According to The Mirror, Rafa Benitez has told the NUFC hierarchy to back him in the January transfer window, or risk a second relegation in three years – emphasising the need for new owners to arrive before the turn of the year.
The report states that the Spaniard is still ‘fuming’ about the lack of backing he received over the summer, resulting him in missing out on several top targets, seeing him forced to settle for the likes of third-choice Stoke striker Joselu.
Plans are underway ahead of the January window, however Benitez is believed to have warned Mike Ashley and co. following Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Old Trafford that a failure to improve the squad this winter would leave us at risk of relegation.
With Benitez’s desperate to avoid a repeat of the summer window in January, we can only hope that a takeover can be completed by Amanda Staveley and PCP’s in the mean time.
Whilst Benitez warned fans over the weekend that we won’t have £100m to spend in January even if new owners came in, the arrival of Staveley would hand Rafa a priceless boost in the short and long-term at NUFC.
If true, hopefully this makes Ashley realise just what sort of risk he’d be taking if he was to reject Staveley’s advances.
A new improved offer is expected before the week is out. For everyone’s sake, let’s hope it’s an acceptable one!