Newcastle fans are once again furious with Mike Ashley, after comments from Rafael Benitez revealed just how desperate the boss is for some signings.
You’d be hard pushed to find another manager in the world that would put up with Ashley at Newcastle, and Benitez must have the patience of a saint.
The Spaniard took over on Tyneside with the Magpies on the brink of relegation, and although he couldn’t save them, he brought them right back up at the first time of asking before surging to an impressive tenth place finish last season.
Despite last season’s incredible end though, Ashley has again opted not to back his manager, and Benitez has finally spoken out about the lack of summer activity.
“As a manager, you would have liked to have seen these players one month ago, but if we can do something it will be better than nothing,” Rafa said.
“I think we have to strengthen everywhere.
“If we want to compete in the Premier League, we have to be stronger.
Benitez is in desperate need of some fresh firepower up front, and the sale of Chancel Mbemba surely means another centre back is coming in, although there’s no sign of one yet.
Fans can’t quite believe how poorly this summer has gone so far, and you can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
It's criminal Lee. What a waste of a great manager and opportunity.
— Simon (@LittleHenryD) July 24, 2018
Absolutely criminal what’s happening here.
— Burnsie ⚽🏴 NUFC 🏳️⚽ (@BenArfaChance) July 24, 2018
How can a club treat a man of his stature and expertise so badly is an embarrassment, I’d really love to see Ashley gone and I wouldn’t blame Rafa if he were to leave either, who could when you have clueless people in charge
— Mark Scanlon (@MarkScanlon94) July 24, 2018
That’s just depressing and I feel ashamed for him, he deserves soo much better
— Conor Swann (@SwannConor) July 24, 2018
— David Middleham (@DaveM_1992) July 24, 2018
It’s a joke
— Steven Dodds (@Steviedodds) July 25, 2018
Sad times at the toon, just got to hope we don’t have to suffer this for another 11 yrs
— john nixon (@j0hnNix0n) July 24, 2018
Who could blame him if he walked away now. Fans would still love him. #ASHLEYOUT
— rafa the gaffa (@andrewt111274) July 25, 2018
3rd relegation looming
— David Singleton (@mindblower46) July 25, 2018