Newcastle United fans are not happy at the moment.
Not only did Saturday’s home defeat to Brighton send them to the bottom of the Premier League table but they are becoming increasingly concerned about the club’s lack of ambition, and apparent disinterest shown by owner Mike Ashley.
Now they are likely to be even unhappy after learning that Ashley, having previously promising to back manager Rafa Benitez in the transfer market, actually took £10 million out of the club in the summer.
That is according to The Daily Telegraph who report that Ashley decided to take back part of £144 million that he had given to the club in the form of interest-free loans. With some supporters already discussing on social media a pre-Christmas organised boycott of a home game in protest at the club’s transfer policy, the news of the funds withdrawal is likely to raise the temperature on Tyneside even more.
Meanwhile, manager Rafa Benitez, who has warned Ashley and the club’s managing director, Lee Charnley, that a relegation battle was unavoidable unless significant funds were made available to strengthen his squad, appears to have been vindicated.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.