Rafa Benitez has admitted that lack of transfer backing from Mike Ashley means he has no choice but to use the tactics, approach that he does.
The Newcastle Manager opening up as the international break draws to a close.
He says that it should be clear to anybody what the limitations of his squad are, having seen them in the Premier League last season and if things (lack of support from Ashley) were different, he would then do things differently, stating ‘Would we like to do things in another way? Yes!’
Rafa Benitez declares though that it isn’t all doom and gloom and that he is confident he can coach players to be better, putting up Jamaal Lascelles as a prime example.
However, he once again points to transfer market failings providing obstacles, with the refusal of Mike Ashley to allow him to bring in his targets early, meaning the likes of Rondon and Muto came in so late they didn’t take part in pre-season, leaving it for Rafa forced to play catch up.
The Newcastle boss exposes the stark realty of the situation, saying ‘We aren’t better than anybody on paper so we have to be better on the pitch. We have to have a game plan, follow it and be consistent.’
Rafa Benitez says that the only show in town/toon is to avoid relegation and he has no other option but to set out his team in a certain way to achieve that.
Both fans and manager wondering how different things could be if only, like pretty much every other rival club, Newcastle United had been allowed a realistic transfer budget this summer.
“We know what we have because we have watched our team for one full season in the Premier League and this team hasn’t changed too much, so what are we expecting from our team?
“Would we like to do things in another way? Yes!
“Maybe we can’t, or maybe we can’t right now, so we have to wait and see how this team is progressing.
“I like to coach players and I like to improve them, Jamaal Lascelles is an example of a player who is growing in stature – everybody can see the difference.
“To improve players you need time and we are at the beginning of the season, some players (signings) arrived late (this summer) so now it’s a question of time so that we can improve – our fans can see our fixtures were beginning too so we had to cope with that.
“We have to be sure we improve defensively and in the transition (turning defence into attack) and also to attack, if we can we will have more chances in games against the big teams and the other teams.
“But we aren’t better than anybody on paper so we have to be better on the pitch.
“We have to have a game plan, follow it and be consistent.
“If something was wrong we would change but we weren’t wrong last season, as we made less mistakes than others and finished 10th, so we we’ll try to do what is right for our team and if something isn’t right I will be the first one to be unhappy.
“There are different ways to achieve what you want to achieve and if you have more money you go in one direction, with less money it means you have to head in another direction.”
“You can argue if you like but with the players we have in our squad we have to manage.
“We have to make sure the stats at the end of the season are right, that means finishing in a good position, and in this case it means finishing 17th or above.”