There has been very little news on the negotiations taking place between Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley, and Rafa Benitez over the last several days.
We believe the talks started sometime last Thursday and it seems there may have been a meeting that day with Rafa returning back to Liverpool after one or two days.
Communication between the parties has continued by email and telephone, and they are said to have a contract drawn up and are reviewing all aspects of it to ensure it is very clear and cannot be misinterpreted by either side.
That’s about all we know, and there are parts of that which are probably not accurate.
It is always a good thing in business when both parties are being professional about it and not leaking to the press.
The three men in negotiation
It’s not good for the press, but it’s good for the negotiations.
Mike Ashley was alarmed with Amanda Staveley when she was reported to be trying to buy Newcastle and kept leaking things to the press – some of the information she leaked turned out to be not true.
That is said to have infuriated Ashley.
Rafa Benitez is a professional in every sense of the word, and he is also a savvy businessman and can be trusted with confidential things Mike Ashley tells him.
That has to be good, and it’s possibly one reason why Rafa has said his relationship with the owner is a lot better than most people think.
Rafa has gone public about his frustrations with the lack of funds, but he’s been mostly quiet about his grouses since last season started back in August.
The two sides have to reach an agreement soon, and the Chronicle are saying if this drags on until Friday (we, unfortunately, think it could) then that could spell trouble.
Maybe, but Rafa likes to dot the I’s and cross the T’s – so he is meticulous, and that takes time.
We’ll keep looking at the Newcastle website to see if there’s any news, but nothing yet.
And we’ll keep hoping – and assuming no news is good news.