Rafa Benitez Hints At Compromise With Mike Ashley

Rafa Benitez is an intelligent well-educated man who has improved since he’s been the manager of Newcastle United – and that improvement is by his own admission.

In his press conference yesterday, for the game tonight at Wembley against 4th placed Tottenham Hotspur, he was upbeat and cheerful.

He didn’t look like somebody worried about his future.

Rafa is a good businessman and that should be an advantage in his dealings with Mike Ashley.

He is not one of these managers who spend money for spending’s sake, and he wants good value for money.

Rafa is also keen on picking up some bargains each summer – players like Martin Dubravka, Isaac Hayden, and Mikel Merino are three good examples.

The top target for Rafa this summer is a striker who can convert some of the many chances the team creates.

Rafa Benitez – speaking to the press

And he has said it may be necessary for Newcastle to break our (measly) transfer fee record of £17M that we paid out for Michael Owen from Real Madrid in August 2005.

This is what Rafa said yesterday – that he’s willing to work within a budget at Newcastle:

“If you want to bring a striker with a guarantee of more than 10-15 goals per season, you have to pay money for him for sure.”

“I have been unlucky because normally I like to coach players, to improve players, and that means sometimes that the owners don’t spend too much with me.”

“I was always concerned and taking care of the numbers. I was learning in England to work with a business plan.”

“You have to have a realistic business plan and then if you know that (business plan), you have to work on that.”

“Does that mean you have to break the record? If it is necessary you can do it. But if it’s not necessary, it’s just to be sure you have the funds to compete.”

“Coming from Europe, the coaching for me, I like to coach players, improve players, but you need to choose the right ones, so the scouting is crucial.”

“Even if you make great signings, someone has to be expensive to be sure that you have the experience and the quality that you need in the Premier League.”

“Then you have to work on all these areas.”

“If you want to compete now, you have to spend some money, but for me, it’s even more important to be sure that you can create the right structure.”

“And then to work together trying to maximize what you have.”

Those are the right words coming from Rafa, so maybe he’s getting closer to signing for the club long term?

We hope that’s the case and he does hint at a possible compromise in his negotiations with the club.

It’s going to be a tough game against Tottenham tonight, but we are hoping we can take something out of the game.

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14 comments so far

  • Jib

    May 9, 2018 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1


  • Tsunki

    May 9, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Jib nope I’m not shedding a tear about your peurile interjections. Just pointing out you are a rank hypocrite. I believe that’s direct and I trust that meets your requirements. 🙂

  • RonVanDam

    May 9, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Rafa – please leave. This nonsense is not worth your time. You can do a lot better then work for a con man

  • Jib

    May 9, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #4

    what rank ?
    sergeant hypocrite
    captain hypocrite

  • Rotonda heights

    May 9, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #5

    You can only surmise that people who are constantly obnoxious and unpleasant have many personal issues. That does not excuse them but perhaps better explains their disposition.

  • Jib

    May 9, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Rotonda heights
    I don’t think Jail has personal issues
    He probably gets bored with only seagulls to
    interact with all day

  • manxpie

    May 9, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #7

    Mitrovic: “I thought the Birmingham fans were going to hurt me when they all ran on the pitch”
    Interviewer: “What did they do instead then?”
    Mitrovic: “Told me to beat Villa in the play offs”

  • Geordie-john

    May 9, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Make sure you get EVERYTHING written into the contract before you sign it Rafa. He’s a dodgy southerner who thinks he’s the best, When really he’s crap and a liberty taker.

  • magpie6699

    May 9, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #9

    RvD you are getting tiresome with your death wish about Rafa. Why shouldn’t he stay IF the conditions are right. You remind me of those “fans” who are more concerned about their hatred for a particular player than the team winning. The ones who come out with “I hope we lose so Ashley gets the message and goes” etc. Heaven forbid Rafa stays under Ashley and we do well e.g. top 6 or win a cup. You’d be so upset!

  • Jib

    May 9, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #10

    Prince Harry’s not daft
    He’s arranged his wedding for
    the weekend between the end
    of the Leagues and before all
    the playoffs and cup finals

  • mactoon

    May 9, 2018 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m sorry but this doesn’t fill me with optimism at all, he could just as easily be talking to Ashley not the press with those quotes as he is clearly setting out his stall as to what he expects Ashley to agree to. Rafa may be willing to break the club’s transfer record but Ashley isn’t. This is simply a plea to Ashley.

  • Porciestreet

    May 9, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Exactly. How else is he going to get very valid points across when the fat git won’t even show up, let alone front it out for a serious meeting.

  • milburn990

    May 9, 2018 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Harrys getting marries FA Cup final day

  • milburn990

    May 9, 2018 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #14



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