At a time other clubs of the English Premier League try to make the most of the transfer windows, the biggest football news of the last few transfer windows has been how Newcastle United have hardly spent money in their recruitment of players to bolster their squad.
Despite the repeated perusal of the manager Rafael Benitez, the Magpies’ current owner Mike Ashley has hardly spent money to sign new players, which has shown in Newcastle’s position in the EPL Standings.
What is the problem?
After buying 41.6 per cent stake of the club from Sir John Hall in May 2007, Ashley could not save the Magpies from relegation in the 2008-09 season. Although Newcastle finished fifth in 2011-12 and tenth in 2013-14, Ashley has been widely criticised for poor decisions in the team making and coach selection.
However, the problem further boiled when Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley appointed Steve McClaren as the manager after escaping the relegation in the last match of the 2015-16 season. McLaren lacked credibility and competence since he failed to guide Derby County to the Championship play-offs despite financial support.
The low-key appointment was soon exposed as Newcastle lost 16 games and won only six matches out of 28 matches under the former England boss. The appointment of Benitez in March 2016 managed to calm down the exasperated fans but Ashley’s lack of fund investment witnessed the Magpies losing out several important players in the transfer windows.
Even the Spaniard manager publicly questioned the owner’s lack of support regarding team investment and judgment.
After three dysfunctional transfer windows, the Magpies signed Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague at £4 million, Ki Sung-yueng from Swansea, Kenedy from Chelsea on loan, Yoshinori Muto from Mainz at £9 million for the 2018-19 season. Although these signings are good, they are not sufficient to meet the demand of the manager.
Why needs a New Owner?
Instead of battling to save the relegation, the current manager desires the team to finish in the top half of the EPL. Benitez has already proved the team has the potential to make this happen by producing some excellent results during his tenure.
After Leicester City won the EPL in the 2015-16, season, it has proved the importance of having a concrete team to achieve success despite being a traditional small team. Newcastle needs a new owner who will back the manager to make a solid team for further progress in the English top-tier.
With a competent coach like Benitez in-charge of the Magpies, if the management puts some efforts in buying talented youth players, Newcastle may well soon break into the top ten of the EPL standings.
What lies ahead?
With the coach wanting to leave the club for lack of support and the supporters protesting against the owner, Newcastle has to find a solution as soon as possible. The supporters have even launched #IfRafaGoesWeGo campaign to force some changes in the ownership of the club. Meanwhile, Benitez points out the deep affection for the supporters which keeps the former Liverpool manager at the St James’ Park.
However, according to the senior members of the club, the ownership is unlikely to change in the current season and Mike Ashley will continue his tenure as the owner of Newcastle United.