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Rafa Explains Why He And The Fans Are “A Little Bit Concerned”

Rafa Benitez mentioned on Wednesday night that things were not going well on the pitch or off the pitch.

One the pitch we had just collapsed in the second half against SC Braga and lost 4-0.

And it has since been reported the Newcastle players are in dispute over their bonus payments for the coming season.

Mike Ashley, as usual, will be trying to pay the lads the minimum possible – that’s how he operates.

And the other thing off the pitch are the transfers – and Rafa admitted he was worried about the lack of signings and cover he has at the moment in his squad, with just one week left in the window.

Rafa Benitez at his desk in the next week – happy – as new players are signed

Rafa has been quoted in the Shields Gazette today as he explains why the fans and the manager are concerned about things at the moment.

This is what Rafa has said:

“When things are not going well off the pitch, you can see a reflection on the pitch,”

“Yes, it could be fine if we have an agreement (for Rondon), but, at the moment, we have to respect West Brom and what they decide.”

“We have been talking for a while about players. I think it’s a time to act, not talk.”

“I’m optimistic in thinking that in 10 days we will do what we didn’t do in two months.”

“I don’t think so, but I think it’s obvious that we need people. We need bodies.”

“It seems that Dwight will stay.” “I hope so (when asked if we have enough quality).”

“I have a very good opinion about the team spirit of this club, the work rate we had last year and what they achieved.”

“Obviously, everybody is spending money, and the Premier League’s a little bit stronger, but still you have to trust your players.”

“And if we are focused and play in the way we played last year, I have confidence that we can perform and we can compete.”

“What does that mean? You never know. Compete sometimes means you lose 1-0 and still you are losing.”

“So if you see the teams that have been promoted, and the money they spend, and you put all these things together.”

“Then you will understand why the fans are a little bit concerned and why we are a little bit concerned.”

We just hope that Mike Ashley is willing to spend some money this week.

Newcastle are currently in the black for £25M – we have so far made about £25M in this window – so Ashley is not even close to spending a penny (in net terms) this summer.

So sad.

KenedySeason loanChelsea
Ki Sung-yuengFree agentSwansea
Martin Dubravka£4.0MSparta Prague
Fabian Schar£3.0MDeportivo
Yoshinori Muto
Salomon RondonSeason loanWest Brom
Federico Fernandez£6.0MSwansea
Transfer Fees paid out£22.5M
Massadio Haidarareleased
Curtis Goodreleased
Jesus Gamezreleased
Mikel Merino£10.0MReal Sociedad
Jack ColbackSeason loanNottingham Forest
Chancel Mbemba£5.0MPorto
Matz Sels£4.0MStrasbourg
Aleksandar Mitrovic£22.0MFulham
Adam Armstrong£1.5MBlackburn
Dwight GayleSeason loanWest Brom
Ivan Toney£0.5MPeterborough
Henri SaivetSeason loanBursaspor
Transfer Fees into club£43.0M
Net Spend-£20.5M (profit)

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Jib

    Aug 3, 2018 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Just using the Gazette article
    to regurgitate old shit and keep
    the crap going round and round

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 3, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Leaf out of your book jib

  • DaveD1000

    Aug 3, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    I like the look of the lads brought in so far, but tbh, I cant get excited about the next week. It looks like it’ll be make do and mend with us taking who we can get rather than who we need. We tried that with Hoser and Slim shandy.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 3, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Aug 3, 2018 at 9:33 AM
    Comment #18

    Yeah I got one about 7pm last night!

  • hibbit

    Aug 3, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #5

    would this be the straw that broke the camel’s !!!!! backhttps://www.footballtransfertavern.com/premier-league/evertons-interest-in-jamaal-lascelles-is-terrible-news-for-newcastle/

  • Pottsclock

    Aug 3, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #6

    I can only imagine what time Ed gets out of bed to write these threads. It is currently only 4:44am EST time and we’ve had several articles already !!

  • Jib

    Aug 3, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #8

    He can put them on a timer
    That’s why they are sometimes repetitive
    out of date or fly along like an express bus

  • stan anderson

    Aug 3, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #9

    Never mind as long as the diehards keep throwing their cash at the club nothing will change.

    Addiction is what ii,s called,when you cant give up something you love even though it is doing you harm.

    It,s like eating at a restaurant where you know the food is gonna make you ill but you keep going back for more and paying for it.

    I was addicted to it once till i saw through this Fat Slug and decided to use my money more wisely.

    I still ache for success for my club as i have for nigh on 60 years and always will.

    ASHLEY OOT.Please

  • hibbit

    Aug 3, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #10

    if Ashley sells Lascelles even for 30/40m the blog will go into meltdown armageddon in the city
    yorkmag would get his wish Rafa would leave and the club would just imploud and that lot down the road will be laughing their heads off
    o and the short list of Rafa’s replacement will make interesting reading


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