Former Newcastle coach Mark Lawrenson isn’t worried too much about Chris Hughton’s Brighton getting relegated this season – but he is worried about Newcastle.
That’s the rather surprising opinion of the BBC pundit and it all centers around the takeover, which has introduced too much uncertainty at the club with the January transfer window about to open.
Mike Ashley is out of the country and he seems to have done little in the last few weeks to sell the club and there seems to be a deadlock in the negotiations.
The more this uncertainty goes on with no deal announced, the more it will affect Newcastle in their attempts to avoid relegation.
Rafa Benitez – must manage difficult situation this January
Rafa Benitez is handling all of this very well – but Lawrenson wonders where the manager will be getting his transfer funds from next month.
Are they from Mike Ashley (Newcastle’s money) or Amanda Staveley of PCP Capital Partners group – as a loan to the club – or both?
Here’s what Mark has explained are the problems at the Tyneside club at the moment:
“Newcastle were very defensive against Manchester City on Wednesday night, even when they went 1-0 down, but Rafael Benitez’s aim was for his team to try to stay in the game until the end.”
“And it almost worked because they nearly nicked a point.”
“There will be a very different feeling about this game, against another promoted club – the Magpies have to try to win this one.”
“Brighton lost at Chelsea on Boxing Day but they had taken four points from their previous two matches, and this will be another fixture that their boss Chris Hughton will have earmarked as one to get something out of.”
“The Seagulls are only three points above Newcastle in the table but I just don’t see Hughton’s side getting relegated – I never really have.”
“It is different with Newcastle, and I am a little bit worried for them.” “The takeover of the club is turning into a long-running saga.”
“Ad they need to bring in new players in January. They have Benitez as manager, which is a huge positive, but who is he talking to about potential signings?”
“Is it the current regime or the new people? It is a very difficult situation for them.”
Most fans seem confident we can get our first home win since back on October 21st tomorrow – we’ve lost the last 5 home games.