Benitez Reveals He May Not Get Funds To Spend In January

Rafa Benitez was very annoyed about last summer’s transfer window.

The manager explained in great detail to Mike Ashley in May, after he had won the Championship, that the owner had to invest in the squad and that we must sign players early in the window.

It turns out that Newcastle did neither, and that followed a January transfer window when not a penny was spent – and Rafa wasn’t happy at that either.

It was a strong and confident Rafa Benitez at his press conference yesterday as he explained he had been right about the summer transfer window and what has now happened.

Newcastle are starting to struggle now because it looks like we don’t have the players.

Rafa Benitez – things could get worse

Rafa also wanted to sign some experienced Premier League players in the summer, but that didn’t happen either.

But Rafa is also somewhat limited in his attacks on the owner and quickly switched to saying he and the players had to get on with what they had and get the job done – it is as it is.

But if Mike Ashley is still the owner in January there is more than a hint Rafa may not get any money to spend.

It seems he has not been told by Ashley yet how much he will have to spend if the potential takeover doesn’t happen by the end of the year.

This is some of what Rafa said yesterday:

“I was very clear in my meetings with Ashley, and I was right.”

“I was right because I was telling them this, that, that,”

“You have a manager to manage and then because we cannot change these things now, what you have to do is concentrate on West Brom.

“But again I will say, the message is very simple: we knew that could happen. Now we have to make sure that we try our best to improve things. That’s it.”

“If we can bring in better players in the future, OK, fine, good. Competition is good.”

“But in January, it could be even worse (because we may not be able to strengthen), so we have to stick together and be sure that until the end of the season, we maximise what we have.”

“That’s it.”

It would be complete folly if Mike Ashley refuses to back Rafa with transfer funds in January.

But it would also be par for the course by a man who should never have bought Newcastle United in the first place.

It’s been disastrous for over ten years now and even with a world-class manager in place Ashley still doesn’t take advice from those who have spent their complete careers in football.

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10 comments so far

  • Bianconeri

    Nov 28, 2017 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Sounds like Raffa knows a deal is close

  • hibbit

    Nov 28, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #2

    no need for the snide remarks if you something to say spit it out
    you definitely don’t have to read any of my posts there not compulsory

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 28, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #3

    Sounds like Rafa knows the deal won’t go through in time to buy new players in Jan

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 28, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Hibbitt – chill out mate, was actually saying thanks for the info and ignore the doomsayers

  • Tinman

    Nov 28, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #5

    God a win would be fantastic for us. Followed swiftly by announcement of sale in the post match press conference

  • hibbit

    Nov 28, 2017 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #6


    apologizes i obviously picked that up the wrong way

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 28, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Someone yesterday asked said that Mitro and Perez worked well together in our relegation season. Not sure how many games they started together but here is their scoring record

    Ayoze Pérez 37 appearences inc as sub 6 goals
    Aleksandar Mitrovi? 36 appearences inc as sub 8 goals

    We only scored 44 with Winnibago getting 11

    As for today RAFA is caught between a rock and a hard place

    does he revert to playing one up front and try and sneak a 1-0 win.
    (only problem with that is if we go 1 behind we get beat 1-0)

    Or does he play 2 up front and try and score a couple of goals
    (problem there is the opposition will most likely score more than us)

    Me – I think he will go with one up front:

    Yedlin, LeJuene, Clark, Manquilla
    Shelvey, Merino, Hayden, Ritchie

    Tried and trusted 1-0 to someone

    Mind you canny subs bench: Darlow, Mbemba, Mitrovich, Gayle, Murphy, Diame and Gamez

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 28, 2017 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Ding ding! Tickets please! REPOST

    Mindshaft @137
    Some people are making Mitro out to be something akin to the 2nd coming.
    Joselu has almost the entire Newcastle fan base on his back now, we are past the stage where if he gets a bit of luck and one flies in his confidence will be restored. Almost no choice but to start Mitro tonight and just pray it goes for him.
    But I would sit him down, say give me an hour at full tilt. Joselu can come on fresh if needs be to finish the game, some pressure off, against tired defenders if Mitro works them the way everybody is saying he does.
    Man management…

  • EllaGuru

    Nov 28, 2017 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #9

    Rafa is really not holding back in his last presser. He clearly knows that something is on the horizon regarding the takeover.
    Either a: He knows Mashley is about to sell up and he is getting in a few parting blows
    b: He knows the deal is about to fall through and is getting in a few parting blows.
    Hmm… Lets hope for a positive outcome

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 28, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #10

    Calling him Ashley, as opposed to Mike or even the owner certainly seems a bit shocking, and suggests there are problems, maybe even with the sale, but certainly between the two of them. They may have had words over this poor run. It’s come at entirely the wrong time from Ashley/s perspective and he’s just misguided enough to have put it on Rafa and inquired why a 5 million pound a year manager couldn’t have squeezed a few more points out of this group.


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