Frank Lampard played under Rafa Benitez at Chelsea when Rafa was there from late 2012 through the summer of 2013 as “interim” manager.
That’s when he won the Europa League for the Blues.
Frank said he believes Rafa will be very frustrated that he has had little money to spend at Newcastle, and if that continues then he thinks Rafa will walk away from the club.
However, there’s news today that during a conference call with Mike Ashley last week the manager was told to spend what he needs to spend – so that Newcastle remain a Premier League club in May.
It’s late in the transfer window but with money to spend and most deals getting done towards the end of any window anyway – there’s still a decent chance Rafa can bring in the four players he needs.
Frank Lampard – a great player for Chelsea
This is what Frank Lampard told BT Sport:
“In terms of Rafa personally, he’s managed Liverpool, Napoli, Chelsea, Real Madrid. Big, big clubs – and Newcastle is a big club.”
“But they’re not investing and they’re not in a position where Rafa as a manager sees himself being.”
“So he’s frustrated. There’s only so long this can go on.” The club’s in no-man’s land so maybe they don’t want to buy players.”
“If they don’t buy players, whatever happens by the end of the season you can’t see him staying there too long. Rafa’s ideas are ‘I can manage big teams and I have done that’.”
“Once you announce that there’s a takeover that might be happening you straight away throw doubt over the whole football club, which is difficult.”
“There’s no lack of effort from those players out there. They try their hardest. Rafa Benitez is a top manager who sets them up well.:
“It’s a big club but at the moment they’re missing the X factor.” ‘That’s two or three good signings that would have them a pretty comfortable mid-table team.”
“And there needs to be – it’s Newcastle, a massive club.”
Hopefully, with the promise last week from Mike Ashley – Rafa will be able to bring in the four good players he wants by the end of the month.
That would be really good news.