Alan Shearer vented against owner Mike Ashley’s austerity at Newcastle last summer when he was on Match of the Day.
But that was the fourth time running that our manager didn’t get the funds he was expecting in the transfer market.
However, this summer because of Rafa’s contacts, drawing power, hard work and skill he managed to get seven good players in for a gross outlay of £22M.
But with Newcastle transferring players like Aleksandar Mitrovic for £22M, in addition to Chancel Mbemba, Matz Sels and Mikel Merino, we made a profit of about £20M.
Alan Shearer – blasts Ashley – worried about Rafa leaving
So we got seven players in from the funds we got for Mitro.
This is what Shearer said on Match of the Day:
“I’m not happy. I’m exactly the same as the rest of the Newcastle fans because Rafa has not been given the ammunition to take the club forward.”
“Again Newcastle are in profit for this transfer window – about £23M – plus for finishing tenth last year you get around £120M – £143M in profit with transfers.”
“I think he will stay at the club until the end of the season then there’s no doubt about it, he will review it because at times he must think it’s an impossible job.”
“At least we know now where all the money has gone under this owner. But House of Fraser isn’t going to get any points for them.”
“Rafa Benitez did a magnificent job for them.”
“Last December Newcastle were in the bottom three so to get them into 10th position there’s no doubt Mike will be looking at it and thinking ‘What’s all the fuss about?”
“I’m making all this money, I’ve got a magnificent manager there and he’s getting us to 10th
It’s not accurate to say the £120M we made from the Premier League is pure profit.
It’s revenue and Newcastle have costs like wages to pay out with that.
But Alan is making the point that Newcastle must have significant money to spend – and Ashley again refused to spend it.
Maybe the best bet of keeping Rafa is to keep letting him know we love the man and he’s like a God at Newcastle.
It was good to see the Rafa flag in front of Sports Direct during the protest yesterday.
Rafa may even realize that even with the travails of Mike Ashley he could still stay on at Newcastle because of the unity at the club and the support of the fans and the city
And hopefully each season the team would get better.
Everybody is behind Newcastle – except for those managing the money – the hierarchy.
Very strange indeed, but that’s the position we are in.
It may well depend on how well we do this season and if we don’t finish in the top ten maybe Rafa will think it’s not worth the time or the effort to stay on Tyneside.
But there’s no way Mike Ashley will sell Newcastle in the next year or two.