Rafa Benitez has not been supported by owner Mike Ashley in the last three transfer windows.
And the reason Newcastle are 5th from bottom and in danger of being relegated (yet again) is because of this.
And Ashley cannot say there wasn’t money available because the two other promoted clubs last May – Brighton and Huddersfield – both spent more money than Newcastle in the summer transfer market.
Huddersfield and Brighton are both above Newcastle in the league too – but not by much.
Rafa Benitez – will leave Newcastle this summer
Pundit and former Liverpool player Mark Lawrenson thinks Rafa will get fed up with the way he’s being treated by Ashley and leave in the summer.
This is what Lawrenson has said about Benitez:
“I don’t see him being there past the end of the season unless they sell.”
“At the end of the season he will be kind of thinking ‘you know what, I deserve better than this’.”
“You can’t have a constant scrap, a battle to try and get players.”
“The first transfer window in August they were linked with loads [of players] and hardly got any.”
“He will have done really, really well to stay in the league with the players he’s got.”
“It’s easier coaching better players.”
“If you’ve got Championship players you probably need to tell them two or three times to do something.”
“If you’ve got Champions League players, you tell them once.”
The takeover led by Amanda Staveley last year broke down, and whether a new offer will come in, we don’t know.
But Newcastle will need to be a Premier League club by the end of the season for a new offer to be made.
Newcastle are now in 16th position in the Premier League and just two points above the drop zone.