There was an interesting report in the Mail yesterday by Craig Hope in which he says the two transfer meetings Newcastle have had with Rafa Benitez have gone very well and it looks like money will be available to help Rafa build Newcastle’s squad for our return (hopefully) back to the Premier League.
Craig painted a picture of calmness at the club with Rafa completely focused on gaining promotion back to the Premier League and the sooner the better.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
Once promotion is secured then Lee Charnley and his transfer team can go into action and start trying to bring in Rafa’s targets for the summer transfer window.
The Mail report also interestingly enough mentioned that Mike Ashley has sounded out senior officials at the club to ensure there is no breakdown in communications with Rafa Benitez.
Mike is not daft, although we’ve been challenged on that assertion from our readers in the past.
Mike was more than keen to keep Rafa at the club last May and he agreed to all of Rafa’s demands last May and had never been given the credit for that, given we were once again relegated.
While is hasn’t always been plain sailing this season we are top of the league with most points, most wins, most goals scored and the least goals conceded.
That cannot be too bad and the owner knows the fans have formed an extremely strong relationship with Rafa Benitez, whose skills and experience have been on show for all to see over this last year.
His decision to come to Newcastle was a match made in heaven and hopefully Mike Ashley is not daft enough to do anything to harm that.
Rafa has been calling for everybody associated with the club to come together so we can achieve promotion and Mike Ashley seems to have heeded the call and seems to be doing his part too.
We think Mike is far too smart to damage the relationship Rafa has with the club and the fans and the January upset was probably over-reported and not as bad as it appeared in the press.
Although Rafa was certainly annoyed the club failed to bring in Andros Townsend on that last day of the transfer window – that was clear.
But all may be well at Newcastle with Rafa enjoying his excellent working relationship with Lee Charnley and both men are motivated and work hard to get things done for the club.
Last summer they worked famously together in what was one of the best transfer windows ever for the club and we made £31M in the process.
We all need to stay United.
What do you think?