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Tony Cascarino indicates Mike Ashley needs to reward Rafa Benitez loyalty

2 years ago

Tony Cascarino has been impressed by Rafa Benitez.

The former player paying tribute to the loyalty the Newcastle manager has shown.

Having passed three years at St James Park, it is now only Liverpool where Rafa has spent more time as a manager.

Tony Cascarino stated that in his time working for Ashley, the NUFC manager ‘could have walked out of Newcastle on two or three occasions.’

Well I think I can count at least four personally…January 2017 when not allowed to buy a single player, Summer 2017 when restricted to bargain buys such as £3.5m Manquillo and £5m Joselu as Huddersfield and Brighton massively outspent Newcastle United.

Then we had January 2018 when Rafa Benitez wasn’t allowed to buy a single player, before Summer 2018 when the owner insisted on a £20m+ profit on transfer deals, rather than allowing net investment in the team/squad.

Will Mike Ashley reward Rafa Benitez’ loyalty?

Well, he has shown little sign he intends to.

Even the Miguel Almiron signing happened on the very last day of the January 2019 transfer window, when Rafa Benitez had made clear he needed new players in as early as possible for the relegation fight.

In terms of players Rafa Benitez would like to buy but where Mike Ashley has blocked him so far…

Tony Cascarino is also full of praise for Salomon Rondon.

He thinks ‘Rondon has been outstanding’ and has ‘led that line brilliantly’ for Newcastle this season.

Of Newcastle’s 29 Premier League goals this season, Rondon has scored eight and made five of them.

Despite that, widespread reports say that Mike Ashley is insisting on only buying younger players who can increase in value, with ones such as Salomon Rondon who turns 30 in September being a big no no.

Newcastle United desperately need strong characters such as Rafa Benitez and Salomon Rondon on and off the pitch.

The chances of them still being at St James Park in five months time hang in the balance.

Tony Cascarino speaking to Talksport:

“I get the sense that Rafa Benitez is a very loyal man.

“I do feel that…because Rafa Benitez could have walked out of Newcastle on two or three occasions.

“He might say certain things to the media.

“[But] I think deep down there is a very humble guy in there, that actually loves being the Newcastle manager.

“Rondon has been outstanding [for Newcastle).

“I talked about him at the start of the season when they took him from West Brom on loan.

“He has led that line brilliantly for them.”


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