Rafa Benitez is determined to change things for the better at Newcastle United in the longer-term, not just this upcoming season.
Under Mike Ashley, the club has suffered from a hand to mouth existence, looking to just survive in the Premier League for another 12 months and pick up the financial rewards of the top tier,
The United Manager says that he hopes ‘everybody has seen that the job has been done…properly’ and when he says ‘everybody’, he clearly means one person in particular.
Rafa Benitez says that if people can ‘see that the job has been done properly’ then ‘you can trust the people in charge’.
The Newcastle boss is at pains to say that he isn’t looking for unrealistic backing, saying ‘we’re not thinking about something that’s not possible’.
Rafa says he is going to continue ‘to put things in place’ which he hopes will convince Mike Ashley as being ‘a professional approach’.
Continuing on his theme, the Manager further indicates he is looking at things long-term and says ‘we are talking about a project’ and that ‘we have put down the foundations to build something bigger’.
Benitez indicates a key part of his realistic approach is the transfer market, stating that some transfers might happen simply ‘because they are too expensive’.
With Mike Ashley having ran Newcastle in such a crazy way that has led to two relegations in only seven years, hopefully he will see that trusting somebody who knows what they are doing is a far far better approach.
Having puppets appointed as managers/head coaches and giving them no say on transfers has proved to be a recipe for disaster.
Now that a quality manager has taken a huge risk on his reputation by joining such a previously poorly run club/team, it would be truly Mike Ashley’s very worst move if he doesn’t see the tangible ambitions of the Rafa way.
Rafa Benitez talking to the Chronicle:
“My feeling is that everybody has seen that the job has been done, and done properly – hopefully it is a good signal for the future.
“If everybody sees that things are going well, you can trust the people in charge and then you can be more supportive.”
“We will have normal meetings, talking about ideas and things that will happen in the future.
“We will try to put things in place that he (Mike Ashley) will realise are a professional approach, we are talking about a project and we’re not thinking about something that’s not possible.
“We will only talk about things that we can achieve.
“It (transfer activity) depends on the market and prices – sometimes you want to do things and you can’t because they are too expensive.
“Sometimes you can but you have to put everything together – once we know where we are we will make decisions about every single player.”
“I think we have already made steps forward and we have put the foundations down to build something bigger.”