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Commentary – Why Ashley Takes So Long To Give Rafa What He Needs To Make Newcastle Great

Rafa Benitez has been very successful in his football management career – so much so that he is a respected and admired coach around the world – and in the Premier League.

He has been at Newcastle for three years now, but because of a lack of investment from owner Mike Ashley, he has only been able to stabilize the club once he got us promoted from the Championship two years ago at the first attempt.

The previous two seasons we have been fighting relegation but Rafa and the players fought through to finish in 10th place the first season back (2017-2018) and 13th place last season with one more point than in the previous season – 45 points vs 44 points.

With Rafa’s three-year contract up next month he really wants to stay at Newcastle but wants to be successful again as he was at Valencia, Liverpool, and Napoli – and even at Chelsea for 8 months as the temporary manager when he won the Europa League for them in 2013.

Rafa Benitez – looking for help from above?

But for Rafa to stay he must have the tools so he can be successful and that’s what he’s really negotiating with the owner.

The fact this thing is taking so long and Ashley seems so stubborn on things indicates the owner would like to keep control of the financials and transfers at the club.

And that would mean Rafa will find it very difficult to become successful at Newcastle.

There’s something seriously wrong when an owner has to be persuaded again and again what he needs to do to have his club become one of the top clubs in England.

And be worth an awful lot of money.

It should disqualify Ashley from being an owner of a Premier League club.

This is another way of looking at what Rafa is trying to do for Newcastle in his negotiations, and how Ashley seems to be resisting at every turn.

It is not good.

We hope for a quick announcement this week that Ashley has finally seen the light – but we are not going to hold our breath on that.

But we are willing to be (very) surprised.


Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • posada

    May 20, 2019 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #1

    West Brom don’t want Gayle, as they can’t afford his wages.
    Can they afford Rondon’s wages ? Probs not.
    So, we sell him to Leeds, Fulham etc instead.

    What’s the going rate for a striker that will score 20 Championship goals in a season and get you into the Prem and all that TV money.

  • Jib

    May 20, 2019 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #2

    AgustaWestland AW109SP
    N0. G-MAOL – Registered owner is listed as “Mash Aviation Ltd”

  • Bambams

    May 20, 2019 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #3

    So G-MAOL….

    Could this be Mike Ashley OnLine – Guy ?


  • Jib

    May 20, 2019 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #4

    They all have a G prefix
    then they must be followed by 4 letters
    M ash A viation L imited stick an O in to make up the 4
    O for orifice perhaps ?

  • welshgeordie9

    May 20, 2019 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Boring, nothing to see here.

  • Jib

    May 20, 2019 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #6

    If they’d made it MALO
    That means BAD in Spanish

  • Jib

    May 20, 2019 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #7

    too many long words like prefix for Welshie

  • Jib

    May 20, 2019 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Thinking about it
    Gayle and Perez playing in front of Miggy
    could be interesting.

  • welshgeordie9

    May 20, 2019 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Jib you are so funny.

  • count

    May 20, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #10

    Interesting stuff from online guy on the radio waves a few threads back. Wonderfully ignorant response from australian who completely misses the implications.


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