Rafa Benitez has said it would not be easy to walk away from Newcastle but he needs a project of at least two to three years, and he would like that to be at Newcastle,
In interviews yesterday it seemed to give him the chance of sending some messages to owner Mike Ashley and Rafa has said he has not ruled out going abroad again.
He wants to win trophies, and he would like to compete with the top six clubs in England, but that needs a big financial investment, and it’s not clear he will ever get that from Mike Ashley at Newcastle.
Rafa has given a confusing interview as reported in the Chronicle, and it’s difficult to know what he’s really thinking.
Rafa Benitez – confusing interview
But he needs some significant financial support from Ashley is he is going to stay at the club.
This is some of what he has said in the Chronicle:
“Always when you are happy in a place, it is not easy,”
“But, at the same time, you want to compete, you want to do well and you want to improve.”
“It’s not just that you will be a better manager; you want to be a better manager winning something.”
“We have to be sure we can do that.”
“It is clear that a lot of people at the club are happy. But that doesn’t mean we are where we want to be at the moment.”
“The main thing is to stay up and, after, we can analyze little things, that’s it.”
“I don’t know if I said in England, but I said 10 more years,”
“Obviously my priority will be to stay in England because my family is here. So I would like to stay here in England if everything is fine.”
“I like the Premier League, I like the competition here.”
“Can I go to another country? Yes. Why? Because I have done it in the past.”
“I don’t have any problems to go around the world but I would like to stay as close as I can to my family.”
“If you go to Italy it (a project) could be three weeks, and if you go to Spain it could be three months.”
“In England, you are expecting something more. You have been here for a while so you know more things.”
“If you go to another place, you need to know how much time you will be given. But normally two years is the minimum you will need to do what you want to do.”
“It doesn’t mean you can’t win in the first year. When I went to Liverpool the first year we were in the final of the Carling Cup and we won the Champions League.”
“We finished fifth but we were in those other competitions, so you have the team focused on different things.”
“You can do it but you have to do everything right and you have to be lucky because sometimes, even if you are progressing and improving, the other teams are there already.”
“So they have an advantage. Two or three years is what you need as a minimum.”
While at this point it would be a surprise if Rafa walks away from what he has achieved at Newcastle, it seems to remain a possibility.
In the short-term – like today – let’s hope we can get all 3 points against Everton at St. James’ Park – it will not be easy.
If we can win, it would be terrific!