It was another excellent Q&A in the Chronicle today this time with the experienced Mark Douglas answering questions.
People at Newcastle right now (fans, journalists, players, staff, shopkeepers, businessmen, Starbucks lovers, Greggs patrons .. …) don’t know much about what’s happening.
But Mark thinks the meeting between Ashley and Rafa could happen tomorrow although there could be more than one meeting to agree to a deal between the two men.
Unfortunately, both men are both stubborn and resolute in their views – as Douglas rightly points out.
If Lee Charnley is still in charge of transfers for Ashley, then it seems like it will be the same old same old even if Rafa signs.
Nothing too much will change.
We remember the saying – a leopard can’t change its spots.
Remember this Public Relations picture of two years ago?
Rafa was then screwed by Ashley in the transfer market
Another saying we made up – Mike Ashley doesn’t like to spend money.
Long transfer cycles will continue as Lee Charnley follows his directions from the top and tries to do the best-ever deal for every transfer transaction he does (for Ashley).
That is not the way to get players in quickly as Rafa wants – and it is not the way to get top players to Newcastle
So we don’t see much changing if and when Rafa signs a new deal.
Rafa will still be frustrated – but we hope this time it’s not by the transfer funds Mike Ashley is willing to give the manager.
If we can get Mike Ashley to cough up some money for Rafa – that will be a big step forward.
After all, it’s the club’s money, not Ashley’s we are asking him to spend.
And Rafa has earned significant transfer funds by having Newcastle finish reasonably positioned in the Premier League given the investment he’s been given – 10th place on 44 points last season and 13th place with 45 points this season.
Will Mike Ashley will give up control to Rafa for the transfers?
We doubt that will happen although we hope it does.
Unfortunately, the truth is that things will change for the better and Rafa will be unleashed at Newcastle only when some humanitarian billionaire reads about the pain and suffering of Newcastle fans over the last long twelve years.
And then he (she) comes in and does a humanitarian act by buying out Ashley for the money he wants for the club.
Only then can Rafa Benitez start making Newcastle great again and be uninhibited in doing that: he will be supported by the new owner
What a concept!
And then the sparks will really fly.
Maybe that’s what Rafa is waiting for?
Howay The Lads.