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‘Mike Ashley set to have a meeting with Rafa Benitez’ : Haven’t we heard this somewhere before?

2 years ago

I woke up this Saturday morning to headlines saying Rafa Benitez is set to meet Mike Ashley.

The newspapers saying that Lee Charnley is in the process of arranging a coming together, whereby the manager will actually meet and speak to the club’s owner.

This is where we are at with only a week to go until the final game of Rafa’s three year contract.

Don’t you feel like you have heard this all before?

Many times.

Nothing happens quickly at Newcastle United under Ashley, nothing good anyway.

Obviously I don’t take as much notice of other clubs as much as I do Newcastle United, if at all.

However, I am pretty sure that the way Ashley’s NUFC carry on and what appears in the media, is very different to other Premier League clubs.

With our club, we get ‘exclusives’ telling us the manager is set to meet the owner, sometime.

We get ‘exclusives’ telling us there is going to be a ‘transfer summit’, to decide budgets, transfer policy, whatever.

Other clubs just get on and do it.

With Newcastle United it is all smoke and mirrors, the media are happy to go along with it as well, everything is made out to be far more complicated at NUFC than elsewhere.

Whether it is buying players, agreeing a new contract with the manager, selling the club, whatever. We are all fed this misinformation, these lies, as a justification to explain why these things haven’t happened so far, or at the very least, happen so slowly.

The very idea that Mike Ashley is at last going to speak to Rafa Benitez is laughable.

If he chose to, the club’s owner could speak to the manager any day of the year. It is like when Ashley heads off on holiday during a transfer window, why should that be put up by the newspapers as something that is a handicap to getting signings done?

As we well know, it is agents these days who do all the ‘work’ on signings and steal an absolute fortune out of the game on the back of it. All that needs to be done by a club’s owner is to decide whether to say yes or no when a deal is put to him. Wherever Mike Ashley is in the World, there are countless ways of being in contact with him, he doesn’t have to be there in person.

My granny’s friend moved to Australia to be close to her kids/grandchildren, she (my granny) is now aged 89 but ‘Skype’s’ her mate every week so they can have a catch up. If the will is there..

Forget about the individuals/clubs involved and whatever you think of them as appointments, signings, sales…these have all actually happened:

28 March 2019 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signed a new five year contract so that Manchester United can get plans in motion for this summer/next season.

3 April 2019 – Wolves make Raul Jimenez move permanent for £30m after a successful season on loan, to get their transfer business kicked of early, to help get a head start for the summer and next season.

3 May 2019 – Out of the blue Huddersfield owner Dean Hoyle reveals that a lot of work has gone on behind the scenes and now he can announce that he has sold a majority (75%) stake in the club to a new owner, to give the club plenty of time to prepare for this summer/next season.

At Newcastle United, we are now only at the stage were a meeting is set to be planned between the owner and manager.

The summer transfer window opens in 12 days time (16 May 2019) and we have no idea who the manager is going to be, subsequently zero progress on transfers including nothing done about securing Newcastle’s most influential player Salomon Rondon, as well as no intention of selling Newcastle United, despite what Mike Ashley’s PR plants in the media…

There is no need for Mike Ashley’s people to feed ‘planned meeting’ stories to the media, apart from to try and convince/mislead us that something is actually happening, just get on and do it if there is any intention of running Newcastle United in any way that comes close to being a normal club.


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