Nothing much seems to be happening on the Newcastle takeover with Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners PCP Partners.
Staveley seems unable at the moment to agree on a fundamental of any takeover with owner Mike Ashley – the price of Newcastle United.
But Rafa Benitez is forging ahead after our very important 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns on Tuesday night when we came back from 2-0 down in the second half to get the draw and we could even have won it at the end.
It will be interesting to see what team Rafa picks for Saturday’s tough trip t0 Chelsea but we still have Paul Dummett, Jamaal Lascelles, and Christian Atsu unavailable through injury.
Rafa Benitez – upbeat Newcastle manager
This is what a positive Rafa has said about Newcastle as reported in the Shields Gazette today:
“When you play two games in a few days, it’s important to have fresh legs,”
“It means also that everybody has to be on their toes if they want to stay in the team.”
“I think it’s another positive signal for the future, because everybody will say ‘I can play, so I have to carry on if I want to continue playing’.”
“It’s very positive for the future.”
“I said before that this team cares. These players care.”
“They have very good team spirit, and we showed this character and ambition.”
Rafa seems upbeat about things and this is another huge challenge for him this season – to keep Newcastle in the Premier League as he tries to build Newcastle into a top team.
Hopefully, he will be getting some help from new owners shortly although that may not happen until after the January transfer window.
We should get an injury update from Rafa today in his press conference for the trip to London tomorrow.