The Times’ George Caulkin has made a telling admission regarding Mike Ashley’s lack of investment so far this summer, revealing that he’s unwilling to give Rafa Benitez money to spend as he could be ‘buying players his successor may not fancy‘.
With Benitez yet to sign a new contract, entering the final year of his deal which is due to expire next summer, it seems Ashley argument is now ‘why should I hand money to a bloke who won’t be hear next year?’.
Doesn’t this just sound like a perfect (yet pathetic) excuse from Ashley to justify yet another chronic lack of spending?
It’s been said that Mike Ashley will only release funds once Benitez signs a new deal, whilst Benitez will only sign a new deal if Ashley starts spending – suggesting the two have reached an impasse – however this latest rationale from Ashley is just completely self-defeating.
This approach up his time at Newcastle, so we shouldn’t be all that surprised, but this really does show the sort of rubbish Rafa is up against.
Here’s a snippet from his latest piece for The Times, revealing the club’s pathetic stance when it comes to giving him no money to spend this season:
‘The club’s attitude? If Benítez refuses to commit then why would they buy players his successor may not fancy?
‘Why stretch themselves financially if the manager is to leave?’
Laughable. Are you telling me Benitez would honestly sign players some yes man is going to say no to? Give me a break.
This approach is completely backwards and suggests that even Ashley himself may be resigned to losing Rafa – a manager any other owner would be busting a gut to keep happy.
It sums up his lack of ambition and total disregard for both Benitez and our club. If Ashley’s not prepared to back Benitez now he never will.
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