At the Rafa Benitez Everton press conference the messages were simple.
The Newcastle boss says that ‘You cannot lose your principles’ and that you have to ‘keep the same message’.
Rafa saying that nobody should think about a run of games, either winning or losing, it is simply about concentrating on he next game regardless of circumstances.
Quizzed about Sam Allardyce, Rafa Benitez says it is about beating other teams, not their managers.
Asked about Jamaal Lascelles, Rafa claims he hasn’t picked his team yet for Wednesday but that the captain was close to playing on Saturday, surely he will be playing against Everton if at all possible.
Inevitably asked about the transfer window, Rafa Benitez said he is monitoring players but does not know what budget, if any…, he will have to spend in January, the United boss though summing up the current position saying ‘It’s not rocket science – we need players in some positions’,
Rafa Benitez Everton press conference:
“I have experience of teams at the bottom. We keep the same message but change little things. You cannot lose your principles. That was the key when we were winning.
“(The festive period) is always crucial. But it will be crucial in January, in April. Every game is important. We have to go and try to get three points in the next game.
“Hopefully we will win and things will be easier. We don’t need to think about a run of games, losing or winning. We concentrate on the next one and see after that.
“Some games we are the youngest team in the Premier League. We have to learn quickly. This team is working very hard. Little things we have to improve and we will be stronger.
“We know our job. Everyone has an opinion. It’s not rocket science – we need players in some positions. If we can, fine, if not, we will have to work harder.
“We’re monitoring players and talking to people. We still don’t know how much money is available. We know what we need, can we get that, I don’t know.”
“A lot of teams around of us have spent a lot of money and are still around us. We need to stay calm, work harder and we will start winning games.
“Everton are a good team with good players. They know they need to win more games away. Maybe they will be more open, but you never know. We have to control things that are in our hands.
“I don’t play against other managers. It’s about the team you have. Sam Allardyce is a good manager with experience but hopefully we can beat Everton.
“Jamaal Lascelles was nearly there (on Saturday). Having players with character and personality when things aren’t going wrong is good. I haven’t picked the team yet.
“Paul Dummett is getting better but still we have to wait. If everybody is available, hopefully we can be as solid as we were earlier in the season.”