"As I say things aren't going well off the pitch and you can see a reflection".
Manager: Rafa Benitez - The Uefa Champions League and Championship victor steered Newcastle into the top half despite frustrations in the transfer market. "He's really enthusiastic about my game and I'm buzzing to come down and I can't wait to get started". The fans have to be concerned, we are concerned. "We can talk [he and Charnley] and be close [to making signings] but after we are not so close", he said.
The Spaniard later admitted he had no choice but to "wheel and deal" in the transfer market.
With the club's owner Mike Ashley actively looking to sell the club, it is believed that he has no desire to invest the kind of money into the team's recruitment that many of Newcastle United's rivals are spending.
20 killed in World War II plane crash in Switzerland
The crash happened hours after a family of four were killed when their small plane went down further west in the Swiss Alps. The area around the crash site, which is popular with hikers and skiers and includes a glacier, was closed to the public.
Newcastle United have finally announced another new signing as they have snapped up Japanese worldwide Yoshinori Muto from Bundesliga side Mainz.
Benitez is particularly frustrated at Newcastle's failure to meet Rondón's £16.5mn release clause but the striker is almost 29 and Ashley does not like signing players over 26 because he feels they become depreciating assets.
Key player: Jonjo Shelvey - Began last season in disgrace, with an idiotic sending-off in the opening defeat to Tottenham, and ended it producing the kind of form that sparked calls for him to make England's World Cup squad.
Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.