Rafa has been interviewed again and has been asked if he will walk away from Newcastle.
He didn’t answer that question directly, but it’s clear what he wants to do at Newcastle and what Mike Ashley wants to do with the club are nowhere near the same.
In fact, they seem like they are polar opposites.
Rafa wants to improve the side and the infrastructure at the club which will take some significant investment to achieve.
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On the other hand, Mike Ashley wants Newcastle to stay as a Premier League club while spending as little money as possible.
Rafa has been asked if he would walk away from Newcastle and this is how he answered the question – as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“If I decided to come here, it’s because I could see the potential. You can see you have 50,000 fans. They are very clever. They know what is going on.
“They have to support the team, because that is the only way to guarantee the team stays up.”
“I will fight until the end. Can I guarantee anything that will happen tomorrow?”
“In my head, it’s to stay and fight and be sure that we do well, and, if everything is right, to talk about the future.”
“But we have been talking about the future for the last month and we are not going in the same direction.”
“Hopefully, we will continue to work hard together to be sure that the team stays in the Premier League.”
“I can talk, but it’s what I said before – you have to walk the walk and talk the talk.”
“It’s not that we need to talk too much. We need to do things. We didn’t do it.”
“We have to be sure that if we want to improve something – we need to be sure that it will be done, not words and interviews or whatever.”
“It has to be done.”
Rafa’s now been let down financially by the owner for the fourth successive transfer window and only in the first one two years ago, back in the summer of 2016, was he allowed to do what he wanted.
It was a case then of what Rafa wants – Rafa gets.
That was a very successful transfer window and ensured we were promoted at the top of the Championship last year.
Rafa managed to get us into 10th place in the Premier League last season and now he wants to get higher than that position this coming season.
He will have to do that with no financial help from the owner.