Rafa Benitez has made a grim admission ahead of the new season, stating that his target next season is just to ‘stay up’ – suggesting that our lack of ambition in the transfer market and other clubs spending will make this season ‘more difficult’ than last year.
As Rafa highlights, our Premier League rivals are ‘spending money’ and ‘bringing in new players’ every year – with him making reference to West Ham, Wolves, Fulham, Brighton and Huddersfield’s spending so far this summer.
Here’s what he’s had to say when asked about his targets going into the 2018/19 season:
“The target will be to stay up. That’s the situation we have at the moment. It will be more difficult than last year, 100 per cent.”
Rafa Benitez's grim prediction for the season: "The target will be to stay up. That’s the situation we have at the moment. It will be more difficult than last year, 100 per cent." #nufc
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“The reality is the Premier League is difficult and every year the others spend money and bring new players. You don’t know because we finished tenth this year we can be in the middle next season because everyone is spending.
“We have to fix a target to stay up – that is it. Concentrate on staying up, and after that see where. It will be more difficult than last year. Fulham, Wolves are spending. Huddersfield, Brighton everyone is spending making it more difficult.”
“Fulham and Wolves have big money. When you talk about the market, you know what offers they are making. They will be stronger at the beginning than Huddersfield and Brighton.
“Brighton and Huddersfield are already in the Premier League, they are spending some money. Then you see West Ham, they are spending some money.”
This sums up the sad situation at Newcastle right now. We have a Champions League winning manager at our disposal and are on the horns of something special, yet our owners chronic lack of ambition has us heading into our SECOND season back in the Premier League hoping for survival.
Benitez secured a top 10 finish last season with what many described to be a ‘Championship squad’, so just imagine what he could’ve achieved if he was given the sort of backing Manuel Pellegrini is now receiving at West Ham.
They’ve spent almost £100m already this summer, whilst we are forced to ‘wheel and deal’ (Rafa’s words not mine), ‘sell before we can buy’ and scour the market for any freebie or loan signing we can get our hands on.
With less than three weeks of the window remaining, we now have serious work to do – although Benitez sounds resigned to his fate as far as new signings are concerned if this interview is anything to go by.
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