In an interview with BT Sport prior to Saturday night’s game at Old Trafford, Rafa Benitez made some revealing comments regarding the potential takeover at NUFC – stating there’s ‘no chance’ a new owner will be coming in and spending £100m in the upcoming transfer window.
An interesting message from the gaffer, who not only reiterated his desire to focus on matters on the pitch, but to be aware that the money available to him will be ‘more or less the same’ in the upcoming window even if a new owner was in place.
Here’s what he had to say during the pre-match interview with BT over the weekend:
“We can do nothing. Stay behind the team. They can make the difference – for the good or for the bad. Normally we would be in the bottom five so we are in a good position.
“If something happens it would be better for everyone. We are looking at different things. Another message: it’s not that a new owner will come and spend £100million in the transfer window, no chance.
“Our money will be more or less the same. The only thing that can change is if we work right now or we have to wait a little bit, but at the moment we are working on our targets and that is it.”
A fair point from Rafa, reminding fans that we are still in a good position in 11th, suggesting that a newly promoted team would usually expect to be in the bottom five.
The big message was on the potential takeover however, with Rafa appearing to make an effort to lessen fan expectations ahead of the January transfer windows, suggesting he is simply working on his targets and will not be expecting a big influx of cash should Staveley’s takeover be announced before the January window.
He is quite clear in his message too, stating there is ‘no chance’ any new owner will arrive and spend ‘£100m’ – a figure that has been bandied around in a few papers speculating about how much we could spend this winter if a takeover was to take place before Christmas.
A little down-beat from Rafa, but a strong message to give us fans a clearer idea on the situation in January – with or without Ashley in charge.