No comment. That is Newcastle United’s current stance on anything to do with a takeover or the future of Rafa Benitez.
On the 30th June, the best manager we’ve had in a long time will see his contract come to an end. After initial talks at the end of the season about an extension, silence has emerged.
Contract talks were then pushed to one side when reports emerged that the Magpies could be on the brink of a takeover. That led to numerous stories, some positive and some negative, about the potential new owners.
The Toon Army got excited. Then some supporters began to worry. Some put money on us signing Kylian Mbappe. Others started fishing for clues as if they were Sherlock Holmes.
There have been multiple statements from the Bin Zayed Group, but Newcastle’s stance has remained the same: no comment.
The silence is deafening. Fans have a right to know what is going on, be it positive or negative. There are two huge issues surrounding the future of the club, yet the Magpies hierarchy are doing nothing to provide clarity for supporters.
Takeover? No comment. Benitez? No comment
The lack of comment on the takeover front is not necessarily a bad thing. These things should be done in private and not dragged out through the media. And if something wasn’t happening, surely the claims would have been disputed by the club?
But with less than 30 days to run on Benitez’s contract, fans are right to be demanding answers. The fixtures come out tomorrow, and we don’t even know who’ll be managing us on the opening day, never mind worrying about who we’re playing and whether it’s home or away.
If you search the words ‘no comment’ on Twitter, all you will find is a sea of Newcastle fans mocking the club, because if you don’t laugh…you know the rest.
Never change NUFC fans, never change.
I think this is confirmation that we’ve all lost it. pic.twitter.com/bUy4gUWYDu
— D Fender (@delfender) June 11, 2019
— Faisal (@nufcQA) June 12, 2019
Fixed it for you… pic.twitter.com/Mh8VC4hk2p
— Tom Harrison (@Tom_Harra) June 12, 2019
— Kieran (@JokerNUFC) June 10, 2019
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) June 11, 2019