'Hit the pubs', 'Get your Xmas list out' - Newcastle fans rave over Benitez takeover comment
Newcastle United fans have been left raving on social media at manager Rafael Benitez’s latest statement on the potential takeover of the club.
Speaking to the media ahead of Wednesday’s clash against Everton at St James’ Park, the Spanish boss was quoted by the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder, on his personal Twitter account, as saying: “Hopefully after the Everton game we will have a win and some news (on the takeover) and people will be happy.”
Rafa on waiting for takeover news and spending money for January: “Hopefully after the Everton game we will have a win and some news and people will be happy.” #nufc
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) December 12, 2017
While he did not definitively state that there would be any news over the potential takeover handed to them, fans have taken it as a suggestion that he knows more than he is letting on, and turned to Twitter to voice their delight at the possibility of a positive update coming their way.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
— Clinton Forde (@FordeHaveMercy) December 12, 2017
That's interesting. It's the first time he's made any real comment about the takeover. He likes to distance himself fro it all. #nufc
— Jonathan Grieve (@jonniegrieve) December 12, 2017
Very odd thing to say. Rafa clearly knows more than us and the media do.
— NUFC_Unoffical (@NUFCUNE14ST) December 12, 2017
Can't wait hoping it means we can hit the pubs asap hahahaha
— AdamMacdonald (@AdamMacdonald8) December 12, 2017
Does this mean I shouldn’t take my car?#PartyTime
— MarkyMarc (@Marky_Marc77) December 12, 2017
Someone so acutely political and shrewd would not say this unless there was good news on the horizon
— Dave Rees (@johndavidrees) December 12, 2017
Omg! Omg! Please let Ashley been gone
— Wez (@Wez_Doc) December 12, 2017
— D W (@SirDanWilson) December 12, 2017
Ashley has been at the helm of the club since buying out the shares of Sir John Hall and Freddie Shepherd back in 2007, but has endured a tumultuous decade on Tyneside.
A fifth place finish in the Premier League and an appearance in the Europa League quarter finals has been soured by two relegations and a series of decisions which have incensed the Newcastle faithful.
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He was spotted meeting with potential investor Amanda Staveley last week at a London curry house, with the Sun claiming that both parties were confident of a deal being secured between the current owner and PCP Capital Partners.
In other Newcastle United news, Benitez has confirmed that there have been crucial transfer talks taking place.