Rafa Benitez responds to Newcastle negativity talk

Doug Mendoza
August 23, 2017

Newcastle continue to look for ways to bolster Benitez's squad, with a goalkeeper, defender and midfielder the priorities at the very least. "Now we have to move some players".

The focus has heightened after a second defeat in a row at Huddersfield on Sunday, and Elliot is desperate for the window to close so everyone can concentrate on what matters: results.

He said: "I'm surprised he's still there and he must be a fool if he believes the promises that were allegedly made to him [by Ashley] about spending were going to come true".

Newcastle reached the quarter-finals of the competition last season, and their fans will be hoping that they can match, if not better, that run in this year's tournament.

Despite strong interest from other Italian clubs including AC Milan, his agent has confirmed that the only Italian side he would play for is Napoli. I think the lads have done and they've done brilliantly and the new signings look good.

Pundits Jamie Carragher and Joey Barton have both suggested Benitez himself is responsible for at least some of that, but Benitez insists a return to winning ways - Nottingham Forest are due on Tyneside for a Carabao Cup second round tie on Wednesday night - would solve numerous current issues.

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"We didn't want to start off with two defeats but we did that past year and won the league", Elliot noted.

"We can win or we can lose, but whether I'm smiling won't change that".

"He has had some big jobs in the past, he has worked with some fabulous players, and he knows with the players he is working with right now that it will be a real big job to keep them in the Premier League this season".

"It feels like the joy and the feeling of coming up seems to have gone away very quickly before we kicked a ball", he admitted.

'The main difference is what the players do on the pitch.

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