After More Ashley Mistakes – Benitez Now Unsure About Upcoming Transfer Window

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.

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8 comments so far

  • ashleysmate

    Dec 12, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #1

    I’ve voted for a hopeful win against everton, but it’s sad to note, at this time ,56% are voting for a defeat….so sad…sign of the times

  • sparky55

    Dec 12, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #2

    IMO we will lose tomorrow…not because Sam is a better manager than Rafa…but because Sam has more quality in his squad and because Sam has just taken over at Everton and has stopped the rot, got a point at Liverpool etc means they all the momentum and a much better squad with premiership quality all over the pitch.

    We should not be rating Rafa whilst he has a squad this is 90% championship quality.

    We should be rating Rafa after January and after a proper squad rebuild in the summer.

    It’s men against boys at the minute and there’s only so much a manger can do with boys in the premiership

  • RUNAWAY777

    Dec 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Shire i soon as grandkids go iam only 8 miles from the ground you going.
    Lesh i see that extra p sneaked in haha hope your well mate

  • RUNAWAY777

    Dec 12, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #4

    See that dick head Merson has us down for a draw

  • Jack Root

    Dec 12, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #5

    On Topic:

    Jack Root
    Aug 19, 2017 at 4:49 PM
    Comment #18
    Hail is right but there are two sides to every story. Even if the majority see Ashley as the devil incarnate.

    Mark Brophy who knows a thing or two about Toon football points out the other side of the story.
    Benitez has been attempting to apply pressure all summer on Ashley, to approve more spending.

    Many on here have ad nauseam
    recounted Rafa’s unhappiness at the lack of a much bigger transfer kitty which many claim might cause him to leave. It’s not uncommon to read of supporters going into hissy fits and claim Benitez leaving would be a final straw for them. They might at least have reserved judgement and such comment until the window closes.

    Anyway, what we are seeing played out is what Ashley believes was made abundantly clear to Rafa last May. Simply that there needed to be a rationalisation of the squad, the wage bill was too high and had to be cut prior to new player recruitment. Ashley had learnt the lesson of our earlier relegation and return to the Premiership. Players not likely to feature in the 25 man squad needed to be moved on in order to reduce the wage bill. Charnley was party to this.

    Benitez had agreed to comply. A retained list was shortly thereafter to be compiled. The subsequent spiralling transfer and wage inflation has made this more difficult than Benitez had envisaged. Ashley has heard it all before but he is a business man.

  • sparky55

    Dec 12, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #6

    I’d take a draw all day long. Still not hopeful though….have you seen the Everton Squad?????

    How many times does men v boys end up with the boys winning.

  • hads442

    Dec 12, 2017 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #7

    Raffa must take a lot of the critisism about our free fall as his tactics and picking of certain players and leaving certain ones out is baffling to say the least

  • Levi

    Dec 12, 2017 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #8

    I think we will win tomorrow simply because Everton only had 2 days to recover from Liverpool game. And we had 3 days and both home games. And we need Lascelles back hope he can start tomorrow.


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