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Alan Shearer comments on Benitez' Newcastle future on Twitter, digs at owner Mike Ashley

Newcastle striker Alan Shearer celebrates after scoring in the 77th minute as Sunderland goalkeeper Lionel Perez is left stranded during the FA Premier League match at St James' Park on...

Alan Shearer worries if Newcastle will be able to keep Rafa Benitez.

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United speaks to Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United and Isaac Hayden of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and...

Newcastle United's impressive 2018 continued yesterday with another victory.

Newcastle beat Arsenal 2-1 at St James' Park, following up a recent win over Manchester United.

That's two top six sides to have fallen to the Toon this year and fans are hopeful they will be able to take a big leap forward next year and challenge in the top half of the table.

To do so, keeping manager Rafa Benitez is absolutely essential.

Newcastle striker Alan Shearer celebrates after scoring in the 77th minute as Sunderland goalkeeper Lionel Perez is left stranded during the FA Premier League match at St James' Park on...

Club record goalscorer Alan Shearer is not totally convinced that is going to happen.

Responding on Twitter, Shearer commented that he believes Newcastle's owners need to show ambition to match the Spaniard's, who has achieved success on a tight budget this season.

Newcastle fans might not appreciate Shearer voicing such negative thoughts, but it might be better to raise his concerns to put the pressure on owner Mike Ashley.

Past history would suggest it might not make a difference, and that would be a real shame, as Benitez seems closer than any other manager in more than a decade to truly tapping into the club's huge potential.

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