Rafa held a meeting with reporters after the game today when we lost 1-0 to Augsburg at home.
The boss was calm and collected and not as agitated as he was on Wednesday night after the team conceded four goals in the second half against Braga.
But Rafa also made a few pointed comments – aimed at Mike Ashley.
He says he came here for a project and doesn’t like just surviving every year – which seems to be what’s happening for next season.
A stern looking Rafa Benitez – in the dugout today
Do only enough in the transfer market, so we are a Premier League club next season – spend as little as possible – that could be the Ashley strategy in a nutshell.
That’s not for Rafa – he wants to achieve things at Newcastle – which is why he will likely call it a day – and leave next summer when his contract is up.
Here are some of the comments he has made as reported in the Chronicle:
“I think it was an entertaining game for the fans because both teams have chances. We improved from the other day because we had more control and played on the ball a bit better. Still we have to improve.”
“At the moment I can’t say a lot (about transfers). Maybe in a couple of days I can say more.”
“I was talking with Lee Charnley before the game and I’ll maybe see him after the game.”
I’m not saying we’re not working, but we had things lined up.”
“I am confident we can do it (new transfers).” ” If you’re asking me if it’s ideal I would say no because the way I like to work is to do things early but if we can’t do that we have to work.”
“I hope we can do it.”
“Normally when we have had time and support, we deliver. So we have won trophies everywhere.”
“And it was the idea to do something similar here and I am not happy we have to just survive every year.”
“But at the moment we have to see if we can improve the squad.”
We don’t blame Rafa one little bit – but he has an owner in place who has no ambitions whatsoever for Newcastle.
The level of his ambition is to keep us a Premier League side and spend as little as possible to achieve that.