Sam Allardyce has been speaking on Friday morning about the ongoing situation at Newcastle United.
Rafa Benitez making clear how unhappy he is with Mike Ashley.
The owner starving the manager of funds in the transfer market, as pretty much all rival clubs invest heavily in players.
With over a billion pounds spent by the 20 Premier League clubs so far, a new table shows that Newcastle remain rock bottom of the net spend table.
Rather than a net spend, Newcastle have a net profit of around £25m on transfers in and out so far.
When interviewed 11 months ago about Rafa Benitez and his unhappiness with Mike Ashley, Sam Allardyce was anything but sympathetic, declaring ‘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.’
Ashley once again claimed in May (2018) that he was giving Rafa ‘every penny’ and this time Sam Allardyce is talking about Rafa being ‘a brave man’ as he battles with the NUFC owner, though he is still claiming that Rafa is getting every penny…
However, Allardyce has also praised Rafa’s wheeling and dealing in the transfer market.
Just imagine what the Newcastle manager could do with the cash West Ham and Fulham are spending…
Sam Allardyce speaking on Talksport:
“You are a very brave man if you go out and criticise the owners, which to be fair is what he (Rafa Benitez) is doing.
“You have to be very self-confident, in that you are criticising Mike Ashley with what you are saying.
“I don’t know whether they were going to sign anybody on or not.
“So if you are taking that stand, you have to be very conscious of what you are doing, and what you are trying to do, is publicly force the owner into spending more money.
“And doing that as a manager in today’s world is extremely dangerous; I couldn’t see anybody else doing that!
“But Rafa is brave enough and experienced enough to do it.
“I think if a bigger club had already been in for Rafa he would have been gone (though).
“Walking is another matter.
“The contract is so tight it would probably leave Rafa paying the (reported £6m) compensation himself, I think that’s probably one of the reasons he wouldn’t walk.
“Newcastle (Mike Ashley) are not trying to get rid of Rafa Benitez, not at all.
“I think what’s happened, in my limited understanding, is that Mike Ashley has always said Rafa can have every penny the club generates, and that he can use that in the transfer market how he sees fit.
“So clearly Rafa, for the first time at Newcastle, is in charge of his own recruitment.
“I was in charge of my own recruitment at Newcastle, but after that there were always other people in charge of recruitment at Newcastle, not the manager.
“I think Rafa’s got the say verbatim on what players come in and go out now, which has not been the case before at Newcastle.
“But he has signed some good players, and I think they won’t struggle as much as they did last season.
“I think the season’s worth of experience all the players have had, plus the new recruits, means they’ll be okay. And that is something the Newcastle fans should look forward to.
“But what is expected at Newcastle is beyond the real expectation and the reality they can do; they always want that little bit more.
“I think they will be concerned because once other clubs go past your spending, it makes life difficult for Rafa to do better than he did last season.
“Newcastle have been into the transfer market, but when you look at the new clubs who have come up that have exceeded their spending, that will concern Rafa and it will concern the Newcastle fans.
“You will need to use Rafa’s experience to make sure Newcastle stay in the Premier League again, and then try and build again with his very good knowledge of the transfer market.
“I think that was one of the key elements of Newcastle staying up last year – Rafa’s experience in recruitment.
“In the Premier League there is no margin for error now, because of the cost of players’ fees.”
The Mag – 7 September 2017:
“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.”