Newcastle fans don’t need much reason to criticise Mike Ashley, and the latest reports about their owner have left fans fuming on Twitter.
According to the Chronicle, Newcastle’s ownership was annoyed about having to pay £15,000 to ship the team to Spain last week, and fans are worried about what that means for their summer business.
St. James’ Park has been slightly happier in recent weeks. January signing Martin Dubravka seems like he was heaven sent, and wins over Manchester United and Southampton have put the club in a great position going into the massive six-pointer against Huddersfield later this month.
Still, if there’s one thing that Newcastle fans always agree on, it’s their opinion of owner Mike Ashley.
Manager Rafael Benitez has reportedly made it perfectly clear what he wants and needs this summer, but let’s just say fans aren’t particularly optimistic it will happen.
“We have to change things,” Benitez told The Times.
“The way Newcastle were doing things before I arrived doesn’t mean they were right, because they were going down. Now we have had the chance to go up we cannot make the same mistakes again.”
Benitez will be delighted with Dubravka’s form since joining, but January signing Islam Slimani is yet to kick a ball for the club.
The report from the Chronicle claims the Newcastle ownership were unhappy with the side’s trip to a training camp in Spain last week because the flight cost £15,000. To Benitez, £15,000 is trivial considering what’s at stake in the fight for Premier League survival.
Newcastle fans have been having their say on Twitter, and some of the best reactions can be found below…
They are worried about £15k? Absolutely tinpot.
— David McAndrews (@DavidMcAndrews) March 20, 2018
Ashley has to be the only chairman to complain about paying 15k for a plane
— Greg O' Grady⚫️⚪️ (@Greglovesdatoon) March 20, 2018
We all know he's cheap. We don't need reminders of that.
— Danny Brown (@DannyBroooon) March 20, 2018
Doesn't bode well for transfer business in the Summer if that's how the higher-ups are going on
— Jack Turner (@JackQTurner) March 20, 2018
If that statement is anywhere near true, Rafa will have no chance of getting anything this summer.
— Neill (@UlsterMag) March 20, 2018
tin pot shambles of a club we have become since ashley got his grubby paws on the club
— David Moore (@davidmnufc) March 20, 2018