News that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley returns from his American vacation today, and maybe he’ll get more involved with the takeover talks still ongoing between Ashley’s people and those of Amanda Staveley and her PCP Capital Partners group.
But we assume that Rafa Benitez will want to talk to the owner to find out how much money he will get to spend this month – after all it is the 10th January, and we are one third the way through the window.
Most managers in the league will know how much they have to spend this month.
But this is Newcastle, and this is Newcastle under the incompetent and absent ownership of Mike Ashley.
Amanda Staveley – wins will help us reach safety and help her buy the club
Here’s a tweet from Pete Graves of Sky Sports who says the talks have not broken down and are still ongoing – if slow.
All I can say is Mike Ashley returns from holiday today. Let’s see what developments the next few days may bring. I know there’s a lot of panic. It’s understandable. But talks despite being slow have certainly not broken down. #NUFCTakeover #nufc https://t.co/htUF7OLl6l
— Pete Graves (@PeteGravesSky) January 10, 2018
If Rafa can get some loan players in – say two from England and two from abroad and they are good players – that’s all we need.
Then he can take the squad he will have for the rest of the season and supported by the fans we need probably six more wins to be safe – and we need them as soon as possible.
Newcastle being safe in the Premier League will remove the main obstacle to the takeover – the possibility of relegation.
So if the lads can keep up their good form, they can get the wins and help make the takeover happen – sooner rather than later.
We have three wins from the last five games, and hopefully, we can make that four wins from six, after we met Swansea at home on Saturday afternoon.
But that game will certainly not be an easy one.
It’s also good that the fans are being patient and supporting Rafa during this very difficult period for the club.
Rafa could sign a long-term deal to stay at the club once Amanda Staveley becomes the new owner – sometime in the future.
One of the main reasons he would do that is the bond he has with the fans.
We live in hope – as always.