We have been thinking a lot since Thursday night about Newcastle and what happens now and the outlook is not good.
That’s because it’s almost certain that Rafa Benitez will leave the club at the latest next summer – it’s become clear he has no trust in owner Mike Ashley.
The outlook for Newcastle is that we’ll then appoint a manager much inferior to Rafa, and we’ll be fighting relegation once again.
Is there anything that can happen that will keep Rafa Benitez at Newcastle?
Mike Ashley could change and vow that he will support Rafa in anything he wants to do, but Mike Ashley is not to be trusted and Mike has gone back on his word too many times in the last 10 years.
Rafa Benitez – was the best thing that had happened to Newcastle
In fact, Alan Shearer has turned out to be right about Ashley when he said it was this summer that we’ll find out whether Mike Ashley would support Rafa.
We thought he would but we were wrong – and Alan was correct.
MIke Ashley has not supported Rafa and that’s come through loud and clear as the finances triumph once more.
The owner has shown he has no real ambition to make Newcastle great again but just to have good financial records.
That policy doesn’t score many goals for Newcastle or get many wins for us on the pitch.
We just cannot see Rafa being successful at Newcastle with Mike Ashley as the owner.
Now would be a great time for some (preferably very rich) consortium to come in and buy Newcastle while Rafa Benitez is still the manager.
Rafa has his own detailed blueprint for how to make Newcastle great again and it includes the financial side of things too.
It was something he thought he had got the go-ahead from the owner in May – but that hasn’t been the case.
Once again Mike Ashley has his iron grip on the finances at Newcastle – this time he has brought in Justin Barnes, a lawyer, and long term confidant, to keep an eye on the finances.
And it seems it was Barnes who wouldn’t allow a number of the deals Rafa wanted completed to go through this summer and why Rafa was so frustrated.
And all that was happening while other clubs were paying over £100M for players and we ended up spending a net of only £12M this summer and brought in six players.
There’s a chance that Rafa will stay at Newcastle, but not while Mike Ashley is the owner.