, you’re going to go back to the nightmares you had in the past.” Considering the job Benitez has done at Newcastle he is sure to be in demand.
Rumours have surfaced that Benitez wants Mike Ashley to splash the cash in January. Ashley is reluctant to spend at the best of times, and with a takeover likely it is doubtful that he will get the chequebook out.
It all depends on whether Amanda Staveley can buy the club before the window closes. If she does, then Benitez could get the 20 million in funds he desires. If he does strengthen in January, Newcastle should be able to avoid relegation quite comfortably.