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Benitez thanks Newcastle fans for support as planned boycott is called off

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Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has thanked the club’s fans for their support after a planned boycott was called off amid hope of a takeover deal being struck.

If we make an offer, they will know, we will know and not necessarily the press will know.



“I think it will be good, it will be positive and hopefully we can get three points and everybody will be happy.” If fans have alternated between scepticism and optimism since Ashley’s revelation, Benitez has remained diplomatically reticent on the subject.



Benitez said: “You have been asking me in a lot of press conferences about that, and I have to say thank you to the fans because my message has been very clear all this time.

“If the fans appreciate that, then they want to support the team in the way that they were supporting before, but even more because everybody will be even more focused on not wasting too much time with these questions and answers and if it is affecting the team or not.

With four interested parties understood to have tabled bids in excess of £300million, there is hope that Ashley’s controversial 11 and a half-year reign could soon draw to a close.

Asked about Eales’ comments, Benitez said: “We don’t talk about players.
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