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Rafa Benitez misled over transfer budget and control over transfers – Report

2 years ago
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The big positive is that Rafa Benitez is still at St James Park.

The many negatives are that evidence is being put forward/claimed by ever increasing sources, that just like Kevin Keegan, the Newcastle Manager is being undermined by Mike Ashley and his minions.

A net spend of only around £17m this summer, was something that no Newcastle fan envisaged.

Many supporters are trying to look on the bright side and claim that simply by his ongoing presence at St James Park, it must mean that Rafa Benitez is happy with how things have went.

The situation is not irretrievable but that surely relies now on things changing on the transfer front in the next three weeks.

The blind optimism of some fans is countered by an ever increasing weight of evidence that things are not ok within the club.

Rafa Benitez himself has in a very understated non-hysterical way made clear he is not happy at all, as well as talking about his happiness/contentment relying on whether Mike Ashley keeps his word.

Many journalists close to the manager are also broadcasting the fact that Rafa Benitez is waiting for promises to be belatedly kept, Martin Hardy is the latest to do so on Tuesday.

Sunday Times journalist Martin Hardy, author of ‘Rafa’s Way’, talking to Sky Sports:

There has been a lot of speculation about his future. What are the issues there?

“He was unhappy in January when the goalposts moved. He was unhappy at the start of the current transfer window, when the goalposts moved and he’s unhappy now. His hands have been tied in the transfer market.

“This is not how it was in the brochure, and that did for Keegan ultimately, in 2008, when he was outmanoeuvred by Ashley and his inner team and the club descended into acrimony and its first relegation for 20 years.

Benitez wanted two new players in January and was told no. He wanted four at the start of the current window, and got none. That’s half a team. He believed Newcastle had the potential to be a top-five side, but that momentum has gone.

“He thought he had more to spend and more control over transfers. It has not happened.

“This is not what he thought was happening when he left his meeting with Ashley at Shirebrook a matter of days after leading Newcastle United to the Championship title.”

How important is it for Newcastle’s revival that Benitez stays on as manager?

“When Benitez goes, Newcastle will crumble. Ashley has seen off Keegan and Alan Shearer. Benitez could very well be next. He gave the club and the city pride and a team that had desire and belief. He united the supporters.

“Newcastle United is a football club that marches with a more assured step when it has a real leader at the helm (Keegan, Robson and now Benitez).

“Without him it is difficult to see anything other than more chaos.”

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