Rafa Benitez And Massive Newcastle Are Missing The X Factor

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.

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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.

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20 comments so far

  • twotonearmy

    Jan 21, 2018 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #1

    There’s normally little value for money in the January but there will also be increased prices once the new deal is announced. It’s time to get a few good players in before they get an extra 10 million slapped on their values in the summer.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jan 21, 2018 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #2


    Interesting article on PCP and with a little bit more insight into our situation.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 21, 2018 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #3

    See Munster was straight out of his hole when he sensed he had a fellow Rafa basher to side with.

  • c-dog

    Jan 21, 2018 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #4

    The worst squad in 26/27 years


  • hibbit

    Jan 21, 2018 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Our Toon i was their also
    to be fair it must be a frightening thought to three quarters of the league
    light years ahead of us but 100% for effort

  • c-dog

    Jan 21, 2018 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Rubbish player

  • c-dog

    Jan 21, 2018 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Loan moves. There’s money there.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 21, 2018 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #9


    Rafa wanted Sandro in the summer as well he done that interview on the BBC saying a young Spanish player moved to England for 100k a week and we just couldn’t pay it ! Sandro was a good prospect at Barca and Malaga not sure why its not worked out at Everton ?!

    If we do get players it might have to be some players who haven’t worked out at other teams with the hope Rafa can build them back up !

  • c-dog

    Jan 21, 2018 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #10

    Rafa has no record ever of making a striker a good player.

  • carl

    Jan 21, 2018 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #11

    We haven’t yet abolished the reserves.

    Martin Samuel raised the question of fans perceptions being manipulated. Both parties are guilty but Ashley is the owner and rightfully asking where’s the money?
    It’s widely accepted that it was Amanda who stage managed the curry house meeting.

  • Jib

    Jan 21, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Lewndowski scores for Bayern

    Was fuer eine Ueberraschung

  • Jib

    Jan 21, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #13

    I couldn’t figure out at first what
    was happening with Cdog
    Then I realized he’s waiting
    for Down on the Farm to start
    on CBeebies

  • Jib

    Jan 21, 2018 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #14

    Lewandowski even

  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 21, 2018 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Carl,” It’s widely accepted that it was Amanda who stage managed the curry house meeting.” – Who by?
    As far as I’ve seen this has only been spouted and repeated by Ashley’s press cronies. The only independent and probably truthful journalist I would believe in all this is George Caulkin@ the times. He said categorically that Desmond arranged the meeting between the parties – end of.

  • snowdone

    Jan 21, 2018 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Jib, es wird eine noch groessere Ueberraschung sein, wenn NUFC einige neue Spieler kaufen! We live in eternal hope!

  • carl

    Jan 21, 2018 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Martin Samuel claims that the whole episode was orchestrated to manipulate perceptions. Particularly that of the toon fans. Taking a balanced view and source related whilst Ashley has often been the villain he isn’t on this occasion.

    Had lengthy chat yesterday and concensus view was that Amanda came up short by £50 million and she’s the villain. Buying time with the Reubens. Money talks the rest is all a smoke screen.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 21, 2018 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #18

    We also live in English speaking countries cut it out!

  • carl

    Jan 21, 2018 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #19

    As far as independent press journalists are concerned that is your perception.

  • carl

    Jan 21, 2018 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #20

    George Caulkin is a nice guy and good journalist but his priority is to preserve a North East following.
    Martin Hardy is far closer in contact to Rafa and has been noticeably closer to what has been on going on the takeover front. He has said nothing as has Rafa.

    Rafa has known for weeks that the sale was unlikely to transpire. Amanda has prolonged the perception. Fact.


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