At the Rafa Benitez Luton Press Conference, the United boss has admitted that almost a week into the transfer window, he still doesn’t know what money, if any, he has to spend in January.

Even though it was an FA Cup press conference, the manager was always going to be asked about team strengthening for the relegation struggle.

Five days into the transfer window and not even knowing what your budget is…is just unbelievable, unless you factor in Mike Ashley.

Rafa Benitez said before the window opened that he wanted all his signings brought in by ideally 15 January (10 days time!), with 20 January the absolute final deadline to allow him time to work with and integrate them.

Away from transfer talk, Rafa has indicated he may play a stronger team against Luton than most anticipated.

The manager pointing out there is a full week before Newcastle then take on Swansea.

August saw the United boss make 10 changes for the Forest League Cup match, so anybody’s guess what exactly the team will be tomorrow. However, I doubt very much it will include key players such as Jamaal Lascelles.

Rafa Benitez Luton Press Conference:

“I don’t know exactly what our (January transfer) budget is (yet).

“At the moment, we don’t have any movement (in the transfer window), so we are waiting.

“I think we will have a strong team (against Luton).

“We play only one game this week, so we can try to put a team out that, for me, will be enough to win this game.

“We are playing against a good, well organised team with lots of confidence, so we cannot underestimate them.

“We have experience in the cups in England, and every game is difficult. You cannot go into any game with overconfidence.

“We will try to win this game and see if we can progress.

 “We approach this year with the same idea – one game at a time.

“We know Luton Town are doing well in the league and will bring a lot of fans.

 “We have some meetings talking about VAR (video assistant referee is to be used in this weekend’s FA Cup matches). Sometimes it’s fine, sometimes it is not so clear.

“We will have a strong team (against Luton) and I will try to play a strong team to make sure that we put everything in and try to win.”

  • TheNutJob

    That`s Hoss leading the line then in the hope that the numty can at least hit the target against a league 2 team. Fatty`s letting him sweat for going public about the lack of quality in the squad & not getting any backing

  • Leicester Mag

    Move movement in a constipated duck than in our transfer d3al8ngs

  • Paul Patterson

    I think by now it’s clear what the transfer budget is..

    • Leicester Mag

      Square root of chuff all.

      • Big Al 1967

        The only money Rafa will get will be that generated from the selling of players.

        • Rich Lawson

          And on past performance that’s not even certain ?

      • HarryHype59

        Zero multiplied by zero!

  • grantham mag

    NO Budget, do yourself a favour RAFA walk away with your head held high.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    As Ashley is selling the club it is a delicate situation. If Amanda’s cronies were any good they would have bought the club by the end of December and now been responsible for the transfer window. As it happens they look like a useless shower.
    I am sure Ashley is going to spend fifty million and sell the club for the same price why would he do that. It’s Amanda s groups fault for not paying the £300m god help us if they take over as arguing over fifty million does not bode well for the future.

    • 1957

      A business journalist who is a relation and works in London told me the problems with the deal are with Staveley’s group who also are responsible for the bits of information getting to the press

      Her investors won’t accept Ashley’s compromise on relegation, he’ll take a lower sum now but wants the balance when NUFC are next confirmed as a PL club, be it May or sometime in the future if we were relegated. If we get relegated this season PCP won’t pay any more when we eventually get promoted.

      • TheNutJob

        for Fatty that seems a fair deal

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        That could well be right and think this will not help with any transfers.
        Think this new group should have bought the club and made a couple of singings and taken the gamble that we would stay up . Seems the deal will not go through till May then with not much activity in January but Ashley will still spend some money as will not want to lose the sale will just put it on the price unless we sell Mitro.

    • HTL

      Give your head a shake.
      Mr Ashley has not sold the club and is still responsible for the financing of the team. How can it be someone else’s fault for not buying the club, when they declined to pay the price that Mr Ashley placed on it? Mr Ashley is still the owner is he not?

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Amanda and her dark friends with no money to buy the club and buy players or it would have been done by now. If Ashley spends fifty million on transfers this window will the new owners pay him back the money not a chance in hell. Any spend will add to the asking price for the club and they not got the money to buy it as it is a hopeless shower they are. At least Ashley bought the club up front a man with bottle not a coward like Amanda the posh lass from Dubai.

        • HTL

          “If Ashley spends 50 million” you hit the nail on the head there, not even the manager knows the transfer budget. And why the deformation for Stavely? all she has done is refused to pay the price that has been put on the club as she feels it is an unreasonable amount that Mr Ashley is asking for.
          Could it be you are looking for a scapegoat? Someone to deflect the blame off Mr Ashley for the possible negative outcome of the current transfer window?

      • nufcslf

        I’m sure you are taking the mickey, but cringe at the Mr. Ashley bit. Very well said though.

    • HarryHype59

      WUM..get back to Pennywell.

      No real NUFC fan would come out with such pro Ashley nonsense as you do!

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        The new prospective owners are a joke and not only do they have the money to buy the club they have no money for transfers a complete waste of time which is causing unrest in the January window.

        • HarryHype59

          If this is true, why doesn’t Ashley simply take the club off the market until the end of the season!

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  • TheNutJob

    I think he`s got 2 options, back Rafa with funds or get rid of him & get another minion in & hope we can survive. i`d put nothing past Fatty

  • Duh

    Yes, pretty clear, no budget. What a shambles. On the positive side, that does sound like the club is going to be sold soon.

    • skarabrae

      Personally, I don’t think we’ll buy anyone & I don’t think the takeover will happen, we can then expect another orchestrated/staged sky sports exclusive interview with “poor misunderstood nufc saviour mike Ashley”
      No Rafa , back to the championship & another failed manager apppointment!!
      I pray to god I’m wrong… but im slowly being drained of any optimism!!!!

      • Duh

        He’ll keep us up but if there is no takeover (there will obviously be no financial backing) then he will be off in the summer.

      • Stephen

        Sadly I totally agree

  • TwinFire

    How badly run is this club that our manager doesn’t know how much he has to spend yet? Rafa, credit to you for putting up with this BS for so long.

  • Martin

    There is no budget to spend. £0.

    • nufcslf

      Very likely. Disgrace and fatty needs to leave.

  • Tino o

    Why is anyone surprised over 10 years of this [email protected] Shambles!! But well done for digging fatty out Rafa!

  • Wor Lass

    It`s good to hear Rafa say he`ll play a strong team but what is his idea of “strong”? I`m hoping he means it as a bit of a cup run could really galvanise the club. This has the makings of a cracking tie with Luton bringing a big following. Let`s hope the boys can rise to the occasion and feed off the atmosphere.

  • joe mac

    should we tell him?…psst…rafa!…its nothing!

  • Rob

    Same old bull. Other teams have agreed deals and our manager is left with nothing.

    I don’t take Staveley seriously now either. If they wanted to invest to grow a club they’ve missed a golden opportunity.

    • Duh

      You try dealing with mike marra

  • Virsino

    It seems to me, and I may be wrong, but it seems to me that there are points in his interview where Rafa is holding his smile back, as if he knows far more than he can say. I think it’s a done deal, and has been for some time.

    • Duh

      I did not see it but I feel he would be throwing a wobbly by now if it were not imminent.

  • Nebbs

    Rafa’s poker face… Why would anyone reveal how much they had to spend? Wouldn’t that just push up any prospective sellers to pump the values up?

  • Mike

    easy…if Cashley stays inn charge its a big zero

  • HarryHype59

    Its 10.00 pm on the last day of the transfer window! Charnley rings Rafa and says;

    “Good news, Mike has found you £20m for new players. Oh did I mention Mike has sold Lascelles for £25m to Southampton “