An interesting, and slightly bizarre, new report on Friday morning has revealed what Mike Ashley is allegedly going to be offering Rafa Benitez, when a meeting is held after the Leicester match.
It is not clear whether Mike Ashley will attend the meeting with Rafa Benitez, or just leave it to his minions, but The Chronicle say they have information as to what will be offered by Ashley in response to what the manager is asking for, if he is to be persuaded to stay on beyond this season.
It is not good news…
The Chronicle say that when it comes to signings in the next window, Mike Ashley ‘will offer Benitez limited funds for transfers in January again’, well in the summer it was a £20m+ profit that Ashley insisted on, whilst last January the manager wasn’t allowed to buy a single player, only loans, so a repeat of either of those scenarios won’t be convincing Rafa Benitez of anything. Apart that is, from simply confirming that absolutely nothing has changed.
Meanwhile, when it comes to finally putting proper investment in the Academy, things get very bizarre, with The Chronicle saying that Mike Ashley is ‘concerned that investing too heavily in the youth team is risky as there are no guaranteed results of unearthing homegrown talent.’
Quite ludicrous, no wonder Newcastle have such a disastrous record at bringing through young players and obviously no intention of doing anything to change that.
Meanwhile, amusingly The Chronicle reveal that some ‘major’ improvements have already been made at both the training ground and St James Park…’In recent weeks the training ground staff have installed a new NUFC plaque at the front of the premises while contractors cleaned the walled areas next at the Gallowgate End next to the Sir Bobby Robson statue earlier this week.’
A plaque and that wall which has been scruffy for ages, at last getting a clean, I don’t know what more these deluded Newcastle fans could be asking for…
Maybe the most telling thing is when The Chronicle report that: ‘The club do not feel they are in a position to sanction training ground improvements at this stage.’
That’s funny because five years ago (see below) we were told that work on a ‘stunning new state of the art training complex’ would start in May 2015 and be finished in early 2016.
They have had the plans for five years and not one thing has been done, simply because Mike Ashley chooses to let it happen.
The club attributing these quotes to JFK though no doubt they were simply written up by Mike Ashley’s PR people…
‘Top players and top teams need top training and medical facilities. Our current training ground has served the Club very well but the new complex will give us all of the ingredients that we need to continue maintaining and enhancing the performance of elite footballers. It will also be an added attraction when we are looking to recruit players.’
Mike Ashley was never going to give Rafa Benitez what he wants/needs, over 11 years of the Ashley regimes negligence, lies and broken promises tells us that.
30 November 2013 – Newcastle United Official website:
‘Newcastle United Football Club have announced plans for a stunning new state-of-the-art training complex as part of a multi-million pound redevelopment of the Club’s existing 35-acre training ground site.
The current intention is that work will get underway in May 2015 and when complete in early 2016, the Magpies will occupy one of the finest training facilities of its kind in Europe.
It will accommodate newly-designed changing, training, rehabilitation, medical, leisure and catering facilities and will also introduce the latest aquatic technology to the site, with a 20-metre swimming pool, a hydrotherapy and fitness pool and specialist equipment to aid injury prevention and recovery.
The new construction will also create a fitness centre double the size of the Club’s existing gymnasium, as well as administrative space, a presentation suite for match analysis and a new media suite.
Newcastle United director of football, Joe Kinnear, said:
“This is a hugely exciting development for Newcastle United. We have one of football’s great stadiums and we are delighted to now be announcing plans for a training complex which will rival any in Europe.
“Top players and top teams need top training and medical facilities. Our current training ground has served the Club very well but the new complex will give us all of the ingredients that we need to continue maintaining and enhancing the performance of elite footballers.
“It will also be an added attraction when we are looking to recruit players.”
The Chronicle – Today (Friday 28 September 2018):
‘A recruitment summit meeting will take place following the home game with Leicester City but it remains unclear whether Ashley will be involved.
Ashley has not attended a home game since May 2017 (ED: Mike Ashley was at Spurs home match in August 2017) but has made it clear he wants to make a visit to the training ground soon.
It is believed that Benitez’s concerns about a new deal are not salary-based and his requests were more based around improving the training ground, Academy and Under-23 set-up.
However, it is believed that Newcastle are reluctant to sanction those requests and are concerned that investing too heavily in the youth team is risky as there are no guaranteed results of unearthing homegrown talent.
Newcastle will offer Benitez limited funds for transfers in January again but the club do not feel they are in a position to sanction training ground improvements at this stage.
In recent weeks the training ground staff have installed a new NUFC plaque at the front of the premises while contractors cleaned the walled areas next at the Gallowgate End next to the Sir Bobby Robson statue earlier this week.’