Shearer: Newcastle must not do this after winning promotion
By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle great Alan Shearer has told how the club must not stand still after winning promotion back to the Premier League on Monday.
The north east giants suffered relegation to the Championship in the last campaign following a disappointing season in the top-flight.
However, they retained manager Rafa Benitez and made signings such as Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie in the summer, allowing them to seal promotion with two matches left in a 4-1 win at St. James’ Park against Preston.
But, Shearer has told that Benitez cannot remain loyal to some of the players who have helped win the club promotion and has shared that the team still needs improvement if they want to make the top half of the Premier League.
“He’s (Benitez) a huge figure at the club. He loves the place. I know he does having spoken to him,” told Shearer speaking on BBC 5 Live on Monday evening.
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“He loves the passion of the fans here, so it’s hugely important we keep hold of him and of course with his backroom staff. He’s very, very experienced and he’s done the job he set out to do.
“I’m sure he’ll demand that the team has to be improved and demand a few quid to do that. That’s what we’re all hoping now because that’s what you have to do. You can’t stand still for anyone.
“You can’t be loyal and give all the players a chance that have got the team promoted. You’ve got to go out and you’ve got to buy new players.
“I’m sure Rafael will go in and ask for funds to massively improve the team. I think people will realise that the team will need improving to get to the place where they eventually want to get which has to be the top half of the Premier League.”
Newcastle have won 88 points from their 44 Championship matches this season with 27 victories, seven draws and 10 losses.
They are an entire nine points ahead of third placed Reading in the table and can still win the league themselves with four points currently separating them from Brighton at the top with two matches to go.
The Toon will next face Neil Warnock’s Cardiff away on Friday evening before taking on Barnsley at home on the final day of the season.
In other Newcastle news, Benitez has delivered this alarming response regarding his future at the club.