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Ashley vows to make 'every penny generated' by Newcastle available to Benitez

14 May, 2018, 13:21 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Rafa Benitez explains why Newcastle United fans should be 'over the moon' with the Magpies' season

Sunday's 3-0 home win over Chelsea saw the Magpies end their first campaign back in the top flight with a more than creditable 10th-place finish, but with Benitez's presence beyond the remaining 12 months of his existing contract still uncertain.

The former Liverpool boss wants significant assurances that he will have enough money to reinvest in the transfer market next summer, as well as wanting the power to negotiate deals alongside managing director Lee Charnley - without interference from above.

"I don't care if you're a top-class player or a basic player, hard work is just a basic of the game".

"On many occasions through the season they have been described as a Championship side, which I personally consider to be derogatory".

At a normal well-run club you would have the fans only looking forward to next season now...but this is Newcastle United and Mike Ashley.

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Ashley promised to back Benitez with "every penny generated by the club".

Benitez insists he would like to remain in his current role, but he does not want to spend next season battling in the bottom half of the table.

Instead of doing the right thing, Mike Ashley has refused to meet his manager's needs/demands and so we now go into the close season with no idea of what to expect, very much hope for the best and fear the worst. Prior to the Huddersfield game [a 1-1 draw in midweek] we were in good form but that's not an excuse.

Benitez has made clear that he is unhappy with the lack of funds afforded to him over the past year, being forced to rely on small-money signings and loan arrivals.

Lascelles has played 98 times for the Magpies since signing from Nottingham Forest in 2014 and has helped them keep eight clean sheets this season. "If he can do that with that squad, can you imagine what he'd do with some backing and some finance?" "We need a squad that has to be capable of competing in the Premier League". "The fans appreciate this togetherness, and the relationship we have created".

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