By Danny Wright
Tyneside icon Peter Beardsley has reassured Newcastle fans that Rafa Benitez gets along fine with Mike Ashley.
Sky Sports have previously reported that the controversial Magpies owner has received an offer from a Chinese consortium about a possible takeover of the newly promoted Premier League club.
And according to Beardsley, that hasn’t had any impact on the Spanish manager’s relationship with Ashley, who has recently offered his full financial backing to the ex-Liverpool boss as he looks to prepare for the upcoming season.
“Going forward he has a lot of decisions to make,” said Bearsley, as quoted by the Chronicle. “But you look at the reaction of the city.
“He’s had a chat with Mike, him and Mike get on well.
“Everybody wants to know what’s going on.
“They know what’s going on and that’s all that matters.”
Beardsley, 56, is currently working as the development team manager at Newcastle after a brief stint as caretaker boss in 2010.
He spent eight years on the books at St. James’ Park spread across two spells as he also played for Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton inbetween.
Benitez has already made one addition to his side this summer with Christian Atsu’s loan deal being made into a permanent one from Chelsea.
However the Magpies are still expected to spend big following Ashley’s promise of full financial flexibility to ensure that he doesn’t endure a third relegation from the Premier League during his ownership.
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