Benitez calls for united front at Newcastle as Ashley offers manager support

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They are fantastic. At first when I came, OK, but when I saw the game against Leicester, it was something unbelievable, and here against Arsenal as well.

For large parts of the game, the Geordie faithful dedicated the afternoon to Benitez - like they did against Tottenham Hotspur two years ago - in the hope the Spaniard will remain in the dugout next season.

But there is fear over Benitez's future at St. James' Park as his relationship with owner Mike Ashley often brought into question.

"I told you three weeks ago that I want to do things sooner rather than later".

"We have to sit down, talk and see where we are". Maybe they will help you attract a player who turns out to be a key player.

It is not reported exactly how much Blind would cost this summer, but considering he cost United £14million in 2014, the ace would surely cost no more than that now, especially considering he has just one year left on his deal.

One ray of sunshine though has threatened to banish the rainy days that surrounded us under Ashley and even with the danger of storm clouds looming in the distance, these have been kept at bay by the growing proof that Rafa Benitez's project does look like it has the potential to bear fruit. I think we have to do something more to make sure the group is stronger and more competitive.

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"The fans, they have ambitions, we have ambitions".

"It is clear what we need", said Benitez.

Shelvey has impressed in the middle of the park for the Magpies this season, helping them survive in the Premier League following promotion previous year.

And despite the home fans singing the name of Benitez, he was keen to dedicate the season to his players.

"I have won some trophies, and maybe this achievement could be close to some of the top trophies that I have won".

"I was really proud of that, but you can not sing the name of the manager if the team is doing badly", he said.

"They made me some offers to stay here for a few more years, plus I have to manage my family".