Rafa Benitez did his very best yesterday in the lead up to the game against Crystal Palace today not to talk too much of Newcastle’s possible sale before the end of the year.
It would be massive for the fans if Mike Ashley finally sells Newcastle after a dismal 10 years in charge.
The question will be how long will it take to get rid of all those Sports Direct signs at Newcastle?
And the next game on TV after that would see St. James’ Park back as it used to look before it became a worldwide billboard for Ashley’s company.
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Here’s what Rafa has said as reported in the Mail today:
“This is one of the top sides in England if you put everything together. The question is, is it reaching its level?”
“Obviously, no. Can we do it? I think so.”
“I think we can do better. I don’t want to say too much but this club has to be in the top 10. ” “When you compare to other clubs you can see the potential is there.”
“I decided to stay because the potential of the club, the city, it is massive.”
“But we have to do everything right. It’s not just if you have money, you have to have the right players with the right mentality coming here.”
“First of all, you have to look for the best players in the market. Afterwards, you think of the second, third and fourth options.”
“I know the fans will be excited. I know everything about the history.”
“But my opinion is quite clear, we have to play against Crystal Palace this weekend. It doesn’t affect me in any way.”
“I was talking with Lee Charnley and he told me everyone was talking about the takeover, but he doesn’t have much news.”
“There’s nothing I can do at the moment. If the takeover news is good or bad that doesn’t change my approach for the game.”
“We are talking about football and concentrating on that, where we have an influence.”
‘I obviously have some ideas about a takeover but what I have to do is make sure my players do what they have to do on Saturday.”
The Mail is reporting that one potential buyer, 44-year-old Yorkshire-born Amanda Staveley, is not expected to be at St James’ Park today – so we can all concentrate on the game against Palace.
It’s a game where anything but a win will be a (big) disappointment.
A win today, and we can celebrate for a full week before our next game.