Date: 4th April 2018 at 6:00pm
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Shay Given has called on the board to give Rafa Benitez the money he needs to strengthen the squad in the summer.

The former keeper says the manager was left looking for bargains last summer, but he needs the backing to get the club where it belongs.

He told Sky Sports’s Premier League Daily (quotes via the Chronicle):

“During my time at Newcastle, we were in the Champions League and challenging for the Premier League, that’s where that club belongs. So far he’s had to wheel and deal but you wish he had a bit more money to compete with the league’s big boys.”

Fans on Twitter are hoping for a takeover to happen rather than expecting any additional funds from Mike Ashley:


With the money from TV rights in the pocket, the club should be able to spend more on transfers in the summer even if the current ownership don’t sell up. However, there have been numerous broken promises in terms of a transfer budget in the past, and most don’t believe Rafa would be given the resources to compete if a takeover doesn’t happen.

Hopefully, if we do stay in the Premier League, there will be a number of suitors interested in buying the club to help us move forward.


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