Carragher makes fascinating revelation about Benitez demands at Newcastle
By Will Butcher
Jamie Carragher believes Rafa Benitez works best surrounded by conflict and politics as he reportedly looks to secure a huge summer transfer budget at Newcastle.
The Sun claims Benitez wants a huge £100million transfer kitty to splash out on new talent in the summer in order to keep the Toon in the Premier League after securing promotion.
Liverpool legend Carragher worked with Benitez at Anfield during the Spaniard’s six-year stay on Merseyside, where the two combined to win the Champions League, Super Cup and FA Cup.
In his Daily Mail column, Carragher claimed Benitez is more political than anyone he has come across in football, and believes the Toon manager thrives on internal conflict within a club.
“He is, without doubt, the most political figure I’ve come across in football. I saw what is going on at Newcastle happen at Liverpool,” Carragher said.
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“People talk about managers having certain styles and philosophies… well, Benitez manages by conflict. Look right through his career and you will see it everywhere.
“Benitez wants the maximum amount of money he can get ahead of the transfer window in order to keep Newcastle competitive. If he doesn’t get the funding that he feels is necessary and next season goes badly, he can turn around and say: ‘I told you so.'”
Benitez saw his side gain promotion from the Championship at the first attempt after suffering relegation last season, securing a place in the top flight with a 4-1 win over Preston on Monday.
His side then kept their hopes of securing the Championship title alive with a 2-0 win over Cardiff on Friday evening, thanks to goals from Christian Atsu and Isaac Hayden.
The former Real Madrid manager spent more than £50million on new talent including the likes of Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle and Ciaran Clark in the summer, but is likely to spend even more.
Newcastle have only one more game to play this season, as they play host to Barnsley on May 7 at St. James’ Park.
In other Newcastle news, here are the Magpies’ player ratings from their win over Cardiff.