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No end to sobs on the Tyne as Newcastle yearn for a saviour | David Conn

Amanda Staveley’s failed bid to take over the club from Mike Ashley’s dispiriting regime has left supporters in despairThe aching resentment many Newcastle United supporters feel for the dispiriting culture under the club’s owner, Mike Ashley, was arti…

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Rafael Benítez plans ‘internal debate’ on Newcastle transfer window deficiencies

• ‘I don’t want to start a war. Is it ideal? I won’t say if it’s ideal or not’• ‘I need to be sure players concentrate on getting points to stay up’Rafael Benítez intends to initiate an internal inquiry into the deficiencies that undermined the January…

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Newcastle’s legions are running out of hope and so is Rafa Benítez | Sachin Nakrani

Chants aimed at Mike Ashley and swaths of empty seats at Stamford Bridge showed the depth of fans’ dissatisfactionIt was on 17 minutes that the Newcastle United supporters first made their feelings clear. “You fat cockney bastard, get out of our club,”…

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Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley are adding to the fog on the Tyne

The takeover uncertainty leaves Newcastle in limbo, with no obvious direction, a willing but limited team and a manager happy to leave everyone wondering whether he will quitWhen Kevin Keegan took over as manager at Newcastle United in 1992, the first …

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Amanda Staveley: the unusual case of Newcastle United’s would-be-owner | David Conn

The businesswoman is said to have £28bn under management but her UK company has no assets or employeesFor supporters of Newcastle United, the great, underperforming north-east football institution, the indignities of ownership under Mike Ashley have gr…

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Doubts over Reuben family involvement in Newcastle takeover

• Uncertainty surrounds bid by Amanda Staveley• Staveley reported to have made £250m offer for club in NovemberA major British family investor, the first to be named by the businesswoman Amanda Staveley as a financial backer of her £250m bid to buy New…

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Rafael Benítez sets Newcastle owner Mike Ashley deadline to strengthen squad

• Manager says he hopes tycoon is ‘clever enough’ to reinforce side in January• Team have dropped into bottom three after losing eight of last nine gamesRafael Benítez hopes Mike Ashley is “clever enough” to appreciate the urgent need to reinforce Newc…

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Rafael Benítez sets Newcastle owner Mike Ashley deadline to strengthen squad

• Manager says he hopes tycoon is ‘clever enough’ to reinforce side in January• Team have dropped into bottom three after losing eight of last nine gamesRafael Benítez hopes Mike Ashley is “clever enough” to appreciate the urgent need to reinforce Newc…

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Newcastle sale moves closer as Amanda Staveley increases offer to £300m

• Agreement between two parties close with takeover set for late January• Mike Ashley could still offer Rafael Benítez a £30m transfer kittyOptimism that Amanda Staveley will persuade Mike Ashley to sell Newcastle United to her Dubai based PCP Capital …

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Newcastle’s Rafael Benítez issues Mike Ashley with transfer window warning

• Benítez says Newcastle could well be relegated without investment• ‘You have to be sure your team is strong enough to stay in the Premier League’Rafael Benítez has issued Mike Ashley with a stark warning that, without investment in the January transf…

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Rafael Benítez: ‘I will stay at Newcastle United even if takeover fails’

• Benítez: ‘I know money will be tight even if takeover is a success’• ‘It’s about being sure we stay in the Premier League’Rafael Benítez has warned Newcastle United supporters that, even if Amanda Staveley’s mooted takeover happens, he will have limi…

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Ashley seeks improvement in Staveley’s near-£300m bid for Newcastle United

• Amanada Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners in negotiations over buyout• Potential new owners want to see Rafa Benitez stay as managerMike Ashley wants Amanda Staveley to improve her offer for Newcastle United before he considers accelerating the pace of…

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Amanda Staveley’s consortium offers around £300m for Newcastle United

• Ashley wanted around £400m when he went to market• Rafael Benítez’s future in doubt unless he gets January fundsAmanda Staveley’s Dubai-based financial advisory firm PCP Capital Partners has formally offered Mike Ashley a sum in the region of £300m f…

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Rafael Benítez keeps feet on the ground as Newcastle await takeover bid

• Manager refuses to get carried away despite prospect of huge investment• Team could go sixth with victory over Burnley on Monday nightRafael Benítez suspects Newcastle United are on the brink of a “sliding doors” moment. He has responded by drafting …

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Newcastle United up for sale – but is Mike Ashley asking too high a price?

