It’s been a complicated transfer window so far, and we still haven’t signed the two or three class players we need to ensure we have a decent first season back in the Premier League.
What we would see as a decent first season back is not fighting relegation and if possible ending up in the top 10 in the Premier League.
But with all the money there’s been available this summer for Premier League clubs every one of them seems determined to improve their sides to ensure they stay in the big money league.
Even clubs like West Brom, Bournemouth and the like have about £80M more to spend this summer based on the money they got from the Premier League in May compared to what Newcastle received.
Rafa Benitez – Mr. Newcastle
So it must be challenging for Rafa Benitez to have to live with what are restrictions in spending at Newcastle when the only thing he wants to do is to have a team good enough for the fans.
That’s his long term goal – make no mistake about that – and that means Newcastle being one of the top clubs in Europe – nothing less than that.
While Rafa was definitely unhappy that we missed out on so many transfer targets in May and June, we have made decent progress over the last three weeks.
Rafa appears to have signed players who are only too willing to do what Rafa tells them to – and therefore improve their game rather quickly.
Rafa has shown great professionalism and patience in the way he has gone about his work in preseason – as usual, he’s quietly working his socks off for the Newcastle cause.
Rafa is the top man at Newcastle – that’s obvious but we should never forget that, and there are clubs much richer than Newcastle who would sign Rafa Benitez in a New York minute and give him lots of money to spend on transfers as an enticement.
Rafa showed he was completely committed to Newcastle last season in England’s second division, and while the summer may be tough we fully expect Mike Ashley to give him lots of money to spend next summer and after that, when our finances should be much improved.
Mike should also be working hard to get extra investment into the club by January so we could sign some players at that time.
The owner has to realize he has a world-class manager and we’ve seen in the past how these top football coaches don’t allow themselves to be pushed around by anybody.
That includes Mike Ashley.
Did I mention Rafa is a fantastic manager for Newcastle United?