Rafa Benitez told players to mute the TV unless it is Alan Shearer

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez orders players to mute the TV when pundits speak… unless dream signing and club legend Alan Shearer is on screen

  • Rafa Benitez has told his players not to listen to criticism coming in from pundits
  • The Newcastle manager has ordered his squad to hit the mute button on their TV
  • That’s unless Benitez’s perfect signing and club legend Alan Shearer is on screen

Rafa Benitez has taken an extraordinary step to protect his players from the stinging criticism hurled their way by former players.

Newcastle have been at the receiving end of some damning verdicts of late following their calamitous start to the Premier League campaign.

They have registered just a solitary win in the league this season, against Watford last weekend, and pundits such as Phil Neville have claimed they don’t have a strong enough squad to stay in the top flight.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has ordered his squad to mute their TVs when pundits speak

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has ordered his squad to mute their TVs when pundits speak

But he has a special place for Alan Shearer, whom, he joked, he would like to sign as a striker 

But he has a special place for Alan Shearer, whom, he joked, he would like to sign as a striker 

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Consequently, Magpies boss Benitez has ordered his players to mute the television when pundits are speaking in order to block out the criticism aimed at his squad – but joked that they could turn the volume up if club legend Alan Shearer was on screen.

‘It’s time to switch the volume off the TV and just watch the games,’ said Benitez. ‘We don’t need to read too much Press and we need to just concentrate on football.

‘If we could add players we could increase competition. 

‘Everybody has an opinion. But the main one for me is Alan Shearer so maybe I will try to sign him and play him up front! Unfortunately I can’t.

‘We have what we have and we have to make sure we get the best from this group of players.’

Benitez also urged supporters to get behind the team and help drive their surge up the table following last weekend’s positive result. 

‘Our fans are clever, he added. ‘They know the team needs them.

‘Hopefully, we score goals and win games.’ 

He will hope, therefore, the stadium is rocking when they welcome Bournemouth this Saturday.

Ayoze Perez gestures blocking out the noise after scoring against Watford on Saturday

Ayoze Perez gestures blocking out the noise after scoring against Watford on Saturday

 

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