Rafa Admits Obvious Difficulties In Summer Transfer Plans


Whether Newcastle are promoted back to the Premier League this season will decide which players the club will go after this summer in the transfer window.

There are multiple reasons for that – a number of top players we may be after if we are a Premier League would not come to the club if we are still in the second division – and some of that happened last summer.

Another reason is the level of wages we can afford to pay players and it will be a lot less if we are still a second division side and that would limit a number of top players we could sign – simply because we couldn’t afford their wages.

Money, money, money.

Rafa Benitez – gearing up for the summer
Without knowing which division we will be in


In the Chronicle there is an interview with Rafa Benitez in which he says he is drawing up a list of transfer targets with his scouting staff – and whether we are Premier League club or a Championship club next season at the moment is an obvious difficulty.

This is what Rafa said:

“The way we work is to prepare for the transfer window and we didn’t do anything in January.”

“Now I am more focused on the players, but the scouts are analyzing big things for the future, watching games and filing reports.” “There will be future meetings to analyse the market.”

“The difficult thing here is you don’t know if we will be in the Premier League or the Championship, but we are still looking for good players, then we will have some time to see what our targets are.”

“At the moment we’re just monitoring players to make sure we have some good players and then we will see if we can get the player or not.”

“My relationship is always with Lee Charnley, he’s the one I talk to rather than owner Mike Ashley.” 

“We will have some meetings in the future to talk about what we want to do.”  “We know our squad and that we have to maybe find some balance in some positions.”

“But we will start monitoring players just so we know we are ready.”

It’s difficult to visualize Rafa wanting to stay another season in the second division if we are don’t make it to the Premier League for next season.

The scouting staff still have to watch players we may need – even if we remain a second division side for next season – although everything has been geared to become a Premier League by May.

But it’s difficult to take anything for granted these days – especially with Newcastle making mistake after mistake over the last two seasons, when we were one of the worst-run clubs in the Premier League and deserved to be relegated last May.

That was even though Rafa did the very best to save us and almost did.

That’s one reason we have to push to get as many wins as possible – as soon as possible, so we can secure promotion and set things in motion for the summer transfer window, knowing we will be a Premier League club at that time.

We are very well positioned at the moment – there’s no doubt about that – but nothing can be assumed yet.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
1Newcastle464594
2Brighton463493
3Reading46485
4Sheffield Wednesday461581
5Huddersfield46-281
6Fulham462880

It’s another good reason why we must secure  wins on Monday night and then on Saturday afternoon against Aston Villa and Bristol City respectively.

Maybe ten more wins will easily see us promoted this season?

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46 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2017 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Those comments tell me he’s staying, as I understand he’s got a three year deal and won’t be going anywhere, unless of course the likes of Cyprus want him to leave by mutual consent of we don’t get promoted, I’d love to know who he’d like to replace him with.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 18, 2017 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #2

    It would have to be Lee Clark for me. He loves swimming in shit and is in his element when he’s managing a club that’s a mess. Kilmarnock job must have been to easy so he’s left them to join Bury who are in a complete mess in League one.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 18, 2017 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #3

    It would have to be Lee Clark for me. He loves swimming in shit and is in his element when he’s managing a club that’s a mess. Kilmarnock job must have been to easy so he’s left them to join Bury who are in a complete mess in League one.

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  • manxpie

    Feb 18, 2017 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Don’t ya mean unless of course Ashley fusks him off which is a hell of a lot more possible than what a poster says on here
    do you really think he would stay if we weren’t promoted tho?

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  • manxpie

    Feb 18, 2017 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #5

    It wasn’t worth the repost Belfast 🙂

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  • Belfast

    Feb 18, 2017 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #6

    He looked suicidal to me when he was appearing on the football league highlight show every week when he was at Birmingham. So once Birmingham sacked him (phew) he took the Blackpool job about a week afterwards. He got more suicidal looking after that. After a relatively unsuicidal spell at Kilmarnock he’s now joined Bury and will probably be looking suicidal again.

    Perfect candidate for me!

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  • Belfast

    Feb 18, 2017 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #7

    That’s been happening a lot lately Manxpie. Still only being paid for the one though.

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  • manxpie

    Feb 18, 2017 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #8

    To me he always looks like he’s just shit himself tbh

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  • manxpie

    Feb 18, 2017 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #9

    New phone?
    Mine is starting to put double letters in does my head in
    Even when ya correct it I blame fake news!

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  • Belfast

    Feb 18, 2017 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Imagine how his assistant manager feels. Alan Thompson follows him everywhere. They won in the 92 minute today, best frame it, that’ll probably be the highlight for the next few months hehe

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2017 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #11

    manxpie,
    You’re dying for Ashley to screw Rafa in the hope that the fans turn on him like they did your hero Pardew.

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  • manxpie

    Feb 18, 2017 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #12

    It is strange tho as he had some record at Huddersfield and a very promising rep
    Maybe Scotland was just far far far to depressing even for him

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2017 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Brlfits,
    It’s a WordPress issue rather than a phone, it’s happened to everyone.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 18, 2017 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #14

    I know he did and it looked like he was very harshly sacked, but Jesus Christ he’s been atrocious from he got the boot from Huddersfield. I actually felt sorry for him until he took the Blackpool job about a week after Birmingham sacked him haha

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  • manxpie

    Feb 18, 2017 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Really jail?
    Sorry I’m just a kunt (with many others!) that dared to question a decision by your messiah!

