Jamaal Lascelles has given a lengthy interview in the Shields Gazette today, and it was done before the players decided not to speak to the press.
They are in dispute once again with owner Mike Ashley about the bonuses for next season, and this is the second summer running it has happened with our miserly owner, who just doesn’t like to spend money.
We are hoping the issue can be sorted out – certainly before we play Spurs on Saturday at home to kick off the season.
Rafa Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles – after we beat Arsenal last season
Rafa Benitez will likely leave us if nothing changes at Newcastle and Mike Ashley is still the owner next summer.
He will not want to go through yet another painful transfer window when he gets no money to spend from the owner.
Currently with the window closing tomorrow we are making a profit of £26M and out most expensive player bought is less than £10M.
Rafa and the fans just don’t understand why no money has been made available for new players.
Jamaal wants the hierarchy to support Rafa in every way possible so he will stay long-term at Newcastle which now looks extremely doubtful.
This is what Jamaal has said:
“I can’t reiterate enough how important he is,”
“Since he’s been here – promotion, finishing 10th, everybody loves him, the players love him.” “We’ve all got that same ambition and the same drive.”
“I don’t know what is holding the club back, but we all know what we want as a players and as staff, and, for me, I’d make him the happiest man here if possible.”
“When he came in, he changed it the way he wanted to. It might have taken him a while to really get across to the players exactly what he wanted us to do.”
“I know it did with me. “Some things defensively he wanted me to do differently to how I’d been taught before.”
“But, because he’s been here for two and a half years now, everybody knows exactly what he wants. “
“They do exactly what the gaffer says, he doesn’t really need to say too much now, because everybody works in the way he wants.”
“And, of course, we have players in training and on the pitch that will tell other players what to do, so we’ve got voices on the pitch as well.”
“The team we have, I don’t think you can really weaken the team that much,”
“You will have your starting XI, and that will probably go off form, it probably won’t go off talent.”
“Even if a player who isn’t as good on paper, if they are doing well, they will stay in the team. That’s what the gaffer does.”
Unless there is a change in the status quo, we just cannot see Rafa signing any new deal to stay long-term at Newcastle.
The best we can hope for is a change of ownership, but we cannot see that happening in the next year – Ashley is asking far too much for the club.
Mike Ashley is just hopeless as the Newcastle owner and should not be allowed to push Rafa the door – as he seems to be doing with his extreme penny-pinching