Rafa’s job is not to get the players through the door in each transfer window – his job is to identify to Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley the players he wants to be brought in and also the players he no longer has need for in the squad.
So there’s no doubt Rafa did his job for January with the players he wanted identified long before 2017 rolled around.
But we couldn’t get one player in, although to be fair we have to admit that January is always a very difficult window to get any good deals completed.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle’s top manager
Maybe some work has been done to allow it to be easier in the summer to bring in say Andros Townsend and James McCarthy.
It will certainly be a lot easier if we are a Premier League club by then with world class manager Rafa Benitez in charge – we think lots of players will want to join the Rafa revolution this summer.
Benitez was asked if the poor results in the January transfer window were worrying him about what may happen in the summer.
This is how Rafa responded that that as reported in the Chronicle – and this was before the window closed last night:
“Because I am quite old now, I have experience with clubs and transfer windows and all these things.”
“What I have very clear in my mind is that you have to concentrate on one game at a time.”
“That means that we have to concentrate on this window and after that we will analyse what we did, right or wrong, and then we will think about the future.”
“I cannot be talking ‘if’, because it makes no sense until the window is over.”
“We have to wait, see what happens, at the end of the window we must see if we are strong enough to stay there and go up.”
“And after that we will see what we can do in the summer.”
“It’s a question of sitting down, for us to keep working hard and making the right decisions at the right time.”
“I am old so I have been at a lot of clubs with a lot of owners and different ways of doing business,”
“This is just another window.”
Benitez has been through the mill a few times in his management career and there is so much good will towards him on Tyneside that he will be able to shrug this off – as he goes all out to get Newcastle promoted.
We could be wrong (yes – it’s happened before) – but we think Mike Ashley is not foolish enough not to back Rafa 100% in this summer’s transfer window – especially if we are a Premier League club then and we spent zilch in January.
That’s always been the goal this season – and we can achieve that and make everybody associated with Newcastle very happy this summer – despite the disappointments of January in the FA Cup and transfer dealings.
That’s what we are hoping for – so it has to be upwards and onward in the next three months for the sake of Newcastle United.
And of course the Newcastle fans can be a great positive force that can make that happen.