Rafa Benitez has just completed his press conference today for the game at the London Stadium tomorrow afternoon against West Ham United.
Since our long-suffering fans haven’t had much to celebrate since we hammered Crystal Palace 1-0 at home on October 21st – with the late goal coming from Mikel Merino – we are hoping for a win tomorrow to bring some Christmas cheer to Tyneside.
Rafa has talked about the upcoming transfer window and he talks about being confident he will get the support from owner Mike Ashley – something he didn’t get in the last two transfer windows.
Rafa Benitez – press conference
Here’s some of what Rafa has said on the transfer situation:
“In terms of the transfer window, we don’t have any agreement with anyone. We are progressing and trying to make things happen.”
“But I don’t know the budget I have, whether players need to go first yet, or what”
“I don’t know how much I can spend. Or how much we have.”
“Am I confident we can get what we want? In some cases yes, in some cases no.”
“But I have confidence in Mike Ashley that we can get what we want by January 20 so we have lots of time to work with them.”
“Some of these ‘names’ (we have been linked with) are impossible but we’re working hard to get players and I’m in contact with Lee Charnley.”
“We have to do things as quickly as possible.” “I have the belief and confidence in Mike Ashley that by mid-January we will do it”
We were hoping Newcastle were making progress on some loan deals – but Rafa seems to say we haven’t made too much progress yet – maybe it’s all paper talk?