Ben­itez will be given cash to splash

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: New­cas­tle United man­ager Rafael Ben­itez will have ac­cess to “ev­ery last penny” gen­er­ated by the club in their Cham­pi­onship win­ning sea­son to strengthen his squad for next sea­son’s Premier League, owner Mike Ash­ley has promised.

New­cas­tle will re­quire sig­nif­i­cant spend­ing on trans­fers and equip­ments to thrive in the league and Ben­itez had pre­vi­ously ex­pressed his frus­tra­tion at the club’s lack of new signings in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow.

Ash­ley, Ben­itez and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Lee Charn­ley held a “pos­i­tive and con­struc­tive” meet­ing to dis­cuss the club’s fu­ture.

“I’ve con­firmed to Rafa and Lee that they can have ev­ery last penny that the club gen­er­ates through pro­mo­tion, player sales and other means in or­der to build for next sea­son,” Ash­ley said in a club state­ment.

Ben­itez said that he was happy with the meet­ing and was look­ing ahead to next sea­son.

“There will be chal­lenges ahead of course, the sum­mer will not be easy, but the hard work has been go­ing on for some time and we can now con­tinue pos­i­tively with the de­vel­op­ment of the squad ahead of the start of the new sea­son,” the Spa­niard said. Reuters

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New­cas­tle man­ager Rafael Ben­itez cel­e­brates win­ning the Cham­pi­onship with his medal.

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