Sky Sports’ Pete Graves has offered a glimmer of hope for Newcastle fans this morning, stating that he’s still ‘hopeful’ that there’ll be a late breakthrough regarding Rafa Benitez’s future at the club.
On the takeover front, he also insists that Newcastle is ‘definitely’ for sale, with ‘at least two parties in talks and the Bin Zayed Group remaining adamant that they’re ‘close’ to finalising a deal.
Here’s what Pete’s had to say in response to Newcastle fans on Twitter today, with him remaining hopeful despite the influx on ‘negative headlines’ over the past 48 hours:
“Can only go on what I’ve been TOLD, which is – Newcastle United football club IS definitely for sale, at least 2 interested parties in talks, BZG claim they’re “close”.
“But so many mixed messages both here and abroad. Tough for Journalists trying to pick between the facts. When I find out more, I’ll tell you.
“It’s an anxious time. Feels deathly quiet and the waiting’s unbearable. But despite the negative headlines, I’m still hopeful of a breakthrough with Rafa talks. Club desperately want him.
“He wants to stay. Surely they can find an agreement this week?“
This is promising to hear, but there’s only so many positives we can take from Pete hear, with several outlets (the Times, the Mail and the Sun) not only claiming that Rafa is all but gone, but that a takeover is far from done.
It’s difficult to know what to believe right now.
I for one feel that the Rafa Benitez situation must be bleak (especially when George Caulkin’s said as much), however I’m still hoping that the silence is key as far as a potential takeover is concerned.