It’s been an incredibly disappointing day for Newcastle fans with no players coming in – in fact no players have come in since we signed Joselu from Stoke over two weeks ago.
But other smaller Premier League clubs (at least we thought they were smaller) like Crystal Palace and Swansea have done some decent deals – but don’t accuse Newcastle of that.
We have moved five players out since last weekend – and saved money on the wages and brought in some transfer fees too.
That will please owner Mike Ashley.
Manu Riviere moved to Metz, Siem de Jong moved back to Ajax, and Grant Hanley moved to Norwich City, so we got around £8.5M for those three deals and of course got their wages off the wage bill.
And by tonight at 11:00 pm we should see both Tim Krul and Achraf Lazaar move on season long loans to Brighton and Benevento respectively.
We still don’t have a fit left back with Paul Dummett out injured after we finally withdrew this afternoon trying to get Matt Targett in from Southampton, even though the player was keen to join us.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner for the last 10 years
The Saints said Newcastle wouldn’t pay the loan fee and Newcastle stated that they wanted a full season loan and not just six months.
But why do we think the Magpies refused to pay the high loan fee?
This summer’s transfer market simply hasn’t worked, and we have spent by our reckoning a net of only around £14.5K, and that includes some loan fees for players coming in – like Mikel Merino.
We made a profit last summer of £31M and spent nothing in January even though Rafa wanted Andros Townsend brought in for£15M.
But Mike Ashley refused to do that deal and then found out the price for Townsend in May was £27M.
Why doesn’t Ashley listen to Rafa – who knows all about football?
So what has Ashley done for Rafa since the Spanish manager joined us around 18 months ago?
He has made a profit of close to £17M over the last three transfer windows.
That’s a good recipe of how to screw this all up, and that’s exactly what the Newcastle hierarchy – make that Mike Ashley – have managed to do.
You cannot really blame Rafa for being frustrated because he has all the ambition in the world for Newcastle.
Ashley has again shown he’s more worried about the financial side of Newcastle than having a good team.
That does not mesh well with Rafa, who wants the team and football to be the most important thing at the club.
West Ham will have watched how Newcastle have been miserly over the last two transfer windows and may make a move for Rafa,
However, we don’t expect Rafa to leave during this season, but you cannot blame him for leaving next summer, after just over two seasons on Tyneside.
The fans just love him, but the owner has shown over 10 years as the Newcastle owner that he’s determined not to have a successful club and will not spend the money when it’s necessary.
Mike Ashley is not the right owner for Newcastle, and we all know that.
And it looks like this little gift we got that Rafa Benitez wanted to join Newcastle and make us great again – has been rather quickly wrecked by the owner.
In May we never even thought that was possible, but we were wrong – again.
All we can hope for now, on the positive side of things, is that Rafa makes a good team from what he’s been given.
And indeed our display against West Ham United last Saturday suggests Rafa is a good enough manager to do just that.
But it’s with no help – with the emphasis on “no” – from owner Mike Ashley.