Benitez To Wait To See What Happens In January – Tough Schedule Ahead


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.

Comments welcome.



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234 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 5, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #1

    I just knew that Rouise would leap into the cab just as I posted. 🙂

    In an effort to bring some levity to the blog, I was thinking about what Posada said the other day about money corrupting.

    Perhaps we ought to go back to a barter system of doing business without money being involved , I was thinking at the more personal level rather than corporate.

    Picture the scene, it’s match day and the queues are forming at the turnstiles.

    Gatekeeper (let’s call him Mike) “Aye wot ye got”

    Geordie “A nice chicken, should be good for a seat in the stand”

    Mike, examining it purses his lips, “Naah, it’s a bit scrawny. Aahll stick ye in the Leases end behind a stanchion”

    Geordie “Aah cmon man, it’s a good layer”

    Mike. shakes his head, “aalreet, Leases, nee stanchion but at the back, tek it or leave it”

    Geordie “aah ye a tight buggar, alreet”

    Keith, “next!

    Geordie “Sack of tatties, for a seat in the stand.”

    Keith, “King Edwards?”

    Geordie, “Naah theoyr mine, from me allotment”

    Keith, “Leases end behind a stanchion!”

    Geordie, Aah howay cannot ah hev me usual seat aahve been in for years”

    Keith, ” Ay gann on seat 92, as aah knaw ye”

    Keith to a diminutive man standing behind him, “Reet speccy ye tek ower aahm gannin for a pint ”

    Speccy (real name I dunno let’s call him Lee) “Next”, watching a man taking a pig out of his poke (sack)

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 5, 2017 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #2

    I reckon 11 points from those games.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 5, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #3

    a lot of time and effort there essex

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 5, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #4

    RH

    You’re right, I’d better have a short nap.

    1
  • Tinman

    Dec 5, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #5

    There’s points in them games. Man City leaking at the minute. Gooners always beatable. Others are all out of form or average sides.

    I reckon 8pts

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 5, 2017 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Especially as I’ve made a few mistakes, back to the drawing board.

    Revised effort resubmitted

    In an effort to bring some levity to the blog, I was thinking about what Posada said the other day about money corrupting.

    Perhaps we ought to go back to a barter system of doing business without money being involved , I was thinking at the more personal level rather than corporate.

    Picture the scene, it’s match day and the queues are forming at the turnstiles.

    Gatekeeper (let’s call him Mike) “Aye wot ye got”

    Geordie “A nice chicken, should be good for a seat in the stand”

    Mike, examining it purses his lips, “Naah, it’s a bit scrawny. Aahll stick ye in the Leases end behind a stanchion”

    Geordie “Aah cmon man, it’s a good layer”

    Mike. shakes his head, “aalreet, Leases, nee stanchion but at the back, tek it or leave it”

    Geordie “aah ye a tight buggar, alreet”

    Mike, “next!

    Geordie “Sack of tatties, for a seat in the stand.”

    Mike, “King Edwards?”

    Geordie, “Naah theoyr mine, from me allotment”

    Keith, “Leases end behind a stanchion!”

    Geordie, “Aah howay cannot ah hev me usual seat aahve been in for years”

    Mike, ” Ay gann on seat 92, as aah knaw ye”

    Mike to a diminutive man standing behind him, “Reet speccy ye tek ower aahm gannin for a pint ”

    Speccy (real name I dunno let’s call him Lee) “Next”, watching a man taking a pig out of his poke (sack)

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 5, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Unreal how the journos all think they’ve got the inside information on negotiations. Only a few days ago the price was reportedly £300 hard cash in a suitcase. Today It’s down to £250million. So were they in the room when this happened or are they too busy hacking emails and ‘phone calls ?

    For a significant business negotiation which should be confidential it seems to be crudely public.

    My sources tell me the offer is around £250 million but with up to another £50million payable dependent on no fall out from the HMRC, no relegation and our final Premier League position.

    Now I read that it is £300million hard cash so back to where we were so to speak although this can’t wait until end of January as all the decent players will have been sold in the January sales.

    Maybe I could become a journalist – it’s an easy life it seems.

