Rafa has explained how the transfers work (or should we say don’t work) at Newcastle and he does none of the negotiations.
That’s left mainly to Lee Charnley.
But Rafa does have the final say on players which we assume is in his contract.
That’s to stop what happened with Kevin Keegan when Director of Football Dennis Wise brought in two players Kevin knew nothing about in September 2008 and Kevin resigned.
But it goes both ways with the transfers – the club can reject a Rafa target for instance if they think he is too old or too expensive to buy.
They can also reject a deal if the wages are too high.
Newcastle have failed to sign top target Miguel Almiron this month becasue his transfer fee, wages and his agent’s fee are all too high for Newcastle.
We are down to trying to bring in players with an option to buy in the summer – to keep the costs down.
And Newcastle, as usual, are finding even that hard to do.
Does all this sound just too familiar?
Rafa Benitez – close to the brink?
Rafa has even failed to guarantee he will not resign if he gets no players in before Thursday night.
That’s really worrying.
He was asked in the Chronicle why we have no players with just a couple of days left in the transfer window:
“It is not a question for me because I don’t talk about the transfer window,”
“It’s not a question for me.
“The way things are going on here, I can say yes or no to the proposals that I receive.”
“I can give some names [to the board], but I don’t do any negotiations or anything.”
“In the end I can say yes or no, so the club give me this or that, and then I can choose one or the other one.”
“That’s it. I can say yes if we need that.”
“Anyone can interpret my silence (on transfers) the way that they want to.”
“But I want to be sure is that we concentrate on what we have to concentrate on, because I cannot change the other things.”
Rafa seems close to the brink and if we lose tonight and no players are brought in by Thursday night that could be the trigger for Rafa to resign from Newcastle.
It’s something he has never done before in his career and all hell would be let loose on Tyneside.
Rafa must find it hard to believe he can achieve his dream of transforming Newcastle into a top team with Mike Ashley still the owner.
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