Benitez makes big claim about Newcastle future after admitting 'real fans' upset
By Guy Giles
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has boldly claimed that his team will avoid relegation this season and spend big next summer to cement their place in the Premier League.
Newcastle have made a solid if unspectacular start to Premier League life under Benitez, sitting in 11th with 14 points from their first 11 fixtures.
Benitez struggled during the summer transfer window to bring in the desired personnel, and his future at the club was seemingly in the balance, but the Spaniard now seems to be confident his team will stay up and he will receive a big transfer kitty.
Speaking to the Chronicle, Benitez said: “After some months this team will be stronger because they continue to work very hard.
“Then we will stay in the Premier League, we’ll get money from the TV and we can compete against teams we couldn’t this year because of wages and transfers.”
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Recent reports have suggested that Benitez’s relationship with current owner Mike Ashley has reached breaking point, but a pending takeover bid led by businesswoman Amanda Staveley looks to be on track for completion soon.
And this seems to have softened Benitez’s position with the club, who has now insisted that he is happy at St. James’ Park and urged for calm from supporters.
He said: “We’re now in a really good position. We have to enjoy it and stay calm and support the team. We’re not at the bottom of the table. It could be worse and could be better but we must stay calm.
“The real fans were upset on September 1 because we didn’t have a massive transfer window. The only way now for us to compete and stay in the Premier League this year is to stick together.”
Benitez’s side have lost both of their last two games by a 1-0 scoreline, firstly to Burnley and then to Bournemouth, but their early results have left them in a solid position.
Their next game however is a big test as they travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on the 18th of November.
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