Jamaal Lascelles: Newcastle United captain praises owner Mike Ashley after signing new deal
Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has said owner Mike Ashley is a "nice guy" and has called for togetherness after signing a new six-year contract at the club.
The 24-year-old has skippered Newcastle since 2016, when he was given the captaincy by manager Rafael Benitez.
Lascelles and his team-mates had dinner with Ashley last month to discuss matters at St James' Park.
"I think it's important everyone is together," said Lascelles.
"The meal was really positive, having a sit-down meeting for the first time, hearing him [Ashley] speak and seeing what he's like as a man. He's a nice guy."
Newcastle finished 10th last season but are yet to win a league game this term, and are 19th in the table, with fans regularly protesting against the ownership of Ashley, who has been in charge since 2007.
But Lascelles who has made 112 appearances since joining from Nottingham Forest in August 2014, says that the club must stay united.
"I know fingers are being pointed at him [Ashley], but I think it was a positive meeting and if it could happen more, I don't think it would do any harm.
"If there are divides, I think it creates problems. If everyone in Newcastle stopped the negativity and tried to form a unity, that would help.
"It would help if everyone came together and put all that bad energy into positive energy, helping us get three points. That's what everybody wants."