It turns out that manager Rafa Benitez knew that Mike Ashley would be attending the game at Selhurst Park last week.
We assume he got to know from Lee Charnley who Ashley communicates with – hopefully on a regular basis.
Rafa has said he doesn’t have a direct line to the owner, but he gets information from Managing Director Lee Charnley, and the two of them talk regularly.
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Rafa has given his press conference and several interviews today, and he was asked whether he was surprised Ashley attended the game last week:
“I was not surprised, because I knew that he was going. If the owner wants to be around, that’s positive. It has to be positive.”
“I don’t see any problem with that, because it means that he cares and is supporting the team. Hopefully. that will be the case in the next weeks and months.”
“Not really (I don’t speak directly with Ashley), but I have my communication with him through Lee Charnley. I had yesterday a conversation with Lee and we were talking about everything.”
“I’m not sure 100% (Ashley will attend tomorrow), because it depends on him.”
“But if he comes, it’s fine. Good. Positive.”
There is to be another demonstration against Mike Ashley outside the club shop before the game tomorrow.
What we are hoping is that we have a sellout crowd and can get our first win of the season tomorrow afternoon by 5:00pm.