By Danny Wright
Stan Collymore believes that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez needs to start placing trust in other members of the club’s hierarchy after labelling him as “a benign dictator” and a “control freak”.
Benitez is currently preparing his Magpies side for their return to the Premier League but has only made one addition so far in the shape of Christian Atsu, who has made his loan move from Chelsea into a permanent one.
Former Liverpool and Aston Villa winger Collymore, 46, reckons that the sooner the Spaniard accepts the fact that Newcastle operate with a director of football, the sooner the club will be able to kick on and come to grasp with the current state of the game.
“He needs to start thinking about team-building in his own image, putting in people he can trust to do the other jobs so he can focus on the first team rather than saying ‘I want complete control over everything,'” said Collymore in his column on the Mirror website.
“That’s not how things work these days.
“Take Arsene Wenger – the major criticism of him in recent years has been that he has been doing the same thing at Arsenal and that has caused them to stand still, if not go backwards.
“David Moyes is the same – it just hasn’t happened for him since he went to Manchester United. Actually, his managerial career has gone backwards.
“Even if Sir Alex Ferguson was getting the Newcastle job now, or the Manchester United job having done great things at Aberdeen, he would still have to accept there’s a chief exec and director of football. It’s the same for Benitez.”
The Sun reported towards the end of June that Benitez was willing to quit St. James’ Park over Newcastle’s lack of activity in the transfer market.
It was understood that the ex-Liverpool boss was worried that the Magpies were on the verge of another relegation battle after falling short of landing a number of players including Chelsea star Tammy Abraham.
A separate report from the Sun claimed in mid-June the Eibar defender Florian Lejeune is close to sealing a move to Tyneside to become the Toon’s second summer signing.
In other Newcastle news, the Magpies have missed out on another target as he signed for one of their league rivals.