Rafa Benitez’ Message To Fans – January Funds Will Be About The Same

Rafa Benitez has commented on the upcoming January transfer window if we do get new owners in by the end of the year.

And his comments were made before the news was made public that Amanda Staveley has made an offer for the club which Ashley has turned down.

We’ve got to believe that when he made the following comments he had been made aware by Lee Charnley what was happening.

Staveley is reported to be going to put a new offer in for the club this week, but Rafa plays down the news there will be possibly £100M to spend in January.

Rafa Benitez – feet firmly on the ground

So things have become serious this week but whether a deal can be worked out is still uncertain.

Rafa is very cool about the whole thing and this is some of what he has said to the fans:

“My message to the fans is that we can do nothing. Stay behind the team, support the team because they can make the difference in some games.”

“For the good or for the bad. My message is also that normally we will be in the bottom five. We are in a very good position and we want to stay there.”

“If something happens it would be better for everyone. Still we are working with different options.”

“Also another message that is very clear for the fans is not that a new owner will come and spend £100M in the transfer window.”

“No chance. So our money will be more or less the same. The only thing that can change for us is if we are working right now or we will have to wait a little bit.”

“At this moment, I met Lee Charnley and we are working on our targets and that is it.”

Rafa doesn’t need £100M to improve the team in January, since if we include the transfer fee for Mikel Merino Newcastle spent a net of only around £18M over the summer to bring in six players.

So since we have players we could sell in January, Rafa doesn’t necessarily need a lot of money to make a difference to the side early next year.

£30M plus the transfer fees he could get by selling players would be something Rafa could really use to plug some weaknesses in the Newcastle side.

Loan deals will also be used to strengthen the side.

Then of course, next summer would be a major restructuring of the team if we do get new owners and some big money buys will be made.

But Rafa also knows his job is to get the team back to winning games – we have 10 important games in the next six weeks and we have to put points up on the board.

It’s an exciting time for Newcastle fans right now!

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 22, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #1

    The less he gets the more there is to spend.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 22, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #2

    In terms of the top 6 to challenge consistently we need some serious investment but in terms of everyone below that we are not that far off if we could get a Left back , No 10 , Striker or 2 , Keeper and another winger we could probably be best of the rest quite easily

    Although this could depend on what other teams have to spend but a lot of teams spent big in the summer so would maybe have to shift players before they could sign others

    Might have to look at loans which could be good for us as lots of players need game time and good performances to get to the World Cup

  • jackostoon

    Nov 22, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Morning folks,
    Hopefully today’s the day us teddy bears have our picnics.

  • magscar

    Nov 22, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Charlie@161 last thread

    It was an ill wind then -dont mean the beans 😉

  • magscar

    Nov 22, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #5


    I have been thinking that even with a healthy transfer budget Rafa may not be be able to get those on his list(s) for various reasons so loans might have to suffice. Target this season whatever happens is staying up and consolidation still

  • hibbit

    Nov 22, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #6

    i get what your saying but at this moment it’s far more important that he goes .
    at least to me

  • expatmag

    Nov 22, 2017 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #7


    Last thread, I replied mate….no idea how to paste to this thread…….lol

  • hibbit

    Nov 22, 2017 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #8

    that was to Jail …..sorry

  • sparky55

    Nov 22, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Everyone has their price and because he needs the money to do other things on a fixed short term time-line, he won’t be able to do his usual Billy big balls routine which has served him so well in the past. Everyone in the city (and Staveley) knows what he’s up to and how much he will be shelling out in the coming weeks to buy what he wants to buy…but what people don’t know to the exact penny is how much cash he has.

    Ashley has insisted he wants £300 million before his end of December deadline and that is cast in stone. The bunce (instalments money and total of instalment money) plus the advertising rights is what’s being haggled now. Ashley hasn’t got all the Aces for once…where in the “who blinks first” stage now

  • expatmag

    Nov 22, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #10

    I agree. Wholescale changes arent needed till the summer but what is vital is a goalscorer or 2 plus a creator. That may cost upwards of 40 million pounds but we could eecover funds from the sales of the likes of Mitrovic Colback and Diame

  • magscar

    Nov 22, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #11


    Caught it. I am intrigued that you had a primus stove that ran on car headlights – wow really futuristic 🙂

    Bet you miss those wind swept sands though while you struggle to cool down over there.

    Like the heat but do try to enjoy the seasons even if in recent years they seem to merge into one!

  • expatmag

    Nov 22, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #12


    Sounds great mate. Nothing would please me more to see Ashley put to the sword, so to speak.

    But what is more important is to see his large rearend dhsappearing rapidly down the A1 at great speed, never to return.

  • sparky55

    Nov 22, 2017 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #13

    Twat’ll be in his helicopter 🙂 🙂

  • magscar

    Nov 22, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #14


    Best negotiations end up in a win win and still think that seems possible. Don’t much care what Ashley gets ( but least amount would be preferable) as it is worth whatever buyer is prepared to pay.

    If info is correct whilst buyer(s) will have eye on January window Ashley has his own more pressing time constraints and presumably buyer(s) will be aware.

  • sparky55

    Nov 22, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #15

    expat @ 10

    Correct. Rafa can coach the defence to such a degree they might get better, but he ain’t no miracle worker who can get Perez and Joselu and Ritchie scoring on a regular basis.

    If we don’t get a at least 1 good striker and a No 10 we’ll be losing 1 or 2-0 every week most weeks and other weeks snatching a goal leading to a draw or a win…but that won’t be enough to stop us being relegated.

  • expatmag

    Nov 22, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #16


    Lol…..we had the primus stove brewing in front of the tent at night time and to see what we were doing, we had to turn the car towards tbe tent and swirch on tbe headlights.

    At the monent, Melbourne is experiencing a late spring heatwave. We are half way through a period of 30 degree plus days….beautiful weather for the last 5 days and another 5 to come before a cool change next monday. Apparently, the warmest november period since records began 155 years ago

  • magscar

    Nov 22, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #17


    Wonder you never burnt tent down!

    My trip that year was in a VW Beetle with 6 volt battery electrics – couldn’t have left the lights on without running engine!

    All this nostalgia while waiting for some news 😉

    Going to have to get on with some things as morning can just whizz by without realising! Catch up later

  • NUFCadon

    Nov 22, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #18

    Hope the new owners are willing to invest considerably in the summer. Fair enough not jumping in the January transfer window with £100M but I do hope he is giving a minimum of £20M plus what he generates in sales. I don’t mind not being the next Man City but I do want to be challenging and have something to work with to help us move up and break into that top 6

  • expatmag

    Nov 22, 2017 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #19


    Got a feeling that Tosun may already be lined up with Ings on loan. Mitrovic could well be the sweetener to Besikitas in the Tosun transfer. I wouldnt be surprised to see Wilshire come in on loan with a view to a permanent transfer

  • sparky55

    Nov 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #20


    Tosun is defo an upgrade on Joselu but just worried how much time it would take him to settle and get used to the premiership.

    I think I’d rather get in someone alongside him with premiership experience if there are any out there and get him premiership ready for next year.

    but that means buying two good strikers which may cost 40 million plus our No 10 requirement…but doubt we have that much money to spare

  • Sav

    Nov 22, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #21

    Mashley: I want 400mil but I will take it in instalments. Amanda: The offer is 300mil. Mashley: No chance!. Amanda : Ok, I’ll offer 250mil in a lump payment.
    This is intriguing.
    Chock thick Paul Merson into the mix and we’ve got the basis for a long running sit-com.


You must log in to post a comment.