Mark Lawrenson praises Mike Ashley for how he is managing Newcastle United after another Rafa Benitez masterclass

Mike Ashley, Newcastle United owner is seen in the stands prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Wembley Stadium on February 2, 2019 in London,...

Newcastle United recorded a valuable three points at Leicester City on Friday night.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley (centre right) reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Cardiff City at St. James Park on January 19, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Mark Lawrenson has claimed that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley 'just knows' that the club aren't going to get relegated as he was referring to the job Rafa Benitez is doing with a limited budget.

The BBC Sport pundit was specifically making reference to the Magpies 1-0 win over Leicester City on Friday night and questioned how many places Newcastle will go up the league if they were given 'another £50 or £100 million' to spend. 

Speaking to Football Focus on BBC One (13/04/2019 at 12:30 pm), Lawrenson made some truly baffling comments about Ashley, Newcastle and Benitez. 


On Benitez masterclass against Leicester: "In many, many ways how cute is the owner?" Lawrenson told Football Focus. "He just knows that they're not going to be relegated. If you give Newcastle another £50 million or £100 million, how many places are they going to go up the league?

"But we have this every year, they're dancing around the handbags, will he go? Is Benitez chucking a transfer request, he wants to leave and all those kinds of things and the owner just gives him enough money. He's like 'there you go, a little bit of money' and they keep going." 

A fan holds up a 'United Against Ashley' card during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James Park on January 29, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Given the fact that Newcastle have been relegated twice under Ashley's ownership, Lawrenson's comments are quite astonishing. 

Added with that, from the Toon Army's perspective, it's not about spending £100 million or going crazy in the transfer market, the club's supporters seemingly want an owner with ambition, passion and fight. 

Nonetheless, it seems those three points at the King Power Stadium have all but sealed Newcastle's status in England's top-flight for another campaign. 

Newcastle United manager \ head coach Rafael Benitez during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium on April 12, 2019 in Leicester,...

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