There is a report in the Shields Gazette today that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is getting more and more frustrated as the January window progresses and the club are unable to bring players into the club.
Owner Mike Ashley is now back from his vacation in Miami so we would expect him to be in touch with Managing Director Lee Charnley and the owner to find out what funds, if any, he has available this month.
Recent rumblings suggest he could get no net funds and will have to sell before he can buy, which is extremely difficult is the short January transfer window.
It’s now January 12th, and Rafa initially wanted all the transfer business completed by January 20th, but there’s no chance of that happening now.
Rafa Benitez – little progress on transfers
With Mike Ashley trying to sell the club it would seem a no-brainer that he wants to invest in the squad so that his investment in Newcastle is protected.
The value of Newcastle United will at least half if we are relegated for a third time under Ashley’s lackluster and pointless ownership.
Mike Ashley has said he wanted to sell the club before the end of the year, but that didn’t happen, and it’s clear no sale will take place unless and until Newcastle are safe from relegation this season.
Benitez has refrained from criticizing Mike Ashley openly after he lashed out last summer at broken promises from the Newcastle owner, but behind the scenes, Rafa is said to be fuming at the lack of professionalism of Mr. Ashley.
The manager will be in front of the cameras early this afternoon for our crucial game at home to bottom club Swansea City tomorrow afternoon – a relegation 6 pointer.
We will find out today if there has been any progress on transfers – but we are not holding our breath.