Football, Premier League 2017-08-23 5:13 AM

Rafa Benitez has refused suggestions that his public demeanour has contributed to the air of negativity surrounding Newcastle United.
The Magpies manager believes the current pessimism has been borne out of the fact United have started their Premier League campaign with back-to-back defeats, rather than due to Benitez himself publicly voicing his displeasure at the paucity of the club’s summer transfer business.

Over the past few weeks, Benitez has appeared to question whether owner Mike Ashley has delivered upon the promises he made in an end-of-season meeting.
That has led to much speculations over the Spaniard’s long-term future at the club, and has seen pundits such as Jamie Carragher and Joey Barton question whether Benitez’s public stance is actually aiding the Magpies’ plight.

Benitez remains adamant, however, that a positive result in the Carabao Cup second round against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night will soon transform the mood at St James’ Park.
“No, it’s because we didn’t win, that’s it. If you win, everyone is happy. If you lose, everyone is not happy,” Benitez replied when asked if his public stand-off with Ashley was proving destablising.
“The main difference is what the players do on the pitch. If we win, I will be happy.
“If you lose, you have to be upset. Then you analyse what happened, train with the team, talking with your players. You look at what was right and what was wrong and try to correct things.

“If you think the approach of the game against Tottenham will change if I am smiling or not, it will be the same.
“We can lose against Tottenham and I am smiling or we can win against Tottenham and I am smiling. So it is very easy to do this analysis.
“The main thing is that we played against one of the best teams in the league with 10 players. Then we played against Huddersfield and they were over the moon with a massive support from the fans. We had more chances than them and lost.

“So it’s not a question of whether I am happy or not. Sometimes football is like this and you lose.
“Hopefully we can change that [against Forest].”
Benitez also believes Newcastle’s summer business has proven more difficult than the vast majority of other top-flight club’s due to the fact United have been attempting to transform a Championship team into a Premier League one inside a single window.

While many clubs only need a few additions, the Magpies could end the summer with up to 10 incomings and even more outgoings.
“It’s not the same when you have a team nearly done and you have to change 20 to 30 per cent of the squad to improve the team,” Benitez explained.
“When you have a team coming from the Championship then you have to change a lot of them. Huddersfield have changed 10 players already.

“Then the problem we have that is different to Huddersfield and Brighton is that we have players with big wages. When you put big wages and a lot of changes from the Championship to the Premier League all together, it means you have four, five, six players here that know they will leave. So it’s not the same.
“If you are doing this interview now and then you are happy. But if your boss is telling you: ‘Listen, you can do the interview, but tomorrow you will be fired’. So you have to go and be professional, and do the job, but you cannot be over the moon because you are leaving.

“It’s impossible to control this. Especially when you have six, seven players that know already, it’s not just a couple, we have a lot of them. And the window has been so difficult that still some of them are around.”

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