Newcastle United’s failure to sign any players on deadline day has resulted in their manager Rafa Bentinez letting it be known that he will consider other job offers, according to reports in the Guardian.
Several clubs, including struggling West Ham, will be monitoring events at the Sports Direct Arena closely.
After securing promotion as Championship Champions last season, Benitez expected heavy financial backing this summer from owner Mike Ashley, and is said to be furious that this has not materialised.
The experienced Spanish tactician is enraged with the club’s hierarchy for their inability to tie up deals for several of his key targets including Tammy Abraham, Willy Caballero, Harry Maguire and Kieran Gibbs.
Despite controversial owner Ashley promising Bentinez ” every last penny ” of available funds to strengthen his squad after the club’s promotion last May, the net spend on Tyneside was just £16 million this summer.
A clear indication of the club’s transfer policy in recent years is demonstrated by the fact that the last time they broke their transfer record was the £ 16.8 million signing of Micheal Owen in 2005, whereas 19 of the other 20 Premier League clubs have smashed their record in the last two years.
Ashley is a hugely unpopular figure with Geordie supporters and they will be furious that his actions or inaction as the case may be, seem likely to force Newcastle’s most popular manager since Sir Bobby Robson to walk away from club.
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