Report reveals worrying update on future of Benitez at Newcastle
By Russell Edge
The relationship between Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and current owner Mike Ashley is close to breaking point, according to a report.
Newcastle based newspaper the Chronicle claim on their website that the Spanish manager has grown frustrated by a lack of backing in the transfer market, and reveals that if such a failure to support him arose in January, then he would depart if Ashley did not.
However, while the update will worry many over his future at the club, it is said that the current takeover talks with the likes of Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners group have made Benitez more satisfied with his position on Tyneside, as he looks forward to the prospect of finances to invest in the first team squad.
The report also states that a lack of alternative jobs are limited, especially those who would be able to compete with Newcastle in the Premier League, with the most likely destination, West Ham, filled by former Sunderland boss David Moyes.
Benitez has been at the helm of the Magpies since 2016, when he was drafted in to replace former boss Steve McClaren, who left the club fighting a relegation fight they would ultimately succumb to.
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However he remained to guide his side back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, clinching the Championship title ahead of Brighton on the final day, to see Newcastle sitting 11th, the lowest of the three promoted sides.
In other Newcastle United news, the club are looking to make a loan swoop for a proven top flight forward.