Benitez calls for united front at Newcastle

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Newcastle United's owner yesterday issued a statement after the club's 3-0 win over Chelsea.

The former Liverpool boss wants significant assurances that he will have enough money to reinvest in the transfer market next summer, as well as wanting the power to negotiate deals alongside managing director Lee Charnley - without interference from above.

"I thought I had a chance of sneaking into the friendly games but I didn't", he said.

Three or four key summer signings will be required to ensure Newcastle can turn their attentions towards the European positions, but while this season's achievements have added more than £120m to the Magpies' coffers, it remains to be seen whether Ashley is willing to loosen the purse strings.

"On many occasions through the season they have been described as a Championship side, which I personally consider to be derogatory".

The main agenda of the flag display aside from the continuation of trying to better the atmosphere is in a way of paying tribute to the players and staff of Newcastle United but most importantly, express the love for the catalyst. You will need some money, and you will need a way to spend that money.

What would make Ferreyra and even more interesting signing is that he would be available on a free transfer, meaning that there is pretty much more risk for Newcastle to re-sign the title-winning forward. Prior to the Huddersfield game [a 1-1 draw in midweek] we were in good form but that's not an excuse.

He has been an on-field leader at Newcastle for some time, with Rafa Benitez having passed him the armband, and while others may be keen to buy into his many qualities, the Nottingham Forest academy graduate is turning a deaf ear to the exit talk. "We have to have the confidence in our team to be able to go anywhere thinking that we can win".

Aleksandar Mitrovic is expected to leave Tyneside on a permanent basis after tearing it up on loan at Fulham while hapless duo Dwight Gayle and Joselu have shown that they are nowhere near the level required at St James' Park. "You have to have a squad to compete". "The fans appreciate this togetherness, and the relationship we have created".