Telegraph reporter Luke Edwards has slammed the shambles that is Newcastle United today, under completely incompetent and stubborn owner Mike Ashley this summer.
The club has gone from one that could perhaps break into the top eight under Rafa this season in the Premier League to one which will almost certainly be in another relegation fight.
Yes – another one.
At the end of the season, when we hammered Fulham 4-0 at Craven Cottage, things looked exciting for this summer and next season.
But now Rafa has gone as have our two top scorers, Ayoze Perez, and Salomon Rondon, who looks to be joining Rafa in China.
We will now be bookies’ favorites to get relegated with the club looking just like it was in September 2008 when Kevin Keegan was essentially forced out of the club.
It was a shambles back then too.
We were relegated that season for the first time ever from the Premier League, and now there are some of our other top players like goalkeeper Martin Dubravka who will want out of the club – now that savior Rafa Benitez has left.
And things have stalled on the signing Steve Bruce as Rafa’s replacement (what a comedown!) because Newcastle refuse to pay the reported £5M compensation to get the Championship level manager and his assistants to the club.
Having to pay the Owls for Steve Bruce to replace Rafa Benitez – only Newcastle could end up in that situation.
This is what Luke Edwards has said today on talkSPORT:
“I think they’ve gone for Steve in the end because of all the people who wanted it, he wanted it the most, so for there to now be delayed over compensation really is ludicrous.”
“To not have a shortlist in place because you were so convinced that Rafa Benitez was going to stay. For Rafa to then go. They haven’t signed anyone yet. It really is a mess.”
“If they don’t recruit well this summer they’re going to go down, I don’t care who the manager is.”
I’ve never seen such poor management in action.
The goal of being a good manager is to always plan ahead – something that Rafa Benitez was excellent at but Mike Ashley doesn’t even think about.
Mike Ashley may have made billions in his own business at Sports Direct but he is just hopeless – a bufoon at any kind of management.
We need to get him out of the club by any fair means possible – and as soon as possible.
Until that happens we could become a Championship club yet again.
Even Rafa couldn’t stand any more nonsense from Ashley after three and a half years of lies.
What a complete shambles Ashley has Newcastle in right now.
It’s a complete and utter disgrace for this great club.