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If something doesn’t make sense it’s usually a lie – No resolution for Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez so far

4 weeks ago
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This isn’t much fun.

Supporting the mighty Newcastle United that is.

Trying to make sense of it at the minute, is a bit like…The blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that isn’t there.

With our football club, none of it makes any sense.

We all get that Mike Ashley doesn’t care about our football club as a…football club.

However, even as a business, the stupidity is bizarre when it comes to the decision making.

Winning more football matches than the bare minimum to survive, is of no interest to Ashley. However, you would think that anything that might negatively affect his bottom line, would have him all over it.

Taking too long to make decisions is not exactly numbered as one of Mike Ashley’s failings in business, so why with Newcastle United does he make it the rule, rather than the exception?

If we are going to descend back into the lunacy of a token manager/head coach with no power and transfer decisions made by those least qualified, why hasn’t he just got on with it?

Why drag it all out and act as though time isn’t a factor when it comes to preparing for the following season?

Unless of course it simply comes down to the fact that every day he keeps Rafa Benitez and the Newcastle fans holding onto false hope, gives the NUFC owner some perverse pleasure in messing with the heads of those who have dared to cross him.

It feels a bit like the 18 months we spent between January 2013 and summer 2014, waiting to see who the club would buy.

The reality being that nobody was bought in during the summer 2013 and January 2014 transfer windows. Joe Kinnear’s entire time as Director of Football not involving one player bought.

Inexplicably, the media fail to point at the lunacy of having Lee Charnley as the only named executive at Newcastle United AND the only director on the club’s board.

Why not bring Joe Kinnear back for a third time and name him as the new manager AND director of football? It would make as much sense as the Lee Charnley position(s) away from the football side of the club.

Rafa Benitez has papered over so many cracks in successfully making so many people, fans and neutrals, think of Newcastle as a normal football club once again.

His departure, however much delayed, would strip all of that away.

Most of us have been in the position of waiting to hear the outcome after a job interview and rarely, if ever, does it end well when the waiting time ends up being ridiculous…

If Mike Ashley is waiting for Rafa Benitez to cave in and agree to the job this time on the same unambitious terms as these past three years, there is only going to be one outcome.

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