Rafa Benitez has now refused to talk about the takeover and transfer window these past four or five press conferences.
Asked instead if he thinks his squad as it stands ‘have enough to survive’, the Newcastle manager had a stark but honest reply.
Rafa Benitez saying about Mike Ashley’s failure to back him: ‘Is it an ideal situation? No. We know that, the fans know. The majority know the situation.’
As usual, the manager states that the only way for Newcastle to stand a chance of surviving is unity as a team and upping the workrate further.
Rafa declaring: ‘This year it is even more important because you can see everybody was spending more money. So the only way to compensate for this difference in investment us to stick together and work even harder.’
Time and again the manager as stated that he would see what happens in this January 2019 transfer window before making any decision on his Newcastle future.
How anybody can believe he will sign any contract extension is quite beyond me.
Rafa Benitez asked the question at his pre-Chelsea press conference:
‘I know you don’t want to talk about the January transfer window but do you feel you have enough currently for the team to survive?’
“I think we saw last year we can do it but if we want to do it this year, we have to ensure everybody is united.
“We cannot be wasting energy about: ‘Oh the tactics, Oh the substitutes, Oh the signings, Oh this player is good and this player is bad.’
“We have what we have and we are where we are.
“We have to support our players and we will try to improve them as much as we can.
“We have to analyse every single game, the game plan has to be perfect for each game – even if it is good, sometimes you can still lose.
“We have to keep going and do things in the way we did last year.
“If it is not enough we will try to do something more, keep fighting until the end.
“Is it an ideal situation? No.
“We know that, the fans know.
“The majority know the situation and they understand the only way now is to support the team.
“This year it is even more important because you can see everybody was spending more money.
“So the only way to compensate for this difference in investment us to stick together and work even harder.”