Rafa Benitez has met the media on Friday lunchtime.

The Newcastle manager talking to the press ahead of the Tottenham game and in the aftermath of a chaotic summer transfer window.

It has been a case of deja vu in terms of this transfer window and at Rafa’s press conference it is a repeat of the aftermath of the previous three transfer windows.

Rafa Benitez clearly not happy about the farce of the last three months but immediately getting his down to business hat back on.

The manager making it clear that talk must now stop about these past three months, the only thing important now being the team and how he prepares it for Saturday and beyond.

Asked about a left-back the manager confirmed he had hoped to bring somebody in to compete with Paul Dummett but that you can’t always get all the signings you want. I think we had all worked that one out!

As for the Spurs match, the manager indicated that pretty much everybody was fit, apart from Florian Lejeune of course, but that he wouldn’t be including Federico Fernandez in his Newcastle squad on Saturday as he has just arrived. Rafa confirmed that Shelvey, Dubravka and Diame are all ok to play.

Rafa Benitez:

“There is a time to do business and a time to focus on football.

“For me, as responsible for the team, my target is to be sure the players are focused on the game.

“So, everything that happened outside the pitch, we have to forget quickly.

“I’m a fighter, I like to fight. So that’s what I will do.

“I want the best for our players.

“I am calm now.

“Rafa upset? It is not the time to do that.

“Could be better? Yes.

The Premier League is so competitive, you have to fight. It will be difficult.

“The main thing for me now is to be sure I bring the best from our players. The way to do that is to focus on football.

“To bring in new players is important, because if a player sees someone running faster, they have to run faster too. The competition is good.

“The reality is that we have a team that did well last year.

“We are ready and I am quite excited and quite happy because I can see the players working hard and training as well as they did last year.”

Against Tottenham:

“Now is the time to focus on Tottenham and this very difficult game.

“Every season, every game is different.

“Jonjo Shelvey is more mature (now, compared to when sent off last season).

“The players know we’re playing against a very good team and the key is to stay focused and have the right mindset from the first moment.”

Who is available for Spurs game?

“We have more or less everybody fit and Federico Fernandez is fit but he is not in the squad tomorrow, as he came in late and needs to get to know everybody.”

  • Ben Jones

    Anyone else reading between the lines?

    “I’m a fighter, I like to fight. So that’s what I will do.”

    He’s saying that and he knows about the protests on Saturday.

    Rafa loves this club

    • MP01

      I don’t think you have to read between the lines when it comes to Rafa’s passion for the club. But the obvious distaste towards the ownership is clear and fair.

    • Kenny

      Scummy troll 🤡

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        You still going to the Bulls on Sat if so gladly get you a pint.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          He’ll not go he’s a little flapper

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Everyone crying off one by one but think Brian Standen will be there a big anti Ashley fan who prints leaflets at the age of sixty should know better.

      • drc74

        kenny you dont want a pint of what monksta drinks

    • TheFatController

      Via disqus, I have written to everyone reading this and asked ‘has a Ben jones influenced your opinion on anything. At all. Remotely?’

      I haven’t had everyone’s answers back, but am at 83,276% complete, and so far the results look not quite what you might expect :-

      Yes 0%
      No 100%

      Let’s see what the remaining 16.724% return before we make any rash conclusions from this survey.

      • Ben Jones

        I don’t think you needed to go to them lengths, you’re the type that claims to speak for everyone anyway

        • TheFatController

          The irony of you accusing me of speaking for everyone whilst I mock up a survey that claims to be the views of everyone is not lost on me.

          Ben Jones, you’re priceless, the gift that keeps on giving.

          • Ben Jones


      • Tweed Mag

        If he made constructive points, then it would not be so bad. All you get is contradictions. Just let him and the rest get on with it.

    • panther

      shut up fool

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    The bits you forgot to say Joe Rafa’s words not mine. I am really calm now as the window is finished. It is a time to do what we did last year : togetherness with the FANS behind us. Iam happy with my team. I believe the spirit is there with my players to have another good season. Fernandez is a good signing, Rondon too. I am confident.
    Rondon, Muto, Kenedy they are good players.

    • drc74


      • Monkseaton Magpies

        So that is a message to Rafa not me as his words not me. Great site this is.

    • JohnCornwell’sHair

      In other words, we’ve just got to get on with it.

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    The fact that one of the scummy trolls has been the first to respond to an article shows that said article has some credence.

  • Tweed Mag

    Go on Rafa.
    The other good news is Ashley will now be concentrating on his new purchase – Workhouse of Fraser. Lets hope he sells to finance it all.

    • Peaky

      “Workhouse of Fraser”….love it….

    • Geordiegiants

      He will be getting it for nowt.

  • Jonathan Gibson

    Confident for tomorrow, 3/1 odds for newcastle win is generous given spurs team have had no pre season game. No tinkering like start of last season, rafa knows his best team, no multiple new players to bed in either. hope rondon plays and id go for clarke as lacelles partner. Yedlin and ritchie looked good in pre season, can see us doing well down that side.

    • Milburn_Taylor

      Spurs beat Roma, Milan & drew with Barcelona in pre season matches

      • Duh

        And their “second string” looked very good

      • Jonathan Gibson

        Not beat the toon though!

        • panther

          glad thats cleared up

          • Jonathan Gibson

            I didnt watch spurs reserves, but wouldnt look into friendlies too much, madrid and PSG got tanked in pre season, spurs will be beaten tomorrow, revisit this thread

          • panther

            Hope youre right, but I wouldnt put money on it

  • Lord

    Rafa has, again, manoeuvred himself into a no-lose position. Survive this season, he’s a magician. Go down – well it’s Ashley’s fault.

    The pantomime villain must be fuming.

  • Milburn_Taylor

    latest statement from Ashley, he`s going to make House of Fraser the Harrods of the high st, just like he made Newcastle the Barcelona of the North East.

    • Big Hairy Man

      Workhouse of Fraser is about right. I don’t see a s****e direct outlet in Harrods

      • Milburn_Taylor

        that`s more like it, new contracts for the workers on the minimum wage