Newcastle briefing - Rafa Benitez anger at deadline day failures, Sky Sports 'expert' rates signings, Tim Krul discusses departure

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Deadline day has been and passed but it's a case of deja vu at Newcastle United as Rafa Benitez is again left short at the end of a window.

Today has predictably been underpinned by yet more negative headlines from St James's Park. Here's a round up of the best ( at times worst) bits...

Rafa unrest

Rafa Benitez was left angry and disappointed by Newcastle United's deadline day failures.

The club failed to sign a single player yesterday, while Tim Krul and Achraf Lazaar left on season-long loans.

Benitez had hoped to see a number of last-minute arrivals to boost his squad.

A proposed loan deal for Southampton defender Matt Targett broke down, while winger Kenedy, another loan target, stayed at Chelsea.

Benitez met United managing director Lee Charnley at the club's training yesterday afternoon.

And Newcastle's manager, without a specialist left-back for next Sunday's game against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, voiced his frustration in their brief meeting.

Benitez was promised "every last penny" that the club generated through promotion and player sales by owner Mike Ashley in May.

However, the club spent around £40million on six players. United recouped a significant chunk of that outlay by selling a number of players, including Florian Thauvin, Daryl Murphy and Grant Hanley.

A number of others were loaned out. While frustrated and disappointed, Benitez will not resign from his post. However, the club's transfer failings have put the 57-year-old's longer-term future at the club in doubt.

'Expert' rates Newcastle business

Supposed Sky Sports expert Paul Merson has rated United's summer business.

And despite giving it a C grade, his comments show he is less than impressed by the players Rafa Benitez has managed to bring in.

Merson said: "I thought Newcastle were going to have a real go after getting promoted.

"They have got an unbelievable manager in Rafa Benitez, but I don't think they've done enough to give him the squad he needs.

"I look at the players that have come in and they are not for me."

Krul end

Tim Krul says Newcastle will always be in his heart, after securing a deadline day move to Premier League rivals Brighton.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, the keeper said: "It would have been my 12th season. The connection will always be there.

"Obviously, I had an injury and went out on loan (last season). I'm back fit, and the manager wanted to go another way.

"That's why I'm here. I'm excited. I got the opportunity to sign for a great club like Brighton in the Premier League.

"Newcastle will always be in my heart."

Manager Chris Hughton was delighted to be reunited with his former player at the AMEX Stadium.

"I know Tim from my time at Newcastle, and he is an excellent professional that has a vast amount of experience at both club and international level," said the manager.

"He's played an extensive amount of games in the Premier League, as well as playing in the Europa League.

"His experience will also help benefit the other keepers in the squad."