Sam Allardyce has been up to his old tricks again.
The disgraced former England boss stirring it up with Newcastle United and the fans.
The transfer window saw promoted clubs Brighton and Huddersfield have net spends of around £48m and £43m, making them two of the 10 highest net spending clubs in the whole of Europe.
Meanwhile Rafa Benitez was forced to go bargain basement shopping as he tried to remodel/strengthen his squad, a net spend of only £11.5m, which is totally unrealistic for a promoted club hoping to have the best chance of competing at a higher level.
Despite this, Sam Allardyce has unsurprisingly sided with Mike Ashley against Rafa Benitez and the Newcastle fans.
Quoting the ‘every penny’ Mike Ashley interview, which Rafa Benitez kept referring to throughout the transfer window, Allardyce says Ashley ‘has openly stated he has given Rafa all the money he can possibly give him, that the football club generates’, adding ‘you can’t ask for more than that’.
When the quality signings weren’t arriving, Rafa Benitez repeatedly said that he hoped Mike Ashley ‘kept his promises’ from that ‘every penny’ meeting but only £5m Joselu arrived in the last 34 days of the transfer window. This to a backdrop of a major clearout of players, with the likes of Siem de Jong, Emmanuel Riviere, Grant Hanley, Tim Krul and Achraf Lazaar, all moving off the wage bill in the final stages of the transfer window.
I suppose it basically comes down to whether you believe Rafa Benitez or Mike Ashley & Sam Allardyce?
Not the most difficult of choices.
Sam Allardyce speaking on Talksport:
“He (Mike Ashley) has openly stated he has given Rafa all the money he can possible give him, that the football club generates.
“You can’t ask for more than that.
“Frank de Boer, with his experience and what he has done as a player and manager, seemed a good choice, but they have struggled to start the season as well as they would have liked.
“But to have the threat of win or be sacked, I don’t know if that is the case or not, adds to all the pressure, not just with him but more importantly the players.
“For many years the impatience in the game is really one of its problems.
“The long-term development of a football club by a manager can’t be more than what is going to happen this year and by the end of next year I have got to try to keep my job by getting enough results.
“Any further planning by a manager is almost a bit of a nonsense now.”