Newcastle fans are once again furious with their club, after a report suggested Rafael Benitez will be working on a tight budget this summer.
This was supposed to be it. This was supposed to be the summer when Mike Ashley finally loosens his purse strings and lets Benitez smash the longest running transfer record in the Premier League.
Benitez did a stunning job getting the current Newcastle squad into the top half of the table last season, and fans were hopeful that they might finally spend some money to match the manager’s ambitions this summer.
A report from the Chronicle has cast major doubt over the Magpies’ summer plans though, saying the Spaniard could have to “shop in the bargain basket” again this year.
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Benitez did a pretty good job on a limited budget in January, with loan signings Martin Dubravka and Kenedy making a huge impact, but fans are fearing the worst about the impact of another low spending window.
The £16m move for Michael Owen back in 2005 is still the Magpies’ record transfer, and fans are rightfully concerned that Benitez may walk if Ashley doesn’t match his lofty ambitions this summer.
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
I’d be very surprised if rafa accepts this and walks away. The club are treating rafa and the fans with contempt and it’s going to blow up in there faces… question lee, where is all the money going?! We arnt stupid and neither is rafa. The club cannot pleased poverty…
— Chris Cossey (@Cosseycj) June 15, 2018
If true, it will be the last bargain bin shopping Rafa will be doing as NUFC boss. He will be off like a shot as soon as the last year of his contract is up
— Colin Graham (@CRG196754) June 15, 2018
Walk away @rafabenitezweb we love you but you deserve so much better.
— TMW (@TilehurstsOwn) June 15, 2018
That’s not news. Everyone was certain that would be the case
— Graeme Skidmore (@skiddy1962) June 15, 2018
Well that means he is not renewing his contract
— Rebel_warrior (@uttamkaul) June 15, 2018
I’m almost done with this penny pinching no ambition no hope no future #nufc
— Jeff (@Jeff883025221) June 15, 2018
Bye Rafa. Nice knowing you.
— James Harrison (@mrbeast06) June 15, 2018
Looks like we’ll have to shop in the managerial bargain bin again – Pards anyone?
— Dave Rees (@johndavidrees) June 15, 2018