A UEFA report has revealed this week that Newcastle United are the 23rd highest generators of revenue Europe – making a mockery of Mike Ashley’s big interview with Sky claiming he ‘doesn’t have enough’ money to back Benitez.
It’s hardly a surprise that he’s been caught out lying (again) – he does it all the time – but this big interview he gave to Sky Sports back in August really does show him up when you see UEFA’s figures.
— NUFCThreatLevel (@NUFCThreatLevel) January 16, 2018
As you can see in the interview above, he states that Rafa could have ‘every penny the club generates’ when asked how much money he’d give Rafa Benitez over the summer. Based on what Rafa received and what NUFC (Ashley) took in, this was not the case.
Here’s the figures released from UEFA this week, highlighting that Ashley’s NUFC generates more revenue than the likes of Everton, Southampton – yet where was proof of that for Benitez over the summer or in this crucial January transfer window?
Mike Ashley claiming poverty in relation to #NUFC transfer policy seems inconsistent with #UEFA report this morning revealing club to be 23rd highest revenue generator in Europe pic.twitter.com/ho82hHWIhf
— PriceOfFootball (@KieranMaguire) January 17, 2018
Where’s the money that was set aside for Rafa to bring in a left-back and striker on deadline day? Where’s the cash from the Premier League TV deals? Where’s the windfall for winning the Championship? Where is the £6m or so picked up from Hanley and De Jong sales at the end of the summer? You guessed it, in Ashley’s bag pocket!
Interestingly, Ashley has suggested Staveley was a time-waster on Tuesday, but the prospective NUFC buyer has categorically denied those claims in an interview with the Times today..
Someone’s lying. I’d like to bet it’s Ashley.