The well respected north-east journalist George Caulkin of the Times broke the news yesterday that the Newcastle facilities at both St James’ Park and the Benton Training fields had been raided by HMRC officials.
They also raided Managing Director Lee Charnley’s home in Gosforth and arrested him, but later released him in the afternoon without charge.
Now Caulkin is reporting today there has been absolutely no communication whatsoever by Mike Ashley to Rafa Benitez after Monday night’s promotion celebrations.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner
Not even a message of congratulations to the Spanish manager.
That’s simply ridiculous and poor form from the owner – where’s the leadership in that?
After all we have roughly estimated that Rafa, by getting promotion for the club, has added close to £200M to Newcastle’s coffers over the next year in terms of revenue and the value of the club
And no word from Mike Ashley yesterday either and certainly Rafa didn’t get any help from the owner as all hell seemed to break loose yesterday morning when HMRC officials raided Newcastle United premises.
Good leaders don’t stay silent during a crisis – it has the look of somebody avoiding their responsibilities.
We should all be as high as kites after what Rafa and our players have achieved this season, but there are dark clouds on the horizon and it’s what Mike Ashley might do now.
It’s not good he has not contacted Rafa after Monday night’s heroics.
Ashley is about the worst communicator we have ever known as a prominent business leader and he continues to act in (very) strange ways.
The sooner Benitez has his one-on-one meeting with Rafa Benitez the better.
If Rafa walks this summer then all hell will be let loose, and Mike Ashley will be forced to sell the club.
That’s because he will have managed to screw up the best position Newcastle have been in for almost 25 years since Kevin Keegan was bringing us back in the early 1990s.
It’s been ten years of ownership of the club by this man and it’s been a disaster from the very start.
That’s the truth, not an opinion.
We hope to see an official statement from Newcastle United today with some substance and the earlier it’s issued the better.
Those running the club at the top have to show they have some class and are professional and capable of doing the job effectively.
If they did their jobs as well as Rafa Benitez does, we’d be a world-class club in a couple of years.