This is the fourth transfer window in a row that Rafa has been frustrated by owner Mike Ashley because funds are not being made available to him.
So Rafa’s plans basically go up in smoke because of a lack of funding.
This is Rafa’s 5th transfer window and only in that first one two years ago was he allowed to get on with it – helped by Lee Charnley – and it was an excellent window.
The new players like Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle became the stars of our promotion season.
But since then Mike Ashley has done what’s he’s done for eleven long years now – withhold money from Newcastle’s managers.
Mike Ashley – a very poor communicator – a very poor owner
Ashley doesn’t like to spend money especially when Newcastle finished in a comfortable 10th place in the Premier League last season.
After all, that’s the (joint) second best position we have ever finished in the Premier League under Ashley – the best being 5th place in 2012.
And it was also Rafa’s first full season in the Premier League.
|Premier Season||Position||Number of Points|
|2008-2009||18||34 - relegated|
|2009-2010||1 (Championship)||102 - promoted|
|2015-2016||18||37 - relegated|
|2016-2017||1 - (Championship)||94 - promoted|
Fans don’t understand why we have no money to spend this summer and if the reported standoff between Rafa and the owner is true, it’s ridiculous and childish.
To withhold transfer money from the manager in an attempt to get him to sign a new deal is ludicrous to the extreme.
The bottom line is at any well-run club in this current predicament – the owner or Managing Director would issue a statement or be interviewed about what the real situation is at the moment.
But not at Newcastle.
And it’s encouraging to see a petition demanding that the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley backs Rafa Benitez and stops ‘exploiting’ the club has been presented to the House of Commons.
It’s been presented by Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah, who has delivered the petition on behalf of three Tyneside MPs.
That (exploiting the club) hits a nerve because Ashley has used St. James’ Park as a worldwide advertising board for his Sports Direct company and not paid a penny for the advertising.
He’s hardly a fit and proper owner for our club.
We’ve often pointed out that in any company poor communication nearly always leads to problems.
People don’t know exactly what’s going on so things are made up to fill the vacuum – and they are very rarely positive.
We hope that Charnley or Ashley will come out and say something about the mess going on in the transfer window right now and clear things up for the fans.
But we won’t hold our breath.
I had a battery of tests yesterday which I will now get every three months related to my stage 4 prostate cancer – and they include exhaustive blood tests.
The results show that the spread of the cancer is still being contained – and that’s excellent news.
I’m good for another three months so really looking forward to Rafa signing another five good players in the next two weeks!
Howay The Lads!!