The Mirror are reporting today that Rafa Benitez believes he will be backed by Mike Ashley in the January transfer window.
The report suggests that Rafa believes he will get a substantial transfer kitty – and it helps that Ashley is now attending games.
The owner can see for himself that Newcastle must be strengthened in January if we are to avoid our third relegation in the last ten years.
That would be a complete and utter disaster for the club.
It would also be a disaster for Mike Ashley regarding the price he can get for Newcastle, so he should be motivated to improve the team in January.
But we never know what Ashley is thinking or what he will do at any given time – he is hard to read and doesn’t seem to act logically.
In four of our last five games, we have failed to score a goal – the exception being the 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford.
So Newcastle are really struggling for goals once again this season, and we need another striker in January.
Rafa is in good communication with Lee Charnley and has been led to believe by the Managing Director that Mike Ashley will fully support him in the January transfer window.
But Rafa’s also been promised funds before and there has been no help coming from the owner.
This could be different because Newcastle are indeed in danger of being relegated yet again.
If that happens Rafa will be gone, and we’re not sure what Mike Ashley would do.
So, as usual, we will have to see what kind of mood Mike Ashley is in when January rolls around – last January he was on vacation in the US.
If Newcastle have made a good recovery in the league through the end of this year, he is also likely to limit the transfer funds Rafa gets.
His ambition stretches only to keeping Newcastle as a Premier League club.