With Newcastle’s absent owner Mike Ashley now back from his long Christmas vacation there is news in the Chronicle that’s not too surprising – Rafa will seek to talk to Ashley about what his transfer funds are – if any – in this January window.
Alan Shearer has made the point that Newcastle are a Championship side playing in the Premier League and unless we strengthen in January we could be relegated for the third time under Ashley, who bought the club back in May, 2007.
As we reported yesterday, Rafa has already set up some deals this month but has not been able to get anybody to sign off on them.
Apparently, Managing Director Lee Charnley is not able to do that so we assume they have to go to Ashley himself or maybe Justin Barnes who was put in charge of the finances almost a year ago.
Rafa Benitez – seems to have been left on his own
There has been no real news on the takeover over the last several weeks, although Sky Sports reported yesterday that the deal was still being worked on and negotiations have not broken down.
But it’s now 11th January, and Newcastle still haven’t signed anybody after Rafa wanted players brought in early this month.
Newcastle have a really important game at home to bottom of the league Swansea City on Saturday afternoon and Rafa will be giving his press conference for that game tomorrow afternoon and will be asked about the transfer situation.
It’s a weird and crazy situation where Rafa seems to be left on his own fighting to save Newcastle from relegation.
Neither owner Mike Ashley or would-be owner Amanda Staveley seem too interested in strengthening the team.
Not that Ms. Staveley can do much about it other than loan Newcastle money.
And she tried to do that, but Mike Ashley would only agree to a loan if the negotiations were further along and the two parties had agreed on a price for the club.
They have so far failed to agree on a price for the club.
Other clubs are strengthening, and Newcastle have been made to look like paupers in the Premier League.
We have to hope that Mr. Ashley comes to his senses quickly and wants to protect his investment in Newcastle by giving Rafa the funds he needs to ensure we are not relegated in May.
We have no idea if that’s what he will do.