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Rafa – I’ve Been Clear From Day One What I Need At Newcastle – Charnley Hasn’t Helped

Rafa Benitez in the lead up to the game this afternoon against Southampton has again talked about his future and it’s hardly good news for Newcastle fans.

It hasn’t helped that Lee Charnley has disclosed the financials this week and that Rafa has only £100M to spend over two years if he stays on as manager.

Charnley also showed the lack of ambition and ignorance of football when he questioned whether new improved training grounds at Benton – which Rafa has asked for – would win more games.

That was a comment from somebody who just doesn’t understand what real ambition is and making Newcastle into one of the best clubs in Europe.

Rafa Benitez – frustrated with Newcastle’s lack of ambition

When Rafa read those comments we bet he choked on his corn flakes – they were so immature and unwanted and a veiled criticism of what the manager wants.

Rafa Benitez has real ambitions and if he cannot achieve them with Newcastle he will go elsewhere:

“I like to and want to compete for trophies,”

“And the best is the Champions League so I would like to have the possibility in the next 11 years to win it.”

“What I want is to get a job that I can enjoy competing.”

“If I cannot, maybe I have to stay at home and wait, I don’t know.”

“I finish my contract on June 30. I am a professional.

“I have been here for more than three years and I was clear from day one.”

“We need a team that can compete in the Premier League, not just survive.”

Benitez won the Champions League in 2005 with Liverpool and has done well since then.

Although at Newcastle he has managed in the second division and struggled against relegation for the last two seasons in the Premier League.

If that’s what lies ahead of him and £100M will not buy top players – then he will leave Newcastle.

And Mike Ashley will have screwed things up big time at Newcastle – yet again.

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8 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 20, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Regarding transfers, the most obvious differences between Lee and Rafa seem to be:

    1) Rafa has made agreements to buy and sell players with miimal outlay, but these deals stall because the club lacks speed in decision making
    2) Rafa wants to make signings to improve the competitiveness within the squad and hence requires two players for each position
    3) Rafa wants specific players to fulfill a specific role and has looks for personal qualities, as well as ability
    4) Lee likes a good deal and will only spend money on players that have will increase in resale value

    In recognition of the fact that for Lees policy to succeed, it relys on the right type of manager to improve the player and set up the team for that player to flourish, a simple compromise could be reached. In general Lee could make one signing per window which looks good for the accountant and Rafa has the remainder of the budget to ‘wheel and deal’ without interference.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 20, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2


    “An in depth look at Newcastle’s accounts and what it means for Rafa Benitez’s future”

    Interesting discussion which highlights the difference between Rafa and Lee.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 20, 2019 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #3

    MATCH DAY!!!!!!!!


  • Pain in the Blog

    Apr 20, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Come on Dennis Twice. You’re late.

  • Geordie-john

    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Ashley’s arse licker No 1 Charnley / Penfold is there to take the heat away from himself. Arse licker No2 Bong-eyed-wise is there just wind us lot up and stir the shit. How long will it take him to surface from fatties arse I wonder.

  • sickandtired

    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #6

    £100 million. Now throw in profit from player sales. Just think how much more Rafa could use if SD actually paid for the advertising they receive and the profits they get from the merchandising too. Or if our so called genius businessman owner actually bothered himself to grow commercial revenues, instead of it being below what it was 11 years ago when he took over.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 20, 2019 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Tbf £100m is not that bad plus whatever we can get from player sales. Compared to how tight and limited Ashley has been for a decade that is not so bad and with that type of money Rafa can perform miracles.

    Though i wish that amount would have been for only one season, and more in the next, but hey beggars can’t be choosers.

  • isleofmanman

    Apr 20, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #8

    From Day 1 Charley has been Ashley’s bag carrier
    If he wasn’t totally compliant he’d have been replaced
    If the Club is ever sold it will be essential for the over-fed one to be booted out pronyo


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