For the second summer running the Newcastle players are at odds with the hierarchy about what their bonus payments this season should be.
Last summer it was solved by captain Jamaal Lascelles talking directly to owner Mike Ashley to sort it out.
And it has to be sorted out quickly because it seems to be having a negative effect on the dressing room, according to Rafa.
These are some of the things that happen when a club has an owner who is a penny-pincher through and through.
Jamaal Lascelles and Rafa Benitez – two important men at Newcastle
The players yesterday refused to talk to the press after the game just as they did last Wednesday in the 4-0 capitulation to SC Braga.
Benitez was asked if the players were in the right frame of mind given the problem and this is how he responded to that question as reported in the Shields Gazette today:
“I will tell you before the game against Braga, maybe it wasn’t.” “Today I will tell you yes.”
“I think the players will tell you that our job is to perform on the pitch. I can’t complain about the players or the way they approached this game or we missed this pass or made mistakes.”
“For us, it’s about the team.”
“Last year we saw the team spirit and staff, that was the key.” “So it has to be the key next year. We don’t talk about the transfer window.”
“We’re trying to improve the squad as we said before, but we don’t know if we can do it or not.”
” So it’s just carry on working and try to our best before August 9.”
“Then after we have to do our best on the pitch.”
Once the window closes we’re sure Rafa will ask for unity from the fans, the staff, and the players.
And finally, the only thing Mike Ashley seems to think about is money, and that’s been one of his big problems at Newcastle.