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Benitez calls for united Newcastle as club fights to avoid drop

Rafael Benitez has called on Newcastle fans to unite behind the club in their fight to steer clear of relegation. The Magpies have slipped to within two points of the drop zone after winning only one of their last eight Premier League matches and Benitez senses an air of gloom among supporters. Talks between a consortium led by former Chelsea and Manchester United chief executive Peter Kenyon and the club over a possible takeover are ongoing, while no players have yet been signed during the transfer window. “This is a big city and it’s a massive club and some people are thinking ‘you have to do this and you have to do that’,” Benitez said before Saturday’s trip to Chelsea. “The reality is when we stick together, when we are working hard together, w...

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