Newcastle fans, it seems that there may actually be some fact behind the takeover rumours this time then? Past failed takeover attempts from Amanda Staveley and Peter Kenyon have left the Geordies dejected, but this time it looks different. Sheikh Khaled could be set to buy the club for £350 million, and if he does Rafa Benitez has to stay.
The most important thing for the new owner to do if he comes in is ensuring that Rafa Benitez gets a hefty new contract and can start to work in the transfer market. The Magpies have been very vocal in their backing of Rafa Benitez and if the Spaniard leaves St James Park this summer then there will be uproar from the supporters as Rafa is the only reason they’re still in the Premier League.
Money will almost certainly be spent should the Sheikh buy the club, and it’s not hard to see why. This is a man who failed to purchase Liverpool last summer despite tabling a bid of £2 billion and with that kind of money to hand there’s no way that the Geordies will pull a Mike Ashley and throw low-ball offers at their fourth and fifth choice transfer targets.
Getting away from transfer targets, the players mean little when they haven’t got the right manager in place to make sure things are running smoothly and playing to the system. Benitez has masterminded 13th and 10th placed finishes in the top flight and a Championship winning season in his three campaigns, so getting him tied down before looking to the market is what should be on Sheikh Khaled’s to-do list.
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