The Chronicle have released a particularly worrying story this lunchtime, claiming that Mike Ashley will once AGAIN not back Rafa Benitez in the January transfer window with any sort of significant funds – with the Spaniard having now received his budget.
The former Real Madrid manager will be forced again to shop in the bargain basement, which as we know, decreases our chances of finding the quality additions we need to stay up.
Here is a snippet from the article, which won’t fill Newcastle fans with any sort of hope when it comes to the January window and Benitez’s future as a result:
“Rafa Benitez will be shopping in the bargain basement again when the January window opens for business.
“Newcastle spent just £23million on permanent deals over the summer, and there has been no assurances from boardroom level that Mike Ashley is prepared to splash out in January, despite the club’s precarious position.”
It’s absolutely ridiculous, if true, that Rafa won’t backed yet again.
We are in a real battle to stay up and Ashley is already sitting on a £20m profit from the summer, yet Benitez is continually being asked to work miracles with the nucleus of a squad from the Championship still.
The article goes on to state that Rafa wants deals done early in January (which would be a first) in order to avoid late drama and desperation like we saw with the Islam Slimani deal last year, also being forced to tell scouts to ‘dig deep’ to find ‘low budget’ deals.
It’s the constant lack of investment which is forcing Rafa out of the club and another window like this will almost certainly see him walk away from St James’ Park come May.
Mike Ashley just isn’t interested in changing and the only way Rafa is going to stay long term and fans get any form of hope back, is if he sells up. We need to keep the pressure on him to sell and fast – May will quickly come around and at present, the club is completely and utterly stagnant, devoid of any ambition whatsoever.