Sport Rafa Benitez won't commit to Newcastle without guarantees from Mike Ashley

15:43  16 april  2018
15:43  16 april  2018 Source:   Read Sport

Benitez hails Newcastle's togetherness

  Benitez hails Newcastle's togetherness Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has extended his congratulations to everyone associated with the club as they edge closer to securing Premier League survival. The Magpies are currently sitting pretty in the top half of the Premier League table and are some way off the relegation zone. Newcastle extended their winning run to four games on the bounce on Sunday afternoon as goals from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie secured a shock win over Arsenal. Benitez, as quoted by the Shields Gazette, spoke of his pride with regards to how his side have performed this season as Newcastle look ahead to another campaign in the top flight. “Everybody was pushing in the same direction, and that’s the key when you want to succeed in something.” “Every single player, every fan, every member of the staff, I have to congratulate them, because it has been a fantastic achievement in a very difficult season.” Newcastle boss Benitez remains the subject of plenty of speculation, with a move to Real Sociedad recently touted by various Spanish news outlets. However, it seems he is enjoying his time at St James’ Park and is looking ahead to yet more memorable moments with Newcastle following an impressive first season back in the Premier League. “We were so good in a lot of things that in the end, I think we deserve to be where we are. Some people were dreaming that maybe we could be here, but they were not awake. We were awake, we were believing from day one.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez to sit down with owner Mike Ashley and demand transfer funds to Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez wants guarantees over budget from Mike Ashley Ashley agreed to back Benitez with a £50million transfer kitty despite relegation

Rafa Benitez has given the biggest indication yet that he will remain as the Newcastle United Potential takeover talk has all but ended, with Mike Ashley ruling out any approach from Amanda the club’s Premier League survival, something that is now all but mathematically guaranteed .

Newcastle United v Arsenal - Premier League © Stu Forster/Getty Images Sport Newcastle United v Arsenal - Premier League

Rafa Benitez will hold talks with Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley before committing his future to the club, after they secured their Premier League survival with a win over Arsenal.

Despite reports over the weekend claiming he has already committed to staying on for at least another year, Benitez has made no promises and wants to ensure he is going to get the financial backing he needs to keep improving the team.

Asked whether he will extend a contract that will have just 12-months left to run in June, Benitez replied:

“If everything is right, it is a good opportunity, but everything has to be right… we have to be sure that, next year, we have the tools to compete at the level we want to compete at.”

That should not detract from the joy sweeping across Tyneside.

A top 10 finish for Rafa and Newcastle would be nothing short of a miracle, with a squad pretty much the same as last season, it would be a fantastic achievement.

Benitez defends Allardyce's comments on Everton survey debacle .
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has weighed in on Everton’s decision to request their fans to mark manager Sam Allardyce’s performances since he joined the club last December. While Benitez has the backing of his club’s fans, Allardyce is struggling to get his on side, and the Magpies gaffer has expressed that he is appalled by Everton’s decision to further undermine their own employee. Talking about what many people online are referring to as SurveyGate, Benitez had this to say; “It was a massive mistake.” “I don’t agree with him on a lot of things but on this one, it is obvious it was a mistake.” “You cannot be talking about that especially when things are not going well. It makes no sense.” “I am defending what he said about this.” Meanwhile, the Tyneside manager has admitted he could make changes ahead of the clash with Everton on Monday, despite having won four games on the spin with an unchanged side. He continued; “It is not easy for me because we are winning. If I change now, people will say. ‘Oh, Rafa is changing a winning team’.” ““Yes, but I want to make sure we are doing the right things for the future.

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