Rafa Benitez wants to know from the Newcastle hierarchy as soon as possible what transfer funds he will get in January so he is able to know which transfer targets he can go after.
Let’s hope this is not like the summer transfer window or even last January because if that happens Rafa will not get enough money to spend and we will be fighting relegation until May.
Why Ashley has seemingly learned very little about running a football club in the 10 years he has been an owner is a little bit of a mystery.
But Ashley has never liked to spend Newcastle’s money on new players – even this season when we have come straight back up from down below.
But unless Mike Ashley wakes up to what is a dangerous situation for Newcastle he could have a second division club on his hands in May.
Rafa Benitez – needs to know what transfer funds he has
And you don’t get much in the market for English second division clubs – only for Premier League clubs.
Newcastle Managing Director Lee Charnley met with Benitez a few days ago on the financial situation at the club and Rafa now expects to be told the level of his transfer funds before the end of this week.
This is what Rafa Benitez said when asked if he needed to know what transfer funds he had to spend in January – as reported in the Chronicle:
“What I would say is that if you know where you are and what you have, it’s easier for me and it’s easier for our people,”
“We can talk with agents, players and clubs and say ‘we’re here’ and ‘we can’ or ‘we cannot’.”
“It’s easier. You know where you are and you can go in one direction or another one. You need to know as soon as possible.”
“Now we need to concentrate on this game. Hopefully, we can finish this game and talk.”
“We have Arsenal in a few days, but still, we need to know, because our people are traveling around the world watching games.”
“We have our targets already.”
“After the game we will talk (with Charnley) and we’ll see where we are.”
“Again, I would say it’s not an issue before the game. I want to make sure we concentrate and do what we have to do.”
“We have our people traveling. Each has their own responsibility. They’re doing their jobs. We’re doing our jobs.”
“We’ll sit down together and go in this direction or go in that direction.”
“I would say I would like to know as soon as possible. That’s normal.”
“You have to go to the market in January and have your targets. You need to know the budget. That’s it.”
“We are working on January. We are monitoring players and talking with people but at the moment we do not know how much money is available.”
“I don’t know what the budget is.”
“We just have to concentrate on preparing the team and doing our jobs properly.
“We know what we need. Can we get that? I don’t know, I just have to concentrate on the games.”
“I was asking Lee Charnley the other day and I am waiting for an answer in a few days.”
“Each club is different. You have Presidents on the continent and they do things their way.”
“I didn’t sign any players in Inter Milan. The chairman was telling me ‘yes, yes, yes’. We were nearly there, but we didn’t sign anyone.”
It’s crunch time for Newcastle and with Crystal Palace scoring two goals in the last few minutes last night to beat Stoke City 2-1 we must start picking up the points.
That starts tonight against a decent Everton side.