One way to almost guarantee Newcastle are successful is to follow the blueprint that Rafa presented to owner Mike Ashley in May at their meeting after we had brilliantly won the Championship on the very last day of the season – in stoppage time to be exact.
Who would have thought it was possible to overtake Brighton when they were 7 points ahead with 3 games to play?
But a Rafa Benitez led Newcastle did just that.
Rafa Benitez – with Championship Trophy in early May
The news from the meeting when Rafa presented his blueprint was that Ashley agreed with what Rafa said and promised him every last penny the club had to support Rafa in building a top team.
It didn’t happen and remember last January when halfway through the window Ashley decided he wouldn’t spend a penny in that window.
Well – would you believe that Ashley again restricted the transfer funds available in the summer to £19M in net terms.
How can you make Newcastle a great club and a top team again when you have an owner you simply cannot trust?
The correct answer is that you cannot.
And it seems that Rafa knows that now.
The manager was asked if it was possible with today’s Financial Fair Play rules in place for the case of teams like Manchester City and Chelsea to be replicated.
Those clubs built top sides quickly with massive investments in the playing squad from their Billionaire owners when there was little or no restrictions in place.
This is the interesting way in which Rafa answered that question:
“If you talk about the massive money that has been spent in football in recent years, maybe it is not easy. But you never know,”
“To improve teams like Newcastle United Football Club, if you change some things and do the right things, sometimes it is enough to be strong enough and be bigger and to compete.”
“If you spend £200M or £300M every year, even if you make mistakes you will still have a good team. But without spending so much money, still, you can improve and do well.”
“That is my idea if we are capable of staying in the Premier League.”
“I think that still this club has great potential. If we do the things that we have to do now in January, and we stay in the Premier League then it’s one of the teams that has to be in the top eight.”
“Watching the table, watching the size of the others teams, if we do what we have to do, it’s a team that can be in the top 10 for sure, and top eight if you do well, then compete.”
“We have to be sure that this is a crucial time for us.”
What do you think about this?