Mike Ashley says in one sentence what Newcastle fans have waited 10 years to hear
By Danny Wright
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is willing to give Rafa Benitez all the money that the club generates to spend on transfers in the summer.
The controversial owner has promised to allow the Magpies boss to make significant changes to his squad as the club returns to the Premier League following their successful Championship title-winning campaign.
Lee Ryder, the chief writer of the Newcastle Chronicle, quoted on his personal Twitter account one sentence of statement made by Ashley in which he said that Benitez “can have every last penny that the club generates through promotion, player sales and other means.”
Mike Ashley statement on Rafa say he: "can have every last penny that the club generates through promotion, player sales and other means"
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) May 10, 2017
The news will surely delight the Newcastle supporters, who have been waiting for ten years to hear Ashley offer massive financial backing to his manager.
Since his takeover in 2007, the Buckinghamshire-born businessman has been constantly criticised for his ownership of the Tyneside club but now it seems that he is determined to keep them in the top-flight following their promotion.
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Newcastle lifted the Championship title following a dramatic final day win over Barnsley as Brighton slumped to a late draw at ten-man Aston Villa.
A number of big names have already appeared on Newcastle’s radar as the Daily Mirror claim Chelsea left-back Baba Rahman is a target while the Daily Mail reports they are willing to break their transfer record to splash £20million on James McCarthy.
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This is massive news for Newcastle because it means that they can really make a statement in the Premier League next summer. With all profits being pumped into Benitez’s transfer kitty, the Magpies can really go wild in terms of improving their squad. It could also mean that some of their current targets like Rahman and McCarthy could be ignored and players with higher quality could now be receiving big-money offers from the Toon. It seems Ashley is hell-bent on ensuring that relegation doesn’t happen again under his time in charge and that can only be a good thing for the supporters.
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