As reported by The Mirror, it is rumoured that Mike Ashely has put his foot down over Newcastle’s current transfer policy and demanded that the club reinstate his old policy of signing young players that they can sell for a profit.
Although there has been no confirmation from Ashley, or any member of his staff, this could explain the clubs lack of business this window.
However, if this was true, it could be Ashley’s biggest mistake yet.
Not only would Ashley be jeopardizing any progress in the current window, and by extension, this season and any promotion challenge that the club are looking to maintain, but he would also be jeopardizing the only positive thing to happen here for some time.
He would be risking losing a truly world class manager, Rafa Benitez has been there and done almost everything in football, and for Ashley to throw away any chance of success with Benitez, would no doubt be his biggest mistake to date.