At least Rafa Benitez is consistent, and he has always said that it is positive if owner Mike Ashley attends games and if he attends some training sessions.
Ashley was a missing owner for 16 months (from a year last May) when he didn’t bother turning up for Newcastle’s games and seemed to have lost interest in the club.
Most fans would like him to be permanently missing by selling the club but that prospect does not look too likely at the moment – but you never know.
When a potential buyer really wants to own the club the deal can usually be done quickly and quietly.
Mike Ashley watching the Leicester game – yes – it was painful
Rafa has continued to be positive about having Mike Ashley around, as he said this in the Chronicle today:
“Communication is always good.” “I have had communication with Steve Nickson about the scouts but nothing new. It’s not new.”
“Normally you finish the window and then you go on holiday and after that, you talk about new targets.”
“I spoke to Lee Charnley about the team and how everybody is doing.” “It’s normal to talk like that every week.”
“If the owner is around and wants to watch the team or be with us, that’s positive.” “It can’t be negative.”
“We can concentrate on that rather than wasting energy being negative.”
“He is around – it’s positive.”
“The players now have to focus on playing games.”
What do you think about this?