After 11 years the controversial owner wants out yet he is also seeking a profit of more than £100m for a Premier League club relegated twice during his tenureA guide to how swimmingly Mike Ashley’s sale of Newcastle United has been proceeding is that …

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Newcastle fans fear Rafael Benítez is ready to answer West Ham’s £6m call | Louise Taylor

Hammers are thought likely to trigger the disillusioned Newcastle manager’s release clause if the mounting pressure on Slaven Bilic ends with the sack

In football parlance, Rafael Benítez faces a late fitness test before Sunday’s trip to Swansea, City but is rated doubtful. Newcastle United’s manager has spent the last week recovering from surgery to clear infection from an old hernia repair, yet, despite being in considerable discomfort, he did not forget about a fan’s fundraising event for a food bank, which was staged on Thursday night. Benítez duly picked up the telephone and not only pledged a generous donation but asked what else he could do to help the cause.

Related: Rafael Benítez open to job offers amid anger over Newcastle transfers

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Rafael Benítez open to job offers amid anger over Newcastle transfers

• Benítez has lost virtually all trust in Mike Ashley’s regime
• Manager would seriously consider West Ham job if Slaven Bilic goes

Rafael Benítez has lost virtually all trust in Mike Ashley’s regime at Newcastle United and, no longer regarding his job as a long-term project, would be receptive to alternative offers of employment at similarly sized Premier League clubs.

Although Newcastle’s manager will not walk out in the wake of a disastrous transfer window, Benítez is angry, deeply frustrated and ready to contemplate a new life away from Tyneside.

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Trouble on Tyne: Benítez and Ashley reach boiling point again at Newcastle | Louise Taylor

The manager wants new signings, the owner to sell the club. What are the key questions at St James’ Park in what promises to be a vital week ahead?

Newcastle United face West Ham United at St James’ Park on Saturday after losing their opening two league games without scoring. With the euphoria of promotion a rapidly receding memory, tensions behind the scenes are escalating and the squad look ill-equipped for the Premier League. So how has it come to this, why is the “cold war” between Rafael Benítez and Mike Ashley intensifying?

Surely it cannot be true the manager and owner rarely speak, let alone meet?

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Huddersfield’s wholesome unity shows another way to Newcastle’s dysfunction | Paul Doyle

Dean Hoyle’s ownership of Huddersfield Town is based on a togetherness in stark contrast to Mike Ashley at Newcastle United, who they face on Sunday

Earlier this summer during a conversation with reporters at Huddersfield Town’s training ground, the club’s local-born chairman, Dean Hoyle, said it was important to him to tackle the Premier League “the Yorkshire way”. Asked what that meant, he replied: “By not spending any money.” Then he laughed to show he was joking; then he ensured the club’s actions showed what he really meant.

Related: Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United: match preview

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Rafael Benítez baffled but unbowed by dysfunctional setup at Newcastle United | Louise Taylor

Manager insists ‘we’ll do our best’ on return to Premier League, despite minimal transfer budget and a lack of communication from owner Mike Ashley

The mood inside the room had turned as gloomy as the dark clouds on view through the windows when someone attempted a joke. “It’s North Korea v the United States,” they said, deadpan. “Just without the nuclear weapons.”

It got a laugh, yet Mike Ashley v Rafael Benítez is a little bit different; less Kim Jong-un v Donald Trump and much more a particularly capricious brand of shortsighted parochialism against a worldly wise grasp of the bigger picture.

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