This just sums up what Rafa’s dealing with here. He’s only just returned from holiday and has just watched us slip into the relegation zone after yet another defeat, yet he avoids Benitez – a man who is yet to see a single signing arrive with just two weeks of the window remaining.
Here’s a snippet from the Northern Echo – who also report that he’s ‘extremely reluctant’ to spend this month despite us falling into the bottom three over the weekend:
‘Mike Ashley ended a two-month exile from Newcastle games by watching Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea from the directors box at Stamford Bridge.
‘However, he did not speak to Benitez either before or after the game, and even though this weekend’s results have left Newcastle in the bottom three ahead of this weekend’s home game with relegation rivals, Cardiff City, he remains extremely reluctant to sanction any significant January spending while his attempts to sell the club remain ongoing.’
Even if Ashley doesn’t want to be here anymore, you’d think he’d want to protect his ‘£300m’ asset in some way and at least give us every chance of beating the drop.
But no, he continues to act like nothing is wrong and takes a backseat role as everyone else scrambles about to clean up the mess he continues to create.
Imagine expecting Rafa to sign a new deal when you lie to him, fail to back him and consistently ignore him for months on end..