Pundit Alan Shearer has told talkSPORT that he is concerned about the long-term future of Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez due to a frustrating summer transfer window so far.
The Magpies won the Championship title last season, and fans had hoped to see a summer of spending in order to re-establish Newcastle as a top Premier League club once again, with Benitez deserving backing having won promotion last term.
However, Benitez has endured a frustrating summer so far, as after landing Chelsea winger Christian Atsu on a permanent basis, Benitez has only been able to bring in Florian Lejeune, Javier Manquillo, Mikel Merino and Jacob Murphy.
Newcastle still need more additions, and Benitez has been restricted financially as owner Mike Ashley attempts to manage the club's spending, leaving fans annoyed ahead of this weekend's season opener against Tottenham.
Some are even worried that Benitez could walk away from the club if he doesn't get the backing he needs, and former Magpies striker Alan Shearer has offered similar concerns ahead of the new season.
Shearer has told talkSPORT that he has spoken to Benitez, and the Newcastle boss is certainly frustrated having missed out on a number of targets earlier this summer.
Shearer also believes that Benitez's long-term future at Newcastle can't be guaranteed due to the club's slow approach to the transfer market, before suggesting that Newcastle will need to make four signings - a goalkeeper, a full back and two strikers.
BBC pundit Alan Shearer
"I hope so, but I don’t think we can guarantee that," said Shearer. "I think there’s definitely a frustration there from him, having spoken to him. They’ve been in for a lot of players and they’ve missed out on a lot of players. They have tried, but for different reasons they haven’t got some of the players in that they’ve wanted. They’ve been too late, other clubs have gone ahead and beaten them to it. Rafa will have them hard to beat, he’ll have them organised and well-drilled, but Rafa wants to be bigger and better than that."
"He went to the Championship knowing that his job was the get the club back into the Premier League, then thinking he could go one-step further and build and get bigger and better – that’s what he wants and if he’s not able to do that he won’t be there for much longer. He will have to have signs of bringing more players in, and I think it’s a big two or three weeks regarding bringing a few more in. He needs that, there’s no doubt about it."
"He says he needs a new striker – he might need two – he needs a full-back, and he also wants an experienced goalkeeper. He says they’re working hard to bring those players in and hopefully they can. I think we’ll know a lot in a month's time and if he doesn’t get what he wants than you might see it starting to unravel," he added.
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