Rafa Benitez

Alan Shearer slams Newcastle over Benitez/Jose Mourinho & Arsene Wenger linked with Magpies

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has this afternoon moved to take aim at those in charge of his former club, following the departure of Rafael Benitez.

Newcastle stint

59-year-old Spanish tactician Benitez first took charge at St. James’ Park in the summer of 2016.

And, given the circumstances, few would argue against the suggestion that Benitez since went on to do a stellar job with the Magpies.

After guiding Newcastle back to the Premier League at the first attempt in 2017, the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss subsequently secured respective 10th and 13th-placed finishes in the English top-flight.

This came despite Benitez having been forced to work on a shoestring budget.

Amid constant drama and fan protests regarding Mike Ashley’s running of the club, Benitez remained one constant positive for the Geordie outfit, with his tactical nous and calm under pressure having proven absolutely crucial to the club’s fortunes over the last couple of seasons.

‘Shambles’

As such, when the news arrived earlier today that the Spaniard and Newcastle would be parting ways upon the expiration of his contract at the end of the month, it represented a collective blow to Magpies’ fans the world over.

And one of the most high-profile supporters of the Geordie club, legendary hitman Alan Shearer, has this afternoon taken to social media to react to news of Benitez’s departure, labelling Newcastle a ‘shambles’:

Shearer also slammed his former side in a column in the Sun, as outlined below:

‘What the hell is going on at Newcastle United Football Club?’

‘It looks complete and utter chaos and the lack of communication from the club has been embarrassingly bad.’

‘Their world-class manager now walks away in a week’s time for nothing.’

‘Nothing surprises me at Newcastle any more.’

Wenger & Mourinho linked

On potential replacements for Benitez at St. James’ Park, meanwhile, a number of tacticians have been linked over the last couple of hours.

First off, Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta was labelled as ‘early favourite’:

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has also been touted as a potential arrival:

Even more surprising, though, has been the massive odds drop on Jose Mourinho being named as Rafa Benitez’s replacement:

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