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Mike Ashley pet journalist accuses Rafa Benitez of running media unrest campaign over no signings

4 years ago

A journalist loyal to Mike Ashley, has accused Rafa Benitez of creating negative headlines for the club.

Teessider and formerly of Sky Sports, Graeme Bailey has always backed the Ashley regime throughout his shocking reign at the club.

Bailey has constantly backed the disastrous recruitment process at Newcastle and in particular Graham Carr’s role in it, despite a series of terrible signings leading to a number of relegation near misses and then the eventual second demotion in seven years in 2015/16.

Having already written critically about Rafa Benitez since he arrived and rescued Newcastle, Graeme Bailey has now came out with claims of Rafa Benitez using press contacts of his own to push his own agenda, which has upset Mike Ashley/The Club according to the journalist.

The claims surround stories appearing that said Rafa was considering his position due to Newcastle’s failure to bring in any new faces, apart from Atsu’s conversion from loan to permanent.

This follows the January window when Benitez went public and said how disappointed he was that the club had failed to bring in a single transfer target he had asked for, including even loan signings.

With less than 48 hours until the players return for pre-season training, neither fans or Rafa Benitez could have believed that no new signings would have materialised by this point.

There is only 13 days until the first friendly at Hearts and six weeks until the Premier League kicks off, supporters having watched the likes of Bournemouth spending £20m on a player this weekend, as well as giving the go ahead to massive wages/signing on fee for Jermain Defoe.

Graeme Bailey writing in The Gambling Times:

‘Newcastle United have insisted they will back Rafa Benitez in the transfer market but are growing increasingly frustrated with him venting his annoyance through certain sections of the media.

Back page headlines last weekend and subsequent reports suggested that Benitez was considering his future unless he got funds to bolster his squad.

Newcastle sources are now insistent that they are providing funds to bolster the squad – despite the fact they have only brought in Christian Atsu so far this summer.

But Newcastle hierarchy are not happy by what they perceive as Benitez driven reports.

Newcastle have now assured the Spaniard that they are working hard on targets but have also made their feelings known about the recent headlines, which they were far from happy about.

Newcastle, who have also held talks with a Chinese consortium in recent weeks about potential investment which could even lead to a takeover – do not want reports of discontent or even a possible parting of the ways with their manager emerging.

Benitez’s own team, led by his closest confidant Owen Brown, insist that he will not be quitting before the start of the season.’


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