Rafa Hints At Good News Coming – People Will Be Happy – Has Ashley Agreed To Sell?


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.

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370 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Rafa Benitez is hoping to hear positive news about Newcastle United’s takeover bid in the next few days.

    Benitez – United’s only public speaker who has contact with the club hierarchy – was asked several questions about where the club stand on a potential sale.

    With the January transfer window also set to open soon, Benitez is also waiting for a meeting with managing director Lee Charnley.

    Regardless of whether the club is sold, Benitez still needs to strengthen his squad.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #2

    amanda is in dubai talking to here gaffer
    henderson is in miami getting the papers signed
    just hope this the build up to the announcement that the deals done
    and now Rafa is giving massive hints !!!!

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  • willowdalerez

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Repost – Ed’s a machine today 😉

    Frank, that talk is one big sideshow to keep fans frothing at the mouth. The important thing is a win or at least at draw at home tomorrow. We do that we’ll right the ship. That’s all that matters. another quote in the chronicle from today is that Rafa is waiting on transfer budget info from Charnley. He know what we know and that is whatever dribs and drabs Ashley wants us to know. Until a deal is announced there is no deal and best stick to talking about football.

    On that note next 6 games and my fearless (imprudent but fearless predictions)

    Wed 13 Dec Newcastle 1 vs 1 Everton draw 1 point
    Sat 16 Dec Arsenal 2 vs 0 Newcastle loss 0 points
    Sat 23 Dec West Ham 1 vs 2 Newcastle win 3 points
    Wed 27 Dec Newcastle 0 vs 4 Man City loss 0 points
    Sat 30 Dec Newcastle 2 vs 1 Brighton win 3 points
    Mon 1 Jan Stoke 0 vs 1 Newcastle win 3 points

    Total 10 points

    Points on Jan 1 – 25 Points

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  • Thump

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #4

    I think that’s the first time I’ve heard Penfold being mentioned since the HMRC s investigation kicked off.

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  • willowdalerez

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Hibbit – Rafa’s a canny fellow. Give massive hints to pack the stands with a howling army that gives our lads the edge against a poor Everton squad. Don’t think he knows anything more than we do and Staveley’s location is meaningless too because she advises on more than one matter at a time.

    I just want the Toon to stick it to the Blues as a nice way to welcome Sam back to St. James 😉

    HWTL

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  • geordiemark

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #7

    hibbit

    lets hope so

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  • JackButler

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #8

    Is there light at the end of this very long, very dark, very painful tunnel?

    The day Ashley’s leaves will be a day every single NUFC fan will remember forever

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Half-time whistle blows at Everton match and Amanda comes out the tunnel on a horse wearing a toon top

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  • SColl

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #10

    Rafa knows more than he is letting on, i think this is his way of saying we know we’ve been poor on the pitch and some are losing confidence but hang in there because Ashley’s time is coming to an end.

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  • JackButler

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Jazzyp

    Let’s hope she comes out with Ashley on a leash whipping him for the fans amusement

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  • lesh

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Repost…..just in case catchy missed it

    catchy in Norway

    I was prepared to give you the benefit of the doubt over your obsession with sacking Rafa but now you’ve posted your support for Trump and his near fascist views, I am sorry, but in my eyes, your credibility is down to ZERO.

    Posting such views indicates that you have been conditioned to lean to the political right and/ or will not or cannot see beyond the lies that are pushed out in the media and aimed at people like you – manipulable by virtue of ignorance, insecurity or an inability to differentiate good from bad.

    And you wonder why people react to you the way they do? Step back and think about it – if Fox or Breitbart allows you to!.

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #13

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #14

    🙂 🙂 🙂

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  • martoon

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #15

    jazzyp @9 – Shouldn’t it be a Camel rather than a horse? :mrgreen:

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #16

    JB

    Hey mate where you been ??

    The blogs been a joy over the last few months lol

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #17

    Amanda appearing at the Everton match in black leather and a whip and Ashley on all fours just ahead of her? Now that is good news!!!

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  • lesh

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #18

    Jazzy

    Amanda on a horse wearing a Toon top? Just like Boudicca led the English tribes against the Romans, she could deliver the Toon army and the Geordie nation from the evil clenches of Ashley.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #19

    It looks like JB beat me to it there. Danny Ings? Is he any good after all the injuries?

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #20

    Martoon

    Hahaha Yeah that would make sense mate. Let’s hope Rafa’s intriguing statement has a hidden positive

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #21

    Lesh well said mate

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  • JackButler

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #22

    Jazzyp

    I’ve beeb good mate, how’s things with you?

    Had to take an extended break for the sake of my own sanity lol

    Thought I’d have a look what’s was happening now that Ashley’s time is coming to and end

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Lesh

    A history buff eh. Fund plenty of her coinage on my expeditions around Norfolk.
    Hopefully Amanda has no Daughter’s !!

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  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #24

    You’re all missing the point with Ryder’s quote, it’s not the “People will be happy” part – as that can follow after a win. It’s the “And some news” part. THAT is the interesting part.

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #25

    Jb

    Good mate thanks.
    Hopefully you have come back to the news of a takeover and the start of something special

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  • Jib

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #26

    It would have to be a big Toon top to fit a horse

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #27

    Coming out of the dark painful tunnel into the light. Born again, born again! Beautiful symbolism there Jack Butler.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #28

    Danny ings. Not normally a fan of loaning with no intention to buy and this is something that benefits Liverpool mainly as he will get fitness with us and find out whether he is the same player after injuries. Saying that, we need proven strikers and Danny ings was a goalscorer. I think I would be ok with this provided he is 1 of 2 strikers arriving.

    So… When are we putting this statue of Amanda stavely up??

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  • hibbit

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #29

    AMANDA at st James on Wednesday just sting in the stand with a smile on her face would seal it for me

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Prepare the feast! By Ragnar’s hairy armpits we are about to celebrate!!!

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #31

    There was talk of players being unsettled by takeover talk but for me, it should be a motivation. Prove that you’re good enough to stay, if not we will go and buy Neymar!!

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  • JackButler

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #32

    Jazzyp

    Let’s hope so mate, we’ve been through the wringer with Ashley, it will be amazing to have something to get excited about and be able to talk about football rather than the owners lack of interest in the club we all love

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  • U.S Magpie

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #33

    Let’s not get to crazy here, Yes it would be wonderful news. Lets start of by saying this could be Rafa saying he has a 40 million treasure trove to spend. It could be that we have already tied up some strikers for the club in January. For me the most important thing right now it that win against Everton, lets steady the sinking ship first before we throw out the RAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #34

    Bring your Ashley effigies to the match and we will ritualistically fong him! He is finished with us and we are finished with him! Huzzah!!!!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #35

    Catchy

    Did you write something on 2 previous threads? Sorry but I didn’t want to lose 5 minutes I’d never get back reading through your horse s–t . You, my presumably racist, red neck, homophobic and sexist friend, are as interesting as a documentary on dirt.

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  • JackButler

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #36

    G2

    It’s been painful mate, I’ve got my fingers, toes and everything else crossed the fat man is gone very soon

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  • hibbit

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #37

    so who is the buyer ???????????

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  • martoon

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #38

    Rafa’s comment does sound hopeful – but it could just be the way he phrases things in English.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Let’s get crazy here! Let’s dance in the streets. Let’s shed wor Thongs of Gloom! This is it lads! The great moment is nigh! Or at least fairly night!!!

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #40

    Us magpie
    Nah man. No need for calm heads. We can go and buy new Newcastle tops with messi on the back!!

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