Why Rafa Benitez believes he’ll finally get cash to spend in January

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez believes he will be given cash to spend in the New Year to boost his relegation-threatened side.

The Toon boss is confident that owner Mike Ashley will loosen the purse strings and hand over a substantial transfer kitty – having seen first hand the problems Benitez is facing.

Ashley has attended Newcastle’s last five games; they haven’t won any and have failed to score in their last four.

The goalless draw on Saturday at Southampton ensured the club equalled their worst league start in 120 years, with the Magpies now winless in their first 10 games.

Benitez feels he has been badly let down by his chairman in the last few transfer windows, particularly in the summer when he was able to spend less than any of his Premier League rivals.

The Magpies’ boss has been holding a series of meetings with his scouting team in recent weeks and identified several January targets.

And having been in regular contact with managing director Lee Charnley, he is now under the impression Ashley will back him although no specific figure has been mentioned.

Benitez remains to be convinced the controversial retail magnate shares his own ambitions for the club, but knows Ashley is as desperate to avoid relegation as he is, knowing Newcastle ’s value would plummet with the prospect of Championship football.

Newcastle are second from bottom without a win this season and even if there is an injection of cash, they still have a massive fight on their hands to avoid a third relegation in the past decade.

Benitez is determined the Magpies don’t get cut adrift before he has the chance to reshape his squad.

And he has urged his players to keep their heads above water before reinforcements arrive.

“We are in a bad position so obviously there is a lack of confidence,” he said. “Still we are fighting and working hard.

“We have to be mentally strong and carry on to be sure that in January we are in a good position and then hopefully we can improve and see where we are.

“We did what we did last year and finished tenth, we have to be positive and think we can do it again.”

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