According to the Times, Rafa Benitez is a ‘key part’ of Amanda Staveley’s interest in the club, with her and PCP Capital Parners threatening to ‘lose interest’ if he were to leave – sending a clear warning to Mike Ashley that he must remain in charge despite our desperate run of form.
Fortunately, the story by the reputable George Caulkin states that Rafa Benítez’s position at Newcastle United is ‘as secure as ever’, with Amanda Staveley viewing the Spaniard as an ‘integral part of her plans’ at the club as she pushes to secure a deal with Mike Ashley in the mean time.
This perhaps shows the importance of Benitez at NUFC (to those who’ve lose sight of this following Rafa’s recent run of results). He and we may be struggling for points at present, but this only emphasises just how important he is the our future – with Staveley’s potential takeover only possible with him at the helm.
Here’s a snippet from George Caulkin’s intriguing piece in the Times:
“Rafa Benítez’s position at Newcastle United is as secure as ever, with Amanda Staveley, who is pushing to buy the club from Mike Ashley, viewing the Spaniard as an integral part of her plans for St James’ Park.
Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners group, who have submitted an improved £300 million bid and have formulated an outline agreement with Ashley, would walk away from any deal if Benítez were no longer involved.
While there is no suggestion that Benítez is under pressure from the present hierarchy, his relationship with Ashley has been strained after Newcastle’s limited spending in the past two tranfer windows.
Staveley, who attempted to buy Liverpool when Benítez was manager at Anfield, wants him to lead improvements at Newcastle’s academy and training ground, as well as challenge in the Premier League and cup competitions. Benítez is desperate to secure new players next month and is mulling a loan move for Danny Ings, the Liverpool forward.”
It may be the minority, but this might be a warning to all those who are calling for Benitez’s head. Thankfully it’s been insisted here that Benitez’s position at the club is as safe as its ever been. Our form may be highly suspect, but Ashley will be aware of how much of a massive asset he is to our club and its potential new buyer.
Without him there’s no Staveley takeover. Some fans would be wise to remember that and just how lucky we are to have Benitez at our beloved club.
There is no way – repeat, no way – that this takeover would be happening without Rafa Benitez. His connections have helped lead to Amanda Staveley; his presence made the club more saleable/attractive.
— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) December 13, 2017