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How can Rafa Benitez trust Mike Ashley after THAT statement

3 years ago
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With 12 years wort of Mike Ashley already, and counting, it is pretty overwhelming.

The list of crimes against the football club and city are never ending.

Only the very very most naive Newcastle fans think that anything positive of substance can come, whilst he still owns the club.

With such a long rap sheet, some things simply get forgotten about.

Even things that are real extremes, even by Mike Ashley standards.

A prime example is less than 11 months ago Ashley released a statement on 13 May 2018.

Newcastle United had just beaten the then reigning champions Chelsea to ensure a top half finish.

Shameless as always in trying to attach himself like a leech to anything that will benefit him, only a few minutes after the final whistle Ashley took the headlines away from his manager and players with his statement (see below).

It was crass enough that he did this after blatantly NOT supporting Rafa after promotion, allowing only budget buys, whilst when still deep in relegation trouble in January 2018 he allowed only loan signings.

However, just have a look at what Mike Ashley pledged to Rafa Benitez for the next (2018/19) season:

“Rafa, as always, has my full support…”

“I will continue to ensure that every penny generated by the club is available to him…”

“I hope very much that Rafa will remain at Newcastle United.”

“Finally, I would like to thank the fans for their unrivalled support..”

The last statement is easily dealt with, Mike Ashley really did ‘thank the fans’ by then putting up season ticket prices (and individual match prices) up in every stand, whilst at the same time insisting on a £20m+ profit on transfer deals in summer 2018, rather than any net investment in the squad.

After losing to Palace yesterday, Rafa Benitez put Sky Sports right when they asked his about the ‘positive conversations’ he’d had with the club about agreeing a new contract.

Rafa said there had simply been ‘conversations’ and that he was nowhere near agreeing a new contract with Mike Ashley, this followed his press conference on Friday when Benitez stated that Ashley knew what he needed to agree to if the manager was to sign a new deal and that he (Rafa Benitez) was waiting for an answer from the owner.

Mike Ashley repeatedly says he is doing everything to support Rafa Benitez and is also doing his very best to sell Newcastle United.

Only a mug would believe any of this and Rafa is certainly not that.

We have seen 12 years of Mike Ashley routinely misleading fans, media and any decent person (Rafa, Keegan, Shearer, Hughton) who has made the mistake of agreeing to work for him.

Watch out for Mike Ashley and his PR people releasing another statement before the end of the season (and Rafa’s contract…) ‘reassuring’ everybody that ‘every penny’ will be made available if the manager stays…

Official Mike Ashley Announcement via Newcastle United – 13 May 2018:

‘Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has thanked Rafa Benítez, the players and the club’s supporters following the club’s tenth-place finish in the Premier League.

The Magpies secured a place in the top half with a 3-0 victory over Chelsea at St. James’ Park on Sunday.

The owner said:

“I would like to thank Rafa Benitez for his magnificent achievement this season.

“I would also like to applaud the players, led fantastically by the captain Jamaal Lascelles. 

“On many occasions throughout the season they have been described as a Championship side, which I personally consider to be derogatory.

“Rafa, as always, has my full support, and contrary to some media reports that portray me as a pantomime villain, I will continue to ensure that every penny generated by the club is available to him.

“I hope very much that Rafa will remain at Newcastle United.

“Finally, I would like to thank the fans for their unrivalled support of Rafa and the team throughout the season.”

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