Jamie Carragher: Rafa Benitez must leave Newcastle

Rafa Benitez did a superb job at Newcastle last season guiding them to a 10th place finish with a very average squad.

 ‘There is nothing more he can do at St James’ Park’

However, after Benitez received little backing in the transfer market over the summer, Jamie Carragher has come out and said that Benitez needs to leave Newcastle.

In his column for the Telegraph, Carragher wrote:

“If Ashley stays, Rafa will have to go. Those were my final words when I dedicated a column to Newcastle last season. Looking at the situation at the club at the start of this one, from a footballing perspective, it is difficult to explain why my former manager is still there.

“For a coach of Rafael Benitez’s pedigree to be treading water with no prospect of doing anything beyond retaining Premier League status is incomprehensible. There is nothing more he can do at St James’ Park.

“Not without regime change, and that is not happening.

“The current arrangement is no more than a marriage of convenience. A short-term alliance with no future beyond the season.

“Mike Ashley cannot afford to sack Benitez. Why would he anyway since he is the best man to keep them up and it would only rile disillusioned fans even further?

“Rafa will see out his contract because it would cost £6 million to buy out its final year. 

 “Newcastle are a big, prestigious club. Benitez is on a lucrative salary and he retains the overwhelming support of the St James’ Park crowd. But the reality is that they are an institution limping along until an inevitable parting next summer.”

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United at Amex Stadium on September 24, 2017 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Newcastle vs Crystal Palace

Newcastle take on Crystal Palace this weekend as they go in search of their first league win of the 2018/19 season.

Newcastle have had a horrible run of fixtures to start the season with.

They had to face Tottenham in their opening game and lost 2-1.

Newcastle then took on Cardiff and drew 0-0.

Since then, Newcastle have played Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal and have lost every game 2-1.

So, now they have a slightly easier run of games, Newcastle will be hoping to finally pick up a few wins.

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