Rafa has talked today about how Newcastle United went after Matt Ritchie at the beginning of the summer transfer window, and persuaded the Bournemouth star to take a step down in the league tables in England to come to Tyneside.
And Matt has been one of our best players with 15 total goals this term with 11 of those coming in the Championship – and this lad will only get better back in the Premier League under the coaching of Rafa Benitez.
When the latest financial records were released to the public earlier this week Newcastle made over £40M in last summer’s transfer window, although the payments coming in for departed players like Gini Wijnaldum (£25M) and Moussa Sissoko (£30M) are generally spread over three years.
But that’s still not bad at all.
The two men building Newcastle United – Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez
It’s great they work so well together and each respects the other
Rafa has talked in the Chronicle today about how difficult last summer’s transfer window was, when he worked very closely with Lee Charnley:
“We had to work so hard, so quick to turn things round really quickly.”
“We had to sell really well to have some money for buying new players but we still had to pay some big money out for players.”
“In some cases the value could be less, but we still had to pay this money out because we needed to sign the player.”
“I was saying, ‘please’, he is an important player, he has experience.”
“We have to do it we cannot be worrying about a couple of million when we are in this position where we have to get out of this division.” (well said Rafa)
“That means you have to spend more than we were expecting to, but I think we did really well.”
“And we have a good team and we are making a profit from player sales, so everything was perfect.”
“Hopefully it will be perfect again this summer.”
Rafa shows there both experience and common sense and why he is a top manager and could be very successful at Newcastle.
He seems like he is busy educating Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley that not signing a player for a (measly) $2M more than they think he is worth – is just one reason Newcastle were relegated twice in nine years under Ashley.
And this is in the financial context that teams in the Championship who have no parachute payments from the Premier League get only £7M from the league whatever position they finish in.
By the way Newcastle are due £40M in May as a parachute payment from the PL.
In the Premier League next season the mid-table team will expect to get around £140M – and they are haggling over £2M for a top player proven in the Premier League?
But that’s what the club have done in the previous nine years and why we were never successful but for that one single season in 2012 when we finished in 5th place, but then we struggled against relegation the following season.
Rafa will have to do the same thing this summer in the upcoming transfer window and it will not be easy, although it will be very exciting and absorbing for Newcastle fans.
And we would expect Newcastle have already let it be known to some (most?) of their top transfer targets this summer that they want them to join the Rafa revolution, which has now moved back to the Premier League.
Newcastle must be a big draw with Rafa in charge and Newcastle back in the big money.
Finally, we hope the fans can see some photos of Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez in May when Rafa has his one-on-one with the owner.
Hopefully they will be smiling and maybe we can get some pictures with Lee Charnley in there too – smiling and maybe with both thumbs up?
It would certainly help to show we are United at the very top and that’s so important in any organization.