Good news for Newcastle fans today as the club has issued a statement plus positive comments from Rafa that the meeting between Mike Ashley and Lee went really well on Tuesday night – very well indeed it seems.
At the meeting Mike Ashley told Rafa he would give him every last penny available for his transfer fund so he can build a top team for next season in the Premier League – and that’s exactly what Rafa wanted to hear.
Mike Ashley, Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley on Sunday afternoon
This is what the club announced:
“It was agreed by all parties that the meeting was very positive and constructive.”
“Mike again congratulated Rafa and his team on gaining promotion to the Premier League as champions.”
“Plans for next season were discussed, including the purchase and loan of players to add to the squad in readiness for the Premier League season.”
This is what Mike Ashley said after the meeting with Rafa and Lee:
“I’ve confirmed to Rafa and Lee that they can have every last penny that the club generates through promotion, player sales and other means in order to build for next season.”
This is what Rafa said:
“I’m pleased with how the meeting went and the positive approach we are all taking together to build on what we have started this season.”
“There will be challenges ahead of course, the summer will not be easy, but the hard work has been going on for some time .”
“And we can now continue positively with the development of the squad ahead of the start of the new season.”
“I wish fans an enjoyable summer!”
This is just exactly what fans were hoping for, so it seems Mike Ashley is right behind Rafa.
And we dare say there’s already a good relationship between the two men as Rafa will have shown the owner he’s also a hard-nosed businessman who knows the financial side of the game.
We had an inkling the meeting would go well as Rafa tries to make Newcastle into a club worth over £1B.