According to Pete Graves, both Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez‘s camps are telling Sky Sports a different version of events after a statement confirmed yesterday that the 59-year-old is leaving Newcastle United.
As revealed below, the club have told Sky that they wanted to meet Rafa for last ditch talks, but claim it was Rafa’s camp that ‘refused’ to participate.
On the flip side, Graves says that Rafa’s camp have insisted that he WAS ‘open for talks’ – and instead heard nothing prior to the club’s official statement yesterday:
I wonder who’s telling fibs here?
Mike Ashley – the man who has been proven in court to be a liar and built a reputation of failing to communicate and offering false promises over the past 12 years.
Or Rafa Benitez – an honourable man who, despite his stubbornness, has admitted on several occasions hat he was keen to stay, despite the fact he’s been lied to by Ashley on more than one occasion over the past three years.
You can’t help but feel that Newcastle and Mike Ashley were just never that keen to keep Rafa Benitez at the club – and the fact they released a statement confirming his exit SEVERAL days before his contract expired (instead of convincing him to stay) helps support that argument.