After the 1-0 defeat at home to FC Augsburg yesterday Rafa talked about the transfer window and the fact he knew months ago the players he wanted to be brought in this summer.
But once again he’s been stopped by owner Mike Ashley who is more worried about keeping a good-looking bank account than having a good team on the filed.
Presumably, that’s because he still wants to sell the club.
With Ashley not attending one game last season his interest in Newcastle has evaporated and the sooner he can leave the club and sell up the better it will be,
Rafa Benitez – losing (lost?) confidence in Ashley
But that may be too late to keep Rafa at the club when his contract runs out next summer.
Rafa has talked about what he wanted to do this summer – but it just hasn’t happened.
This is some of what he said as reported in the Chronicle:
“The point is we were ready to go and we knew what we wanted to do.”
“When I decided to stay here it was because it was a project.”
“Everyone knows that we can’t compete against Man City or Man United, but we can do things in the right way.”
“Maybe we can be more competitive or closer to European positions.”
“Maybe we could challenge for a trophy,” “That was the idea.”
“Then we finished 10th and credit to our players but I still thought we could do something more to be closer.”
“It’s not the case.”
“We’ll see where we are and we will fight until the last minute trying to improve the squad first then after that the team.”
“I always have confidence and belief we’ll do what we need to do.”
Rafa used to talk about the (interesting) project he has at Newcastle, but he doesn’t do that much now because he is just not getting the necessary support from Ashley.
Rafa will do his best to strengthen the side as much as possible before Thursday night when the window closes.
And that’s it – he will then call on Newcastle and everybody associated with the club to be pulling in the same direction.