We will preface this article by saying Mike Ashley seems something of a quirky and unpredictable character and indeed, over the last 12 years, fans generally don’t know what he’s going to do next.
One reason we still don’t understand him is that the man very rarely gives interviews and hardly ever addresses his customers – the many Newcastle United fans around the world.
My son Neil and I are just two of them.
We hope Ashley will sell the club soon, but if he’s going to be in charge for the next year or two – which seems possible – this is what he can do to help his club become successful and be worth a lot more money on the open market.
That, of course, is a considerable benefit to Ashley himself.
The scenario we would like to see play out is that Mike Ashley signs Rafa up soon (who doesn’t), and gives him sufficient funds to spend in each transfer window.
Mike Ashley – needs to come to the games – support Mr. Benitez
And Rafa can sign older players when he sees fit, but will usually try to bring in younger players who can then be developed into better players by Rafa and his coaching staff.
Rafa has already shown he can do that with lots of players he’s signed.
Once Rafa signs for three or hopefully five years, he will call for everybody to get fully behind the team and follow them through thick and thin – and that should include the owner.
Our loyal fans have embraced that call from Rafa, and the team can be a dominant side at home and away with that kind of world-class support.
Mike should come to every home game and he doesn’t have to do anything but – hopefully – enjoy the wins.
That’s something he hasn’t had much of other than in the two seasons we were down below in the Championship.
The main thing he has to do is let Rafa be Rafa on the football side of things and support him in the transfer windows and give him every penny the club generates.
But this time he has to really mean it – and do it.
Yes, Mike Ashley has been a disaster for Newcastle but if he did these simple things – and rely on Charnley to run the financial side of the club with Rafa on the football side – he could even become a good owner.
I hope you have not just swallowed your cornflakes after reading that.
There’s nothing for Ashley to do but enjoy the (rapid?) rise of Newcastle United in English football over the next few years and appreciate how much his prosperous club will cost in a few years.
The fact that Rafa is Newcastle and Newcastle is Rafa has to be an excellent thing in the future.
Finally, in the last two years or so, I have begun to believe in miracles.
Anything is possible in this world.
Newcastle becoming great again is definitely possible and even probable if Rafa stays.
Howay The Bonnie Lads!!