Rafa Benitez will not quit Newcastle.
That’s the belief of former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher, who played under the Toon boss for six years at Anfield.
Benitez’s Newcastle future has been shrouded in uncertainty since the Magpies’ promotion back to the Premier League was confirmed on Monday night.
He refused to commit his future to the St James’ Park outfit after the game and the understanding is that he wants assurances about the direction Mike Ashley wants to take the club in.
Benitez wants a hefty transfer kitty to ensure Newcastle build on this year’s success but Magpies fans have been left sweating as they know Ashley has previous of being an awkward owner for managers to deal with.
Carragher has told Toon supporters they’ve got nothing to worry about.
He wrote in his Daily Mail column: “He won’t quit. He never quits. That is something Newcastle United fans should remember as another storm starts to blow around Rafa Benitez.”
Carragher added: “This posturing has a purpose. Benitez wants the maximum amount of money he can get ahead of the transfer window in order to keep Newcastle competitive. If he doesn’t get the funding that he feels is necessary and next season goes badly, he can turn around and say: ‘I told you so’.”
Rafa Benitez celebrates Newcastle’s promotion to the Premier League
However, Carragher believes there is a danger of Benitez getting himself the boot if he continues to take on Ashley.
“Why wouldn’t he (Ashley) [sack Benitez]?” Carragher added. “Ashley wasn’t afraid to axe club legends and local heroes Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer, so why would he think twice about pulling the trigger on Benitez? You don’t amass the business portfolio and personal fortune Ashley has by shying away from big decisions.”