Saturday has seen Rafa Benitez appearing on Football Focus.
The Newcastle boss explaining just how embarrassing/invented the media claims are, of knowing what transfer budget he has – or wants.
Rafa says the meeting is still to come when money for transfers will be discussed, the Manager clearly knowing already when the meeting with Mike Ashley is going to take place and that he is expecting ‘constructive and positive’ talks, with his vision for the club being the important thing, not any exact figure of money available to spend.
Rafa Benitez speaking on BBC’s Football Focus:
“Newcastle United is a big club where we have to now manage maybe the expectations as some people will be expecting and thinking…‘Oh we have to challenge and maybe be in Europe.’
“Some people though will be happy just avoiding relegation.
“So we have to make sure the message is the right message, that the fans understand that the best way to go as high as you can in the table is to stay calm, to support the team and keep the professionals doing their job.
“I have been reading ‘Rafa was asking for this figure’, or that he will be given ‘this much money’…we haven’t talked about how much money we want and we haven’t had the meeting yet.
“We will talk about that in the future and it’s not that I am asking for this figure or another one, we have to be realistic and I expect this conversation will be positive and constructive, then after that it will be positive hopefully.”
Did the last day reaction of Newcastle fans (5-1 v Spurs) make a difference in deciding to stay?:
“I would say that it was not just the reception of the last day because from the very first day, the fans were amazing.
“That last day against Tottenham, everybody was singing my name and I can say that it could have been key in terms of my decision after I met Mike Ashley.
“(Last May – 2016) We talked about the future and I talked to my family – we knew the best thing for me, for them, for us, maybe for everyone, was just to stay and try to go up as soon as we could.
“Coming here you could see a lot of similarities between the Scousers and the Geordies. They are cities of workers, the people have passion and they work very hard – always behind their team.”
Rafa and the Newcastle fans now:
“I think that they appreciate I decided to stay, as well as the effort of everyone here.
“From day one, the fans and all the members of the staff were pushing to win and go in the same direction.”