We read in the Chronicle that Rafa Benitez is becoming more and more frustrated with the Newcastle hierarchy.
There was news in the Chronicle today that Benitez expected back in late November that this January transfer window would be much like the previous two – and he would get no help from Ashley.
We are in a similar position as we were last season, but there are some real differences too.
Rafa is not as confident with his squad as he was a year ago when he said we would do better in the second half of last season – which we did and even finished in 10th place.
His is not saying those things at the moment – but that it will take a miracle for Newcastle to avoid relegation this term.
Rafa has done his best to alert Mike Ashley to the dangers Newcastle face in the final five months of the season.
Rafa Benitez – at Watford this season
But we have heard nothing from Ashley and 10 days of the window are already over.
Benitez has refused to sign a new deal at Newcastle unless the way transfers are done at the club is changed radically, and the manager also has much more say on how the transfer money is spent.
He also wants more money to spend so he can bring in a better class of player and wants to know the level of Mike Ashley’s ambitions for the club.
We can tell Rafa what they are right now – it’s to spend as little money as he can in keeping Newcastle as a Premier League club.
Rafa has been at the club now for coming up to three years and he will know that if Ashley doesn’t sell things are not going to improve any time soon.
And even if Rafa keeps Newcastle s a Premier league club this season, he will surely look for a more ambitious club than Newcastle are under Ashley.
Former Premier League Champions Leicester City are one of those clubs reported to be interested in signing Rafa in the summer.
The only hope for us seems to be that Rafa can somehow have Newcastle survive relegation in the next several months and a new owner emerges before the summer.
It will take those two things to happen to prevent the disaster scenario at Newcastle.
That’s Rafa leaving the club and Newcastle relegated for the third time from the Premier League under Ashley.
The more we don’t strengthen this month the more likely that disaster scenario is of becoming real.