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Paul Gascoigne says Mike Ashley must back Rafa Benitez with money or he will lose him

10 months ago
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Paul Gascoigne can’t speak highly enough of Rafa Benitez.

Recently spotted at St James Park watching Newcastle beat Arsenal to make it four wins in a row, Gazza says the United boss is ‘an unbelievable manager and coach.’

Newcastle fan and former player, Paul Gascoigne though believes Mike Ashley is in danger of losing the Champions League winning manager.

He says the club ‘have to give him money to spend.’

Rafa Benitez has only one season to run on his current contract and has already stated that Newcastle United have to match his ambitions. That things need to change in the transfer market with a ‘realistic’ budget.

Paul Gascoigne says money has to be spent if Newcastle ‘want to match Man City and Man Utd and teams like that.’

Naturally, I assume Gazza didn’t mean matching the spending of those clubs but rather, like all other Newcastle fans, simply wants to see ambition shown and money spent that is somewhere in between the budget shopping Rafa Benitez has been limited to in the past 18 months, and that of those clubs at the very top of the money tree.

Paul Gascoigne speaking to BBC Sport:

Rafa Benitez is an unbelievable manager and coach.

“What he has achieved on his CV is incredible.

“They (Newcastle United) have got to keep hold of him.

“They have got to give him money to spend.

“If you want to match Man City and Man Utd and teams like that…they have got to give him money to spend.

“They have got the money as well.

“He (Rafa) is not going to buy players just for the sake of it.

“He will buy players for different positions to strengthen the team.

“So they need to give him the money.

“Otherwise they are going to lose an unbelievable manager, as far as I’m concerned.”

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