Newcastle United supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in the last couple of days after seeing their side move ten points clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone courtesy of a 2-1 win over Leicester City on Saturday.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their encounter with the 2016 league champions off the back of victories over fellow relegation candidates Southampton and Huddersfield Town, results which put some distance between themselves and danger. And the North East giants moved up to tenth in the division over the weekend as goals from Jonjo Shelvey and Ayoze Perez clinched a vital win at the King Power Stadium, and although the hosts responded through Jamie Vardy late on, it wasn’t enough to deny Newcastle a tenth Premier League victory of the season.
As such, there have been many thrilled Magpies fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are pretty sure that Saturday’s win has secured their place in the top-flight next season, what with their club ten points clear with just six games to play.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Newcastle fans to discuss, not least recent reports playing down rumours that a possible takeover from Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners was ‘back on’.
Thus, Newcastle boss Benitez must surely be fearing the worst following these recent reports, with it suggesting that owner Mike Ashley could well remain in charge heading into the summer transfer window.
Ultimately, former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Benitez has been left frustrated by the transfer policy imposed by the Magpies owner ever since he took over two years ago, to the point that the 57-year-old was sanctioned just three loan signings during the January window despite the clear need to reinforce to stay up.
Yes, arrivals Kenedy and Martin Dubravka have certainly made a difference and Newcastle look set to avoid relegation, but they must seek to go again in the summer to avoid making the same mistakes as the previous decade, a decade which has twice seen them relegated.
Yet these recent reports, which suggest that a takeover isn’t any nearer completion, is sure to concern Benitez, who has found it difficult getting his way in the previous two summer windows, and as such is unlikely to feel confident of doing so this time.
Arguably, the Magpies are only in this healthy tenth place position because of the manager they have at the helm, which further underlines how far they could go under Benitez if he is given the sufficient backing this summer. But that backing seems unlikely under Ashley.
Thus, recent reports playing down takeover rumours are sure to concern Benitez, and they are likely to worry our resident Newcastle fans as well ahead of a pivotal summer at the North East giants.
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