Rafa Benitez watched on as his team lost 1-0 to a very average Augsburg outfit.
He felt the players did better than Wednesday but that wasn’t the highest of bars to set, as United lost 4-0 at Braga.
This makes it over four and a half hours since Newcastle scored a goal, with creativity and scoring goals obviously a massive issue with only a week to go before the season kicks off.
Dwight Gayle was left out of the squad with a swap deal for Salomon Rondon said to be back on, waiting until after the final pre-season friendly to bring in your new striker is anything but idea.
However, Rafa says that while it isn’t ‘ideal’, he and his coaching team simply ‘have to (make it) work.’
Newcastle fans and the vast majority of independent observers have every sympathy for Rafa Benitez after the way Mike Ashley has treated him, the manager declaring: ‘So we (Rafa and his coaching team) have won trophies everywhere and it was the idea to do something similar here….I am not happy we have to just survive every year.’
Results and performances in pre-season haven’t suggested even to ‘just survive’ will be an easy path, so the manager and supporters are desperately hoping for better news before 5pm on Thursday.
A ridiculous situation we all find ourselves in, nothing like the ideal preparation Rafa Benitez would have hoped for.
“I think that it was an entertaining game (against Augsburg) for the fans because both teams have chances.
“We improved from the other day because we had more control, played on the ball a bit better, still though we have to improve.
“Normally when we have had time and support (at other clubs), we deliver.
“So we (Rafa and his coaching team) have won trophies everywhere and it was the idea to do something similar here….I am not happy we have to just survive every year – but at the moment we have to see if we can improve the squad.
“I am confident we can do it (improve the squad before end of transfer window) but if you are asking me if it’s ideal…?
“I would say no, because the way I like to work is to do things early, but if we can’t do that we have to (make it) work.
“I hope we can do it.”