There has been a lot of talk about the frustration that Rafa Benitez has gone through since the transfer window began. Benitez stated that he was disappointed in the ownership’s handling of the transfer window, and Mike Ashley fired back in an interview of his own.
However, while it may sound overly optimistic, I truly believe that Rafa Benitez will not leave Newcastle. Mike Ashley is ready to sell, and Benitez knows this. If he can stick out this crappy time with the chunky monkey that is Mike Ashley, he knows it will pay dividends.
Mike Ashley will only sell to a buyer who has the money to compete with bigger clubs. While that shows that he wants to leave the club in good hands, how much longer are we going to have to wait until Ashley just packs his bags and leaves?
All this talk of Benitez leaving is creating useless speculation
We’ve got pundits and even former players saying that Benitez is unlikely to want to spend any more time with Ashley as the owner of the club. That’s true for a lot of people who have had the misfortune of working with the weasel. Benitez knew what he was getting into when he signed on. He knew that Ashley has a history of making promises that he doesn’t keep.
To continue talking about Benitez leaving, it will only generate unrest in the dressing room and in the board room. Ashley understands how important retaining Benitez is to the club. And I truly believe that Ashley is trying to meet Benitez halfway here, but the problem is that the money that was promised isn’t there.
Benitez, however, isn’t stupid. While he is disappointed in what has happened over this past summer, it doesn’t mean that he’s just going to pack his bags and leave without seeing what his current squad can do. Benitez is a professional, and believe it or not, so is Mike Ashley. Both are grown men who understand that their circumstances have changed, and that they both have different goals.
That happens in football. Benitez is no stranger to it. If any manager has the ability to succeed under the conditions of Mike Ashley, it’s him.