The Chronicle is reporting that Rafa Benitez will likely not sit down with the Newcastle hierarchy to start up negotiations on his new contract again until the transfer window closes on Thursday, August 9th.
That means the reported standoff between the two men – Mike Ashley will not loosen the purse strings until Rafa signs a new contract – will continue.
And that would suggest that Rafa will have very little money to spend in the last 18 days of this crucial transfer window.
This further suggests that owner Mike Ashley is unwilling to strengthen the side in an attempt to get Rafa to sign a new contract.
That’s ridiculous to the extreme – if it’s true.
Mike Asley – just sell up – please!
Why Ashley has to create problems in every single transfer window, we don’t know – but that’s what he seems to do.
This is the fourth transfer window in a row that he has withheld funds from Rafa Benitez.
It’s a wonder Rafa is still at the club but he’s still here solely because of the fans and realizes the vast potential at Newcastle United FC – as do the fans.
Rafa doesn’t just want money for transfers to improve the side but he wants guarantees from the owner that the infrastructure at Newcastle – such as the training grounds and Youth development as two examples – will be improved via financial investments.
The Newcastle hierarchy – Mike Ashley, Justin Barnes, and Lee Charnley – have withheld funds and if that doesn’t end before August 9th, then Rafa will have to have scraped together some players the best way he can.
If this is all true, then Rafa should have resigned by now with that kind of treatment.
That’s just a ridiculous way to treat a world-class manager, and it’s so difficult to believe that’s what’s happening at the moment.
But we suppose we should expect that from an obstinate owner who has been nothing but trouble for Newcastle for 11 long and painful years which have come with two relegations.
Why doesn’t Mr. Ashley just sell up and leave Newcastle – and allow fans and Rafa to dream again?