Rafa Benitez is keen to come to a quick decision on whether he will stay at Newcastle and that’s because, for one thing, he wants Newcastle to move after their transfer targets early this summer.
It’s something that Rafa says at the start of every single transfer window, but it’s rare for Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley to bring in targets early in any transfer window.
Newcastle’s transfer process is laborious and slow and not designed to be quick in any sense of the word.
That’s one thing Rafa wants to change at the club, but it seems the owner may be resisting the changes the manager needs to make – if he is to stay on as Newcastle manager.
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Here’s what Rafa has said to talkSPORT:
“At this stage of the season, you have to make decisions. If you want to sign players, you have to do it now.”
“You cannot be talking, and talking and talking.”
“You cannot pay more money than some of the other teams – so you have to go early, you have to find the right ones that you need, and you have to do it now.”
“Can we do it? If we can, we have to do it now. If not, we have to move on.”
“The club is more important than us, so we have to decide if it is this way, or the other way.”
“I make mistakes, I have made so many in my life.”
“But when you have won some trophies, it is because you are right more than you are wrong.”
It seems that Rafa is anxious to reach some kind of early agreement with Newcastle so the club can then go after their targets in the transfer window.
But maybe Charley and Ashley are dragging their feet once again.
That shouldn’t surprise anybody, but it’s been a real source of frustration for Rafa over the last three years.
If they are not willing to change, then Rafa may decide he cannot get the job done at Newcastle and look for pastures new.
We hope not.