Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has inferred there may be some good news on the potential takeover by Amanda Staveley after the Everton game.
It was in answer to a question posed to him about the status of the takeover; every fan is wondering what the situation is after what seemed a positive meeting between Ashley and Staveley last Wednesday night in Hampstead.
Maybe Mike Ashley has even agreed to take the latest offer from Staveley, which is an upfront payment of £250M.
If Ashley does sell, that will very quickly the spirits of Newcastle fans who will hope this is finally the start of owners who will support our world-class manager Rafa Benitez.
Amanda Staveley – potential new owner and new face of Newcastle United
It could also leave time for Staveley to give Rafa with some decent funds for the January transfer window.
This is the response (specifically the first sentence) that has fans and journalists intrigued – because it was in response to a question on the takeover:
“Hopefully after the Everton game we will have a win and some news and people will be happy.”
“Still we’re monitoring and talking to players but still, we do not know how much money is available.”
“I don’t know if it’ll be loans or permanent yet, I don’t know budget but I hope to know soon.”
“I met Lee Charnley the other day and I hope to have an answer soon.”
We cannot jump to too many conclusions (but we will) and those words “people will be happy” – could be that Ashley has agreed to sell.
We really hope so, and it would be an opportune time for a deal although it will still take some time to officially close it.
Just think if we beat Everton tomorrow night and then Ashley announces he has reached an agreement to sell the club to Amanda Staveley and the consortium she has put together.
Maybe Ashley read our article of earlier this morning that he should take the £250M offer while it’s still on the table with the club’s value quickly going down with every defeat.
Yes – obviously that was it.
First things first – let’s make sure we get all 3 points against Everton.
And on the other side of things – not so good news – Rafa could just be envisaging that if we win tomorrow and he gets to know what transfer funds he has available for January – then people will be happy.
That wouldn’t be as exciting as Ashley having agreed to sell the club.
The owner needs to leave quickly.