It’s been a really a strange summer for Newcastle fans and maybe the weirdest under Mike Ashley’s awful and disastrous stewardship.
It’s crazy, and it’s a complete and utter shambles with Newcastle now finding it hard to appoint a manager who can accompany the team to China next weekend.
And to think the big reason we were invited to the Premier League Asia Trophy was becasue of our world-class manager Rafa Benitez.
Well – he’s now already in China managing Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang, and they won their first game 3-1 under Rafa – who is now trying to sign Salomon Rondon for his new club.
Rafa has signed up for 30 months for the Chinese Club.
Rafa Benitez welcomes Achraf Lazaar – August 2016
We have many fringe players returning to the club who didn’t have a look-in under Rafa but now with the standards dropping at the club – columnist Alan Biggs has said that caretaker manager Neil Redfearn rates Achraf Lazaar who has been a disaster at the club since he joined three years ago from Palermo.
He has played only 10 times for Newcastle in three years.
This is the tweet sent out by Alan Biggs:
Happen to know that Lazaar is very highly rated by Newcastle caretaker boss Neil Redfearn. I’d have wanted him back at #SWFC even ahead of Aarons on what I saw last season. If Neil stays in place, real chance for Lazaar at #NUFC . https://t.co/cddF6MGz82
— Alan Biggs (@AlanBiggs1) July 4, 2019
Rafa was a world-class manager and had world-class standards but nor we expect the playing standards to drop under whomever the new manager is.
That’s bound to happen as Mike Ashley has proved again and again he has no interest in building a team that can challenge for the top six.
Jack Colback may even be good enough for the new Newcastle team – especially if Sean Longstaff is sold for £30M to Manchester United.
We have brought in no players yet, and we have sold Perez for £30M to Leicester City and maybe Longstaff to Manchester United for £30M or more.
The transfer window opened on May 16th and deals could be done and then and made official on July 1st – the start of the new financial year.
So in seven and a half weeks in the summer transfer window, we have sold one player and maybe two – and two of our best players too.
And we will not be signing Salomon Rondon who could join Rafa in China.
We will likely make yet another profit in this transfer window as Ashley is only worried about the money; he cares little about the standards of the team that is put on the pitch.\
Mike Ashley seems to be selling some of our good players just in case fans thought we were not a selling club.
We are – as long as Ashley stays in charge.
And to think I was so happy and upbeat back on May 13th before Ashley started doing his dirty deeds.