Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Boss Has Proved He Is Willing to Work with Partners on Transfers

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Boss Has Proved He Is Willing to Work with Partners on Transfers

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Byline: Mark Douglas Newcastle United Editor @MsiDouglas

WILL Rafa Benitez rip up Newcastle United's scouting network? The United manager has shut down any questions about what the club will look like if he isstill in control next season - but But United's recruitment is under scrutiny after a season where they have lavished PS80million on new players and still ended up in a relegation battle.

The suggestion Benitez will wipe out everything Newcastle have done since Graham Carr took control of recruitment in 2010 was behind reports this week the Spaniard's arrival would force the chief scout out.

However, Benitez's own experiences in recruitment are mixed and he does not necessarily have a problem with working within a structure.

Here is what he said back in 2013 on his own blog when writing about the structure of a club: "What you first need to establish when you go to a new club are the aims of the club and the resources available to achieve them.

"So it is essential to analyse in depth the club organisation, its management structure and their different functions especially if you are in a foreign country."

He has worked in plenty of different models.

In his own words, he can work in other systems.

Benitez added: "This is where the plan, the football project, comes in to play, and with owners from the world of business coming into football, you can only call it a business plan.

"Again I will refer to my own experience.

"When I went to Italy there was no 'business plan'. I was only told about it on the last day of the transfer window, when they suddenly and surprisingly said we were going to follow the 'Financial Fair Play' initiative. I will leave it there.

"In Spain, the continuous dialogue with club officials keeps you up to date on the economic constraints so you know where you are.

"Although once I found myself with a surprise signing of a striker by the president on the last day in August because, as he was on loan he was cheap. …

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