Mike Ashley seems ready to sell Newcastle United, and he wants to do it quickly while Rafa Benitez is at the club and relatively happy.
Rafa has done very well again this season and has built up a good side from ordinary players although he has improved so many players since he came on board in March of last year.
Players who have obviously improved under his guidance include Isaac Hayden, DeAndre Yedlin, Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark, Matt Ritchie, Christian Atsu and new boys brought in over the summer – Mikel Merino and Javier Manquillo.
Javier has come back into the side and played very well at left-back in our last two games.
Newcastle have everything in place to be a good acquisition for an ambitious owner – but maybe at less than the £380M Mike is asking for the club, which now seems too much.
Mike Ashley – everything in place to sell club – other than the price
Newcastle have sold-out home crowds of 52,000, and we have performed well on world-wide TV – Sunday’s performance at Southampton was excellent in what turned out to be a very entertaining game.
Well, that’s at least compared to last night’s encounter between Leicester City and West Brom – which almost put an end to my insomnia.
The most significant selling point Ashley has, of course, is the excellent Rafa Benitez.
The world-class manager did not stay silent last summer when he thought that Ashley did not keep the promises he made to Rafa two days after we had won the Championship last May.
It’s not rocket science for any owner of Newcastle to be successful.
Put a competent Executive alongside Rafa Benitez to help him run the club but let Rafa make ALL the decisions related to football.
If we do get an owner in with real ambition (unlike Ashley), it’s almost guaranteed that if we keep Rafa at the club long term – we will be very successful again.
Howay The Lads!!