The Rafa Benitez Barnsley Press Conference has taken place on Friday lunchtime.

The United boss pouring scorn on newspapers claiming that they know what transfer budget he expects.

He also dismissed claims from the media that he was meeting Mike Ashley this week.

Instead, the Newcastle Manager says that he hopes to meet the club’s owner this week and rather than asking for/demanding as certain sum of money, Rafa will be presenting his plan and ideas for how to take the club forward, with then it being up to Mike Ashley as to whether he agrees to back them.

The consequences of the man from Sports Direct saying ‘NO!!’ are to terrible to contemplate but in the meantime, Rafa Benitez simply wants everybody to enjoy themselves this weekend.

First quotes from the Rafa Benitez Barnsley Press Conference:

“I am very surprised by the (FA) charge – That is it.

“Promotion was the objective at the beginning, and we wanted to break the record for away wins.

“The title would be a nice (extra) touch and the players can enjoy their football (without pressure) against Barnsley.

“We have to be ready, prepare properly and I’m sure the atmosphere will be fantastic.

“It’s a fantastic achievement for everyone here, and everyone involved with the club.

“The way to go into the game is with a smile on our faces, and after it, hopefully a bigger smile.

“Jamaal Lascelles was playing a lot of games with pain, like Vurnon Anita and Matt Ritchie, but hopefully they will all be fine for pre-season.

“I have the same ambition for this football club as the fans do – but I understand that we need to talk.

“I have seen figures saying that ‘Rafa is asking for this and that’ but I will not ask for (a certain sum of) money,  I will have a plan and present my ideas to the owner (Mike Ashley).

“Hopefully I will be meeting with the owner next week and we will move in the right direction. We have to decide money, players…but nothing sorted yet.”

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  • TheNutJob

    I hope Anita`s pre season isn`t on Tyneside, players of his standard is a step backwards

    • SH.ER

      and Gouffran too :>

    • Cuh736

      His standard as in devoted to the club, enough to play on with an injury? Okay. Maybe we should go back to quality players like Remy who connive with managers to sit games out “injured”

  • Harry Gibson

    It’s always been the case, he was never going to say give me, £100m or £70m, he will just want full backing. He will say, I want X amount of our net income, I buy who I want and just as importantly sell who I want when I want. He will then have certain parameters put to him, to work with in, like average squad age, a certain number of players can’t over be what ever age, he will have to bring so many through the ranks etc etc. That is all he will be after. Maybe he will be charged with making a profit in with the deal, who knows?

    • East Durham Mag

      As you say Rafa just needs backing and full control of buying and selling players.We can only hope Ashley is on the same wavelength.

  • hetonmag

    Proper manager and person.

  • Doug Dacre

    Rafa tells the club who he wants and the club do the negotiating, Rafa will not get involved in money he just wants his players.
    This is where it gets problematic as we seem to have a situation where the tail needs to wag the dog, as the dog is an idiot….