By Aramide Oladipo
West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady believes that Newcastle United will be a “warming prospect” to buyers interested in purchasing the club from current owner Mike Ashley.
The National recently reported that international financier Amanda Staveley is looking to takeover the club and replicate the model of two-time Premier League champions Manchester City if her bid is successful.
The Magpies have endured a turbulent spell under Ashley which has involved two relegations to the Championship in ten years.
Writing in her column for the Sun, Brady is confident that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez can help attract buyers with the big money that could potentially turn them into a force in England.
“Mike Ashley the gambler was initially tempted by the huge potential of the club,” he wrote.
“But Ashley the businessman admits he has not been able to work out how to operate the intricate internal machinery that makes one up.
“Rafa’s management skills are responsible for Ashley’s windfall and he now has a fair chance of transforming Newcastle into one of the few clubs with the support and profile to challenge the very best.
“A guaranteed 52,000 home crowd will be a warming prospect to potential buyers with sound ideas and an even sounder wallet — only billionaires need apply.”
Benitez might be relieved to see the back of Ashley after it was reported that there was a rift in their relationship over the club’s transfer policy throughout the summer.
The Magpies have enjoyed a wonderful return back to the English top-flight, currently sitting in seventh position in the league table, just two points behind current champions Chelsea.
Newcastle travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley in the league on Monday evening.
In other Newcastle United news, Rafa Benitez makes shock claim about the club’s Premier League start.