This week’s collective quotes from Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez has led to a complete and utter open range of opinions.
The questions and opinions being thrown about on the back of them are coming thick and fast, with everybody having their own take on what the statements actually mean.
Are they genuine, do they have an underlying context that due to the vagueness are too difficult to disseminate?
The important thing right now is not the statements themselves, but the future intent that can be drawn from them, that is what is important.
Mike Ashley quoted in the official club statement:
“I’ve confirmed to Rafa and Lee that they can have every last penny that the club generates through promotion, player sales and other means in order to build for next season.”
Is that vague? Not really.
Do we honestly expect Ashley to say the above, then continue to clarify where each and every penny will come from, what it equates to in regards to the pot available to Rafa, and how any player purchases will be established in a monetary sense? Not very likely is it?
The statement is of course pretty ambiguous but that is what should be expected. The market prices continue to soar every season with the continuous roll out of ludicrous TV deals; the moment you tell the world how much money you have to play with, every single player becomes that little bit more expensive the moment you approach the selling clubs.
Where, realistically, will the pennies come from?
We already know that any promotion money and anything generated through player sales will be made available.
Then you have sponsorships – SD don’t pay, of course they should, but they don’t, it is what it is.
There are other club sponsors that DO pay into the kitty – value unknown. Shirt sponsorship will be announced shortly, and with it coming from China, you can expect it to be a healthy sum. We aren’t talking ridiculous sums of money, somewhere in the region of 6-10 Million a year I imagine.
Ticket sales, TV revenues and shirt sales then become the main streams. There is a pot there, how big nobody really knows, but it is there, and the truth will come out soon enough.
The second person to make a statement however, is what was important. Rafa Benitez stating:
“I’m pleased with how the meeting went and the positive approach we are all taking together to build on what we have started this season.”
Here’s the thing folks. If Rafa was not 100% confident that Mike Ashley’s statement was genuine and matched his objectives, no statement would have been released, and in the not too distant future we would once again be looking for a new manager, probably one destined to lead us into obscurity.
The fact that this is not the case confirms that whatever the budget, wherever the money is coming from, Rafa is satisfied. Whatever is to be spent, Rafa feels that his objectives will be met.
Nothing more needs to be said. Speculation is pointless.
The man that matters believes that he has been given the tools he needs to get the job done. Leave it at that.
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