Rafa Benitez has admitted he has little control over transfers, stating he ‘doesn’t know’ if we’ll sign anyone as it’s the ‘clubs policy’ that he isn’t involved in deals.
This well and truly sums up the Ashley era, so I’m not surprised at all by this unfortunately.
Just look at these comments from his pre-Man City presser when he was asked about our current transfer situation with just a few days left to do business:
We know he’s employed yes men in the past that adhere to his ‘transfer policy’ if there even is one, but Benitez isn’t going to settle for this – and he won’t have agreed to this when he signed an extension the summer before last.
To be nearly at the end of a transfer window and the manager of the team doesn’t know anything about transfers , it’s nothing short of a disgrace and begs the question why Rafa is still staying put.
Rafa should be an exception when it comes to managers Ashley has failed to ‘trust’ in the past, but even he gets overruled by non footballing people at the club.
How a man with his expertise and experience can be constantly undermined is incredible, and if it wasn’t for his relationship with the fans he would probably be long gone.
He deserves better in all honesty , and as much as I’d hate to see him depart, I would thoroughly understand.