Earlier today, we had reported about Peter Redding’s positive tweet about the BZG takeover.
The tweet was intriguing in that Peter Redding made mention of a pending statement in the next few days.
The Shields Gazette have also put out a report on that tweet but added some additional information.
Liam Kennedy in the Shields Gazette writes about the coming statement:
The Gazette understands that could even be as soon as tomorrow. The content of the statement, which has already been drafted, is not known, though.
It could be in connection with the story over the weekend from the Mirror, that Sheikh Khaled’s group had an influence on the decision to allow Benitez to leave.
While this is not definitive information, it does add some context to the information provided by Redding.
Where Kennedy writes that the statement is already drafted sticks out to us. While it does not appear that it is alluding to a done deal at all, it could be a clarification of the progress being made.
But why if it is already drafted is it being held?
Liam follows that bit of information with some conjecture that it may regard the unverified news that Sheikh Khaled’s group had an influence over Rafa’s departure.
It could be a professional courtesy for the Bin Zayed Group to wait until Rafa is confirmed as manager of Dalian Yifang before releasing any statement on him.
We just don’t know anything at this point. Or if this reported statement even exists.
Sheikh Khaled and Mike Ashley– someone please say something
Mike Ashley has gone back to radio silence after his announcement on Monday that Rafa was leaving. Just as he refused to make any comments about Rafa Benitez until his terse statement was released.
He has again gone back to no communication with the fans whatsoever. They have not released any information about who will be caretaker manager when the players return on July 4th or anything to do with a takeover.
Even Rafa Benitez confirmed in his interview with George Caulkin that the situation with the takeover had grown extremely troublesome.
This is what Rafa said in his interview in the Times:
“It was a big problem. In terms of my decision, I was waiting and I was asking for clarity and, like the fans, we didn’t know.
“Eventually, you have to decide. I could not continue in the same way, because I couldn’t see how to progress. It had to be clear to me — who was the owner, what would they do — and it wasn’t clear at any time.”
We really hope that the Bin Zayed group make a statement this week. We know we will get nothing from Mike Ashley, who even left Rafa Benitez in the dark.