Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has revealed he used to get upset about criticisms levelled at him as a manager that money was the overriding reason behind the performances of the clubs he has managed.
Talking ahead of tonight’s match against Burton Albion, where there is a huge disparity between the two sides in terms of finances, the Spaniard said the only thing that actually matters is whether you win on the pitch. He is quoted by the Northern Echo as saying:
“I don’t know if we have received the credit we deserve. Because I have been on both sides of the fence – teams with money, teams with no money – I used to get upset at things like this. Now, what we must do is give everything.”
“People say, ‘Oh, but you have money’ – that does not matter. You just have to go out and win. We are pleased to win games, especially when we score goals and don’t concede.”
Benitez went on to explain the challenges of managing in the Championship. He used the examples of other relegated clubs to demonstrate that the league hasn’t been as easy for the Magpies as others seem to suggest:
“Here, to achieve what we are trying to achieve is quite complicated. Every year, you see the teams that are relegated and not all of them do well. We still have to do our job.”
Aston Villa’s huge investment in players in the summer has not resulted in the same sort of success that the Magpies have had. Steve Bruce’s side are 11th heading into the last six games of the season.