There was a report in the Mirror yesterday that over the last few weeks negotiations between Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley and her PCP Capital Partners group had started up again.
We covered the story yesterday but were a little dubious that was the case and said so.
The report also said Ms. Staveley would provide funds to have the training ground improved and also provide significant funds for transfers to Rafa.
They would also sign the manager up to a long-term deal.
In other words – the same old stuff from last year.
Today the Shields Gazette has said it is their understanding that a sale is no closer.
Notice they didn’t say negotiations hadn’t started – just that a sale was no closer.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner
Here’s the short piece from the Gazette today:
“Meanwhile, a report yesterday claimed that takeover talks between owner Mike Ashley and would-be buyer Amanda Staveley had restarted.”
“However, the Gazette understands that a sale is no closer.”
Rafa and the players will want to concentrate on getting as many points as possible in the final six games of the season and we are currently in 10th place.
Getting higher up the league table will help sell the club.
The lads are playing well and with confidence and we could finish the season in the Premier League even in 9th place as the highest possible.
We are 3 points behind Everton with a game in hand and still have to play them at Goodison Park, and we have a much better goal difference.
If the club is going to be sold, we would expect some buyers to come forward (very) soon as our safety becomes real.
What we don’t want to happen is for this to stretch right over the summer months, and Mike Ashley drag his feet – again.
The owner could use the potential sale as a reason to withhold transfer money from Rafa Benitez, this summer.
He could do that – but we hope he doesn’t.
Rafa deserves a lot more support (and money) than he’s been given from Mike Ashley over the last fifteen months.
Have you thought about what St. James’ Park will look like when the million Sports Direct.com signs are finally removed?