I have been amused to see growing speculation that Brendan Rodgers could soon be the new manager at Newcastle United.
The rumour mill claiming that unless results pick up, Rafa Benitez could be shown the door at NUFC.
Mike Ashley set to make a (supposedly) decisive move to try and avoid the disaster of relegation.
I think I am totally missing something here.
How does the story make any sense whatsoever, that is even before you get to even considering whether it could potentially happen.
We have in Mike Ashley someone who has persistently refused to allow proper investment in the Newcastle United squad, particularly these last four transfer windows since promotion.
This past summer being the ultimate, Rafa’s expertise giving Newcastle United surprise momentum via promotion and tenth place in the first season up, yet the club’s owner insisting on a £20m+ profit on transfer deals.
However, we are now supposed to believe these two things.
That Mike Ashley would sack Rafa Benitez and pay him £6m compensation is stretching credibility to the very limits.
To then though pay Celtic the reported £9m compensation it would cost to land Brendan Rodgers…
The only compensation Mike Ashley has ever allowed is when he banked £2m as Crystal Palace amazingly paid Newcastle United/Ashley for the services of Alan Pardew.
Every manager appointed by Mike Ashley at Newcastle, has been out of work, apart from Chris Hughton and John Carver who were already working at NUFC.
An owner who won’t even allow money to be spent on credible transfers, to suddenly be paying out £15m on hiring and firing managers?
If you believe that then you very definitely have taken your eye off the ball.
If/when Rafa Benitez leaves and Mike Ashley is still here, you can guarantee that his replacement will be back to the usual owner’s model of somebody who is blatantly not good enough for the job, but is so desperate to take the post under any conditions.
The main ones being an acceptance that you have no say on anything of importance, especially transfers in and out, as well as a willingness to do everything you are told to do without questioning it. Especially when it comes to contributing to and supporting the PR campaign of trying to protect Mike Ashley from criticism.
Even if Ashley was prepared to pay out the £15m, there is no way that even somebody such as Brendan Rodgers would remotely consider the Newcastle job under this owner.