Newcastle news: Rafa Benitez speaks out on St James' Park future
Benitez has come in for criticism in recent days for his perceived pessimism, safety-first tactics and his attitude to the FA Cup.
But the Newcastle boss insists he’s not responsible for the air of negativity currently hanging over St James’ Park.
Mike Ashley’s failure to back him has gradually forced him to temper his ambitions and right now, avoiding a second relegation in three years is his sole aim.
“I wanted to come to England to stay close to my family and then this club was an opportunity to be one of the top 10,” he said. “That was my view.
Related Articles Newcastle transfer news:... read more
- 16:44 Man's body found in Buxton quarry
- 16:44 Penshaw Bowl 2019: Details released for Sunderland's favourite...
- 16:43 Alexander Stadium will be £75m white elephant, claims councillor
- 16:43 Moment police storm street in Bordesley Green as six arrested
- 16:43 Sheffield MP accuses former colleague of ‘letting down voters’ by...
- 16:43 Women’s conference in Sheffield to close race divide
- 16:43 After the news of Flybmi going bust – would you know your rights...
- 16:42 IN PICTURES: The talented Saints squad made up of players under the...
- 16:42 Ian Murray: Leadership of our party has pushed too many people to...
- 16:41 Here’s what time you can expect to see the RAF Tornado flypast
- 16:41 Women’s conference in Sheffield to close race divide
- 16:40 Scarborough park and ride sites - council urges you to have your say
- 16:40 10 of the best restaurants in Glasgow (according to The Scotsman...
- 16:39 Elin Ersson: Student fined for Afghan deportation protest
- 16:38 Chorley ski ace Dave Ryding is pleased with his consistency after...
- 16:38 Michael van Gerwen to skip Players Championships 5 and 6 as Gary...
- 16:37 Nottinghamshire police and fire to share new £18.5m HQ
- 16:36 Shamima Begum: Body language expert reveals the TRUTH behind ISIS...
- 16:36 'This split will achieve nothing but to help the Tories stay in...
- 16:36 ISIS bride Shamima Begum claims Manchester Arena bombing 'justified'
- 16:36 Fox and Hunt's Japanese fumble is a sign of UK's weakness
- 16:36 Man from Rushden held loaded pistol to teenager's head over £70 debt
- 16:34 Cameroon kidnap: 170 students freed
- 16:31 We'd love to give our daughter a sibling - Couple with fertility...
- 16:31 Police searching for man who allegedly assaulted woman in burglary
- 16:31 Passenger seriously injured after car hits tree near Northampton
- 16:31 Fire at derelict builders yard in Skegness 'deliberate'
- 16:31 What you think of the giant Halifax dentist plan for Broad Street...
- 16:30 Passenger seriously injured after car hits tree near Northampton
- 16:30 Friends and neighbours pay tribute to Buxworth mum-of-three found...