During the press conference yesterday Rafa was asked about Mike Ashley, and he deftly avoided having to say much at that time.
But it seems in further interviews he has gone into more detail on Ashley’s promises he made to Rafa in early May but still refuses to get drawn into the fray too much.
Rafa infers that what he was told in May differed from what Mike Ashley said in his rather bizarre Sky Sports interview.
The Chronicle is reporting that Benitez thought the business plan he created and presented to Ashley in May would be followed – but that hasn’t happened apparently.
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez
This is what Rafa has said today as reported in the Chronicle:
“I know more or less what he has said. Believe me, it doesn’t change anything in terms of my approach to the games or the training sessions or preparations.”
“I know what I have to do: to concentrate on the training sessions and my players. I did not watch it.”
“I cannot change anything because it will then be my opinion about the interview – this or that.”
“I want to concentrate on the thing that depends on me: preparing the team, picking the team and approaching the game with the right mentality.”
“I cannot change what he said in the first one (meeting in early May with Ashley) and the second one (Sky Sports interview last week).”
“I cannot change anything about our situation now in terms of the market, the transfer window and what we have to do.”
“I said before I met him when we were relegated and we needed to know exactly how much we had to spend and when we were promoted.”
“But I do not need much contact if I have Lee Charnley there.”
What do you think about this?