Rafa was promised (significant) transfer funds to spend in the summer and the bottom line – as we all know now – is that he didn’t get them.
We spent around £19M net in the summer transfer window to bring in six new players and because Rafa couldn’t afford his top targets, Newcastle are now starting to struggle in the Premier League.
But Rafa has said today he expects the funds that were not available to him last summer to be made available to him this January – so he can reinforce the side.
Rafa Benitez – expects transfer funds in January
This is some of that Rafa said in his press conference on the potential takeover and the January transfer window:
“The first thing we have to be sure is we stay in the division. Then we can dream in the future.”
“It’s important to compete in these next two home games. Then we can win. We cannot win if we do not compete.”
“We have to maximise what we have, which is fantastic fans behind the team supporting the players we have.”
“For us 40 points is the salvation, then we see where we are after that. Every point is important. We have to stick together to maximize what we have.”
“I don’t know (about the recent Staveley – Ashley meeting on Wedneasday night) because I was not there. I have heard what is going on because I see what you have.”
“I haven’t been briefed about what was said. I have to just concentrate on games. I can just influence our on-field issues.”
“It doesn’t change for me, I just prepare the squad. I have a game tomorrow.”
“It is my conviction that we will stay up. But new players could help.”
“We (Rafa and Ashley) had a meeting in May and I am expecting that the money we did not spend in August will be made available in January.”
“I hope to have a meeting soon.”
This seems a direct message to Mike Ashley and Rafa is still upset that Mike Ashley didn’t keep his word last summer.
It could be Ashley decided to sell the club in the summer and wanted the financial books to look good.
Since Amanda Staveley and her group have npw looked at the books and seem satisfied – perhaps Mike can now release those funds.