Rafa has been asked a lot about the January transfer window because how much he gets seems to depend on who the owner of the club is at that time.
Time is starting to run out to buy the club by the end of the year unless Amanda Staveley and her PCP Capital Partners group can reach some basic agreement on the price of Newcastle with Mike Ashley.
The news is that Ashley would now take £350M and that seems a reasonable price for the team – down form the £450M he had initially put out last month that he wanted for Newcastle.
That has come down to £380M and now to £350M – according to various reports this week.
While Rafa is concentrating on preparing the side for each of the tough games coming up he has also held meetings with Steve Nickson, Head of Recruitment – on what Newcastle could do in the January transfer window.
January is always a tough and difficult window.
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But Rafa also thinks he can improve the players he now has, and he thinks we will do better in the second half of the season than the first half.
This is some of what he had to say in the Chronicle today:
“Can we do something different in January?”
“We will see, but remember that January is a difficult market and you can’t normally find what you are looking for.”
“You find something that maybe can help. We will try to do that.”
“Maybe we will get great expectations from some that we will sign five top-class players and they will make the difference.”
“What we have is the belief that this group of players will improve and have more experience.”
“If we continue playing as a unit and a team, feeling the support of the fans, I think we will be a better team.”
“I have confidence that we will be better in the second half of the league.”
“Some of the games that we have not won recently will be different and we will get points.”
We play Watford at St. James Park this afternoon and in the season before last, we played them three times and lost all three games while Steve McClaren was the manager.
Hopefully, we can do better today and get all 3 points.
We need a win today.