The representatives of Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, who is reported to have reached an agreement with Mike Ashley to buy Newcastle for £350M say the new owner wants Rafa Benitez to stay at the club.
But there have been other reports particularly a tweet from Pete Graves of Sky Sports that revealed Rafa Benitez had been left in the dark about the takeover.
That could well be possible since it’s Mike Ashley – so he could have been negotiating with Rafa and then with the Sheikh and not say anything to Benitez about potentially selling the club
But we also see no reason why Rafa wouldn’t be offered a new contract by the Sheikh – once the deal to buy Newcastle is completed.
The potential new owner said to be “very keen” to keep Rafa Benitez at Newcastle
The Mail has reported this today:
“The representatives also insisted that the prospective new owner is very keen to keep Rafa Benitez as manager of the club.”
“And that the takeover is expected to be done in time for this summer’s transfer window.”
If the Sun was right that signed contracts between the two parties have already been sent to the Premier League then the deal could complete soon.
But then the news from the club is there’s still a considerable distance to be covered before a deal is concluded.
What’s important is how that considerable distance translates – in terms of time.
It seems the Sheikh has agreed the deal with Ashley and the main thing now is for the Premier League to bless the deal and the new owner.
What we are hoping for is the Sheikh buys the club quickly so Rafa can start moving after his transfer targets.
If the deal goes through Rafa’s likely to have ample funds to spend to build up the team for next season – that would be a first at Newcastle for him.
The 61-year-old Sheikh is well respected in business circles and has always been a fan of English football and has wanted to own a Premier League football club for many years.
His business acumen will stand him in good stead, and it will be interesting to see who he brings in to run the club on the executive and financial side of things.
But it seems he has made a good choice in his attempts to acquire Newcastle United.
Let’s hope the deal goes through very quickly.