As we have seen over the summer, there’s a little bit of a conflict at Newcastle at the top of the club.
And the easy way to describe that is to say Rafa Benitez’ ambitions (dreams) for Newcastle are way above and beyond those of Mike Ashley.
One reason that Rafa is liked so much by Newcastle fans is when he talks about the future he speaks of the things fans have wanted for years – a successful team we can all be proud of.
He talks about winning things – something we haven’t done since 1969, and we haven’t won a trophy at home since way back 1955 – when I was just a young lad who was mad on Newcastle United.
Winning trophies and being successful are the things Newcastle fans dream of.
Mike Ashley doesn’t really think that way, at least in the past he hasn’t; he thinks about what is the minimum he needs to spend to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.
The triumvirate running Newcastle United
And Mike has been wrong a couple of times on that when we were relegated and a few more times when we only just escaped the drop.
Staying in the Premier League means we get the huge payout and not spending much on new players means our financial records become even better.
But football does not about having a good-looking bank account – it’s about winning games and ultimately about winning trophies.
The good news is there are real signs that Ashley may be changing his outlook and he has even talked about winning something.
He also has offered £20M to the squad if we can win the FA Cup this season – so he’s putting his (or we should say Newcastle’s) money where his mouth is – so to speak.
Hopefully, Mike’s attitude will change, and he will be a lot more willing to spend money next summer.
That’s especially true if Rafa gets us in the top 10 next May with what has been a squad built on a measly net outlay of only £12M last summer.
Think what he could do if that net expenditure was £100M.
It’s worth thinking about – but please watch out for that potential heart attack.