Rafa Benitez has given a very good interview to the local press while in Ireland. – and he says he was told the specific funds that were available by Mike Ashley at their meeting in early May and that he could spend that money how he wanted to.
Rafa says he was told the specific funds that were available by Mike Ashley at their meeting in early May and that he could spend that money the way he wanted to.
Spend big money on a few players or spend huge amounts on fewer players – Ashley said it was Rafa’s choice.
It seems that Rafa wants to spread that money this summer on getting up to eight first team players to increase the competition for places all over the pitch.
Rafa Benitez in complete control of transfer funds for both fees and wages
But in January or next summer he could spend big money on only a few players – or just one player even – it’s his choice thank goodness!
This is what Rafa has said as reported specifically in the Shields Gazette today:
“I think we are very clear where we are. “In January we didn’t sign players, but we had £30M player trading profit from last summer ready for the future.”
“So now we are in a situation where we are going slowly, but I still have confidence that after my meeting with Mike everything will be fine.”
“He said that he would give us every last penny, so hopefully he will do it, and I’m confident that he will do it.”
“We cannot change what happened (in January) , so we have to concentrate on what will happen in the future.”
“We have the numbers to spend.” “When we had the meeting they told me the numbers – and now we have to make it happen.”
“Obviously, you want players as soon as possible – that’s the same for every manager.”
“I have the same idea. I have said before that the market is getting crazy, but hopefully we can do our job.”
“I don’t think it will be ideal, because the prices are what they are, but hopefully we can do our job.”
“As I said, when we had the meeting with Mike we were talking about the numbers – the money that he could give us for doing the signings – and into this budget we are fine, but we have to do it.”
“Again, I will say the numbers were there.” “We have the resources to do what we wanted to do, and now we have to do it.”
“I asked the question to Mike if I can spend all the money on one player, or if I must spend it on many players,”
“He said that the budget is mine and I can do what I want with the numbers he has given me.” “It is the same with wages.”
“The budget is clear, and now we can move around as I want. I have confidence that Mike will keep his word.”
“We still have time to buy players until the end of next month, and I am confident that we will do it.”
“I have confidence that Ashley will do what he said to me.”
That’s a good interview with Rafa and he has revealed some of the promises Mike made to him.
Fans don’t exactly trust Mike Ashley, given his history over the last ten years – but we are really hoping the owner sees Rafa as the godsend he is for Newcastle United.
What Mike needs to do is to get some additional investment in the club from China – so Rafa has a lot more money to spend in January and next summer.
That would be the next step for Mike Ashley in supporting Rafa Benitez – as well as keeping his word from the May meeting.
If Mike does that he could have a very successful and expensive football club on his hands.