There is some concern after the Sunday People report a couple of days ago that Mike Ashley may be getting too involved again at Newcastle and he may introduce his old failed transfer system of only signing players who are 26 years old or younger, so they have sell-on value.
Certainly the report on Sunday by Neil Moxley was hard-hitting and he suggested the Newcastle owner had laid down the law with Managing Director Lee Charnley on transfers.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley
This is some of what Neil wrote in the People so you get an idea of the tone of the report:
“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.”
Rafa Benitez likes his job at Newcastle and it’s the most control he has ever had at any football club he has ever managed.
Benitez has worked extremely well with the existing staff, including Graham Carr and he’s unlikely to make the situation any worse.
At his press conference today we expect Rafa to put any rumors to bed that he has been given any ultimatums in the transfer market by the owner.
Rather, we think he will point out his signings last summer were mostly for players under 26 and only Daryl Murphy, Mo Diame and Jesus Gamez were older than that – but brought along good experience to the squad.
And with good help from Managing Director Lee Charnley Newcastle also made a staggering profit of £31M in the summer transfer window, even though Rafa transformed the squad and got rid of a lot of dead wood.
If Rafa is left alone and in control of all football matters, then Mike Ashley could soon own a club worth hundreds of millions of pounds and it will be a lot more valuable than the club has ever been.
Certainly, it will be worth a lot more than £300M in a few years time, given that Rafa is as successful as he’s been at other clubs and gets full support from the owner.
Mike is no fool and he also seems to appreciate what Rafa has already done at Newcastle, by bringing everybody associated with the club together and pulling in the same direction.
It may be that Mike wants younger players brought in, but after some reflection we don’t think that will affect Rafa much, because he seems amenable to suggestions on football matters – and maybe even from the owner.
He also appears to be a savvy businessman and smart – very smart.
Rafa knows he has a sleeping giant on his hands at Newcastle United and at which other club would you see sold-out 52,000 crowds at home when we are in the second division?
Not many clubs could do that – if any.
No, we don’t think Mike will cause another big problem at Newcastle – he’s too sage to allow that to happen with world-class manager Rafa now in charge of his club.
In fact, in the future it may even be pleasant and enjoyable for Mike to attend the Newcastle games – we will be winning a lot more under Rafa Benitez.
What a concept that is.