There’s a report in the Mirror today the Newcastle hierarchy – read Mike Ashley – are disappointed that Rafa Benitez went public last week with his dismay that no players were brought in during the January transfer window, even though Rafa had said who he wanted and why he wanted them.
The report is that Mike Ashley was unwilling to spend money last month on the off-chance we didn’t make it to the Premier League in May and then we would have had to sell those players at a loss if we stay a second season in the Championship.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner
They report that a St. James Park insider (we would guess Lee Charnley perhaps) told them that Ashley was committed to spending big money in the summer, once Newcastle are a Premier League club again.
But that it will be done Mike Ashley’s way, as he again seems to want to have personal control of what’s going on at Newcastle.
So that’s bad news right there.
The insider also said that Rafa Benitez was well aware of the situation.
Of course they didn’t say he agreed with it – and releasing that type of information is just self-serving.
The news is that Mike Ashley will “dig deep” and provide Rafa with adequate transfer funds once Newcastle are promoted back to the Premier League this season.
We always thought Mike would do that, especially since he spent nothing last month.
Let’s hope this thing gets cleared up – we don’t particularly care who is right or wrong.
Just that this situation gets patched up and Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez talk this through and get it all out on the table and sorted – and fix any differences they may have.
These things can fester and we hope the very experienced and down to earth Newcastle manger doesn’t respond to this news report.
Just let it lie and speak personally to Mike Ashley next week.
That should do it and then we can then push 100% for promotion.
What do you think?