Rafa Benitez mentioned on Wednesday night that things were not going well on the pitch or off the pitch.
One the pitch we had just collapsed in the second half against SC Braga and lost 4-0.
And it has since been reported the Newcastle players are in dispute over their bonus payments for the coming season.
Mike Ashley, as usual, will be trying to pay the lads the minimum possible – that’s how he operates.
And the other thing off the pitch are the transfers – and Rafa admitted he was worried about the lack of signings and cover he has at the moment in his squad, with just one week left in the window.
Rafa Benitez at his desk in the next week – happy – as new players are signed
Rafa has been quoted in the Shields Gazette today as he explains why the fans and the manager are concerned about things at the moment.
This is what Rafa has said:
“When things are not going well off the pitch, you can see a reflection on the pitch,”
“Yes, it could be fine if we have an agreement (for Rondon), but, at the moment, we have to respect West Brom and what they decide.”
“We have been talking for a while about players. I think it’s a time to act, not talk.”
“I’m optimistic in thinking that in 10 days we will do what we didn’t do in two months.”
“I don’t think so, but I think it’s obvious that we need people. We need bodies.”
“It seems that Dwight will stay.” “I hope so (when asked if we have enough quality).”
“I have a very good opinion about the team spirit of this club, the work rate we had last year and what they achieved.”
“Obviously, everybody is spending money, and the Premier League’s a little bit stronger, but still you have to trust your players.”
“And if we are focused and play in the way we played last year, I have confidence that we can perform and we can compete.”
“What does that mean? You never know. Compete sometimes means you lose 1-0 and still you are losing.”
“So if you see the teams that have been promoted, and the money they spend, and you put all these things together.”
“Then you will understand why the fans are a little bit concerned and why we are a little bit concerned.”
We just hope that Mike Ashley is willing to spend some money this week.
Newcastle are currently in the black for £25M – we have so far made about £25M in this window – so Ashley is not even close to spending a penny (in net terms) this summer.
|Ki Sung-yueng||Free agent||Swansea|
|Martin Dubravka||£4.0M||Sparta Prague|
|Salomon Rondon||Season loan||West Brom|
|Transfer Fees paid out||£22.5M|
|Mikel Merino||£10.0M||Real Sociedad|
|Jack Colback||Season loan||Nottingham Forest|
|Dwight Gayle||Season loan||West Brom|
|Henri Saivet||Season loan||Bursaspor|
|Transfer Fees into club||£43.0M|
|Net Spend||-£20.5M (profit)|