Mike Ashley has done it yet again.
As each potential transfer link ends in….well, nothing.
There are still plenty of Newcastle fans shouting ‘what’s that idiot Lee Charnley doing?’
The Newcastle United owner having an uncanny knack of shifting blame for transfers not happening.
I can’t quite work it out…supporters universally despise Mike Ashley, yet when it comes to such an important thing as signing players to help avoid relegation, they prefer to believe that chump Charnley has messed it up.
No doubt these are the same people who swallow the line that transfers were held up because Ashley was away on holiday.
We expect no better from the press who are happy to repeat the Mike Ashley PR nonsense without any critical analysis but fans should know better by now.
I have no sympathy for Lee Charnley, he is willing to be used by Ashley in return for having the title of Managing Director.
His pay is only around 5% of what the CEOs/MDs of proper clubs such as Arsenal get but £150,000 is more than most supporters earn. The majority of his pay appearing to be earned by sitting in his St James Park bunker and accepting as much of the blame as possible, not allowed to even speak to anybody outside the four walls.
The reason why Newcastle have not bought anybody this month so far, is Mike Ashley.
If nobody is bought by 11pm on Wednesday night, the reason will be Mike Ashley.
No signings last January (2017), that would be Mike Ashley.
Rafa scraping around for bargains in the summer and having to bring in a £5m centre-forward as first choice, Mike Ashley yet again.
He makes the decisions on whether Newcastle buy or sell players, not Lee Charnley.
In January 2013, Newcastle bought five players, Mike Ashley says yes.
In Summer 2013 and January 2014, Newcastle bought nobody, Mike Ashley said no.
It really is that simple.
Ashley and his people want to make out that the whole buying and selling of players is a complex art.
It isn’t. Agents have never earned as much as they do today because of ever rising prices and due to the fact that they are setting up the vast majority of deals.
In windows where Newcastle have been active, they are one of the biggest spenders when it comes to money going to agents.
Players are presented/circulated by agents and clubs decide whether to buy.
Yes there can always be room for negotiation but then it all depends in the final analysis on simply whoever has the final say, saying yes or no to paying the transfer fee and wages.
If Rafa Benitez is left high and dry yet again, he won’t be blaming Lee Charnley for losing the list of targets or any other of the slapstick scenarios some want to conjure up.
It will be Mike Ashley, as always.