Sky Sports have confirmed that the Newcastle United owner and manager met last Saturday.
Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez talking after the defeat to Brighton.
Sky Sports quizzed Rafa about the meeting but the NUFC manager said that it was just a ‘normal conversation’ and claims they didn’t discuss the January transfer window.
However, the Spaniard did welcome the fact that this was the fourth game in a row that Mike Ashley had attended, saying that the owner’s attendance at games will mean that they can ‘talk any time and it will not be news in the media.’
Last Saturday was also reported to be only the fourth time that the pair have met since Rafa Benitez arrived at Newcastle over 31 months ago.
The last one of course being the infamous pizza/two fingers meeting earlier this season.
“It was a normal conversation (with Mike Ashley after defeat to Brighton).
“The good thing is, he is coming now to watch games.
“(So) We can talk any time and it will not be news in the media.”
‘Have you managed to discuss January transfer window?’
“No, I have said before, we are working on that but the main thing for now is to focus on Southampton, focus on the next game, and try to get three points.
“We will have plenty time to keep talking.
“Everybody has his own job.
“The scouting department are working really hard…
“We have communication but the main thing is to be ready for this next game.”
Rafa Benitez asked if he needs to make major changes:
“A lot of the things we did last year and two years ago that were right, why do we have to change all these things?
“We are changing little things we have to improve, we have to make less mistakes, we have to be more precise in the final third.
“When you start changing too many things, it’s a massive risk.
“When you start changing this and that, it could be worse.
“We are so close to being out of the bottom three and winning our first game.
“We have to believe we can do it because we did it last year.”