We have woken up to news this morning in all the morning papers that Rafa Benitez is furious with Mike Ashley for not backing him in the transfer window.
Rafa is reported to believe the owner has gambled with the promotion chances of Newcastle by not paying out a small loan fee to bring Andros Townsend into the club last Tuesday.
Rafa thought he could quickly bring the very best out of the former winger and of course they do have a great relationship and Andros was keen to return to the club after he realized it was a mistake to leave last June.
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We don’t know how things are with Rafa – maybe we will find out something in the press conference today.
But if Rafa is even slightly disappointed, it’s going to be reported as big news because Rafa is so big and so important at Newcastle and the fans love the man.
He seems perfect for Newcastle.
So any possibility – even a slight one – that he could leave the club will be blown up in the national press.
Ar least that’s what we are hoping – that it’s been blown up out of all proportion.
But there again we already know Ashley can be a difficult man to work for and he’s shown before he can screw things up big time at Newcastle whatever the situation is.
He is also has a history of not respecting his managers – think Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer.
Alan has said the proof of the pudding in in the eating – on whether Ashley supports Rafa and Alan thought that proof would come in the summer transfer window.
But it looks like the proof came last month and it wasn’t good – the pudding tasted horrible.
We would expect a big crowd at tomorrow’s game against Derby County to support Rafa and the team and cheer the lads onto a win.
We cannot allow this to impact the players on the field – but it’s likely to and another poor result tomorrow will only make things worse.
But with Brighton being well beaten last night at Huddersfield 3-1 it puts Newcastle in a much better light and we are just one point behind Brighton after 28 games played.
So we are hoping this situation is not as bad as reported in the national press.
But history shows that it can be very bad when Mike Ashley intervenes in how the club is run.
What do you think?