Rafa Benitez has been left high and dry by Mike Ashley.
Newcastle fans at The Emirates made clear their backing for Rafa and their hatred for Mike Ashley, due to what he has done to their club (and the current manager).
On the other hand journalists who you would trust as far as you could kick them, and the likes of Richard Keys, say that Newcastle United are in a mess primarily because of Rafa Benitez, not Mike Ashley.
Hmmm, what a dilemma, just who should you take notice of…?
Much is made (quite rightly) of the low net transfer spend Rafa Benitez was allowed to make in the summer (£11.5m). Taking into account that he produced a £40m transfer surplus in summer 2016 and spent nothing in January 2017.
However, when you really look at it, the biggest problem is trust when it comes to Mike Ashley.
How can you run a club properly when you have an owner constantly undermining and misleading the manager?
Ashley would rather put lots of time and effort into ridiculous things such as doing that disgraceful Sky Sports interview on the same weekend Rafa Benitez was organising his team to take on Spurs. Why would you do that at a club you own?
That is how disgusting Mike Ashley is, he would rather potentially harm his own asset just to try to win a PR offensive against his own manager!
You can only guess at how many lies have been told to Rafa Benitez in his time at the club by Mike Ashley and through his minions.
However, the manager made crystal clear both in January and this summer, that he was completely misled as to what money was available and the signings which should have been made.
It is impossible to make a club successful with that situation going on. Mike Ashley did the same to the only other decent proven manager he took on, Kevin Keegan, and he would do the same whoever was in charge.
Anybody who thinks Rafa and not Ashley is the problem, needs to give their head a wobble.
Rafa Benitez – 25 August 2017:
“I am signing the players that I can, not the players that I want.”
Rafa Benitez – 6 August 2017:
“When I decided to stay I was expecting another thing… Now we are where we are.’
Rafa Benitez – 17 July 2017:
“When I had the meeting with Mike Ashley (in May) I was confident that after that meeting we have the money available and the wages.
“Hopefully, Mike Ashley can keep his word and we can do what we want to do.”
Rafa Benitez: – 1 February 2017:
“I can’t change things (transfers) now (the window has closed) so I have to concentrate on bringing the best from my players.
“I said before I am disappointed but I have to concentrate on the players we have and try to improve them.”