There’s a chance when the smoke clears that we’ll be left with an awful situation at Newcastle United.
At the end of August, Mike Ashley could still be the owner of the club and Rafa Benitez, with the three coaches who work closely with him, could have left the club.
Mike Ashley is unwilling to give way to Rafa on recruitment and the free use of his transfer budget – but if Ashley is selling the club, why is he so concerned about this?
One big thing that can help the owner sell Newcastle currently is that world-renowned Rafa Benitez is the manager.
Why would he want him to leave before the club is sold – so why didn’t he give what Rafa wants to stay at the club.?
Mike Ashley – does he really want to sell Newcastle?
We are being told the Bin Zayed Group are well along with in their efforts to acquire the club, and that two other groups are also still involved in trying to buy Newcastle.
But no exclusivity has been granted to any of the groups – or so we are told.
What we don’t understand is why Ashley wouldn’t have given in to the demands of Rafa Benitez, and he could have signed the deal four weeks ago, and we wouldn’t be in this terrible mess of uncertainty the club are in now.
Surely Ashley would have done that if he intends to sell the club and once the club is sold we would expect the new owner(s) to potentially upgrade Rafa’s contract.
Why would Ashley be so firm with Rafa if he wants out of Newcastle?
That’s the question.
If this man is still around by the end of August he really is a reluctant seller – and that simply code for he doesn’t want to sell the club and lose all that global publicity for Sports Direct.
And it could all turn out to have been another ruse not to spend much money in this summer’s transfer window.
We really hope that’s not true.
There should be some protest made to the Premier League about the behavior of this owner – he’s completely unfit to own a Premier League club and had kept Newcastle in chains for 12 long years.
He should have no future at all at Newcastle United.