Alan Shearer knows all about Mike Ashley and the mess he’s made in the 10 years since he’s been the owner of Newcastle United.
And Alan has explained the terrible situation Rafa Benitez finds himself in at the club at the moment because it’s a very difficult club to manage with the current owner.
But Rafa is the first manager who tells it like it is and his standing in the football world has allowed him to speak his mind and people listen to what he has to say.
He is fully supported by the Geordie Nation because they know if only we were on a level playing field we could do well under Rafa.
Alan Shearer – Who knows, it (takeover) may have already happened?
And Shearer even says the club may have already been sold (provisionally) and nothing said externally so the transfer fees are kept low next month.
We’ll explain later what Alan may mean by this statement.
Here’s some of what Alan has said as reported in the Chronicle today:
“He went for players in the summer who could have done that. He went for Javier Hernandez and Tammy Abraham but they were pulled so with ten days left of the window.”
“He had £5M and goes for Joselu because he desperately needs a body.”
“That’s the situation Rafa Benitez is in now with this current ownership. We all know this is a very, very difficult club to manage with the current ownership.”
“We witnessed it many times over the 10 years he’s been here.”
“Rafa is the only guy who has come out and told it like it is. Other managers have been scared or didn’t want to in fear of losing their job.”
“Another manager would have been under severe pressure – not just from the media but from the fans.”
“They would have been going mad here but we’ve heard tonight, the last minute of the game the fans are singing his name.”
“They know what he can bring to this football club and they’re hoping – just like me – that if or when the new owners come in that they back him because they have got a top manager here.”
“He’s got a Championship team and he’s trying to guide them through the Premier League.”
“In the 12 months Rafa has been here, he’s made a profit. That tells you what he’s having to do.”
“We’re all hoping that something happens. Who knows, it may have already happened?”
“I’m not saying I know anything but my guess would be if something has happened they won’t want to announce it.”
“That’s because the new owners coming in would know that going for players, they’re automatically going to go up in value under new owners.”
“If Mike Ashley’s here they know that he’s a businessman, he’ll work, he’ll haggle and he’ll try to get the players for a sensible price.”
“That’s not me saying I know something, it’s just me guessing. I hope that is the case.”
Those are some points Alan makes – all in favor of Rafa.
What Alan may be saying (or guessing) when he says “it may have already happened” is that an agreement in principle has been made between Ms. Staveley and Mike Ashley and Newcastle will now enter a period of exclusivity.
In this period Mike Ashley cannot entertain any more bids for the club and PCP Capital Partners will take another deep dive into the financials as part of their continued due diligence.
It could take about four weeks to complete this stage and by then January could be nearly over and the deal could be announced sometime in February.
We believe that’s what Alan Shearer may be saying.
What do you think?