New owners would mean a new-found ambition for Newcastle United, the sleeping giant who has spent so long in the land of nod, only the loudest alarm would get it to stir from its pit.
While certain aspirations to sign top-class players and get the Magpies back competing higher up the league will excite fans, a change of guard in management could be somewhat worrisome.
According to reports (via The Mirror), Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan is planning big things for Newcastle, apparently having either Jose Mourinho or Arsene Wenger on his list for next season as Rafa Benitez’s potential replacements. While the arrival of any such Premier League titan would definitely send shockwaves on Tyneside, Newcastle United would suffer from another drastic change.
Clearly, Benitez knows which departments need improvement and has formed a cohesive bond with the current players, keeping a limited squad in the Premier League two seasons on the bounce with little genuine concern for their safety. Indeed, the Spaniard’s style is etched into the club, as he should be the one overlooking the overhaul, making big signings and preparing for more prominent campaigns ahead.
There’s an emotional connection between the two parties here. Yes, other fans might not understand it, but everyone connected to the black and white cause will know what we mean. They’re good for each other.
Wenger has already stated he wouldn’t manage another Premier League club than his beloved Arsenal. Even if he does, the Frenchman isn’t the one to spend big nor usher in success immediately. Jose Mourinho might be one of the most successful managers in the modern era, but his rapid decline, coupled with a controversial reputation can completely hamper the harmony Benitez’s created among the players.
Frankly, bringing in Wenger or Mourinho would be showing off rather than a statement of intent. An empty power play.
The Magpies already possess a brilliant manager capable of overseeing a potential revolution. Rather than looking into other options, the first thing Sheikh Khaled must do should his takeover be completed is to make Benitez sign that extension.
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