Jamaal Lascelles wants Newcastle United to rid themselves of ‘bad energy’ and ‘negativity’ amid supporter protests and a planned boycott, but has risked a fan backlash after calling Mike Ashley a ‘nice guy’.
The captain was explaining how Ashley’s decision to take boss Rafa Benitez and the squad for a meal last month was a positive step when he spoke of his impressions of the owner, which has triggered an angry response.
Lascelles signed a new six-year deal on Thursday and issued a rallying cry with the team winless and second from bottom in the Premier League.
Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles signs a six-year contract alongside manager Rafa Benitez
The 24-year-old said: ‘As a club I think it’s important everyone is together, especially when we’re right down at the bottom of the table.
‘I think the meal was really positive, having a sit-down meeting for the first time, hearing him speak and seeing what he’s like as a man. He’s a nice guy. We were sat around the table, having some food and a couple of drinks, and he just seems like a