Rafael Benitez can win the Premier League title with Newcastle if given the “right resources”, according to Garth Crooks.
Newcastle have started this season in fine form, and sit sixth in the table after nine games.
Benitez guided the Magpies to the Championship title last season, and has formed an adaptable squad on one of the lowest budgets in the top flight.
Crooks believes the Spaniard is capable of winning the Premier League if he is backed in the transfer market.
“I think the Newcastle fans think that Rafa Benitez deserves the resources to take them where the fans want to be. Which could be a top six side,” Crooks told the BBC.
“I mean it is a huge club and Rafa Benitez has the pedigree to do something quite special.
“So I think there is no doubt for me, he is a top class manager and they are lucky to have him.
“I think he is capable….I mean with Keegan they didn’t win anything with Newcastle – but he flirted with the title.
“Rafa can win it with the right resources there, I think that highly of him.”