While the Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern are happy right now, there is always an uneasy feeling amongst our resident Geordie contingent.
That’s because they’ve had to deal with suggestions Rafa Benitez is unhappy with the kind of backing he’s getting from Mike Ashely for the best part of a year now. Indeed, the Spaniard is perhaps the most popular manager the club have had since Sir Bobby Robson, so losing him as a result of any of Ashley’s wrongdoings would truly be gutting.
With that in mind, a report detailing a behind the scenes battle that Benitez WON has gone down a storm amongst those clad in black and white who prop up our bar. According to the Chronicle, the 57-year-old urged powerbrokers at St. James’ Park to not marry economics and football, after Graham Carr had been running the scouting system for years.
Though Carr had enjoyed some success early in his tenure, many of the signings he made in recent years had failed to impress and Benitez is thought to have told decision makers that his view on recruitment no longer worked.
With Carr now departed, it seems like a huge win for Benitez, with the signings made under his watch this season already looking good. Mikel Merino looks like quite a find indeed, further showing exactly why Ashley needs to listen to his man.