It’s not a good state of affairs at the moment at Newcastle with the team having gained just one point in the last 6 games.
Rafa seems also to be getting frustrated because it looks like what he told Mike Ashley in May is coming true – they didn’t take his advice.
The message from Rafa was If we don’t sign class players and experienced players in the summer, the team will struggle.
That’s now happening after a decent start in the first 9 games of the season when we got 14 points and three wins.
But now we have 15 points after 15 games – so that’s a little sobering.
But the summer is past and gone – it’s over – it happened – and now Rafa and the players, with the help of the fans, have to press on and get some wins.
Rafa Benitez – hierarchy didn’t take his advice in the summer
You can tell Rafa is annoyed because this is what he said, as reported in the Shields Gazette,
when asked if January will be a big transfer month for the club:
“I have no idea.”
“We have to improve. “But to stay up? I think so.” “But when people talk about these games, this is the Premier League.”
“We know we have to improve a lot of things, but still we will be a team in the bottom half of the table.”
“We’re a young team that has to learn and has to improve, and we’re learning every week.”
“Lack of experience is not a worry, it’s a fact.”
“It’s a fact. So everybody knew and we knew.”
“It was good for a while, and after we were expecting to have some problems and we had our own problems, because we made our own mistakes,”
“Too many things were wrong after we made the first mistakes and after a lot of positives at the beginning.”
Rafa is clear that the mistakes we (make that Mike Ashley) made in the summer have caused our present problems.
We’ve often said that good communication in any organization is fundamental to a successful company.
And since Rafa’s plans for January are up in the air he should be getting an update from Lee Charnley and/or Mike Ashley as to what is happening with the takeover.
The question Rafa could ask is what will the transfer funds for January be if Mr. Ashley is still the owner – which is now more than likely.
It seems to us that since November 21st no further bid has been made by PCP Capital Partners.
That’s even though articles are coming out about the National (Dubai newspaper) report on December 1st that mentioned a second bid from Staveley – but that was merely quoting the National report of November 21st.
It’s not a good sign that no further bid has been lodged by Amanda Staveley.