As we mentioned this morning, it’s going to be interesting to see if some of the would-be buyers come in with new offers for the club to try to tempt Mike Ashley to sell.
We expect that to happen once it’s clear Newcastle will not be relegated – maybe when we are technically safe.
The only would-be buyer we know about is Amanda Staveley and from what Ms.Staveley has said she would seem to be an excellent owner for Newcastle and she shares the same ambitions as Rafa Benitez has for the club.
Rafa Benitez – at Arsenal on 18th December
We did really well on Saturday to get our third win in a row at Leicester, and now we face Arsenal next Sunday at home and a win then should guarantee safety.
But it’s been another long, hard grind for Newcastle fans and we remember the gloom back in mid-December after losing 1-0 at Arsenal when we were 3rd bottom and it looked like the fight against relegation could down to the last game of the season.
Thankfully that hasn’t happened.
Rafa has talked about those bleak days in mid-December to the Chronicle today:
“There was a time at Newcastle when some people were saying: ‘Change the manager – that’s the solution!’”
“If you remember, though, this season they have changed the managers at the bottom all of the time. But sometimes stability is the key.”
“If you are doing the right things it is about being patient.” “In the end you can get the benefits.”
“For us, it has been crucial to have the fans behind the team and the players are working really hard.”
“Everything has been done in a football way. It has been right but we still have to carry on.”
With our players giving their all every single week and being fully supported by Newcastle fans – that’s hard to beat.
It’s a really powerful combination, especially with Rafa leading the way.
Newcastle are now within 3 points of 9th place and Everton.
We play the Toffees on Monday night April 23rd, so we need a win in that game – which is possible.
It seems like the highest we can finish is in 9th place – but you never know.
Note: April 23rd is also exactly eleven years ago since I started the blog.