He admits he’s been proved wrong and let down in the past – no doubt citing recent takeover attempts from Amanda Staveley and Peter Kenyon – however he seems to think something may be different this time.
Here’s what he had to say when asked for the latest on a potential deal, revealing why he’s ‘cautious, but optimistic’ about the Bin Zayed Group’s interest:
There’s so many claims and counter claims when it comes to Sheikh Khaled and the Bin Zayed Group, so it’s hard to know if their approach to buy the club is genuine and as imminent as they suggest it is (see their bullish claims here), or actually dubious and ‘far from done’ – something many local reporters have said after speaking to their ‘sources’.
New ownership would not only be crucial in taking the club forward in the long-term, releasing us from the chains Mike Ashley has latched onto Newcastle United, but would also give us hope over Rafa Benitez’s future – something that has been totally forgotten about in recent days despite being one of, if not THE priority on most fan’s minds heading into the summer.
Time will tell, but let’s hope we hear news of more progress on a potential deal today.