From the quotes coming out of Rafa Benitez’ press conference this morning it looks very much like he’s calmed everybody down as he revealed the HMRC investigation is for things that were done four or five years ago when players like Sylvan Marveaux were at Newcastle.
Sylvain is one of four people arrested in France yesterday as part of the overall investigation, which is focused on France and England..
Sylvain is the player we signed as a free agent in the summer of 2011, but he was never good enough and in four years at the club he made only 52 appearances with two goals.
The Frenchman spent his final year on loan at Guingamp before joining Lorient on a free transfer last summer, after being released by Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez – seems to have calmed everybody down
That’s only one of the things he does at the club
The major news coming out of the press conference with Rafa today is that Mike Ashley called him after the game on Monday night and talked to him and congratulated our manager on a great job done this season.
Rafa also revealed he has already talked a few times with Ashley on things he would like to do in the summer and they will soon have their one-on-one meeting after the season ends on May 7th.
We may be too overconfident but given how upbeat Rafa was today and the comments he has about the owner, we cannot see there being much of a rift between the two men.
After all Rafa is trying to make Mike’s club one of the best in Europe.
And Mike knows what that means in terms of the value of the famous Tyneside club – in short – it goes through the roof.
Why wouldn’t Mike want to support Rafa in doing that?
And in case you think there’s a crisis at the club after yesterday’s shocker, here’s some pictures the Chronicle has issued of the training session today at Benton , where there’ s not one financial file to be found today.
We’ll not name the players – they are obvious – including a certain cheeky Serbian striker shown below.