It’s a difficult situation for Rafa Benitez to be in since he has no idea whether the takeover bid by Amanda Staveley will succeed.
What we have found out by news reports today is that Staveley is still very interested in buying Newcastle as soon as possible since she wants to invest in new players in January.
The only problem with that is she has offered £250M, and Mike Ashley wants around £380M, so they are still some way apart even the price.
The Star is reporting today that Ashley may be willing to do a deal of around £300M so that would be very good – if it’s true!
Rafa is doing his job which is preparing the team for the upcoming games which come thick and fast through January 1st.
Rafa Benitez – on the training ground – listen up
Here are the 7 games we have to play starting next Saturday in a very short 23 days – that could make or break our season.
Date Fixture KO time
Sat 9 Dec Newcastle vs Leicester 17:30 Wed 13 Dec Newcastle vs Everton 19:45 Sat 16 Dec Arsenal vs Newcastle 15:00 Sat 23 Dec West Ham vs Newcastle 15:00 Wed 27 Dec Newcastle vs Man City 19:45 Sat 30 Dec Newcastle vs Brighton 15:00 Mon 1 Jan Stoke vs Newcastle 15:00
Here’s what Rafa Benitez has said as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“We try to do our best now and see what happens in January,”
“The main thing now is that we have so many games to play.”
“We have to be sure that we improve the little things that can help the team win points.”
“The “problem” is we’re in the Premier League.” Simple.”
“We can fix it by working harder and better.”
Lets’ hope Rafa is able to fix some of the problems with the Newcastle team on the training ground.
And that’s mainly to get our defense playing like it was at the beginning of the season.
We are hoping that both local lad Paul Dummett and captain Jamaal Lascelles can be fit for the next game at home to Leicester City on Saturday.
Hopefully, our defense will be a lot better when these two players return.