Paul Gascoigne has a message for Mike Ashley about Newcastle United’s future

Ross Houston
May 15, 2019

Benitez has endured a hard relationship with the club's owner Mike Ashley, with the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss wanting assurances over the club's ambition before making a decision on his long-term future.

Newcastle chiefs are reportedly keen to finalise a deal that will see Rafa Benitez remain at the helm next season, as Scottish champions Celtic supposedly eye a move for our Spanish manager, as per the Chronicle. My opinion is a mix of both, however, I do think Newcastle could have done more in some games and at least hit the 50-point mark.

And Lascelles, appointed captain by Benitez three years ago, says his "stats do the talking".

"I'm optimistic that he will stay; I hope he stays, everyone hopes he stays".

Following Newcastles' 4-0 thrashing of Fulham on Sunday, Benitez reiterated his desire to resolve his future "as soon as possible".

A number of Newcastle fans replied asking why Benitez would leave the Premier League for a "pub league".

And when asked if the players wanted Benitez to stay, Ritchie admitted they were 100 per cent behind him.

"There is no secret the manager has been fantastic since he has arrived".

"I have some players asking me questions about the future, but still we don't know".

The Newcastle forward has scored 47 goals in 192 games in all competitions over the past five seasons at St James' Park, helping the Magpies to secure promotion to the Premier League in 2017.

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