Ir was always going to be a possibility that Mike Ashley would not live up to his promises to allow Rafa Benitez a free rein at Newcastle, which is the reason Rafa agreed to stay on at the club in the first place after we were relegated last May.
And today there is more proof that Rafa Benitez is furious with Mike Ashley, with news in all the major newspapers this monring that his long term future at the club is now uncertain at best.
Mike Ashley – interfering again
We don’t know if this is true, but Mike Ashley always has a habit in the ten years he’s owned the club of getting involved and demanding the way things are done at the club – something we thought was in the past after Rafa Benitez came in, but it doesn’t look like it.
It now looks like Newcastle definitely failed to back him with the players he wanted in January and Rafa is as angry as he has looked recently about the whole thing.
Ashley was unwilling to spend money last month to strengthen the side – something that Rafa wants to do in every transfer window – so we stood still last month.
That’s something Mike is unwilling to do when everything seems to be going well – spend money – he did the same thing in the summer of 2012 after we finished 5th by not adding to the squad and we were fighting relegation six months later.
It now looks like Rafa could leave Newcastle at the end of the season – certainly that’s the news being reported in the major newspapers today, although he will stay on this season and try to get the club promoted.
Rafa Benitez – reported furious with Mike Ashley
It seems that Rafa is furious Newcastle failed to sign Andros Townsend on the last day of the window when it looked like all was well and the signing would happen before the transfer deadline.
It looks like Newcastle pulled out at the last moment unbeknownst to the manager.
Rafa is not one to allow himself to be messed around, especially when he has all the agreements written down in his contract at Newcastle.
Rafa is also wary of the reemergence of Graham Carr in a major scouting role at the club and he would rather use his own scouts, while utilizing Graham at the same time.
Rafa is supposed to be in charge of all scouting and he was told he can choose which players he can bring in when he signed the contact on May 25th last year.
That seems to have changed last month.
If Ashley screws this up and Rafa Benitez does leave the club, it will be another disaster for Newcastle United.
It should also be the end of Ashley, because he will have proved without doubt he can screw up any situation at Newcastle, even when everything is working well and we have a world-class manager in place at the club.
You can also bet this news will alert top clubs in Europe and the Premier League of the potential availability of Benitez this summer and he will definitely get big offers coming in for his services.
If this news is true it is another potential disaster for Newcastle United and their fans.
But this is a huge one – even worse than relegation.
I think I’m going to be sick.
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