It’s interesting there is news today that Rafa will not have to sell Jamaal Lascelles in January, because the finances at Newcastle are in good shape – and therefore MIke Ashley has reportedly told Rafa he doesn’t have to sell one of his best players and his captain in January.
But Rafa would not have signed on at Newcastle if he was subject to that kind of autocratic control from the owner.
Rafa was given complete control of all football matters at the club and that includes who will be sold at the club.
Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley – the two men running the club
So for the manager to be told that he must sell Jamaal Lascelles – who Chelsea apparently want in the summer – is the old way Newcastle did business and Rafa did not sign up for that.
Rafa is the one who decides which players are sold and when they are sold and which players are brought into the club.
Of course the finances have to support that, so if we do run short of money there will be a conversation with Managing Director Lee Charnley on how the club (think Rafa and Lee) will solve that problem.
It helps that Rafa is a good businessman himself and seems to work very well with Lee – they will solve that problem together.
But the likelihood is that if Newcastle can get promoted this season we will become a very rich club, especially if Rafa continues to put out such a good team that gets results and plays good football.
The 14 wins in 16 games current streak is the best record since Kevin Keegan was manager back in the 1990s and we know all about how entertaining and thrilling that team was.
We don’t think Mike Ashley will interfere with Rafa running the club, because for one thing it’s all written down in his contract as to the powers that Rafa was given by the owner.
If the owner does interfere then Rafa could even walk out – heaven forbid – and Mike Ashley isn’t that daft.
That’s old Newcastle when money was king and we seemed more worried about our bank account than how good the the team was on the field.
The Newcastle squad and the players are now king at Newcastle, which is the way it should be for any well run and successful football club.
We think owner Mike Ashley has finally realized that – and it was probably during the negotiations to get Rafa to stay on Tyneside and win some trophies for Newcastle – that the penny probably dropped.
What do you think?