You cannot say that Rafa Benitez is not an excellent worker and he has worked closely with Head of Recruitment Steve Nickson they came up with their targets for this month.
Last month Rafa had a meeting with Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley where the manager laid out what he wanted to do in January with specific targets mentioned, and he is now waiting to get the OK from Ashley to go ahead with the plan.
But he’s been waiting some weeks now, and it’s almost a week into the January transfer window.
Mike Ashley – still to give go ahead to Rafa on transfers
Rafa has said what he thinks the situation is with the transfer business at Newcastle at the moment as reported in the Chronicle:
“I don’t know exactly what our budget is so I don’t have any news,”
“We have to keep working and try to make sure we have our targets because I don’t know. I have to prepare the team.”
“We had a meeting last week and had conversations and I am waiting now for news. We had the meeting, talking about options and targets and waiting for the numbers. I can’t say nothing, no more.”
“We don’t talk about names. At the moment we don’t have any movement so we are waiting.”
“Sooner rather than later. Sooner, hopefully. We will see.”
“I had a conversation with Ashley and Charnley before. We said what we wanted to do. I am waiting for them to say: ‘Yes, do it.’”
“We have to wait and see where we are and see if we can get what we want. I don’t want to say too much.”
“We have to move players because of the number of squad players. But because of money, I do not see a massive difference.”
“We have been doing our job, preparing names of players and everything we were doing before. These last games do not change anything.”
“It is still four points between a lot of teams at the bottom. We still have to do what we have to do.”
Ashley’s intransigence wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t vital this month for Newcastle to improve the quality of their squad.
We need to do that if we are to remain in the Premier League for next season.