If Mike Ashley is still at Newcastle United by Christmas then Rafa Benitez won’t be, that’s the view of former midfielder Joey Barton.
Barton says that ‘Newcastle is a great club but the owner causes a lot of problems’.
Describing Mike Ashley’s mischief making Sky interview as ‘silly’, the player turned pundit says that the owner has (deliberately?) created a situation where Rafa Benitez wants to leave, unless something changes…
As Newcastle fans accept, Joey Barton says that Ashley has failed to keep his transfer window promises to the manager and that Rafa’s body language confirms that.
With the owner making it all but impossible for the team/club to prosper and make it into what Rafa Benitez believes it can be, Barton urges Mike Ashley to ‘pack his bags’ and sell up.
With the club having a great chance to find a new ambitious owner, helped by being back in the Premier League AND having a ‘top manager in Benitez’.
Ashley has said any number of times he would be willing to sell the club but supporters doubt that sincerity, with a belief that if anybody is interested he will price it to ensure they quickly look elsewhere.
Joey Barton speaking to Talksport:
“Newcastle is a great club but the owner causes a lot of problems.
“It is his way or the highway and I can’t see Benitez staying there until Christmas.
“Mike Ashley’s interview on TV was silly because it draws everybody in, and makes it a soap opera, because Rafa has to respond and has to take a side.
“I believe Rafa Benitez wants to go.
“His body language says Ashley has not come through with what he wanted this summer and that means he feels he won’t have the opportunity to establish Newcastle in the top half of the Premier League.
“It ends one of two ways…either the owner leaves and gets the money he wants for the club, or the manager will go because he won’t give him the finances he feels is necessary to compete in the Premier League.
“Mike Ashley got had over when he bought the club, he overpaid for the club and, since he realised that, it’s been an exercise to get that money back.
“He’s in for more money than he probably wants to be but if he’s going to get some of that money back, he will have to do it in the Premier League.
“So advertise that the club is for sale.
“They are in the Premier League and they’ve got a top manager in Benitez.
“So pack your bags, move on and sell to someone who wants to take the club to the next level.”