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Rafa Talks About “Quality” And What It Means – Wants To Sign New Players Quickly

Rafa Benitez after the fabulous win on Saturday against Southampton was in a really good mood.

We knew that as we watched him take his glasses off at the final whistle and he had to shake hands with some of the other coaches before he got them into his coat pocket.

Rafa’s mood was one of quiet confidence and fulfillment as Newcastle again got the job done under his guidance – for the second win in a row – our 11th win of the season.

We are on 41 points and now safe after Liverpool won 2-0 at Cardiff City yesterday.

And after the game, Benitez soaked up the fantastic St. James’ Park atmosphere after another sell-out crowd had chanted clearly they wanted the manager to stay at the club and not leave in the summer.

Rafa was asked lots of questions in his press conference after the game, and a lot of them were on his future.

Rafa Benitez – is that manna from heaven I see?

He was asked about signing quality players this summer, and this is what he said:

“When you talk about quality, how much does quality cost? And how much will you pay in wages for these quality players? £120K a week? £150K a week? Or will you pay £50K a week?”

“What does quality mean? Balance is the key, and you have to be sensible with that balance. You have to be realistic, but we have to find this balance.”

“We have to compete with the teams that are between seventh and 10th, not think ‘can we finish seventh or can we finish 17th?’. I think that’s a big difference.”

“At the moment, we don’t have any issues about any players, because I have not had any conversations. We have had to wait, but what I say is very clear.”

“Until June 30, I’m the manager, and I have to decide if we sign anyone or not.”

“I cannot decide some other things, but when it comes to that, yes, I decide. So we have to sit down at any time and see where we are.”

“Does it have to be soon? Yes, obviously. Because if you want to sign players, you have to go early, and if you want to sign the best players, you have to go even earlier.”

“Even with young players, we can talk and talk, but the main thing is what you do.”

With Newcastle now safe in the league we are hoping that Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley will quickly start serious negotiations with the manager to keep him at Newcastle for as long as possible.

We hope it’s not possible for Mike Ashley to screw this one up.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Apr 22, 2019 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Another Tsunki Thought for the Day –

    I actually think Schar is the most likely to make a big move in the summer. I think he’s done enough in the Prem to attract attention of decent teams.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 22, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #2


    That would be a Bad Thing (1066 and All That).

  • lesh

    Apr 22, 2019 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Oh gawd

    There’s Munster wanting Rafa to compromise, moderate his requirements and this after he’s been presented with Ashley not even offering him the courtesy of acknowledging them.

    It’s said that Charnley’s in charge of negotiations but that is not and never will be the case – he’s Ashley’s mouth piece and even Ashley’s lines probably come via Barnes!

    But, a question I’ve often asked is why are the club in a position where one of the world’s best manager’s is in a position where he hasn’t a clue where the future lies for him, his players and the club. There should have been no need for the mess we’re in and it’s all down to Ashley who if he’d had the sense to develop a healthy boss-subordinate relationship with Rafa, this impasse would never have arisen. But no, Ashley knows best… he thinks!

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 22, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Lesh, Ashley’s a knob mate. He’ll likely always be a knob – then he’ll die a knob. I can’t imagine any other billionaire letting a big club stagnate like this, they’d put money in. He’ll never spend all that before he dies. So what if he ends up losing a hundred million? It’s nothing to him.
    Very sad state of affairs.

    Tsunki, sadly I’m not stoned mate. 🙂 You know, tbh, it was a cracking game. Great advert for our lower divisions. And the good news is, Pompey came back to win 2-1. They play Sunlun next week as well, that game will decide who goes up and who goes into the play offs.
    You keep repeating what you said earlier – it will be stone cold fact in no time #mischiefmaker. 🙂

  • mfw13

    Apr 22, 2019 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s not just about signing quality players….it’s signing them at the positions we need.

    Look at the farce that has become our left wing situation….four big $$$ players signed who all play the same position (Atsu, Murphy, Kenedy, and now Almiron).

    What we really need are:

    #1 – a better right wingback….Yedlin is not good enough defensively, and Manquillo is not good enough offensively
    #2 – an attacking midfielder who plays in the center of the pitch and can break down defenses (i.e. a better version of Shelvey). We haven’t had a good one since Cabaye left.
    #3 – cover for Rondon….if he gets injured, our attack disappears, because Joselu isn’t a good enough backup

    We’re pretty solid everywhere else on the pitch….we’ve got good depth in the center of defense, good depth in the center of midfield, and more left wings than we can count.


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