By Russell Edge

12th Dec, 2017 | 2:59pm

'Hit the pubs', 'Get your Xmas list out' - Newcastle fans rave over Benitez takeover comment

Newcastle United fans have been left raving on social media at manager Rafael Benitez’s latest statement on the potential takeover of the club.

Speaking to the media ahead of Wednesday’s clash against Everton at St James’ Park, the Spanish boss was quoted by the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder, on his personal Twitter account, as saying: “Hopefully after the Everton game we will have a win and some news (on the takeover) and people will be happy.”

While he did not definitively state that there would be any news over the potential takeover handed to them, fans have taken it as a suggestion that he knows more than he is letting on, and turned to Twitter to voice their delight at the possibility of a positive update coming their way.

Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:

Ashley has been at the helm of the club since buying out the shares of Sir John Hall and Freddie Shepherd back in 2007, but has endured a tumultuous decade on Tyneside.

A fifth place finish in the Premier League and an appearance in the Europa League quarter finals has been soured by two relegations and a series of decisions which have incensed the Newcastle faithful.

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He was spotted meeting with potential investor Amanda Staveley last week at a London curry house, with the Sun claiming that both parties were confident of a deal being secured between the current owner and PCP Capital Partners.

In other Newcastle United news, Benitez has confirmed that there have been crucial transfer talks taking place.

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