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Ashley Must Show Leadership And Urgency Now – And Sign Rafa To A New Contract

The Chronicle is reporting today that Mike Ashley is still waiting for an official offer to come from Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed al-Nahyan even though his group has said they have already agreed on the price.

That could be true that they have agreed on a price of £350M, but they now need to move and put that official offer to Ashley so things can start moving along quickly.

Time is of the essence.

It’s hardly surprising that Ashley is concerned that the deal is being played out in the media because it is.

The current owner and the current manager at Newcastle

And that’s what put an end to the Amanda Staveley takeover attempt – but that lasted for months.

We have known about this bid for two days, and they are already further along than Staveley ever was.

And they also seem to have the money which Staveley never had.

So that put the comparison in some perspective.

Two other groups are also reported to be interested in buying the club but are not as far along as Sheikh Khaled.

Rafa Benitez has been left in the lurch here, and after more than two weeks of negotiating, there is still no agreement on his contract.

Lee Charnley is leading the negotiations, so we need to sign Rafa up to a new deal, and that’s independent of whether the club is sold.

If the new owner wants to give Rafa a new contract later, then that’s fine, but Rafa’s contract should not be dependent (suddenly) on the club being sold.

If Ashley and Charnley dither around (once again) and wait on giving Rafa a new deal, there could be dire consequences to pay, and another mess will have been created,

Yes, another one.

They never seem to able to do anything logically or quickly and always seem to be dithering around and not accomplishing anything of real substance.

When that happens, people tend to concentrate on the problems and not what’s needed to bring about a solution – they lack leadership.

If Ashley really wants to sell the club that will have to change quickly.

And they should show more respect to Rafa Benitez who has kept the club afloat over the last three years despite Mike Ashley playing his old games and refusing to spend the club’s money.

Ashley should be thanking Rafa that he still has a Premier League club to sell for £350M.

The owner needs to step up to the plate and show some leadership and urgency.

He needs to sign Rafa as quickly as possible to a new deal.

Like now.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Optimistic Panda

    May 29, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #1


    Is that not the guy speaking on the video in the national piece?

  • Ron Knee

    May 29, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    “Ashley needs to step up to the plate and show some leadership and sign Rafa as quickly as possible.

    “Like now.”


  • Zele

    May 29, 2019 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #3

    ‘..If Newcastle are taken over by Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed al-Nahyan, it’s likely that Rafa will go after better and more expensive players..’

    There is a worrying assumption by a few that just because of the possibility that there maybe new owners from the Middle East that they will plash the cash just like the owners of Man City did.

    Counting chickens can often lead to bitter disappointment.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    May 29, 2019 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Everytime a takeover report comes everybody gets so overexcited. Don’t understand why, it’s meaningless.

    Until the deal has been confirmed, and the new owner has been confirmed, all this news means absolutely nothing!

    The fat slug got you all chasing your own tail on this one. He taking you all on a wild goose chase!!

  • Wayayman

    May 29, 2019 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #5

    AC from last thread:

    London Magpie Group.

  • Optimistic Panda

    May 29, 2019 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #6


    All I’m after is someone who runs us like a football club and invests in the training facilities and youth sides.

    Investment on the pitch would be nice but I’d rather blow the bank on the above to give the club a real future.

  • DaveD1000

    May 29, 2019 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #7

    with you on that

  • RobLeenio

    May 29, 2019 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #8

    OP, yep, Neil Mitchell was interviewed by The National in their piece on the potential Sheikh-over (just invented that term, bet it’s been all over Twitter already – if not, why not?)


  • Zele

    May 29, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #9


    Quite agree but some (possibly too many) are equating what happened to Man City with what could happen to Newcastle United. Times have changed. There are now restrictions on unrestricted funnelling of money to clubs.

    Yes, there maybe more to spend on transfers but I very much doubt it will be anything like the amounts spent by the owners of Chelsea and Man City.

  • Big Archie

    May 29, 2019 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Zele – you obviously know nothing about the UAE – the country or the people.

  • Gnome

    May 30, 2019 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #11

    just testing new account ..:)


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