Benitez refuses to quit as Newcastle boss

Rafa Benitez has no intention of quitting as Newcastle United manager, despite owner Mike Ashley admitting they cannot compete with the Premier League’s big spenders.

It has been a tense summer for Benitez after Newcastle’s promotion to the top flight last May, with the Magpies missing out on a number of leading transfer targets.

In a rare interview, Ashley admitted that the club are shopping in a different market to the likes of Manchester City and he cannot provide Benitez with sufficient funds.

But ahead of Newcastle’s Premier League return against Tottenham on Sunday, Benitez made it clear that he will not walk away from his post.

"I say that my commitment is there. If we do what we have to do and do it in a professional way, thinking about football as a priority, we can improve,” he said.

"We have a massive club and a city behind the team, so we can improve. But we have to do things thinking about football, that is the key. If you are successful on the pitch, everything else will come.

"I'm here. My commitment is 100 per cent. I will try to do my best. If you have two or three new players, or five or six or eight, it doesn't matter.

“What we have to be sure is that the 25 players that we will have will give everything."