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Amanda Staveley efforts to help with Newcastle January transfers thwarted – Report

1 year ago
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Amanda Staveley offered to help with Newcastle United’s efforts in the January transfer window.

The Chronicle say that the bidding group made an ‘offer to aid’ United with buying new players to help stave off relegation but discussions ‘did not prove fruitful’.

The report says that the likely scenario would have seen Mike Ashley shelling out for the new signings, then paid back the money at a later date, presumably when the takeover is/was completely signed off.

However, with the Amanda Staveley bidders getting no joy with their initiative, the Chronicle say that it is simply now down to Mike Ashley in terms of what cash he wants to be made available and that three days into the transfer window, Rafa Benitez still doesn’t know how much he has, or hasn’t…, got to spend.

It was 21 days ago that Rafa Benitez said (see below) ‘You need to know as soon as possible  (what your transfer budget is)…we need to know because our people are travelling round the world watching games.

“We have our targets. I would say (we need to know our transfer budget) as soon as possible. That’s normal.

“You have to go to the market in January and have your targets. You need to know the budget. That is it.”

Then 12 days ago Rafa said (also see below) ‘I don’t know the budget that I have, so we don’t know how much we can spend…

“I have the belief and the confidence in Mike Ashley, that by 15 January or 20 January (at very latest), we have to be there with everything done.’

If that didn’t sound like a challenge to the owner then I don’t know what is!

Rafa Benitez had signings lined up for the very start of the summer transfer window that Mike Ashley then blocked, now we are left wondering not just whether or not signings will be made, but whether indeed the Newcastle manager will get any budget at all.

We always say ‘surely not’ when it comes to second guessing Mike Ashley’s excesses but in January 2017 Newcastle didn’t sign a single player despite Rafa expecting signings to be made, whilst of course Newcastle went an astonishing 18 months without buying a single first team squad player from January 2013 to summer 2014, consecutive windows without buying.

The Chronicle – 3 January 2018 (Today):

‘The uncertainty surrounding future ownership of the club is certainly not helping Rafa Benitez as he desperately attempts to bring in January reinforcements.

The Spaniard is keen to sign a striker, a left-back, a midfielder and a goalkeeper, but he is yet to learn of his precise budget for the mid-season window.

It is believed that PCP did offer to aid United this month, but discussions over a potential January kitty – Ashley would likely have paid for players up front, then he would have been reimbursed further down the line – did not prove fruitful.

Instead it is Ashley who must support Benitez this month and, as things stand, the Newcastle manager is likely to have a restricted budget from which he must operate.’

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Rafa Benitez – 22 December 2017:

“I have confidence that Mike Ashley will deliver what we need to stay in the Premier League before January 20, to be sure that we have time to work with the new players.

“I don’t know the budget that I have, so we don’t know how much we can spend…

“I have the belief and the confidence in Mike Ashley, that by 15 January or 20 January (at very latest), we have to be there with everything done.

“Am I confident we can get what we want?

“In some cases yes, in some cases no.”

Rafa Benitez – 13 December 2017:

“What I would say is that if you know where you are (what transfer budget you have, if any…) and what you have, it is easier for me and it is easier for our people.

“We can talk with agents, players and clubs and say, ‘We are here’ and ‘We can’, or ‘We cannot’.

“It is easier.

“You know where you are and you can go in one direction or another one. You need to know as soon as possible…we need to know because our people are travelling round the world watching games.

“We have our targets.

“I would say (we need to know our transfer budget) as soon as possible. That’s normal.

“You have to go to the market in January and have your targets. You need to know the budget. That is it.”

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