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  • manxpie

    Feb 19, 2017 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #16

    How’s the players doing that pardew had at his disposal btw jail?
    I mean the ones that got no blame?
    Or the fact that we only had a squad of about 16! !
    But yeah Wat an over achievement 5th was under an Ashley regime

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  • manxpie

    Feb 19, 2017 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #17

    Aye Belfast he’ll probably just end up the mascot in our Derbys
    Our last depressed coach ain’t doing to wwell either

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 19, 2017 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #18

    My Messiah???.
    Are you honestly defending Pardew, I have always said he should have been backed after finishing fifth, Ashley is truely a kernt, but Pardew is just as big as one!

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  • manxpie

    Feb 19, 2017 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #19

    Yeah your messiah the one who can’t be criticised you know the one
    the one who you called all posters kunts for having an opinion the other night on!
    Yeah I defend pardew because I could see we had a shocking squad and said many a time especially when all said how great a squad we had lol
    the best ever was said many a time
    I just find it very funny that nothing can be said about rafa without you piping up very funny indeed
    so again where are them players now jail

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 19, 2017 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #20

    Wow – another King Percy stalwart winkled out -most embarrassing.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 19, 2017 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #21

    manx,
    There are 50K fans chanting Rafa’s name, his defining statement was “We are Newcastle United” Pardews was “we can’t compete with Swansea or Southampton, and I have never ever said we’ve had the best squad since etc…etc…etc…

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 19, 2017 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #22

    Well let’s be honest here, Pardews record speaks for itself. As for Benitez’s record, well…

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  • manxpie

    Feb 19, 2017 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #23

    Btw i never brought up pardew!
    But just answered a question just to be clear to the people who can’t let him go!

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  • manxpie

    Feb 19, 2017 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #24

    Yeah there are jail but it doesn’t mean people can’t speak about mistakes in the game does it?
    And it especially doesn’t mean you can call then kunts because of it

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 19, 2017 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #25

    manxpie,
    You love the kernt!

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 19, 2017 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #26

    On tonight’s edition of The View From Pardew –

    welshgeordie9 // Feb 18, 2017 at 5:07 PM

    Some fans already want the Leicester boss out, shocking, how about they have a go at the players, so easy to blame the manager when things go tits up, be careful what you wish for Leicester, some fans wanted Pardew out which they got and ended up with carver, yeah great move.

    Seriously, Welshie? We got Pardew Out! Because he baled for a better offer and left us holding the less desirable end of the stick. We got Carver In! Because Charnley thought the part time plumber and odd job man could keep the tug chugging along at half the pay rate. None of this was because the “fickle Geordies” badgered out a world class manager to give the local-boy-done-good a run at champions league. Only a twerp from the land of the burning cottages would spark that one up. Again.

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  • manxpie

    Feb 19, 2017 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #27

    Tsunki i blamed the players before pardew and got told we had the best squad ever so please explain how since then the players have all got the stick including not having a big enough squad?
    Just to make it clear! !

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  • manxpie

    Feb 19, 2017 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #28

    That’s the best you got jail
    jesus Wat a kunt!
    Do you think rata will stay if we aren’t promoted?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 19, 2017 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #29

    manxpie,
    I criticised my Messiah after the first Blackburn defeat, I will not tolerate these fuskers who are just criticising him just to get back at the people who absolutely love him him to bits.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 19, 2017 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #30

    Benitez is like every other guy. Not perfect. Prone to the odd lack of wisdom, the occasional error in judgement. However, seeing as he organises the team to be habitually top of the league he tends to look a bit less imperfect than most. Odd that some seem to focus on those minimal flaws as if they are an impending catastrophe.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 19, 2017 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #31

    Manxpie I don’t actually know what your point is. RelegationII happened because we had a team assembled to a statistical pie chart in a think tank boardroom under the strict remit of a number – churning owner, with a puppet no-mark coach who jigged and twirled to order in return for an eye – watering paycheck he never thought he’d see in his lifetime.

    Those were the days, eh?

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  • manxpie

    Feb 19, 2017 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #32

    Jail let’s face it you criticised him after you couldn’t defend it that’s why I said at the time it’s ok because jail said so! Remember?

    And I said that because seriously before that he could have shit on ya mother without ya saying something

    let’s face it against the scum and villa we should have been more attacking last season!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 19, 2017 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #33

    +35 GD against an average -26 yet the newest guy in charge can’t be accused of standing up to Ashley? Does that baffle you Manx?

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  • manxpie

    Feb 19, 2017 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #34

    Tsunki my point was Ashley is more important than Wat Cyprus said once was yours?!!

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  • manxpie

    Feb 19, 2017 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #35

    Again jail where does YOUR obsession end i have never brought him up!! Ever!!

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 19, 2017 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #36

    Now I really have no idea what that meant.

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  • manxpie

    Feb 19, 2017 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #37

    I seriously can’t see how jail gets away with calling all posters talking football matters on an nufc blog kunts! !
    But there we go!

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  • manxpie

    Feb 19, 2017 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #38

    Tsunki my point was Ashley is more important than Wat Cyprus said once, Wat was yours?!!I
    is that better?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 19, 2017 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #39

    manxpie,
    You deserve a straight red, I called Pardew a kernt!

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  • manxpie

    Feb 19, 2017 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #40

    Jail i ain’t talking about tonight!

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