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.