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Benitez hopes Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will ‘do something to help’

Rafa Benitez has said that he hopes that Mike Ashley will do something to help him and the team after watching their dismal 0-0 draw at the weekend.

Ashley watched his Newcastle team in action for the first time in around 18 months during Saturday’s miserable game in even more miserable conditions at Selhurst Park.

The Magpies managed just six shots and had just 38% possession against Crystal Palace, leaving them in the Premier League relegation zone after picking up just two points in their opening six games.

With owner Mike Ashley having carefully kept guard over the clubs coffers for a number of years, seemingly refusing to invest, former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez hopes that after seeing how poor the side is first hand will prompt Mr Ashley to dip into his deep pockets.

“I like to see the owner supporting the team,” said Benitez.

“It is not about me, it is about him supporting the team, the club. We have to be sure everybody supports the team, starting with the owner and if we have that we will be stronger.

“I have to take this as a positive. If he has come to see the team, he can see the players, he can see what we have got and he can be sensible. Hopefully he will be ready to do something to help. I knew he was coming, I would have no problem speaking to him after this.”

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