The situation at Newcastle at the moment is almost exactly as it was last year at this time.
We are struggling just 3 points above the relegation zone, and Rafa Benitez has no idea what kind of money he will be getting from Mike Ashley in the upcoming January transfer window.
And Mike Ashley is on holiday seemingly not caring about the current club’s plight fighting once again to stay in the Premier League under his ownership.
I thought I had written a blog since 2007, but it looks like it’s only a continuing soap opera under Mike Ashley as the Newcastle owner.
Mike Ashley – an absent owner who doesn’t seem to care less
And fans are again on tenterhooks wondering if Ashley will be able to sell the club this time around.
Former center-back Steve Howey said he had heard late last week from “a very good source” that one consortium was close to acquiring Newcastle and that an announcement could even come before this Wednesday.
The Sun on Sunday yesterday reported the consortium led by Peter Kenyon was £100M short of the £300M Ashley is asking for the club.
Kenyon would only pay the extra £100M if Newcastle reached the Champions League sometime in the next 10 years.
Mike Ashley turned that offer down quickly.
And the People reported yesterday that not one of the four consortiums involved had the money to buy the club.
They also added that if they thought Ashley would sell on the cheap if we are relegated, they should think again because Ashley would remain the owner and try to get Newcastle promoted next season.
So if Ashley is willing to do that why not fork out some money next month to help Rafa strengthen the side?
And Ashley would have to get Newcastle promoted from the Championship (if we are relegated) without Rafa Benitez.
If Ashley is still the owner next summer, we are starting to think there’s just no way Rafa should stay on.
It would be a tragedy for the club and the fans and even the players if he leaves, but the talented and experienced manager can only take so much nonsense from those above him at the club.
And Rafa has been the only one along with his staff and players fighting like crazy to keep Newcastle in the Premier League for the last 18 months.
We did have Ashley attend some games this season, but then he seemed to get sick of it all and stopped attending.
As we’ve said before, the Premier League have to look at how Ashley has ruined the Newcastle club and even refused to spend the club’s own money to build a better side.
Ashley is in no way a fit and proper person to own Newcastle United.
We live in hope as always, but if Ashley fails to sell the club this time around the fans will not be happy.
And yes, that’s a massive understatement.