Mike Ashley May Venture Down A Dangerous Path With Benitez

There’s a report in the Mirror today that goes into specific detail about what Rafa Benitez wants from owner Mike Ashley this summer.

Rafa wants to bring in up to seven top players and the amount of the transfer fund he wants is listed as £100M.

A number of pundits have said Newcastle need to strengthen significantly to be a top half Premier League club next season and of course nobody knows what’s needed more than Mr. Benitez.

Rafa Benitez – simply wants to make Newcastle great again
This is not rocket science

Rafa wants to control who he brings in, which is the agreement everybody though he signed last May so something  happened in January when he was stopped from bringing in players he wanted.

The good news is that he has been told he will be backed with significant transfer funds and  a meeting is scheduled with Mike Ashley, probably immediately after the end of the season  – May 7th.

After we were promoted on Monday night Rafa was not prepared to say he would still be here next season and that was simply a negotiating ploy with Mike Ashley to ensure he gets what he wants.

It looks like the problem is Mike Ashley is going down a dangerous path by telling Rafa who he should sign.

Putting limits on a world-class manager on which players he can bring in, after Rafa went to great pains last May to gain full control of all football matters, is dangerous.

The Mirror reports that Rafa was reassured yesterday (most likely by Lee Charnley who Rafa respects a lot) that significant funds would be made available to him – exactly how much is not known.

Lee Charnley is now an important figure at Newcastle, because Rafa has real respect for the executive and likes working with Lee.

Charnley thinks Rafa is the best manager in the world and they worked famously together last summer for the good of the club.

As always Rafa has all the details down and will present Mike Ashley with a business case for the players he wants to sign, which includes transfer fees, wages and potential future sell-on value.

Benitez is a business-savvy manager unlike some other managers  and he has always been willing in his career to do whatever work is needed to persuade the financial people to free up the funds.

Rafa is said to be very willing to sell a number of players and use those funds to get in new players.

Rafa is also very keen to bring through young ­players at the club, which itself adds sell-on value for the club in the future.

The news is that he basically wants to improve all areas of the side including goalkeeper even and of course a top striker.

That sounds good to us.

What maybe the crux of the matter is what exactly happens to Graham Carr.

It would be silly of Ashley to jeopardize losing Rafa Benitez by sticking behind a 72 year-old Chief Scout whose time in the game has to be limited.

But we all know Mike can do some daft things at times.

It’s dangerous if Mike Ashley does that and he could upset Benitez if Rafa does not see full support from the owner.

But we still think this is  all a bit of a storm in a teacup and Rafa is simply making his moves so that he gets what he wants this summer.

And all he really wants to do is get the funds to and backing to make Newcastle great again and allow him to be successful at Newcastle.

This is not rocket science.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far


    Apr 26, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Apparently after Jan Rafa made a business plan and put it to Ashley to show why funding him was a good idea…anyone imagine Pardew/Carver/McClaren doing that (not in crayon I might add)

  • geordiemark

    Apr 26, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #2

    give rafa the money Ashley or sell the club because everyone in Newcastle will hound you out of the club believe me, I think you’ve taken us fans for granted long enough either back rafa 100% or sell up simple as that

  • giimps

    Apr 26, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Maybe in the land of “things that would never happen “, along with here Rafa, take my cheque book and do what you want with it, oh and il sighn the first few for you to save you the hassle of asking me in future.
    Rafa is an expert in most football matters, his judgement is sound and proven to be mainly good, Cashley is a businessman who understands forcasts and business plans more than football, its like Cashley has been blind on football matters and Rafa has explained it using braille ………very clever by Rafa, hopefully it leads to good things but as the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water………….is Cashley willing to be led and even more importantly willing to drink from the lake of possible success?
    Rafa is the white rabbit, Cashley, Alice and there are two pills on the table………go on Mike……go for it, you know you want to!!!

  • hibbit

    Apr 26, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #4

    interesting times ahead

  • Geordiedownunder

    Apr 26, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #5

    I really cannot believe that even Ashley would jeopardise losing Rafa after the job he’s done since joining. We were literally a basket case, and look what this manager has achieved with little outlay. Back in the EPL first try, all he needs to do is release some funds that the club will be getting anyway from FA or wherever. If he’s going to start penny pinching again at this crucial point, he’s not as savvy as I, and a few others, imagined. The club must be an extremely attractive sales proposition at the moment, so if he doesn’t feel up to the pressure of the top division, get out now. I believe there’s an old saying “You’re on the pot, either p*ss in it or get off”.

  • hibbit

    Apr 26, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #6

    if Rafa and Ashley can’t do a deal and Rafa walks what then
    is this just more mischief making from the Daily Mirror
    could this be the build up to Ashey selling the club
    interesting times ahead

  • Cram-mag

    Apr 26, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Never mind signings. The biggest thing they can do next season is to sort out the atmosphere. The enemy over recent years has changed. It used to be Ashley, Pardew or Tufty. This season it has been the crowd who get on the player’s backs when the chips are down and this nervousness gets transferred on to the pitch.


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