The Chronicle is reporting today that Rafa Benitez has been promised financial backing in the upcoming January transfer window whether or not Mike Ashley has managed to sell the club by then.
They report that Rafa – whose contract runs out at the end of June – has been given assurances that new players will arrive next month.
We really hope that turns out to be true and the club could start the transfer momentum by agreeing to a deal to sign Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United.
It’s understood that Rafa wants four new players brought in next month and there is news filtering through on who those players could be.
This is a critical transfer window for Newcastle United if we want to keep Rafa Benitez as the manager past next June.
Rafa (shown above) has worked hard with his recruitment team under Steve Nickson and has a backup list of loan targets from Europe in case the manager doesn’t get the money to sign the players he wants in January.
That is essentially what happened last January, and goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and Chelsea winger Kenedy were brought in on loan and were enough to turn the tide for Newcastle.
And amazingly we finished in 10th place – with very little investment coming from Mike Ashley.
If we do have new owners in the summer, we are hoping that everything will change and that Rafa will be able to buy some quality players and maybe sell some players who will no longer be needed.
That’s the hope.
I screwed up the center-back poll by having Schar in twice – sorry – please vote again – you have two choices.
I am having a bad day.