Benitez focuses on Newcastle errors, not takeover

Date published: Sunday 10th December 2017 10:25

Rafael Benitez insisted he cannot even think about a takeover of Newcastle and the cash it could hand him as he attempts to prevent their season from unravelling.

The promoted Magpies slipped to within two points of the Premier League relegation zone after Leicester condemned them to a sixth defeat in seven games with a last-gasp winner at St James’ Park.

Former Newcastle skipper Alan Shearer summed up the frustration of many among a crowd of 52,117 after the game in a tweet directed at owner Mike Ashley, as he continues talks with prospective buyer Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners.

Shearer wrote:

“Nowhere near good enough @NUFC today. Sell our club Mr Ashley to someone who wants to be here before it’s too late again.”

However, when asked if the defeat means investment in January is imperative, Benitez said:

“After a game is not the time for me to talk about that.

“What I can say is the players, they put in an effort on the pitch, but still we have to improve if we want to get three points in these kind of games.

“We have paid in the past two or three games for easy mistakes and we have to learn quickly.”

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