The Mail is reporting today that Mike Ashley is a little miffed that he has not been invited to training by Rafa Benitez.
Sportsmail is reporting today that Ashley is none too happy that the Spaniard has never invited him to take in a training session or invited him to a game.
Why does Rafa need to invite him to a game when Mike Ashley is the owner of the club?
The training session is different.
But it seems that Ashley may want to come back into the fold as he attempts to somehow keep Mr. Benitez at the club beyond next summer.
When things were a little better at Newcastle – but not by much
When he was at Real Madrid, the Real President Florentino Perez came to the training sessions to see what was going on and check on Rafa – and he didn’t need an invite from the head coach.
But it seems Mike Ashley wants to repair their broken relationship – although both men are stubborn and that may be difficult.
The two issues of not being invited to a training session or to a game are issues that have been brought up before at meetings between the two sides.
That seems odd.
But there’s a question that can be asked of Rafa at today’s press conference for the game tomorrow at Manchester City.
Time is running out for Ashley to keep Rafa at the club after he has not supported him financially in four successive transfer windows.
But we have this feeling that if Rafa can line up two or three good players for January – Mike Ashley would back him.
The owner has to do something to keep Rafa at the club; otherwise next season Newcastle will be a big favorite to be relegated.
And Ashley will have ruined any chance of Newcastle becoming great again in the near future, while some of us old-timers are still around.
One missing element in their relationship is there is not a direct line between Rafa and Mike Ashley – there should be.
Why doesn’t Mike Ashley pick up the phone and speak to Rafa and they can talk?
We are all for Mike Ashley visiting the training ground if it improves the relationship between the two men.
And if it gets us along the path to having Rafa sign a long-term deal to stay at Newcastle – even if Ashley is still the owner.
All this wouldn’t be necessary if Ashley had supported Rafa with the money the club has and to make a profit of £20M last summer was downright stupid and almost suicidal.
If we are relegated it was suicidal.
Rafa is now forced into trying to save the club again from relegation this season.
No progress it seems over last season.
When will Mike Ashley ever learn?