Friday morning has seen maybe the strangest ‘Exclusive’ so far, when it comes to the ongoing nightmare at Newcastle United and the issues between Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley.
The newspaper ‘exclusive’ claims that Mike Ashley is upset because Rafa Benitez hasn’t invited him to go and watch a training session so far.
The report adding that the NUFC owner is also upset because Rafa hasn’t invited Ashley to go and watch a first team match.
This is quite bizarre, the training session watching thing is strange enough but since when did Mike Ashley have to wait on an invitation to come and watch his significantly understrength and under-invested team play?
Whether you believe these strange claims or not…if the story has come from ‘sources’ then clearly it appears to be from Mike Ashley’s side of things
Though exactly what this hopes to achieve is anybody’s guess.
The Mail ‘exclusive’ suggests that this latest news gives fans hope that there could be a positive solution to the problems between Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley, IF Rafa offers the owner an ‘olive branch.’
I’m not sure where there can be any positives if what we are really being told is that if only Rafa Benitez had invited Mike Ashley along to training, then the manager would have been properly backed in these past four transfer windows!
If this report is on the money, then it just tells me that Mike Ashley is even more pathetic than what I though he was.
To let the club and squad get in such a state doesn’t make any sense whatsoever, whatever problems there might be between an owner and a manager.
‘Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is miffed that Rafa Benitez has never invited him to watch training – but would still be likely to accept an offer from the manager, raising the possibility of the pair mending their broken relationship.
Sportsmail has learned that the sports retail tycoon is irritated that the Spaniard has never invited him to take in a session at the club’s North Tyneside base or invited him to a game, issues which we understand have been raised during meetings involving both sides.
The pair do not speak and Benitez only communicates with Ashley through managing director Lee Charnley.
But we have been told that, were Benitez to extend an olive branch to Ashley, there is a chance they could meet face-to-face in a more relaxed setting away from the negotiating table. Sources close to the owner say he does not want to be at war with Benitez.
The news will offer hope for supporters that the popular boss could yet stay on beyond this season – when his contract expires – but it is further evidence of the stand-off which exists between them.
Sources have spoken of the ‘stubbornness’ and ‘principles’ of both men being a part of the problem which is jeopardising the future of the club.’