“The Times George Caulkin has a piece in the Times today, and he doubts that Rafa Benitez will sign a new deal with Newcastle when there’s no trust between the manager and the owner.
Mike Ashley promised every last penny the club could generate to Rafa last May and yet he was able to spend only about £20M net in last summer’s transfer window.
And the problems started as that cane as a shock to the manager, and he was not happy about it.
And Amanda Staveley on her white horse may not come to the rescue after all because while she’s still interested in buying the club that was for around £300M.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
She will not pay Ashley new price which is said to be closer to £400M and George has that first hand from Amanda.
George also reports Ashley is trying to sell the club in the American market with there being no takers so far this summer; in fact, nobody who’s even interested in buying the club at the new price.
Rafa doesn’t seem to see eye to eye with Ashley at all.
And as well as wanting a business plan every year that allocates money for transfers – Rafa also wants the club to invest in the infrastructure.
We’d be surprised if Mike will want to that when his first priority presumably is to sell the club.
Here are some small sections from the Caulkin report today:
“At the heart of the matter is trust. For three transfer windows in succession, Benítez believes months of work in identifying players and setting up deals was wasted.”
“The record books show that Newcastle went up as champions and have now finished tenth, yet Benítez would argue that both accomplishments were jeopardized by the club’s lack of action.”
“Why take that risk? And why make life more difficult for yourself, when some prudent investment would remove that stress and give you something to build upon?”
“The table says one thing, but this has been a season of toil and it has taken a toll.”
“When Benítez attempted to sign Willy Caballero on a free transfer last summer, the club demurred – Newcastle already had too many goalkeepers.”
“Benítez pushed and eventually Lee Charnley, the managing director, took it up with Ashley.”
“Yet when they brought in Martin Dubravka in January, the manager’s logic immediately became obvious.”
“Dubravka has changed the team.”
One reason Rafa wants to be the person to decide who comes into the club and not Mike Ashley is that he knows a lot more about players than Ashley ever will.
Owners should stay in the background and let the football people like Rafa do their job without interference.
Ashley doesn’t have a clue how to run a club, and he’s proven that over eleven long years.