With a £20m net spend this summer, Mike Ashley could have still fooled some of the people some of the time.
It still wouldn’t have touched the sides in terms of delivering what Rafa Benitez and the first team squad needed. However, it would have at least kept Mike Ashley in the game, when it came to his PR people claiming that the NUFC owner was giving ‘every penny’ in backing to his manager.
Not many Newcastle fans would have been fooled but of course Mike Ashley isn’t bothered about them. Just so long as it would have muddied the waters enough for many neutrals, as well as giving his shameless allies a starting point to argue from, it could have been enough.
Instead, Mike Ashley did everybody a favour.
He broke through the very outer boundaries of what could be believable.
Only a fool would still argue that Ashley wasn’t seriously undermining Rafa Benitez and indeed the whole football club. A few fools have still followed orders and tried to do so but the likes of Keys, Wise and one or two others have somehow lowered reputations that were already lower than a snake’s belly.
There really is no way back now, surely?
How can this owner, manager and supporters of Newcastle United ever possibly co-exist?
Even if Rafa Benitez is somehow convinced to stay on, the feeling is that there are thousands and thousands of Newcastle fans who will still see no point in continuing, if Mike Ashley remains.
This summer proved once and for all, that for whatever reasons, Ashley has no intention of ever playing fair and properly trying to turn around his ‘reputation’ at NUFC.
If Rafa did stay beyond this season then it would be the equivalent of putting a finger in the hole in the dam, the club permanently on the edge of disaster once the finger/Rafa is removed.
It has gone far beyond how somebody runs a football club, instead it is a fanbase and owner who clearly despise each other.
It says it all when this season other issues are far more important for a massive (majority?) proportion of Newcastle fans, than whether the team stays in the Premier League or not.