'There are big problems': Pundits slam Newcastle owner Mike Ashley as Rafa Benitez offers revealing insight

Rafa Benitez has offered a revealing insight into his future plans at Newcastle United - while a duo of pundits have criticised Mike Ashley.

Saturday, 13th April 2019, 11:57 am
Updated Saturday, 13th April 2019, 12:24 pm
Rafa Benitez has offered a revealing insight into his Newcastle United future

In a post-match interview with Sky Sports, Benitez offered an insight into his future at St James's Park and what he needs to see from the club's owner. Sky Sports' punditry team of Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville also debated the club's standing in the game and the importance of Benitez following the 1-0 win at Leicester. Scroll down and click through the pages to see the main talking points from the debate and Benitez's revealing interview:

"With the ownership of Mike Ashley no-one really knows whats happening, is the club moving forward? Rafa Benitez doesnt want Newcastle to just stay where they are."
"They are a club in the bottom half of the table. They are a club that are underperforming that go down. Were still reverting to the 90s but those days are long gone."
"You cant argue in terms of the size and the money generated in the Premier League that Newcastle arent in the top ten biggest teams in this country."

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"There are big problems. Obviously the ownership is one of them but attracting players up to the North East of the calibre you need (is difficult)."
"They should always be around that mark with Everton, West Ham. We dont talk about Everton going down but its happening two times under Mike Ashley."
"They either need to change the model or the ownership. They are one of the biggest clubs in the country, their fanbase is incredible. They get bigger crowds than Manchester City or Chelsea."
"I have been trying to win titles everywhere. We have to have a team that can compete. We have all the potential. The city, the club, everyone in Newcastle is supporting the team. It is massive."
"We need to do a little bit more. Im not saying spend 200million, but doing the right things. We can compete against the teams that maybe now are between 7th and 12th."
"We have to be more competitive in the window. We have to do things in the right way and then we have a massive, massive potential in Newcastle."
" You have to do your job, but you need some help. We are working towards the future. This could change a lot of things."