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Potential New Owner “Very Keen” To Keep Rafa As Manager For New Era


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.

Comments welcome.


117 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    May 27, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #1

    OhmyGodohmyGodohmyGod

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    May 27, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #2

    I’ve never seen ilovetoon8788 post so much since were were getting humped 4-0 off Liverpool and he was loving it, the guy is positively sh!tting himself that this might happen ha ha ha the sad mackem tw@t 😀

    34
  • Tsunki

    May 27, 2019 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #3

    I’ll believe it when Charnleys favourite teddy bear, Mostyn, is ritually beheaded on the centre spot and his fireman Sam dinner set is thrown into the car park but up until now it’s all frog territory.

    7
  • Optimistic Panda

    May 27, 2019 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Sing

    It definitely takes the edge off

    🙂

    Bobby Lesh

    Weed the people is a documentary on Netflix you should watch.

    3
  • Bambams

    May 27, 2019 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Still no statement from our club.

    1
  • Mindshaft

    May 27, 2019 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Love the fact that people (ilovetoon) is insisting a board meeting is happening at 15:00 – the only board member we have is Charnley … Even he’s not dumb enough to have a meeting with himself

    Couldn’t make it up …. Oh, hold on – somebody did )

    11
  • Ibizatoon

    May 27, 2019 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Talk of a takeover and also getting high….definitely enough for me to at least say hi!

    13
  • Optimistic Panda

    May 27, 2019 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #8

    13th time lucky

    0
  • Optimistic Panda

    May 27, 2019 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Hello ibiza

    Hows the fence x

    1
  • DubaiMicky

    May 27, 2019 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #10

    toonluvva (from previous) Kuwait is a different country some 750 miles from here (similar distance as Newcastle to Prague), they’re called ghutrahs and the UAE guys would love it (Love it), if the Toon Army turned up wearing them.

    5
  • Spellcheck

    May 27, 2019 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #11

    Here’s hoping!!!!! The Club and the fans deserve some positivity. HWTLs

    1
  • lochinvar

    May 27, 2019 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Is Jib in the bushes at Newcastle airport ?
    Who’s monitoring SJP ?
    Anyone eaves dropping at the Chronicle ?
    Maybe Tom Cruise and his team are on the case.

    3
  • DubaiMicky

    May 27, 2019 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Get your mam’s tea towels out boys… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFIu786Ou48

    2
  • Optimistic Panda

    May 27, 2019 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Unfortunately no THC in the vape I use.

    Which is a shame as due to the entourage effect THC aids the CBD in working more efficiently.

    2
  • Pickup Points Benitez

    May 27, 2019 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #15

    Lets be honest we all know ibiza is split in half now from being sat on that fence so long ?

    0
  • Ibizatoon

    May 27, 2019 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #16

    OP…Been doing some work to it. It’s getting mighty high these days.

    How’s tricks?

    2
  • Ibizatoon

    May 27, 2019 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #17

    PPB… By this stage I’m split into far more parts than just two 🙂

    No THC…No thanks.

    Well, been fun, work calls…Take it easy and come on Ashley…sell it finally.

    4
  • Pickup Points Benitez

    May 27, 2019 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #18

    Ibiza. We need a fifa catchup haha

    0
  • Optimistic Panda

    May 27, 2019 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #19

    Ibiza

    Really good, just ordering the sand to turn the back garden into a oasis.

    Can you source camels?

    0
  • Geordie1

    May 27, 2019 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #20

    Well, guys, we’ve been here many times before and been lied too however this time after sticking my heed out off the backdoor I was unable to smell the normal Bull Shit that usually comes whenever there is speculation about the TOON concerning Ashley so there may be some truth in all this good God I truly hope so don’t want to be negative on this possible momentous occasion for the TOONS future. Off to the Pub to contemplate lol.

    ASHLEY OUT!!!

    2
  • carltoon

    May 27, 2019 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #21

    Loris Benito in the toon to sign

    1
  • DaveD1000

    May 27, 2019 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Mickey
    it will be the traditional tea towel and snake belt method for most of us

    0
  • BANDWBURNABY

    May 27, 2019 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Still think it is smoke & mirrors orchestrated by fatty’s P.R.

    0
  • martoon

    May 27, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #24

    Trying to be rational and read between the lines by looking at all the stories I think Ed and the Sun are maybe jumping the gun by saying contracts are signed etc. However there is mileage in this and assuming the club are being reticent about this maybe negotiations are at an advanced stage – I just hope the story becoming public doesn’t upset the buyer!

    4
  • Novocastrian66

    May 27, 2019 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #25

    We’re being linked with Loris Benito. Definitely falls into the Ashley transfer profile rather than a rich sheikh.

    0
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 27, 2019 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Loris Benito is a good player mind you and if its Rafa in charge of scouting him you just know there is plan for the player in Rafa’s system !

    1
  • jane

    May 27, 2019 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #27

    wikipedia already updated!

    “Loris Benito Souto (born 7 January 1992) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a defender for Newcastle United”

    0
  • jane

    May 27, 2019 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #28

    is it a free?

    1
  • Novocastrian66

    May 27, 2019 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #29

    Yes.

    0
  • Novocastrian66

    May 27, 2019 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #30

    He flew in to Newcastle this morning, apparently.

    0
  • Reilly

    May 27, 2019 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #31

    ???? ??????
    @dhalajmy
    · 1m
    To #Newcastle fans:
    On Friday you will hear a news that makes you happy. #NUFC

    2
  • hibbit

    May 27, 2019 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #32

    martoon

    unless it’s the buyer who instigated it as the story seems to have been leaked by some one in the gulf through the sun only time will tell !!!

    0
  • Pickup Points Benitez

    May 27, 2019 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #33

    Is benito the upgrade for fernandez?
    He is a similar player to schar/lejeune from what i have just seen (pinch of salt required?) Tough in the tackle and decent with ball at feet.

    0
  • north east lincs toon

    May 27, 2019 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #34

    Why would Man City owner want his brother competing against him believe it when club announce it

    0
  • Binney

    May 27, 2019 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #35

    Lads… Look at this. https://imgur.com/a/q1Ffj5y

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 27, 2019 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #36

    Benito plays lb/lwb

    1
  • hibbit

    May 27, 2019 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #37

    Reilly
    at lot of these updates coming out of the Emirates now lots hope there more reliable then the UK media

    1
  • Pickup Points Benitez

    May 27, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #38

    Ronaldo
    Thanks. I didnt look him up properly. Just some highlights. Well a LB is deffo needed so hope he is as good as these vids make him look

    0
  • Reilly

    May 27, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #39

    Im still not buying it,seen it two many times from the fat twat.

    2
  • Binney

    May 27, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #40

    It could be all BS but I can’t help but get excited

    0

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