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  • JackButler

    Dec 5, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #11

    The xmas and new year period is always tough, and this year could be vital, but doubt Cashley will invest more than is absolutely necessary. Squeaky bum time from here until the final whistle of the final game

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 5, 2017 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #12

    It looks to me as if there is some sort of bid in, probably less than 300M and there is no deadline, and talks are continuing. The rest sounds like bollocks.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 5, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #13

    At least a sale is still apparently possible, but by no means guaranteed. Ashley has worked himself into a fairly tight corner, what with the club’s poor performances of late, the tax investigation and his lack of a decent managing director to help Rafa. He can only blame himself as far as I can see.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 5, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #14

    Let’s hope we get a minimum of 7 or 8 points for the rest of December but that is by no means guaranteed either. We haven’t really played well since early in the season and that is getting to be a long time ago. A turn around will require both a tight defense and a little bit of scoring. I think we definitely need to keep playing Gayle for as long as he is fit.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 5, 2017 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Hibbit/Shire/Sparky…are you guys stil as confident that a sale will go through before January as you were a month ago…

    …going on what you have or are being told?

    I cannot work out all the different stories I read in the media…

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  • JackButler

    Dec 5, 2017 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #16

    so we have an owner who is a bare faced liar teamed up with the press who wouldn’t know the truth if it smacked them in the face. I’m waiting until he has officially sign any deal before I get too excited about any deal

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 5, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Missed your question yesterday jesper. No I didn’t get a new Thong of Gloom. The family says if I won’t take the old one off I don’t deserve a new one. Harrumph……

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 5, 2017 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #18

    If the negotiations break down I don’t see where that benefits Ashley in any way. He won’t get a better offer, the club is struggling with lack of investment and sinking toward the relegation zone and HM Revenue service isn’t going away any time soon. I think one improved offer above 250M will be made and he’ll be told that’s it. So he had better have a clear mind (no drinkie poos there Mikey) on that day.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 5, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #19

    It’s entertaining to think of Ashley being tied in knots by Amanda and her team. She knows the situation he’s in and is probably cheerfully turning the screws as we speak. Merry Christmas Mikey! Here’s to all the years of woe you’ve given us.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 5, 2017 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #20

    seen as gayle has effectively scored 3 good goals and 2 of them at OT and SB, can we now say he is getting up to PL levels?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 5, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #21

    G2

    That would be more applicable if he wasn’t independently so minted elsewhere, sadly.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 5, 2017 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #22

    It’s true and it’s not true Rotonda mate. He is wealthy in terms of his stock in Sports Direct but he would have to sell a fairly large number of shares to have a lot of liquid asset available to either support the club or pay the tax bill when it comes. He doesn’t want to do either, hence the sale. I still say he is in a weak bargaining position especially while the club flounders and gets closer and closer to the relegation zone. Amanada knows her group would have to make a large investment in January to save us and that means a lower bid. I’m sure she’s telling Ashley exactly that. Any bidder would do the same given the poor condition the club is in.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 5, 2017 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #23

    Gayle is rounding into form I would think we could say now, and nobody else is. We have to give him the chance to score a few more. Who else would Rafa turn to? Certainly not Mitro and even Rafa will see that Hoser Loo is a flop as far as goal scoring goes and Perez hasn’t been any better. That only leaves Gayle.

    1
  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 5, 2017 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #24

    I’m afraid Amanda has Mikey by the proverbials and the pressure will keep on rising. Enjoy Mikey! You deserve every minute of it.

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  • chicousa

    Dec 5, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #25

    Ok, if one believes these recent articles (which I don’t) the parties are about 50M £ apart (250M vs 300M) and both are still at the table. Here is all it will take to nail this thing down:

    AS: “260 M final offer”
    MA: “290 M and Sports Direct free advertising for 5 years!”
    AS: “270 M £ and No adverts. Final final offer!”
    MA: “280 M and 3 years free advertising”
    AS: “275 M and No free advertising!! Truely final offer!
    MA: “Done!”. Lawyers exit to do paperwork. Then MA throws up into fireplace. AS gags and rolls eyes….and screams get oot you slimey bastid!”

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  • hibbit

    Dec 5, 2017 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #26

    G2
    Ashley and his legal team have underestimate PCP from day one
    he obviously thought there would be more than one offer. so he could run some kind of dutch auction playing one off against the other , hence Bishops feebly attempt to invent a second bidder

    every point lost weakens his position and his bargaining power and PCP know this
    if the offers is so bad why is he still at the table !!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 5, 2017 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #27

    Don’t be too concerned if it’s a 3 way bid with UAE, Kuwait and Saudi money, if you look at the current politics in the ME and the fact that all 3 countries are in effect against Qatar (owners of PSG), it would make sense.

