In an exclusive in the Telegraph today, they are reporting that once safety is assured at Newcastle Mike Ashley will renew his efforts to sell the club.
That’s good news but we cannot have uncertainty again during the summer transfer window.
And even though Mike Ashley wants to sell Newcastle he has to give some transfer money to Rafa so the manager can strengthen the side before next season and start doing that early this summer.
That’s what would-be buyers would want in any case – they don’t want to buy a club that will be fighting relegation again next season.
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But it really does seem that Ashley is sick of Newcastle and wants to unload the club in the summer.
That’s very good news.
Here’s a positive bit of news from the exclusive in the Telegraph:
“Telegraph Sport understands that there has been tentative interest from at least two new parties in the last few weeks.”
“But everything remains on hold until both sides know which division Newcastle will be playing in next season.”
The sooner Newcastle can ensure safety the sooner Mike Ashley can look at selling the club and hopefully the sooner the club can be sold.
But unless Ashley is willing to deal at a reasonable price – say £300M with no strings attached – then this could drag on once again – as it did last from last October through early January.
Rafa Benitez will have known about this since last January when Mike ended the long drawn-out negotiations with Amanda Staveley and her PCP Capital Partners Group.
Rafa talks as though he wants to stay long-term at Newcastle but obviously that will be under new owners and whether Ashley can get him to sign a new deal before the club is sold looks (very) doubtful.
Rafa will want to know what he’s signing on for and who the new owners will be.
And Ashley is also willing to listen to new offers from Amanda Staveley once Newcastle are safe in the Premier League.
It would be great if Ashley can sell the club early in the summer so the new owners and Rafa have a full transfer window.
But again – unless Ashley is willing to do a quick deal and accept a reasonable price for the club – this thing could drag on during the summer.
That’s something we don’t want to happen – for the good of the club.
But this is good news for Newcastle fans.
Now we must beat Huddersfield Town tomorrow – this is a huge incentive to do just that.
I thought Ashley may be staying at the club but I was wrong.
That’s more good news.