Mike Ashley took £10m out of Newcastle in summer despite pledge to back Rafa Benitez in transfer market


"They are still good enough, in my opinion, to stay in the Premier League".

"I think some of those guys are struggling for confidence a little bit and they need a result quickly and the stadium can change".

"I think Newcastle will get out of trouble", he said, shown on Match of the Day's official Twitter account. When it's alive, it is very hard for the opposition and that's what they have to get back - get that goal, maybe a two-goal lead and that will come back very quickly.

Pardew spent four years at St James' Park, and believes that Benitez has a tough job to revive his team and they need to find their confidence.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has actively been seeking a new buyer for the club, and it remains to be seen whether he will invest in the squad in the January transfer window.

Ramos 'pierde la cabeza' y da dos balonazos a juvenil del Madrid
Porque la imagen que ha dado Ramos con sus pelotazos a Reguilón, que entró en el club al mismo tiempo que él, en 2005, es lamentable .

"That is something they are going to have to sit down and work out together". We got to a situation in maybe my third season at Newcastle where we really needed help in January.

"I don't know what my record was over the four or five years I was there but I think I was in credit as well".

"I'm not going to defend Mike Ashley or the board and I'm not going to criticise Rafa in this situation".

With other players hardly in form up top, the question of who else is a very valid one and you wouldn't be surprised if it's at the forefront of Benitez's mind either. I was probably closer to Steve Parish at Crystal Palace than I was to Mike at Newcastle in terms of the running of a business and putting the clubs at risk et cetera.

"The bottom line is, that football club has been like that for a long, long time".