    I don’t for a second think that a Chinese/Arab consortium is involved, Arabs only trust their families and they’re all (at this level) families.

    However it also wouldn’t surprise me if the buyer is one of the three in the consortia and no-one else, Arabs like to own it all.

    As for the figures, no idea, all I know is that a second bid has been lodged – but that’s fairly common knowledge anyway.

    1
  • Jib

    Dec 5, 2017 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #28

    Chico
    Good effort at a Geordie accent for a Californian

    1
  • hibbit

    Dec 5, 2017 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #29

    jesp @15

    i honestly think the deal will go through by the end of this month

    1
  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 5, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #30

    That’s roughly my line of reasoning too hibbit @26. The offer isn’t terrible and it’s the only one he’s had so he continues to listen and negotiate. I don’t believe there is a second bidder either. The reason we never hear any details at all about the so-called second bidder is that he/she/it doesn’t exist except as a pathetic bargaining ploy by Mikey and his team of donkeys.

    0
  • lochinvar

    Dec 5, 2017 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #31

    EssexGB – enjoyed the script. Would make a great Viz cartoon. ?

    0
  • chicousa

    Dec 5, 2017 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #32

    Jib,
    Thanks. Was in Newcastle in October so got a crash course in the lingo. But definitely needs more work!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 5, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Mike to team of donkeys: “Whoa there you ‘ornery critters. We’ve got to go slower. Make some fake phone calls to the “other bidders” (nudge nudge) in the meeting with Amanda today. She’s not very bright and this will work like a charm!”

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  • Jib

    Dec 5, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #34

    I know a popular characterisation of Mike Ashley
    is as a greedy grasping character by a lot of folk.
    However if you read the figures in the articles below
    I don’t think he’s being unrealistic in his pricing of NUFC.
    He himself has acknowledged publicly that he is not the
    person to take the club to the next level but that’s no
    reason for him to sell himself short.

    https://www.thenational.ae/world/liverpool-owners-turned-down-1-5bn-offer-to-buy-club-from-dubai-financier-1.670628

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 5, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Jib…there’s literally no interest in Newcastle! Maybe the price/valuation has something to do with it?

    …I don’t think I or others are being unrealistic when saying Ashley cannot expect others to pay for his classlessness or poor decision-making?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 5, 2017 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #36

    *classlessness = cluelessness

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 5, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #37

    Mike has admitted to being a poor owner (after the second relegation) and has made no real move, other than hiring Rafa to change his ways. He didn’t invest in good players last summer so we have a poor squad. The valuation by potential bidder(s) is in part based on the fact that the squad is poor and would require an immediate large investment of cash. Mike isn’t going to get anywhere near what he wants for those reasons and also because the club, through Charmless probably has made some potentially illegal moves with respect to tax avoidance in certain player deals. This also detracts from the value of the club. I have no sympathy for Ashley. He has shown his true colours many times both at the club and with Sports Direct. He will receive what the club is worth and not a penny more or he will continue to be the disastrous owner until he completely destroys us.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 5, 2017 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #39

    Anybody who doesn’t think Ashley is a greedy, grasping character hasn’t been paying attention to his ownership of the club over the last ten years or his history with Sports Direct. It is well known he is unscrupulous in business and has been caught at it repeatedly. He will lie whenever necessary (ask Kevin Keegan about that for one) and is unrepentant. His behavior is frequently reprehensible.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 5, 2017 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #40

    G2

    I dislike Ashley as much as the next guy, But he should only take half of the blame, Its also Shepherd and the Halls, there greed on many levels lead to this situation we are in right now. WE as fans look at the squad and and just want to keep spending because we want the next big player regardless of price, changing managers as often as Shepherd did cost us a fortune in players like boumsong stephane guivarc’h silvio maric alan smith didi domi owen. millions just thrown out the window.
    and whether it was lack of due diligence on Ashleys part, or fiddling the books by shepherd and halls, it has forced the price of our club up to a stupid level, bearing in mind we are now a yoyo club.

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