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‘Ashely & co cannot be trusted’ – Newcastle United fans on Twitter aren’t convinced by manager report

The Newcastle fans are treading carefully after reading a story in The Chronicle that claims Mike Ashley is set to give Rafa Benitez a new contract at St James Park, and then give him funds to spend in summer. For our local Magpies, this is too good to be true and has led to a number of them waiting to see it before they believe it.

The Geordies propping our bar up would be over the moon if the reports turned out to be true. According to the story, Mike Ashley is relaxed over Benitez’s future at the club despite the fact the Spaniard only has 12 months left on his contract. The pair are yet to begin contract negotiations, although the club’s hierarchy believes they can keep Rafa happy with the promise of transfer funds for him to splash in the summer.

For finishing in mid-table, the Geordies are set to receive anywhere between £80 and £120 million for their troubles. Whilst that won’t all be reinvested into transfer funds, a fair portion of it should be given to the ex-Real Madrid and Chelsea boss. It should also be noted that Benitez will also get any money from player sales and with Aleksander Mitrovic looking likely to leave the Northeast for around £20 million, Newcastle fans could find themselves in the money in a few months time.

With that in mind, here’s our local Magpies’ verdict on their club’s latest update:

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