There’s a disturbing report in the Sunday People today that Mike Ashley is unhappy with some of the transfers that have been made by Newcastle and he now wants to go back to the old transfer system and have Newcastle bring in players who are 26 years old or younger so they have sell-on value.
That transfer system was a failed system that saw Newcastle relegated twice in seven years and it simply never worked, because it was always difficult to get the necessary experience into the team and Rafa Benitez has changed all that for the better.
Rafa Benitez at Brentford yesterday
Here is a short extract from the article by Neil Moxley in the Sunday People which is slightly alarming if it is in fact accurate:
“Mike Ashley has reinstated Newcastle United’s controversial transfer policy after a series of no-holds-barred meetings with the Magpies’ hierarchy this week.”
“The owner has put his foot down midway through the transfer window and taken measures to have a greater say over the comings and goings at St James’ Park.”
“He has left Managing Director Lee Charnley in no doubt as to his wishes and former recruitment guru Graham Carr is set for a direct role in all future purchases.”
Before Rafa Benitez agreed to sign for Newcastle on a three year contract he had everything written down and signed by both sides simply so that something like this couldn’t happen.
Rafa was in control of all transfers into and out of the club and was also in control of all recruitment.
The manager did not want to be dictated to by the likes of Mike Ashley and in fact he went to some lengths in May so that something like this couldn’t happen.
The report doesn’t mention Rafa Benitez much, but simply says Mike Ashley wants to revert back to the old way of signing younger players.
But why would he ever want to do that?
It was a failed system and Rafa, because of his vast experience has Newcastle at the top of the Championship and on track to have the club promoted in May back to the Premier League.
It’s exactly this type of power move by the Newcastle owner that could have Rafa Benitez walk out on Newcastle, because the agreements he made to manage the club are not being kept to.
So it’s quite simple – if this report in the Sunday People is true – Rafa Benitez could be forced to walk out on the club.
We have to also say we have trouble believing the report is accurate.
What do you think?