The Newcastle United fans here in the Transfer Tavern are praying they don’t slip into the bottom three before the end of the Premier League campaign. Indeed, most of our Geordies feel that, if the Magpies are relegated, it could be the end of Rafa Benitez at the club.
With that in mind, imagine just how disappointed our punters clad in black and white were when Mike Ashley walked away from takeover negotiations with Amanda Staveley. The Sports Direct mogul is a hugely unpopular figure on Tyneside and the Toon Army are desperate for him to sell up and leave as soon as possible.
So, while reports in the Daily Telegraph yesterday elude to a stalling takeover process, they do provide an ever so slight glimmer of hope. They claim that is ‘thought’ Staveley could yet make a fourth bid for the club, though Ashley is reportedly unconvinced she has the means to do so.
Though it’s not quite the good news many would have hoped for, the fact Staveley could yet make another bid has to be seen as promising, no matter how unlikely at this stage.
As ever with Newcastle United, it appears everything is being dragged out into a saga. Right now, it doesn’t seem if Staveley will be able to make a proper bid for the club, though even the slightest glimmer of hope at least gives supporters something to cling to.