There’s a report in the Mirror today that goes into specific detail about what Rafa Benitez wants from owner Mike Ashley this summer.
Rafa wants to bring in up to seven top players and the amount of the transfer fund he wants is listed as £100M.
A number of pundits have said Newcastle need to strengthen significantly to be a top half Premier League club next season and of course nobody knows what’s needed more than Mr. Benitez.
Rafa Benitez – simply wants to make Newcastle great again
This is not rocket science
Rafa wants to control who he brings in, which is the agreement everybody though he signed last May so something happened in January when he was stopped from bringing in players he wanted.
The good news is that he has been told he will be backed with significant transfer funds and a meeting is scheduled with Mike Ashley, probably immediately after the end of the season – May 7th.
After we were promoted on Monday night Rafa was not prepared to say he would still be here next season and that was simply a negotiating ploy with Mike Ashley to ensure he gets what he wants.
It looks like the problem is Mike Ashley is going down a dangerous path by telling Rafa who he should sign.
Putting limits on a world-class manager on which players he can bring in, after Rafa went to great pains last May to gain full control of all football matters, is dangerous.
The Mirror reports that Rafa was reassured yesterday (most likely by Lee Charnley who Rafa respects a lot) that significant funds would be made available to him – exactly how much is not known.
Lee Charnley is now an important figure at Newcastle, because Rafa has real respect for the executive and likes working with Lee.
Charnley thinks Rafa is the best manager in the world and they worked famously together last summer for the good of the club.
As always Rafa has all the details down and will present Mike Ashley with a business case for the players he wants to sign, which includes transfer fees, wages and potential future sell-on value.
Benitez is a business-savvy manager unlike some other managers and he has always been willing in his career to do whatever work is needed to persuade the financial people to free up the funds.
Rafa is said to be very willing to sell a number of players and use those funds to get in new players.
Rafa is also very keen to bring through young players at the club, which itself adds sell-on value for the club in the future.
The news is that he basically wants to improve all areas of the side including goalkeeper even and of course a top striker.
That sounds good to us.
What maybe the crux of the matter is what exactly happens to Graham Carr.
It would be silly of Ashley to jeopardize losing Rafa Benitez by sticking behind a 72 year-old Chief Scout whose time in the game has to be limited.
But we all know Mike can do some daft things at times.
It’s dangerous if Mike Ashley does that and he could upset Benitez if Rafa does not see full support from the owner.
But we still think this is all a bit of a storm in a teacup and Rafa is simply making his moves so that he gets what he wants this summer.
And all he really wants to do is get the funds to and backing to make Newcastle great again and allow him to be successful at Newcastle.
This is not rocket science.