Alan Shearer: If you think Rafa Benitez will stay if Newcastle go down, you are mad!

“Sunderland did it earlier with Sam (Allardyce), now they have a much better opportunity.

“Newcastle didn’t learn by their mistake, everyone was crying out for a change.”

Shearer has also blasted the club’s recruitment policy for failing to bring through local talent.

“The recruitment is a problem,” he said. “The north east is a football hotbed, I still go out and see my son play every weekend and it’s rammed, packed, thousands of players playing every weekend, Saturdays and Sundays.

“Where are they? Newcastle have got Paul Dummet that’s it, other than that….”

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