It’s not a surprise that Rafa Benitez was left completely frustrated last night by Newcastle’s inability and/or unwillingness to add some good players to his squad for the coming season.
And now we are met this morning with various headlines about Rafa considering his future at Newcastle and that he may even let it be known that he’s interested in the West Ham United job.
He has a good relationship with the West Ham owners after almost taking over two years ago in London before he took the Real Madrid job.
And he knows he will not be messed around at West Ham and that they have much more ambition at the Hammers than owner Mike Ashley will ever have at Newcastle.
Rafa moved out five players in the last five days of the transfer window, but Lee Charnley didn’t manage to bring in one player, and we were left with losing out on left-back Matt Targett from the Saints with a familiar refrain – we wouldn’t pay the loan fee for him.
Rafa Benitez – completley frsutrated with Mike Ashley
We wouldn’t blame Rafa Benitez if he walks out on Newcastle, but we would hope he would stay for the season, but it’s very doubtful he will stay longer than that.
We thought it was going to be very difficult for Mike Ashley to screw this one up with a world-class manager wanting to come to the club.
And all Mike had to do was to let Rafa get on with it and support him with all the money available from the club.
He hasn’t done that, and the owner continues to put the financial side of Newcastle as the number one target.
Rafa puts the playing side as the top target, like any football man, and those two views don’t lead to any success.
Mike had said he would give every last penny the club has to Rafa this summer.
But it looks like that was only £12M, with that being the net spend this summer with the financial side of things again looking good at the cost of the playing side.
Mike Ashley has screwed this one up big time and with a world-class manager like Rafa Benitez, he is not one to be messed around.
The consequences will be grave for Mike Ashley and for Newcastle United, but the owner brought all this on himself.
Our only hope is that Mike Ashley sells the club or pledges to support Rafa fully, but he’s already done the latter and then reneged on it.