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‘Shocking’, ‘Absolute joke’ – Newcastle United fans fume at Benitez’s startling comment

For the Newcastle United fans here in the Transfer Tavern, this January window is perhaps their most important in modern history. Indeed, with the bottom half of the Premier League oh so tight right now, many of our resident Geordies believe reinforcements are needed now more than ever. 

Should the Magpies fail to strengthen and be dragged down into a relegation battle, suffering a second drop into the Championship in three years could be enough to see Rafa Benitez from St. James’ Park. Not only that, it could perhaps scupper any takeover that may be on the cards.

So, you’d think Mike Ashley would be doing all he could to back Benitez in the market and keep his asset in the strongest position ahead of a potential sale. Well, think again. This is Mike Ashley, after all.

Speaking to the press before Newcastle’s FA Cup 3rd round clash with Luton Town tomorrow, Benitez actually revealed (relayed by Lee Ryder on Twitter) he STILL doesn’t know his budget for the January window, despite it having been open for five days thus far. As you can imagine, that prompted quite the response from the punters propping up our bar.

With that in mind, here’s a look at how those online reacted.

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