Rafa Benitez has left nobody in any doubt as to who is the main man at Newcastle when it comes to transfers and who it will be moving forward.
After the claims at the weekend that Mike Ashley was going to demand a change in how transfers are conducted, his Manager made clear that there hadn’t been any significant changes, at least not at the moment.
If Ashley did interfere, as he has done with every other previous Manager with the possible exception of Sam Allardyce who he sacked after only on transfer window, then what Rafa would do is another matter.
However, the United boss says that ‘At the moment we continue’ with him (Rafa Benitez) in charge and ‘The club cannot sign anyone without the sat so from me’.
Rafa says that if he wanted to buy a 32 year old then he would go for him but that whatever the age of the players he is going for, he is still confident of getting in players during January.
In other quotes on Tuesday, he said that he did have a number of options that he could bring in this month and that one of them was a player that he really likes.
The two things that we do know are that talks have taken place between Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley and perhaps others when the owner attended the recent Birmingham and Brentford games AND that Rafa Benitez says nobody comes in without him agreeing to it.
Until that second thing changes I think it is clear most supporters are relaxed about the whole situation but we also take it on trust that Rafa Benitez will also be properly backed in terms of who he does want to bring in.
Less than two weeks to go of this window and we still await with interest…
“The main thing is if I can try to do things in the way that I want to do things.
“If I cannot, I cannot…
“But at the moment we continue and we still have time to do what we have to do in the transfer window.
“The club cannot sign anyone without the say so from me but you do not always get everything you want, it is difficult and especially in January.
“I still have confidence that we will get the players we want and need to improve the team.
“If I find a player who is 32 that I like, I will try to sign them – but ’m not looking for any 32-year-olds at the moment. Some players with experience can make the difference, I don’t see a problem.
“I’m not concerned about anything – at the moment we have lost some targets because they were very expensive, or their clubs did not want to sell, but I’m still confident we can do what we need to do.
“I am happier now than I was in the summer because we are top of the table.
“My understanding is that (Mike) Ashley was really happy with the team and everything we are doing and hopefully that continues – because it means we are still winning games."