Rafa Benitez – Stay Calm – I Have Confidence – But We Have To Strengthen Everywhere

After the friendly game at Hull City last night reporters got a chance to question Rafa Benitez as to what’s going on.

What they found was that Rafa wants a lot more players brought in and he thinks the current squad is not good enough for next season.

There are still 15 days left in this window so there’s still time to get more players in, but Rafa wanted them in a month ago.

Rafa Benitez – at Hull last night

If this really is a test of the Newcastle hierarchy and whether they share the ambitions Rafa has for the club – then they are without doubt failing the test badly.

This is what Rafa had to say after the 2-2 draw last with Hull about what needs to happen to improve the squad:

“We are working trying to improve the squad; I have confidence that we will do something.”

“I think we have to strengthen everywhere.”

“If we want to compete in the Premier League, we have to be stronger.”

“We are working on ins and outs but it’s too soon to say too much.”

“If we talk about linked names and we would have signed 100 players – 25 will be enough for us!”

“So I think it is important to stay calm and see we if we can add any players.”

“But as a manager you like to see these players one month ago.”

The pressure is mounting on Mike Ashley to do something in this transfer window but he seems to be willing to continue to be stubborn and lose the chance of keeping a world-class manager at Newcastle.

Ashley’s attitude in all of this is very hard to understand – it seems illogical – does he not want to have a world-class manager at Newcastle?

Things are not good at the moment but there are still 15 days to bring in some top players and if we can get three or four more players in it could still turn out well.

But we cannot see Rafa having to waste so much energy in every transfer window to get the owner to spend money on new players.

So it’s not looking too good at the moment for Rafa’s longer-term stay at the club.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 25, 2018 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #1

    (Repost – bus).

    Apparently Fabian Schaer is flying into Newcastle later this morning and is expected to sign for NUFC in the coming days.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 25, 2018 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #2
  • Kenedyshow

    Jul 25, 2018 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Good morning! This is my first post since 2015 or something. I understand that the club had a lot of deadwood which is really hard to sell, but having said that, the available transferfunds has to be s lot concidering the promotion last year, then staying up. I dont know What our net spend is the last 2 or 3 years but It is not a lot. We should be able to spend Big on 3 players Even without incoming transfer fees. Dubravka KI And kenedy i am happy with, but we need more quality in order to compete. Wtf is happening, we need to spend asap

  • martoon

    Jul 25, 2018 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Lesh from earlier – Re the MP statement in parliament – The criticism was nothing to do with her politics just the fact she was making a statement as a Newcastle supporter and not knowing how to pronounce the manager’s name lost her a lot of credibility!

  • Diddly

    Jul 25, 2018 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Sky sports just done a clip telling us how much we have spent over previous transfer windows. But spun it because they never said how much came in off sales. Another bishop led thing I suppose must think we are thick as castle walls.

  • ToonTiger

    Jul 25, 2018 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #6

    I was at the Hull game, we’ll be back down to that level without Rafa if MA doesnt release the purse strings and spend on quality. Or unless a shock buyout happens (seriously doubt it)

  • geordietom

    Jul 25, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7


    where did you get the info from about Scar m8 ???


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