According to reports in the Daily Mail, Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez’s future is in doubt following a series of transfer setbacks this summer.
The report says that the Spaniard had believed that he would sign Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero, but the duo look set to join Swansea City and Chelsea respectively instead.
In addition, two more targets – Eliaquim Mangala and Fabian Delph – are on the verge of moves to Lyon and Stoke City.
Benitez is understood to be frustrated at the lack of progress in the transfer market as he looks to build a team that won’t be involved in a relegation battle in the Premier League next season.
Newcastle supporters were quick to have their say on the rumour via social media, but they were far from convinced that the story is true, with some believing it is trying to unsettle the fans.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Hope not true, if Ashley does want to sell, is he going to want to spend £100 million on players. Who knows. Really hope for stability now
— James Bailey (@JamesJb2000) June 24, 2017
You do know when you spout BS like this you soon will lose your credibility right? Utter rubbish. #NUFC
— HenryHcode (@HenryHcode) June 24, 2017
Yawn, it's only been a couple of weeks since the last Benitez doubts. Anyone would think you've nowt to report or something.
— Andrew Lawes (@LawesDisorder) June 24, 2017
Rob is a typical gutter journalist…..zero facts, it's silly headline season again. It's why I hate his type of journalism
— Anthony McIvor (@dinobaby02) June 25, 2017
Slow news day?
— Cal Nixon (@Nxn10) June 24, 2017
Trying to unsettle the fans by making a story out of nothing. Course a manager would be frustrated. 2/4 players want to go elsewhere though.
— Lewis (@LJH2402) June 24, 2017
hahahahahahaha! here we go again. ano it's a slow month but jesus christ man!
— Dean Gilbert (@DGilbert92) June 24, 2017