Rafael Benitez’s response when asked by the Telegraph if he has enjoyed this season at Newcastle United is rather telling.
Newcastle have been locked in a Premier League relegation battle for the entirety of the campaign so far, and there is a feeling that Benitez has grown annoyed.
The Spanish boss made no secret of his desire to be backed with funds in the January transfer window, but he was only able to complete three loan deals.
The Telegraph claim that Benitez’s relationship with Newcastle owner Mike Ashely has been damaged.
And Benitez’s frustrations may have been evident in his answer, when asked if this campaign has been enjoyable for him.
He said: “Have I enjoyed being Newcastle manager? I enjoy it when we are winning. I like to do well, to do things well and when you can see that something is right, I’m really proud of that.
“But it’s difficult to enjoy it when you are suffering all the time because you have to win and then you lose. The problem in football is, sometimes, you take the responsibility for the mistakes of others.
“I’m sure we can improve the players, improve the team and improve the squad. We can improve some departments and if we do this, then we will be stronger. And then I will enjoy it more, for sure.
“Have I enjoyed this season? No, but maybe the word ‘enjoyment’ is different in English. I’m really pleased with my job. I like it. But enjoyment is when you score eight goals in the Champions League against Besiktas, a record.”
Benitez’s comments are sure to cause some concern, as his future is still far from certain.