Journalist reveals pathetic reason Ashley refused to give Benitez control of transfers this summer

Luke Edwards has revealed the ridiculous reason behind why the board refused to back Benitez over certain transfers this summer – claiming they questioned his judgement based on previous failings; also punishing him for his failure to sign a new contract.

The fact Rafa was forced into looked into bargain options is bad enough, but to then undermine a world class manager who you claim to back, is a new low.

Here is what Luke Edwards claims:

Edwards has been a long time journalist following all things NUFC and does a good job of portraying the real state of the club, recently doing a sterling job of outlining why the fans backed the players bonus strike on TalkSport. This was refreshing against the backdrop of the national press not understanding why Newcastle fans are so frustrated, as Ashley and Bishop continue to try to win the PR war.

But even by Ashley’s standards, not backing Rafa because he won’t sign a new contract is pathetic and will only drive him out the club. Comical when retaining a world class manager was high on his lettered response to parliament only last week.

And to not trust Rafa because of a few bad signings is just bad business sense as Edwards says. Every club signs players that don’t work out, it’s impossible to get them all right and is part of the game. Arguably, if Rafa wasn’t forced to shop for bargains he would have been even more successful with transfers and this argument doesn’t consider the brilliant buys of Kenedy, Dubravka, Diame and Lejeune to name a few examples.

This latest update shows the club is rotten from the top down and we need an overhaul as soon as possible to stand any chance of keeping Rafa her for the long term.

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About Simon Riddlesden

Lifelong Newcastle United fan and East Stand season ticket holder. Observations from a supporter who has followed NUFC during Champions League participation and through relegation, taking me from Milan to Scunthorpe.

3 thoughts on “Journalist reveals pathetic reason Ashley refused to give Benitez control of transfers this summer

    I call on all Newcastle Supporters to demonstrate against this SCUMBAG.
    He thinks he can do anything he wants , lie about anything and everything, he thinks he is untouchable, he has gotten away with lying about everything he touches.
    Sadly we are going to loose one of the best Managers we have had at the end of the season, so how about we show solidarity and show him an empty stadium week after week. I hope the bastard burns in Hell.


  2. Without sounding like an Ashley defender, I think we have to be honest and agree there is a certain amount of truth to this. Yeah Rafa made mistakes with Sels and Lazaar (jury still out on Jacob Murphy) but he also wanted Jorgenson, Abraham and Sturridge and its fair to say its a good job Rafa wasnt totally in control of things on those 3 given how they have all performed since.

    I think even though Rafa would never admit it, he is more successful in the transfer market when he has had to shop around for a bargain.

    The best players he has signed for us have all been bargains


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