It is no secret that Rafael Benitez has not been entirely happy with Newcastle United’s transfer activity this summer, as he has said as much.
At the moment, the Spaniard has made it clear that he is committed to the club, but in the past, his fractured relationship with owners have got too much for him.
Benitez fell out with Liverpool’s former owners American businessmen Tom Hicks and George Gillett during his time at Anfield, which ended after a six-year spell in 2010.
Recently, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley recently told Sky Sports that he cannot give the manager more funds to spend on transfers because his money is tied up in Sports Direct shares.
So far this summer, Newcastle have recruited Christian Atsu on a permanent deal from Chelsea, Florian Lejeune from Eibar and Jacob Murphy from Norwich City.
Javier Manquillo, who has previously played for Sunderland and Liverpool, has joined from Atletico Madrid, while Mikel Merino has come in on loan from Borussia Dortmund.
Earlier this week another signing was made in the form of Joselu, who has moved to the North-East outfit from Stoke City.
Jermaine Jenas, though, believes that Newcastle need to strengthen even further or risk losing their manager.
In an interview with Goal.com, the former Newcastle midfielder said:
“I am with [Benitez] all the way. It makes no sense to not go for it and protect your status. Not only that, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to look at what they have got and say it is not enough. I suppose Newcastle fans and even Rafa are probably only asking for signings to give them a better chance.
“Right now, they are amongst the bottom three teams. He wants a chance to survive and that’s all he’s asking for. If they don’t get it, they could lose their most important person and that’s Rafa Benitez.”
The Magpies began their season with a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, and they also lost Jonjo Shelvey, who was sent off for appearing to deliberately stamp on Dele Alli’s ankle.
Next up for Newcastle is a trip to face fellow promoted side Huddersfield Town on Sunday.