We are in the midst of bids being made for Newcastle United FC from a consortium led by Amanda Staveley.
The first offer was made last Friday, but it contained lots of different clauses where Mike would get less money or more money depending on how Newcastle performed on the field and also some other clauses.
Only if everything went very well in the future would Ashley get close to £300M for Newcastle.
Staveley is said to be working on a second offer which is said to be imminent, and we are hoping she has increased the offer – significantly.
On the other hand, Mike Ashley has lowered his asking price to £350M which is always a good sign that he does want to sell the club.
Former player John Barnes has commented on the takeover and on Rafa in the local papers.
John reminds everybody that the takeover may not happen – however tragic that might be for the fans and for the club.
This is some of what John has said today as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“The important thing is to be realistic about where you are and who you have,” “Newcastle have what they have.”
“Rather than looking forward and saying if they can get more money they can get better players, I think Rafa will be focused.”
“He will be thinking ‘let’s worry about what we could do with more money and better players when we get more money and better players’.”
“You have to be realistic and think ‘this is what we’ve got at the moment’. If it happens, it happens. But it may not happen.”
“If it doesn’t happen, and people are getting excited, they will forget about winning these matches and playing these games.”
“I’m sure that’s what Rafa’s focused on. Forget about the future and a takeover and there’s money to be spent.”
“If there is, it would be nice. But if there isn’t, you still have to be competitive.”
“The fans are superb,” “It’s a huge stadium. The potential’s there, but what happens now, in the financial climate we’re in, is (all) about money.”
“I understand the passion that the fans have. It’s a fantastic city and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, and for the fans more than anything I’d love to see them do well.”
“The first season in the Premier League is really about cementing your place there,”
“Everything has been positive because of the fans’ support of Rafa. It means they’ve done well.”
“Under different circumstances, and under a different manager, it could have gone the other way.” “But the fact that the fans like him meant that they stayed with him and picked up.”
“All you can ask any manager to do is maximise the potential of what he has at his disposal, and he’s certainly maximised the potential of that team.”
“Rafa’s galvanized them, and, with better players, he could do better.”
“You can’t ask any manager to do better than how Rafa’s doing with the players he has.”
Whatever happens with the potential takeover the most important thing for Newcastle in the next six weeks is to concentrate on the 10 games we have coming up, starting against Watford at home tomorrow afternoon.
We must keep picking up the points – and hopefully some wins.
And Rafa is a savvy experienced manager and knows he has to concentrate on the team’s performance on the field and forget about the takeover.
It may or may not happen.
But whatever the situation in January, Rafa must strengthen the squad with a top striker as the primary target.
What do you think?