Rafa vision for Newcastle

Rafa Benitez hopes his “football vision” will eventually be adopted at Newcastle United.

The 57-year-old has admitted he is not implementing a long-term project at Newcastle. However, the summer window has not progressed as Benitez envisioned  despite a seemingly positive face-to-face meeting with Ashley three months ago - and the Newcastle boss has been forced to reassess his transfer targets over the last six weeks.

Interestingly, though Benitez stressed he is going to embrace the challenge of keeping the Magpies in the Premier League this season, he refuted the suggestion he was attempting to install a new “project” at St James’ Park.