In his interviews yesterday for the FA Cup 3rd round replay against Birmingham City tonight at St. James’ Park, Rafa Benitez opened up about the transfer market and what he understands about Mike Ashley.
He has been told that Mike Ashley has been really pleased with things Rafa has done as he overhauls the club from top to bottom.
But it’s understandable that fans are now a little wary of Ashley with reports in the People last Sunday that he wants to go back to the old way of doing transfers where players of 26 years old or younger are brought in so they have sell-on value.
Rafa Benitez – successful Newcastle manager
Ashley also wants his pal Graham Carr to have a bigger say in the transfers.
This is what the Newcastle manager said yesterday to the local press – as reported today in the Northern Echo:
“We have had the same way to work as we have had during this month. I talk with Lee Charnley, we analyse all the options, we have meetings with the scouts and we ask for names.”
“We check the names and after we go with the names and we try to sign the players. That is the same thing.”
“I am not worried about if the player is 21, 28 or 30. The first thing for me is if he is good enough, and then we put the name there and if we can sign the player, we sign the player.”
“If we cannot, then we need to find solutions.”
“We have some names, we have had some names, we have but the names – “£20”, “he’s not for sale” – then we have to move forward and look for another one.”
“I am happier now because we are at the top of the table.”
“My understanding is that Mike Ashley is really, really pleased, really happy with the team.”
“With everything that we have done for months, and hopefully he can be really happy with everything we will do now until the end of the season.”
Being a successful club in the Premier League is worth at least £150M a season these days and the real big money will be earned by finishing high up in the Premier League and for that you need a good team.
And to have a good team you need a very good manager – somebody like Rafa Benitez for example.
And you have to let Rafa do his job.
If Mike Ashley wants to own a successful club that is worth an awful lot more than the £280M he has already invested in Newcastle United, why not Rafa continue to do his job?
Mike should sit back and simply support what Rafa wants to do.
Let the people who know all about the game of football run this club.