Sky Sports have been asking Burnley manager Sean Dyche about the position Rafa Benitez as found himself in at St James Park.

He accepts that Rafa has found ‘new limitations’ at Newcastle United under Mike Ashley’s ownership.

However, he thinks that this is ‘just the realities of any given club’ these days.

Dyche says he can ’empathise’ with the NUFC manager but not ‘sympathise’ with the limitations he finds himself tied into by the NUFC owner.

Rafa Benitez has always said he understands it won’t be an open cheque book at Newcastle United but surely how he has been (mis-)treated by Mike Ashley goes way beyond that.

Burnley got almost as much TV cash (around £4m less) than Newcastle last season but the matchday and commercial revenue is still far higher at NUFC than clubs such as Burnley, despite those figures (matchday and commercial revenues) being no higher than when Ashley took over.

Benitez has also consistently spoken of broken promises by Mike Ashley, both on transfer funds and freedom as to how they are spent.

For Newcastle to have a net profit on transfer deals of over £20m this summer was beyond a joke, as the manager was undermined yet again.

Newcastle fans are realistic and what is happening with Mike Ashley is not the norm in the Premier League.

Sean Dyche speaking to Sky Sports and asked about the situation Rafa Benitez is in at Newcastle United:

“New limitations (for Rafa Benitez) in the transfer market (at Newcastle United), that is for sure.

“But I think it is just the realities of any given club.

“Theirs (Newcastle’s) is slightly different I think and there is a little bit of noise off the pitch.

“Ours (at Burnley) has got clarity to the way we work, it is just a different way of working.

“It is a challenge.

“I can empathise (with Rafa) but I don’t sympathise with too many on that.

“I don’t think we are always dashing money around all over the place but you can certainly empathise.

“Managers have done what he *Rafa) has done amongst many in the Premier League.

“I have got full respect for all managers by the way, even the newcomers.

“It is very difficult, so I think you should have respect for them all.

“But he (Rafa Benitez) has certainly done a lot in the game.”