Rafa has given more interviews today and he has explained that in the planning for Newcastle’s future he has met with Managing Director Lee Charnley to discuss a number of things – including presumably who the targets are for the January transfer window – even though that’s still almost three months away.
Rafa Benitez in deep thought during training
And Rafa sees quite a number of fans during the week as he commutes to the training ground and they seem to be upbeat – which is not too surprising – after we have 9 wins in our first 13 games this season.
With Rafa in charge and with his ability and massive experience running some big clubs in his career, we can confidently say the club is being run in the right way.
That has not been the case over at least the last the nine years with Mike Ashley as the owner.
This is what Rafa has said:
“We are really football-orientated in terms of trying to improve things on the pitch and I don’t know if that has always been the same.”
“We have a lot of good staff working and they are all doing their jobs.”
“At the same time, I had a meeting with Lee Charnley this week where we were talking about the Academy, scouting and people within the staff.”
“We are trying to manage the football club in a way that everybody is expecting – I think the fans are happy with that.”
And while it’s sometimes difficult to give owner Mike Ashley any praise – he’s done the right thing since last May when it was clear we would be relegated after Sunderland had hammered Everton.
He came and met with Rafa after the Tottenham game and he seems to have given the manager all the assurances and freedoms he asked for.
Mike kept Lee Charnley in charge from an executive viewpoint, in spite of the disasters of last season.
But it seems to have been a good decision since the two men seem to work extremely well together and are getting the job done.
And Mike seems to be assisting in that by keeping out of the way and letting Rafa basically run the club for him.
Long may it continue.