Mike Ashley has not taken too long to put a wedge between himself and his latest manager, Rafa Benitez, and he still doesn’t like spending money as an owner.
While it seemed he had embraced Rafa’s blueprint for the way forward for the club – it doesn’t now look to be the case.
That surprised Rafa, who thought he got the owner’s buy-in for the blueprint he presented to him in early May at his meeting with Ashley.
The relationship between the owner and Rafa seems to be broken, and it may not even be able to be repaired.
But when Rafa looks at his situation at Newcastle over this weekend, he still has a lot of power – he still picks the players he wants, and he still identifies those who are surplus to requirements.
What hasn’t happened is that we have looked very amateurish in the last two transfer windows and have failed to bring in the players Rafa wants.
Some of that is that the club will not pay out the money, but this last summer – in all truth – was a weird transfer window.
Players were being transferred for close to £200M which is ridiculous and non-sustainable.
That cannot last – at least we hope it cannot last.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
Rafa should see he still has a lot of power at Newcastle and a set of players who just love to play for him – some of whom he has already made into better players.
Players like Matt Ritchie, Ciaran Clark, Jamaal Lascelles, and Isaac Hayden to name only a few.
And Mikel Merino, who had a great game for the Spanish U21 team yesterday, already looks a real star in the making – even though it took Newcastle almost two months to finally get him in on loan.
What hasn’t worked this summer is not only that money wasn’t available for the manager, but the way Newcastle do their transfer is painfully slow and based in the main on being far too frugal.
Some of that can be put right – but whether he can get the required funding from Mike Ashley – we don’t know.
The one big plus for him being at Newcastle – and maybe even staying on board – are the Newcastle fans.
The Geordie fans just love the man who is as daft as they are about football.
In fact, the whole City ebbs and flows with the tide of how successful the club are in their football matches.
Last season was great, and when we won the Championship, it was a taste of what Rafa Benitez can do at the club.
If Rafa stays for the season, the fans again have a chance to show the manager how much we trust in him as the leader of the club.
Maybe that show of passion for him could even be enough to get him to stay on at Newcastle and maybe somebody will miraculously come along and finally buy the club off Mike Ashley.
Please, somebody, buy the club off Mike Ashley who has been a disaster of an owner for Newcastle United.
So there’s still some hope – although the way Mike Ashley is treating the manager it looks like it will now be even harder to keep Rafa at Newcastle.
But it’s still possible.
Howay The Lads!!