Dennis Wise is at it again.
It is as sickening as it is predictable, that Sky Sports are yet again prepared to give him the platform to defend Mike Ashley.
You would almost think it was all staged…
On Friday, Rafa Benitez agrees to his name going out on a joint statement with Jamaal Lascelles and Lee Charnley.
The Newcastle manager saying afterwards that he has done it to try and help there be unity and positivity going into the new season. The letter though clearly the work of Mike Ashley’s PR minion Keith Bishop, so as well as unity it includes a number of references clearly trying to spin things to show Mike Ashley in a better light, including saying the squad is ‘clearly stronger’ after the transfer window.
Then surprise surprise, Dennis Wise is then fixed up with a spot on Sky Sports News. He defends Mike Ashley and basically defends the fact that Newcastle made the biggest profit in the transfer market due to Ashley refusing to back his manager.
Wise coming out with the killer comment: ‘I think Rafa’s actually turned around and said they have improved their squad so that says it all really doesn’t it?’
What a set-up by Ashley and Bishop, Rafa Benitez putting his name to that statement to try and pull everybody together, then it is instantly used against him, as though he is perfectly happy with the disgraceful way he has been treated.
It is possible for the squad to be a little stronger BUT for it to be nowhere near enough.
The amounts of money spent do come into the equation, whilst Newcastle might have marginally improved their squad, it is surely a clear reality that most other clubs have improved their squads to a far greater degree.
Dennis Wise speaking to Sky Sports News:
“Unfortunately whatever he does, Mike Ashley will constantly take stick.
“It’s as simple as that.
“There are a lot of people out there that don’t help the situation. They want to bring it onto him.
“People complain about them not spending enough money but if you trade well at a football club and you’re able to bring players in and take players out and make money, I don’t see what the problem is with that.
“I thought they competed extremely well against Spurs.
“I look at Newcastle and I think they are a team who will be in a comfortable position by the end of the season.
“I think Rafa’s actually turned around and said they have improved their squad so that says it all really doesn’t it?”