Faustino Asprilla sends message to Newcastle board about Rafa Benitez on Twitter

The ex-Newcastle man wants the Spaniard to be given the requisite freedom at St James' Park.

Former Newcastle United man Faustino Asprilla feels the club should let Rafael Benitez 'be the manager' if they want results.

Indeed, there has been plenty of talk of coaches being limited in what they are allowed to do at St James' Park in the past.

But Asprilla has urged Newcastle to take the shackles off with Rafa:

Liverpool fans will know what Benitez is like when he takes full control of things at a club, of course. Many a poor transfer were made with the Spaniard in charge at Anfield.

However, a lot of the transfer failures on Merseyside came under Tom Hicks and George Gillett, during a turbulent time when the pressure was heavily increased on Benitez.

Before any transfer talk, though, Rafa's primary aim isn't to manage but to coach. Steve McClaren clearly hadn't been doing any tactical or technical work at all in Newcastle training. If he did, no one was listening.

Benitez now needs to tighten up the Magpies' defence as they bid for safety - although the good news is that is a particular speciality of his.

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