The Rafa Benitez West Brom press conference has taken place on Monday lunchtime.
The United boss not holding back in making clear just how big a challenge Newcastle face.
He said all the usual things about the players having to stick together, the fans to keep supporting the team, and so on.
However, he also went on the offensive in spelling out how far short he was left in the summer transfer market.
Raf Benitez saying that Mike Ashley’s budget meant Newcastle couldn’t afford to compete with even Huddersfield and Brighton on wages and transfer fees.
Whilst what poor old Joselu must have thought…
Rafa declaring…’If you want to sign a striker who will score 20 goals, you must pay £40m. If you sign an average striker, it is £15m, or £10m if they can kick it forward. We didn’t do it.’
The Newcastle manager still defiant though that things will turn out ok.
Though as he points out – ‘Nobody said it would be easy’.
Rafa Benitez Watford press conference:
“If you want to sign a striker who will score 20 goals, you must pay £40m.
“If you sign an average striker, it is £15m, or £10m if they can kick it forward.
“We didn’t do it. That’s the situation we’re in. We must stick together. I still have full confidence in our team.
“We have to compete against Huddersfield and Brighton but we couldn’t sign the players they signed or pay the wages that they paid.
“A message for our fans – stick together. You see what we have and the players are giving everything. They can manage if we stay calm.
“We have to support our team; to support our players. If they make the worst mistake in football history, we (still) stick together.
“West Brom have to work hard to win games – like us. They have some good players with experience and it will be tough, like every game in the Premier League.
“What is our target? To stay in the Premier League. Nobody said it would be easy. I have confidence. Sometimes you will win, sometimes you will lose.
“We have a difficult month. We have 14 points. It’s a good position but we are not happy – it could be better, it could be worse.
“We will be better in the second half of the season. We aim for 20 points in the first half of the season, so if we win some games in between, that will make things easier.
“The fans appreciate that this group of players really care about the shirt. We cannot forget that on 1st September, we were complaining that it will be a difficult season.
“The players are fine. Training well. We realise where we are and the players know the only way is to keep working harder and better.
“The main thing is to make the players understand how we were winning games. It’s what we have to do now – stick together and do what we were doing.
“We had half an hour against Manchester United where we were good. We had four chances in the first 30 minutes against Watford and we didn’t take them.”