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Big Sam warns Benitez that he is playing a dangerous game at Newcastle

Sam Allardyce has warned Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez that he is playing a dangerous game by publicly criticising his clubs owner for his lack of backing in the transfer market.

Benitez is adored by the Geordie Faithful, but has something of a strained relationship with the North East clubs controversial owner Mike Ashley, and only last week admitted that he was worried that he has not signed more players this summer.

Allardyce, who had a brief six month stint as Newcastle boss during the 2007/2008 season, believes Rafa is a brave man to air his grievances with his clubs board in public.

“You’re a very brave man if you go out and criticise the owners, which to be fair is what he’s doing,” The former England boss told talkSPORT.

“You have to be very self-confident in that you are criticising Mike Ashley with what you are saying. I don’t know if they were going to sign anyone on or not.

“So if you’re taking that stand, you have to be very conscious of what you are doing, and what you are trying to do is publicly force the owner into spending more money.

“So doing that as a manager in today’s world is extremely dangerous; I couldn’t see anybody else doing that.

“But Rafa’s brave enough and experienced enough to do it.”

Despite Benitez’s complaints, Newcastle yesterday announced the £9.5 million signing of striker Yoshinori Muto from Bundesliga side Mainz.

The Japan international becomes The Geordies fifth signing of the summer, joining Martin Dubrvaka, Ki Sung-yueng and Fabian Schar, as well as the loan capture of Kenedy, at St James’ Park.

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