Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez insists he has no problems with Mike Ashley while fans protest

Rafa Benitez insists he has no problems with Newcastle boss Mike Ashley after a tough summer

"I have no problem because I am a professional": Newcastle coach Rafa Benitez insists he has no problem with owner Mike Ashley while fans protest in the city center before the Tottenham game

  • Newcastle manager Rafa Benítez insists he has no problems with owner Mike Ashley
  • Fans protested peacefully in front of Ashley's Sports Direct store in the city
  • Benitez was frustrated in the transfer window as he struggled to strengthen

Nathan Salt for Mailonline

While his supporters peacefully protested against Mike Ashley before his first Premier League game against Tottenham, boss Rafa Benitez insists he has no problems with the owner of Newcastle.

The former Liverpool boss was frustrated by the lack of activity in the transfer market and his supporters made their feelings clear on Saturday morning in front of Sports Direct in the city center, Ashley's company, where the flyers called owner a "parasite".

But speaking with Sky Sports before the start of lunch, Benitez tried to resolve the issue and change the attention of the transfers to issues on the field.

Rafa Benitez insists he has no problems with Newcastle boss Mike Ashley after a tough summer

Rafa Benitez insists he has no problems with Newcastle boss Mike Ashley after a tough summer

The Spanish boss was frustrated after not being able to strengthen enough in the transfer window

The Spanish boss was frustrated after not being able to strengthen enough in the transfer window

The Spanish boss was frustrated after not being able to strengthen enough in the transfer window

Angry supporters protested peacefully in the center of the city before the match against Tottenham

Angry supporters protested peacefully in the center of the city before the match against Tottenham

Angry supporters protested peacefully in the center of the city before the match against Tottenham

"I think it's time to concentrate on football," he said. "I do not have any problems because I'm a professional and as soon as I talk about business, it's fine, but we talk about football and I concentrate on that.

"Until the end of the transfer window, you should try to improve your squadron as much as possible." Now I try to improve my players tactically and technically and push as a group.

"We have to focus on football now, we wanted to finish the window early to focus on football so that everyone stays together, we can not change what happened in the summer, so now we must concentrate."

During the peaceful protests, supporters showed a flyer that called Ashley a "parasite"

During the peaceful protests, supporters showed a flyer that called Ashley a "parasite"

During the peaceful protests, supporters showed a flyer that called Ashley a "parasite"

A large number of fans left hours before the opening game of the season to the center of the city where flags and leaflets explained their complaints.

"Where has the money gone, where has the money gone?" It was a song repeated by the supporters.

The club performed well in the second half of last season, as they joined Benítez and hope to build on their top 10 last season.

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