The transfer window opens in just 12 days time, and we were hoping for some players coming in early next month.
But that’s unlikely to happen with the reports that Mike Ashley wants to get further along with talks on Newcastle’s takeover with Amanda Staveley’s PCP Partners group before deciding how much he wants to give to Mr. Benitez next month.
There has been news of £30M being made available, but with every defeat, relegation becomes a growing and negative issue in the takeover talks.
And we don’t expect much progress to be made over the Christmas period.
Mike Ashley – another self-created mess
The truth is nobody knows exactly the status of the talks, but the news that filters out is not good with the two parties still not being able to agree on a price.
Amanda Staveley obviously doesn’t want to buy a club that could end up in the Championship in May.,
And the latest news is not only does she think there is a 65% chance of that happening but that Newcastle’s value would decrease by £125M if we were relegated again.
This is now getting eerily similar to what happened back in 2008 at this time when Ashley had tried to sell the club but didn’t get one offer, and he pulled the club off the market.
If that happens, Newcastle would be doomed.
We were relegated back in 2009 with the club in complete turmoil.
It’s not nearly as bad now thanks mainly to the steadying influence of Rafa Benitez, although pundits like Richard Keys are trying to upset the apple cart.
He’s blaming Rafa for our troubles and saying stupid things – like it has nothing to do with the owner.
Remember Rafa got £19M net to spend in the summer.
This takeover has also affected the form of the Newcastle team.
Ashley announced he would sell the club in October and our results have fallen off a cliff since then – although we did have injuries to Lascelles and Merino at that time.
Once again there are questions about the future of the club with nobody really knowing where this potential takeover will lead us.
There’s one thing for certain – Ashley has caused this mess and it’s all happened since last May when everything looked so positive.
And his actions this season could lead to yet another relegation on his watch.
The fact that Rafa Benitez doesn’t have a clue as to how much he will get in the January transfer market is damning.
You can never accuse Mike Ashley of having any leadership ability.
But unless this takeover is sorted out soon and the uncertainty put to an end it will continue to have a negative impact on our season.
We cannot have that in what is such an important season for the club.