Rafa Reiterates – The Focus Now Has To Be On Football


Rafa Benitez went out of his way to try to get some unity at the club yesterday after a transfer window in which the club didn’t spend any money at all in net terms.

In fact, we made a profit of around £20M – but with loan fees and agents’ fees included in the figures the profit will be less than that – but it’s still a sizable profit.

One problem that was solves last week was the players’ bonuses for the season and we had the same type of disagreement last summer.

Rafa Benitez – in training this summer

Rafa has addressed the bonus saga and said this yesterday:

“There were days where they were a little bit unfocused but now it is sorted out they are focused,”

“I can tell you that some of them, watching the training sessions, they were suffering because they wanted a solution.”

“After that, they were fine.”

“You can change the motivation of players in one minute. As soon as it is done, that is it. You forget.”

“I am happy because now they are focused. That is it. I could see against Braga, my players were not really focused, for different reasons.”

“But you have to focus on football.”

It’s all about football now and if we can get a win today against Spurs that will be an excellent start to the season.

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8 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 11, 2018 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Having lived through this minor episode it would be slightly nice to know what the resolution was.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 11, 2018 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #2

    Mockery should not be confused with hatred. What is confusing is words of hatred being used as mockery.

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  • posada

    Aug 11, 2018 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Due diligence. It’s a phrase some love to use on here.
    Last Oct/Nov we were told it would cost half a million and take Amanda Stavely 5-6 weeks.

    Really. What about House of Fraser. The opportunity came up last week, he’s bought it this week.

    and that is a company with 17,000 employees and pension obligations to go with it.

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  • posada

    Aug 11, 2018 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #4

    We may not get rid of him until NUFC drop out of the Prem.
    Deprived of the TV money and a club costing him money.
    Essentially in administration.
    He’d sell for 60 million. At that level there really would be interest and a number of potential buyers.

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  • yogz69

    Aug 11, 2018 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Posanda Ashley isn’t bothered about due dilligence, he didn’t even bother when he bought us. All he’s gonna do is pump a little bit of cash he’s milked from us then 2 years down the line house of Fraser will be worth double. This is a business he knows, he’s done this with lots of shit clothing company’s he just doesn’t know anything about running a great football club. We all have fingers, toes and whatever else crossed he gets rid this year, but if I had a big fat cash cow in my back yard I wouldn’t sell it either .

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Once more into the fray

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  • c-dog

    Aug 11, 2018 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Ashley is turning major profits out of us. I wouldn’t say he doesn’t know how to run a football club, he chooses to run it in this manner.

    Ashley Out!

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  • yogz69

    Aug 11, 2018 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #8

    The man is a complete Bell end his treatment of Rafa, the players and us the fans is shocking.

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