By Laura O'Leary

8th Nov, 2017 | 3:07pm

'They don't have a clue' – Benitez blasts Newcastle critics at official function

By Laura O’Leary

Rafa Benitez, speaking on stage at Newcastle United’s 125-year dinner event, was asked about criticism from fans on social media.

The Newcastle boss spoke candidly about the negativity that can be posted, and says everyone should stay together.

He said: “You cannot control just anyone watching the television and they don’t have a clue what is going on.

“They don’t know how hard these players work every single week and still they criticise. I think it’s important for the city that we stick together.”

The Magpies are currently 11th in the Premier League after 11 games played, with 14 points acquired.

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Newcastle slipped into the bottom half of the table after disappointing results in their last two games, a 1-0 defeat at St James Park courtesy of Bournemouth and a 1-0 defeat against Burnley at Turf Moor.

The Magpies have struggled for goals this season, scoring only 10 goals in their 11 league outings.

The 56-year old manager was appointed on March 11 2016 but could not save the Magpies from relegation.

However, under his guidance, Newcastle were able to instantly return to the Premier League, after only one season away, as they won the Championship on their first attempt.

Benitez has been in control of the Magpies for a total of 75 games, averaging 1.79 points per game.

The Spanish manager who has managed an impressive list of clubs such as Real Madrid, Chelsea, Liverpool and Inter Milan, is contracted until 2019.

After the international break, Newcastle have a tough league fixture on November 18, away to Manchester United.

In other Newcastle United news, the club are looking to reignite a swoop for a former target after failing with a £20million bid.

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