The Chronicle revealed yesterday that Rafa Benitez’ transfer funds for this summer will only be around £40M and in addition whatever the manager can get from selling some of the players who are now surplus to requirements.
Rafa wanted the transfer system changed significantly this summer so that Newcastle can move a lot more quickly to get their transfer targets to the club.
Last summer showed Newcastle could lose out on targets simply because they tend to drag things out with transfer negotiations – much like is happening now with Rafa Benitez and his new potential contract.
Rafa Benitez – not getting the control he needs
And Lee Charnley is still to go between to Mike Ashley and the owner still decides who Rafa can buy and who he cannot buy – if the player is too expensive.
Rafa wants full control of how he will spend the transfer funds but it doesn’t look like he will get that capability.
And Justin Barnes is still the financial man that Ashley has in place at the club to keep tabs on the general finances of the club
So with Rafa wanting vast changes made to the club, it doesn’t appear that Mike Ashley is willing to change much at all.
We do expect Rafa to stay for the final year of his contract, but If Mike Ashley doesn’t change things then it could be difficult for Benitez to stay on at Newcastle.
With little money available it seems that Rafa has to look at players like West Brom striker Salomon Rondon, who is an average striker and hardly excites Newcastle fans.
And while Rafa wanted players brought in quickly this summer apparently Newcastle have not bid for any players yet; that’s according to the Chronicle Q&A report yesterday.
Mike Ashley seems to be determined to keep things much the same at Newcastle and if that’s the case, it could (will) lead to Rafa preferring not to stay at Newcastle.
There are other clubs where Rafa will not have his hands tied behind his back but he will actually get support from the hierarchy.
That doesn’t seem to be the case at Newcastle.
If the Chronicle report is accurate this is not good news at all.