Friday has seen headlines saying that Rafa Benitez could quit Newcastle due to a failure to back him with signings.
Whilst no one new has arrived this summer, as yet, the story does look a ‘little’ weak.
Last weekend we saw a number of newspapers (including the Mail – see below) run a story saying that Rafa Benitez was upset because a number of his suggested transfer targets hadn’t been signed up.
Looking at Friday’s exclusive in The Sun, it looks just a simple rehash of last weekend’s press speculation.
The problem is that until Newcastle do show serious intent in this summer’s transfer window, these media stories are bound to continue.
With only three days to go until pre-season training starts, two weeks until the first friendly, and six weeks until the Premier League kicks off, it is difficult to see Rafa Benitez in a happy/relaxed mood, especially in light of Mike Ashley blocking him signing players in January.
Let’s hope the secret transfers have been working on will shortly be unveiled…
The Sun – 30 June 2017:
‘Spanish boss Benitez claims to be serious about his threat to walk out before the start of the season.
He fears they are in for a relegation battle unless they make serious changes to the squad.
Benitez was keen to get his transfer business done early but Toon have missed out on several targets, including Tammy Abraham.’
The Mail – 25 June 2017:
‘Rafa Benitez’s future as Newcastle manager is uncertain after a series of transfer setbacks.
Last week, Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham agreed to join Swansea on loan, while former Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero has decided to move to Stamford Bridge, two players Benitez was convinced would join Newcastle.
It is also understood that Benitez is set to suffer another double snub, with Manchester City duo Fabian Delph and Eliaquim Mangala poised to join Stoke and Lyon respectively.
Benitez guided Newcastle to promotion back into the Premier League in his first full season on Tyneside.
He was only persuaded to stay at St James’ Park on the understanding that the club would back a multi-million pound investment in players this summer.
Those close to the manager have confirmed that he has become increasingly frustrated with the slow progress of securing targets and further talks are planned with managing director Lee Charnley in a bid to resolve the situation.
The club declined to comment on Saturday night.’