Rafa has made it clear that Newcastle do their transfer business far too slowly and that we are not decisive enough when going after new players.
That’s one reason Newcastle have missed on our so many players over the last two summer transfer windows.
And Mike Ashley has been slow to spend Newcastle’s money to help Rafa to build a new team at the club.
That’s had some negative repercussions, and Rafa has not signed a new contract, and his current one runs out next summer.
But Rafa today talks about concentrating on football and the January transfer window could be crucial as to whether Rafa will stay on Tyneside.
Rafa Benitez – will not discuss a contract until next April
But the surprising thing today is that Rafa says he will not talk about a new deal at Newcastle until next April.
This is some of what he has said in the Chronicle today:
“Obviously I would like you to park this [question about my future] for now because it doesn’t change a thing,”
“As a manager, what do I want to do? To win every single game I can. Can I change my squad from now to January?”
“No, so it won’t change anything in terms of my approach for games and what players and fans are expecting.”
“I have to put everything into the training sessions and games to be sure we can compete and win for now.”
“Then maybe we can talk about that in April.”
“In April it will maybe have a massive impact if you are not signing a contract because we will be coming towards the end of the season.”
“But now I think we have plenty of time to talk about football, and that’s it.”
“Again we are talking about something I don’t want to talk too much about. We have to just focus on football and then see what happens in the future,”
“But if the team is doing so well, it will be easier to talk about the future. But if the team is a disaster, then it will be easier to talk about the future too.”
“Can we change something right now? No, so we have to concentrate on what we can have an influence on.”
“That is the team, preparation for the games, and whatever. In January, then we can talk about what is going on then.”
It will be disappointing and worrying if Rafa hasn’t signed a new deal by next April because other clubs will be after him.
Since Rafa wants to stay close to his family in the Wirral, Cheshire – he will want to stay in the Premier League.
Several clubs can offer him more power than he will get under the stubborn and thrifty Mike Ashley,
And PL clubs can match Rafa’s ambitions.
We are witnessing over the last 18 months that owner Mike Ashley cannot match Rafa’s ambitions – or will not – to put it more accurately.