Newcastle have issued yet another “no comment” when asked about Rafa Benitez’s return to the club’s training ground for the first time in weeks on Monday afternoon.
Some will say Rafa Benitez is still contracted to the club and simply returned to work when spotted at the Benton training base, but it’s really not that simple anymore. Fans deserve answers.
A small part of me hopes that the constant ‘no comment’ means something IS happening behind the scenes and they simply can’t speak out about it. Then again, the BZG are, so why can’t we gain some clarity from our current owner? After all, our potential new buyers have spoken out more in the last few weeks than Ashley has over the past 12 years! Whether something is happening or not, that sums it up.
The rumours and constant uncertainty have existed without answers for far too long now.
The silence from St James’ Park is getting silly now, yet it just sums up how the club communicates with fans in the Mike Ashley era.
- We’ve seen widespread reports from the national press claiming a takeover is in the offing almost three weeks ago. The club’s response? ‘No comment’.
- We’ve seen TWO statements from the BZG, claiming talks with Ashley and their intention to buy the club. The club’s response? ‘No comment’.
- We’ve been told by the BZG that documents have been signed and then sent to the Premier League ahead of a takeover. The club’s response? ‘No comment’.
- We’ve seen Rafa return to Tyneside with just over a fortnight remaining on his current deal, with Lee Charnley also present at the training ground. The club’s response? ‘No comment’.
I could accept this if we’d been waiting for updates for just a few days, but we are now approaching mid-June and a month on from our final game of the season, yet uncertainty has totally taken over once again.
There was a stage where the silence felt golden, but it’s now baffling, tedious and becoming increasingly infuriating.
It could be that there was absolutely nothing in Rafa’s return to the training ground yesterday, but the following comments from Sky Sports suggest Benitez may have met with Lee Charnley:
“At around about 1.30pm, he was chatting with staff here, reporter Tim Thornton told Sky Sports News. He stayed for just less than two-and-a-half hours and left at around about 3.50pm.
“Interestingly, managing director Lee Charnley has been here this afternoon as well. We are not sure whether they have held talks. He was only here for around about 20 minutes and left just before Rafa.“
No wonder fans grasp at anything and everything (like Rafa’s return to work) when the club fail to communicate. The ironic thing is Mike Ashley will no doubt be unhappy that Rafa is yet to respond to the contract offer posed to him several weeks ago. The bloke’s a hypocrite and the same man who’ll refuse to pay £16m for a 29-year-old Salomon Rondon, yet happily demand £15m plus for a 28-year-old Dwight Gayle. He’ll make derisory bids for our ‘top targets’ yet call parties interested in buying the club time wasters.
Hopefully the silence is golden and something great comes of all this, but we deserve to at least have an idea as to what’s going on.
Instead, we’re left in the dark, no knowing who’ll own the club next season, who’ll be in the dugout come August 10th or whether our player of the season will be signed after a superb season at St James’.