It could be that Mike Ashley is about to ruin everything at Newcastle again, although we hope that’s not true – but we’ll know more in the summer.
If he does want to take back control of the club with a more hands-on approach and reinstates Graham Carr into a more important role, we could see Rafa leave the club in the summer, but we certainly hope not.
That would be a disaster for Newcastle and also for Mike Ashley – although he may not know it.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
The former Sky Sports reporter Richard Keys wrote on his blog last week about Newcastle’s failed January transfer window and the fact that Mike Ashley may be ruining things at Newcastle for the umpteenth time since he took over the club in the summer of 2007 – almost ten long and terrible years ago.
Richard is a football man and he knows football should be left to football men like Rafa, since Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley have proved so many times before they know absolutely nothing about the game – with the emphasis on nothing.
The is what Richard wrote on his blog last Wednesday as reported in HITC yesterday:
“Regulars know that Rafa the Gafa isn’t my favorite. I’ve said many times that I believe he only manages for himself – for his own CV.”
Proof had to be the time he took on the Chelsea job after everything he’d previously said about the club and its fans.”
“That said – can I also repeat what I wrote when Benitez stayed at Newcastle last summer? I was both a little surprised, but also delighted for Newcastle fans.”
“Because whatever else, Benitez was the right man in the right place at the right time. He gave Geordies hope again and, so far, he’s delivered.”
Newcastle is a monster of a football club. I love it and I love everything about that football mad City, although I’ve always said that it’s about 350 miles too far north of London for me!”
“The Toon’s rightful place isn’t just in the Premier League, it’s mixing it with the big boys at the top.”
“The trouble is, it’s owned by a very ambitious man, who knows plenty about how to squeeze every last drop of sweat out of his workers, but not much about football.”
“For too long Mike Ashley and his small group of ‘yes’ men have run the club into the ground.”
“Ashley and his current error prone MD Lee Charnley, have always meddled and Newcastle fans have had little or nothing to celebrate during Ashley’s ownership.”
“But then came Rafa – and a suggestion of success at last for one simple reason – Benitez demanded full control of football matters at St James’ Park.”
“Newcastle were flying under the new regime. We hadn’t heard anything from Charnley or Ashley – until last night (last Wednesday).”
“For the first time Benitez aired public disappointment about an unsuccessful transfer window and carefully told us how he felt let down.”
“I got the feeling he was warning us that the wheels might be about to come off. He obviously feels he needs more than he’s got to get automatic promotion.”
“I hope he’s wrong – but when will the people that own and run that club learn? Back Benitez and he’ll get you back.”
“I wouldn’t rule out Leeds getting up automatically. If they do it’s Newcastle that could miss out – and Benitez knows it.”
“As for Monk, he’s a fine young British coach who was badly treated at Swansea. It’s good to see him recovering his reputation.”
I fancy Brighton to win the Championship and I’d be delighted for the Bloom brothers if they do. These two guys are ‘football’ people and they’ve delivered on everything they said they would.”
“They’ve got a terrific manager in Chris Hughton (as Newcastle fans know only too well!) and I hope it’s their turn after last season’s near miss. The Blooms let Chris get on with his job.”
“So the lesson here is ‘let football men do what they do best’. Businessmen should stick to what they know.”
“History tells us every time Ashley, or more recently Charnley, get busy at Newcastle things go wrong.”
“I hope Rafa Benitez keeps Newcastle United on course, but I fear he’s trying to tell us he’s not sure he can.”
First things first and we need to support Rafa and the players, so we can get promoted asap this season to ease the tension.
Then we have to hope and pray that Mike Ashley has learned something in the almost ten years he has owned Newcastle United.
But maybe not.