Rafa Benitez has commented on the potential takeover at NUFC for the first time since meeting leading candidate Amanda Staveley a week ago, stating that what goes on behind the scenes will not change his approach over the coming months, despite admitting ‘more money’ could give him the backing to sign superior players.
Rafa is understood to have met the billionaire businesswoman following last Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool, with mass speculation revolving around her potential takeover at Newcastle United ever since.
It’s early days, but her interest in taking over a Premier League club is known, with ourselves and Liverpool believed to be two clubs of interest to her.
As you’d expect, there’s been a whole of load of speculation this last week surrounding what the future might hold for the club if she and her Middle Eastern billions were to take over, but Benitez appears to be typically grounded on the matter, focusing on the where we are at now – even if he suggests having greater funds would be beneficial in his hunt for new players.
Here’s what Rafa told The Chronicle over the weekend:
“It doesn’t change our approach in terms of what we have to do,”
“We just have to keep working and looking forward at players in different positions. Maybe if you have more money you can go from this player to this player but what you’re looking for is the characteristics of the players.”
With Staveley’s potential takeover still in its early days, it feels like Rafa is wise to plan for the future as if Ashley will retain control – and that’s exactly what he’s doing if these comments are anything to go by.
A takeover of this nature is the dream and the potential game changer we’re crying out for under Benitez’s reign, but the gaffer is quite rightfully staying grounded – despite being introduced to Staveley prior to her meeting with some of the top brass at St. James’ just over a week go.
We live in hope, but like Rafa, we mustn’t get ahead of ourselves. This is Mike Ashley we’re dealing with here..