Rafa Benitez has been speaking to the media ahead of Saturday’s match.

The immediate concern is of course three points and Rafa is hoping for a first win of the season against Brighton.

The manager revealing that as well as Florian Lejeune, Ciaran Clark is now injured.

Salomon Rondon on the other hand has trained but the Brighton game is too soon for him to be involved.

Better news for Rafa Benitez is that Paul Dummett has been training normally and will be available.

Looking further ahead. the media have claimed that Rafa will once again have a minimal budget in January’s transfer window.

However, the manager says he hasn’t been told what will be available but insists that isn’t a problem.

Presumably Rafa Benitez doesn’t see it as a problem 10 weeks ahead of that window but that as time goes on that would surely change if the manager is not given an idea by Mike Ashley, of the players he can go for.

As for how much he will be allowed to invest in the squad, if anything, that could definitely become a problem unless there is a change from these last three transfer windows.

Rafa Benitez speaking at his pre-Brighton press conference:

“Ciaran Clark is out but Paul Dummett has trained normally.

“Salomon Rondon has trained but is not available (for Brighton).

“The first win is always the most difficult. As soon as we win the first game, we will have more confidence and it will be easier for us.

“I think the fans realise that the players will need support.

“If we are united, like we have been for years, then we can do well.

“The most important thing for us was to understand what we did really well (at Manchester United), and what we did wrong at the end.

“Brighton have spent a lot of money and they have a good manager, good players, and are more experienced now.

“My job is to keep people calm and believing that we can do well.

“We have to analyse what is wrong, stay calm and we will be fine then.”

Asked about transfer spending:

“All my career, even when with top sides, we have never been top spenders.

A lot of other teams have spent big this season but the atmosphere is quite good here and the players know that the way (forward) is to keep working hard.

“I don’t know my budget for January (transfer window) but it isn’t a problem.

“I am confident we can achieve what we want to achieve and that is to stay up.”

  • Paul Patterson

    I know what the budget will be. Three fifths of f**k all .. 💰👋

  • Themoscow72

    If we are United, like we have been for years then we can do well. Are you listenging to Rafa the Magpie Group or do you have your own agenda.

    • Tweed Mag

      He is referring to your leader.

    • Big Hairy Man

      Your glorious leader has an agenda Monkfish. Asset stripping.

      • Ron

        Well done in spotting the silver lining. Thank Heavens the FCB is only asset stripping – seeing him in the buff, no, no, no I’m not going to imagine!

    • Big Al 1967

      The only agenda Monky is what is best for the club and your glorious fat leader is the ONLY thing holding the club back from being united again.

    • JohnnyH

      You crack me up you do.

      Go on do us one of your long rambling posts. I could do with a laugh.

    • Wezza

      Do you wonder why people react the way they do with you? Or is it because you’re just plain trolling? I too could use a laugh. Go on, insist this last summer and this January Ashley’s will have every penny?
      You’re out of excuses.
      Ashley out and you as well!

    • East Durham Mag

      What’s your agenda that you f*cking idiot?

  • Big Hairy Man

    I have a hunch that his budget will be nowt.

  • BanJones

    I’m sure it really helps with planning to keep the main man in the dark about future spending plans. IT IS IDIOTIC and SELF HARMING.

    • Ron

      Charnley is the lowest pd MD in the premier league – he probably doesn’t know how or understand the need to budget.

      Having said that if income = plunder for MA maybe there isn’t a need.

      Unless MA needs to know how much he needs to buy Claire’s Accessories!

    • Wezza

      It’s by design. All part of the plan.

      • BanJones

        If he keeps self harming what is the end game? Nobody of value will want to come here and we will end up down the leagues with nobody watching or caring! If he has stripped us bare maybe he will just give it away?

        • Wezza

          End game is he sells for peanuts but that doesn’t mean he will have lost money. He has probably had at least 250M out of us.

  • Ashley-out

    Budget 1p. any income from sales will be pocketed by fatso. a deliberate act.
    relegation & a puppet manager, odds on.
    Ashley out

  • wheyayeman

    Let’s cut the waiting time Rafa lad – you’ll be getting nowt.

  • Peaky

    Here’s what you’ll be getting in January Rafa….let the SweetFanny see the Adams…

    • Wor Lass

      No likey that Mikey!

      • Peaky


  • Milburn_Taylor

    The January budget will be the final nail in the coffin for Rafa, gone in May

  • grantham mag

    I think Rafa should say he will not be signing a new contract now and leave it at that.

  • magpiefifer

    If we don’t beat Brighton (and others outside the top 6!) the January budget will be irrelevant!