The Chronicle is reporting that while there have been some worrying reports over the weekend that any transfer business will be held up until Rafa signs a new deal – the information Lee Ryder has is that Rafa is still pushing ahead trying to sign his top transfer targets.
Rafa is calling agents and trying to line up deals so that Newcastle can make a good early start to the transfer window.
That’s something we are not used to at Newcastle in recent years.
We are not used to it because the Newcastle hierarchy move at a snail’s pace in doing anything – including trying to sign Rafa to a new deal.
Rafa wants to overhaul the club for the better, and he wants significant improvements to the facilities at Benton and also wants to have full control of how he spends the transfer money he has.
The Chronicle reports he now knows how much he has to spend from Ashley and it’s looking like it’s around £50M and any money he can get from selling players this summer.
That’s a lot more than he’s had since he joined Newcastle.
We are hoping he can get some good deals done and some good players brought in.
Two years ago Rafa and Lee Charnley worked together famously to transform the side ready for the Championship.
We hope they can do the same thing this summer to transform the side to challenge for a top-six Premier League place.
After all, we finished in 10th place last season.
Also, Rafa has been given the go-ahead to try to win a local Cup – the League Cup or the FA Cup.
Those are two trophies we have the best chance of winning for what will be 50 years since we last won a cup.
That was when we beat Ujpesti Dozsa of Hungary 6-2 on aggregate in the Inter-City Cup Final, and I was privileged to watch the first leg at St. James’ Park on 29th May 1969 when we won 3-0, and Bob Moncur scored two goals.
We then won the away leg 3-2, and that was before the first man landed on the Moon.
We need another major cup win just as soon as possible, and it’s very possible that we can do that under the world-class Rafa Benitez, who has a burning desire to make Newcastle great again.
We know Ashley doesn’t have any burning desire for any Newcastle success, but our fans are right behind the manager.
That in itself can work wonders – and we have already seen that over the last two years,
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