In Mike Ashley’s ten year reign at Newcastle, the fans and playing staff alike have often not known what the situation is at the club.
That’s the situation today with Rafa Benitez not knowing if he will get any money in January to strengthen the squad.
Rafa did everything possible before signing for Newcastle 21 months ago to ensure he was not blindsided by Ashley.
But that seems to be what happened in the summer and last January when Ashley allowed only limited funds to be spent in the two transfer windows.
That’s not what Rafa was promised.
But the financial records are now good at the club – big deal.
Current owner and future owner?
Newcastle have plummeted down the league in the last seven games at the exact wrong time.
So much so that would-be buyer Amanda Staveley is concerned about the club possibly being relegated.
So she has a relegation clause in her latest offer which is to give Ashley £250M up front in one payment.
The two sides are at loggerheads, and while nothing seems to be happening on the takeover, Newcastle continues to lose games.
With each defeat, the value of the club diminishes and before long Amanda Staveley could withdraw her offer if things start to look even worse in the league table.
Of course on the positive side what’s really needed is a massive infusion of transfer funds in January.
But who will come up with the money?
Our best bet is that there is some agreement between Staveley and Ashley that money will be available as a loan from Staveley to Newcastle so Rafa has funds to buy new players.
But there’s been no news that will happen, and it’s merely wishful thinking on our part.
So where we are left with – as always with this owner – we haven’t a clue what he’s thinking or what he will do next.
There has to be some break in the deadlock between Staveley and Ashley for the good of the club.
Mike Ashley would do well to accept Staveley’s offer now while it’s still on the table and then things could start to happen to save the club from relegation.
But we don’t think Ashley will sell for £250M.
What do you think?