Speaking to the press ahead to tomorrow’s trip to West Brom, Rafa Benitez has today admitted that Newcastle could not even compete with fellow newly promoted sides Brighton and Huddersfield over the summer – stating we couldn’t ‘sign the players they signed’ or ‘pay the wages they paid’.
We knew we were restricted financially over the summer following a year in the Championship, however this is a truly disturbing admission from Rafa and the biggest sign to date that Mike Ashley needs to go.
Here’s his sickening comments in today’s pre-match presser, including a clear dig at Mike Ashley – suggesting his lack of investment is the main reason we find ourselves in a difficult predicament:
“We have to compete against Huddersfield & Brighton but we couldn’t sign the players they signed or pay the wages they paid.
“We are where we are because we did what we did. We couldn’t sign players and couldn’t pay wages or the fee.”
Unfortunately, this is a sad sign of just how far we’ve fallen under Mike Ashley’s unambitious reign.
Us Newcastle fans don’t need to be told how important it is that Ashley leaves our club, but these comments make it even more essential that new owners arrive as soon as possible.
What a sad and scary statement
— ianmarshall. (@ian9694) November 27, 2017