Rafa Benitez seems to have been given a wide berth at Newcastle to come in and do whatever it takes to keep Newcastle in the Premier League this season and then if he does that and stays on board on Tyneside he will be given big money to spend in the summer transfer window to bring in new players.
He will also be allowed to finally get rid of those players who have been at the club for too long and are not the class we need at the club and the money he gets from those could also be used to bring in new players.
And remember we will be having about £80M coming into the Newcastle coffers in May and if we are still in the Premier League at that time that amount could rise to about £140M for next season, so there is money to spend in the summer.
Rafa Benitez at the Benton training grounds
The news today from Ashley is that there is nothing currently in the Newcastle bank and the Board seem to have spent it all on new players.
The latest move made by Benitez is to have the Newcastle development squad move to the club’s Academy training pitches at Benton – so the manager has more space and can better focus on the senior players in the final seven weeks of the season.
The U-21 players had been based at the first team’s training complex but the new manager thinks it’s just too crowded there and they moved to the Academy complex a few hundred yards away last week.
We are hoping Benitez can save us this season, but it’s not going to be easy.