Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has insisted he remains committed to the cause despite a frustrating transfer window while speaking to Sky Sports.
However, while the 57-year-old did once again reveal he’s not exactly delighted about the summer so far, he’s insisted that money is not the main issue and that he remains in contact with Lee Charnley.
”I said before I was not happy with a lot of things we didn’t do as I was expecting,” he said.
“After that I always say the same, can we change something? And if we cannot, we move on and try our best. My commitment was there, I was telling the fans I will try to do my best in every single moment.”
Mike Ashley recently told Sky that Charnley – barely the most popular figure amongst the St. James’ Park faithful – reports to Benitez, not the other way around and the former Liverpool and Real Madrid coach says they talk ‘every day’.
“Money is not the main issue.”
“It’s the timing to do things. We are not talking about (competing with) the top sides, we are talking about the middle of the table. Teams that were promoted – Brighton, Huddersfield – they have spent some money, bringing in maybe 10 new players. Why? Because the Championship and the Premier League are far away.”
Having made six signing over the course of the summer so far, it’s hard to imagine there being too many changes between now and the end of the window, though there are certainly options available to Benitez.