Newcastle owner Mike Ashley pledges 'every penny generated' to Rafa Benitez

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley pledges 'every penny generated' to Rafa Benitez

For a club that recycled managers and Galacticos at a quick rate for great expense, he admirably sought to change the direction of the club by bringing through a raft of new, young players such as Casemiro and Lucas Vazquez, who have become stars for a team set for a third consecutive Champions League title. The hard work starts for them this summer; keeping and therefore backing Benitez must be high on the agenda.

"I think I've come on leaps and bounds in that aspect, how to deal with things differently; he pulls me aside and says you can't always be this way, you've got to adapt to different people's personalities - he's worked with Steven Gerrard, Cristiano Ronaldo and John Terry". "The club have got to keep him happy".

Newcastle, who were nearly on the verge of getting dragged into the relegation scrap, made an extraordinary comeback in the second half of the campaign, which has helped them finish in a respectable mid-table position.

The Toon wouldn't be able to take both players on loan due to Premier League rules so it looks bleak that both will sign for next season.

Supporters chanted "Rafa Benitez, we want you to stay" during the game. "If you are to improve, you need players to push the ones here already". "We need a squad that has to be capable of competing in the Premier League".

"I was really proud of that, but you can not sing the name of the manager if the team is doing badly", he said.

Two years ago, Benitez admitted that the support of the St James' Park faithful played a major role in his decision not to walk away in the wake of relegation.

"They went close this season, but Juventus are very strong and in order to beat them, you have to be close to perfection". The players care, and the manager and staff and everybody.

The Spaniard has a £6million exit clause from the membership and one 12 months left to run on his contract. He's got the club together, the city together, and everything has been positive. I've heard so much talk, but I haven't spoken to (Napoli president) Aurelio De Laurentiis. "I would not say if it was more or less than this one or that one, but I am really proud of this achievement".