The latest news from Newcastle
Liverpool firmly in the driving seat for the title race after Manchester City lose in a stunning 2-1 defeat to Newcastle.
The Spaniard has seen his transfer pleas fall on deaf ears this month, but should the owner not deliver at least two new players, the manager is prepared to call it quits.
According to various reports in the British media, Ashley was keen to hold talks with manager Rafa Benitez to discuss funds for the January transfer window.
Newcastle survived an FA Cup scare at Blackburn as they blew a two-goal lead before hitting back to win 4-2 after extra time in Tuesday's third-round replay.
Chelsea cemented their grip on fourth place in the Premier League as Willian's sublime strike sealed a 2-1 win over struggling Newcastle on Saturday.
We take a look ahead to Wednesday night's Premier League clash between Newcastle and Manchester United at St James' Park.
Newcastle missed the chance to go six points clear of the relegation zone against Watford, with Rafael Benitez in no mood for transfer talk.
Rafa Benitez's return to Anfield on Boxing Day is likely to stir memories of an unsuccessful Liverpool challenge for the Premier League title, but Jurgen Klopp is trying to focus on the present.