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Sam Allardyce cancels Christmas party because of Everton’s festive demands

• ‘It’s not needed at the moment because of the position we were in’ • Allardyce returning to Newcastle to face old foe Rafael BenítezSam Allardyce has cancelled Everton’s Christmas party after telling his players their form this season is no cause for…

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Rafael Benítez airs frustration over Newcastle transfer budget uncertainty

• Manager left in limbo by stalled takeover talks at St James’ Park• Newcastle face Everton having taken one point from seven gamesRafael Benítez does not know how much money, if any, he will be allowed to spend during next month’s transfer window and …

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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 says dissenters and fake news forced him out at Chelsea

• Newcastle manager returns to Stamford Bridge for first time• Benítez won the Europa League during short Chelsea spellRafael Benítez will be reminded of what might have been on Saturday lunchtime when he returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time s…

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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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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 hand Mikel Merino five-year deal after impressive start to loan spell

• The midfielder on loan from Borussia Dortmund has been a key player• Rafael Benítez: ‘He has a lot of quality on the ball and is keen to learn’Mikel Merino has completed a permanent move to Newcastle from Borussia Dortmund after an impressive start t…

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Rafa Benítez: ‘Create a good atmosphere and you can win trophies’ | Louise Taylor

As the Newcastle manager faces his former club in an emotional reunion, he insists money is not everything in search for silverware

Rafa Benítez likes to list the very real similarities between the cities of Liverpool and Newcastle and their respective football clubs. He relishes the hallmark, often razor‑sharp humour common to both sets of supporters, appreciates the broad socioeconomic parallels and understands shared fears that their teams are in peril of turning into perennial also-rans.

If such worries are markedly more pronounced on Tyneside, it is approaching six years since Liverpool last won a trophy – the 2012 League Cup, under Kenny Dalglish. Accordingly their supporters head to St James’ Park for Sunday’s meeting with Benítez’s Newcastle United anxious about the balance of Jürgen Klopp’s often thrillingly attacking yet defensively vulnerable side. With memories of Liverpool’s 1980s hegemony increasingly distant, the days when the Spaniard lifted four trophies – most notably the 2005 Champions League – at Anfield are now a source of nostalgia.

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Rafael Benítez: ‘I was talking to the pilot but little by little I was feeling more sick’

• Newcastle manager had to turn down helicopter ride to Swansea
• Rafael Benítez back in the dugout after surgery for Stoke’s visit

Rafael Benítez will be relieved to return to the dugout on Saturday after being forced to watch Newcastle United’s previous game on television at his home in the Wirral.

He is now sufficiently recovered from surgery to clear infection from the site of an old hernia repair to renew a warm acquaintance with Mark Hughes when Stoke City visit St James’ Park.

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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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Newcastle’s Rafael Benítez willing to sell Dwight Gayle for £18m

• Manager concerned at striker’s attitude over this summer
• Gayle was top scorer as club won Championship last season

Rafael Benítez is ready to sell Dwight Gayle for around £18m but will not release the striker until a replacement is lined up and guaranteed to arrive at Newcastle United by Thursday evening.

Although Leeds United, who are seeking a replacement for Chris Wood at the centre forward, have apparently cooled their initial interest in Gayle the 26-year-old does not lack admirers in the second tier. Gayle scored 23 goals in 34 second-tier games to help Benítez’s side win the Championship last season, Newcastle’s manager has been concerned by his attitude this summer.

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Newcastle’s Rafael Benítez willing to sell Dwight Gayle for £18m

• Manager concerned at striker’s attitude over this summer
• Gayle was top scorer as club won Championship last season

Rafael Benítez is ready to sell Dwight Gayle for around £18m but will not release the striker until a replacement is lined up and guaranteed to arrive at Newcastle United by Thursday evening.

Although Leeds United, who are seeking a replacement for Chris Wood at the centre forward, have apparently cooled their initial interest in Gayle the 26-year-old does not lack admirers in the second tier. Gayle scored 23 goals in 34 second-tier games to help Benítez’s side win the Championship last season, Newcastle’s manager has been concerned by his attitude this summer.

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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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Newcastle’s summer transfer dealings not ideal, Rafael Benítez says

• Owner Mike Ashley’s blueprint now less ambitious than in May
• ‘He knows what he told me and what I was thinking,’ says manager

Rafael Benítez has indicated that Mike Ashley’s summer transfer market blueprint is now significantly less ambitious than it appeared when the two men last met in May.

“He knows what he told me and what I was thinking,” said Newcastle United’s manager, who has not spoken to the club’s owner since that rare get-together and finds himself forced to embrace a new-found minimalism when it comes to refurnishing his squad.

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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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Newcastle are testing Rafael Benítez’s patience with tardy transfer work | Louise Taylor

The manager wants eight to 12 players and expected more arrivals by now. Although Benítez is not minded to walk out, tensions are rising at a club where the next crisis never seems to be far away

Shortly after 8am on Monday the security barrier at a deceptively nondescript‑looking suburban football training facility was raised and Rafael Benítez’s car entered the sometimes parallel universe known as Newcastle United.

A couple of minutes later the club’s manager was pictured smiling warmly while extracting a bag from the boot before heading in to his office and awaiting the arrival of first-team players reporting back for the start of pre‑season training.

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North-south football divide is a figment of the imagination | Louise Taylor

David Moyes thinks Sunderland suffers for its location but a look around the north-east and a conversation with Newcastle’s Rafael Benítez reveals it can attract the best talent

David Moyes is discussing culture shock, regional imbalances and their role in his club’s relegation. “Along with Manchester, London is the capital of English football and those cities will always attract the best players,” says Sunderland’s manager, a few weeks before his resignation.

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North-south football divide is a figment of the imagination | Louise Taylor

David Moyes thinks Sunderland suffers for its location but a look around the north-east and a conversation with Newcastle’s Rafael Benítez reveals it can attract the best talent

David Moyes is discussing culture shock, regional imbalances and their role in his club’s relegation. “Along with Manchester, London is the capital of English football and those cities will always attract the best players,” says Sunderland’s manager, a few weeks before his resignation.

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