Date: 20th March 2018 at 12:52pm
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Rafa has been interviewed by a number of national newspapers in recent days.

During his time out with the squad in Spain, the manager was asked about his future at the club. The Spaniard was insistent there had to be big changes behind the scenes for him to consider remaining in charge for the long term:

‘We have to change things. I came here with the idea to compete and to create a strong team and a strong club, to compete every year. What we have to do if we stay up is improve.’

As expected the Twitter reaction to the comments among fans was one of support for the gaffer:

Verdict:

With the resources available, our manager is doing all he can, but if Mike Ashley remains at the helm with no takeover in sight, he must be more open to what Rafa has to say.

Greater communication, greater control, a higher budget, and fast efficient transfer negotiations are what he is looking for. They are not exactly hard things to expect. With money rolling in from TV rights this season, there should be an increased transfer kitty in the summer if we remain in the Premier League. Combine that with better coordination with getting deals over the line, it really isn`t much to ask. Then again, even getting the simplest change under this ownership has been difficult.