It doesn’t look like anything has changed from the past as we move into December and it appears that Newcastle are in for yet another relegation fighting season under owner Mike Ashley.
Yes – another one.
And it looks to have been caused by another strategic mistake made by the owner in the summer by not investing money to improve what was a Championship squad.
That has caused us to spiral down the league table in the last 7 games.
We are now only two places and two points above the relegation zone.
And experience has shown that when you do get down there, it acts on the players’ minds and they start to lose confidence; it’s sometimes difficult to climb out of trouble.
As usual, the owner is saying nothing and showing no leadership.
Nobody seems to know if any money will be available to Rafa in January to strengthen the squad.
But Rafa at least should be able to sell players so he can get the funds to bring in new players.
Rafa Benitez – doesn’t seem to know what will happen in January
Players like Colback, Mitrovic, and Mbemba are not being used so we far better sell them to generate some funds in January.
Here’s what Rafa has said about the upcoming transfer window:
“At the moment we aren’t thinking about selling anybody because we need our players.”
“I don’t know how much money will be available or what we will do.”
“We have to be sure that this group of players continue to work as hard as they are doing at the moment.”
“If we can bring in some positions or some help, we will do it.”
“But to do that, sometimes you don’t need to sell players to be sure you can attract the others.”
“In football when you play so many games, especially in December which is a busy month, one good game can give you confidence.”
“For a couple of games, you are suddenly doing really well.”
“Once you play a few games in a row and confidence may be short or you make a mistake it can change again.”
“In modern football, you have to be ready for every game and be as fit as possible.”
Rafa has openly asked for a meeting with Mike Ashley to understand what’s going to happen in January and how much money is available to spend.
The sooner that happens the better.
The Newcastle ship is starting to drift because of poor decisions and poor leadership coming from the current hierarchy – also known as Mike Ashley.
With every defeat, the value of Newcastle United as a football club diminishes.
Ashley’s plan not to spend money on players in the summer and have the financial books look good is backfiring big time.
He still doesn’t seem to understand that success in football is having a top team on the field – not lots of money in the bank.