After the nonsense of the last three transfer windows, Rafa would like to change the way the transfers are handled at Newcastle but he will do it without much fanfare.
He wants an internal discussion about how Newcastle can change the transfer system for the better – like getting players in early in the window and being willing to pay the going rate for top players.
We’ve noticed how Rafa hasn’t said anything negative about Newcastle since last September and he seems keen to criticize Newcastle too much and he’s trying his best to get on with owner Mike Ashley.
He had every right last month to come out and complain about the nonsense that was going on – but he didn’t.
Rafa has to concentrate on getting Newcastle some points but way before the summer, he will have discussions with Ashley and Charnley about how Newcastle should handle transfers from now on.
Rafa Benitez – wants to change transfer process
This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today about whether his work was being wasted because of the way Ashley and Charnley handle the transfer business for the club:
“That is another debate for the future, an internal debate,”
“My priority is to make sure the team is performing. You know from the beginning, from January 1, we are working, but now the window is gone, it’s finished. That’s it.”
“What I said before is I don’t need to create a debate about that. Why? Because it has no sense.”
“We have a game. It is a massive game. My job is to be sure we do things right, always, but especially before the game.”
“During the games, before the games, I have to make the right decisions.”
“My head now was: ‘Could we do this in a different way?’ I was thinking about all these things.” “Now I am thinking about if we do this because they play like this.”
“The other debates we have plenty of time to talk about that.”
“I have had experience over so many years. There is a time when you have to say something when you have to say: ‘Listen, now concentrate on that.’”
“The way to improve things is not just coming here, saying this and that – January has finished.” “Now what we have to do is improve our players.”
“The first thing I did on Friday morning was to pick four players and show them the clips from the game with Burnley.”
“I showed them what they did wrong and what they did right; ‘Can we improve that? We have to improve that.’”
“My staff, since the end of the window, have been sending messages early in the morning: ‘Can we do this?’”
“We were not talking about missing out on this player or the other one. The transfer window has finished and now we have to improve the players.”
With the way Rafa is trying to get on with the way things are at Newcastle, you could even believe Mike Ashley will still be the Newcastle owner next season – if we are a Premier League club.
We hope that’s not the case and apologies for even bringing it up.
But first things first, and we must start winning games very soon if we are to have a good chance of staying up this season.
Safety is not guaranteed and a win today at Selhurst Park is what we need.