Date: 26th June 2019 at 4:47pm
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Newcastle United could be forced to appoint a short term replacement for the departing Rafael Benitez with a potential takeover potentially weeks or even months away, according to the Press Association (PA).

In a story relayed by the Belfast Telegraph, the PA claim that the Magpies’ current owner Mike Ashley is seeking an update on the progress being made by prospective investors, including the Bin Zayed Group which the Sports Direct supremo’s team have been holding talks with.

It is stated a deal could take several weeks or even months to complete and that could lead to the fresh twist of a short term appointment being made, with Benitez set to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of this month.

Opinion

A short term manager? Things are going from bad to worse for the Newcastle faithful, who are just desperate for some stability at St James’ Park. The last thing they need is an interim figure taking charge while a potential takeover deal rumbles on, for it just breeds confusion and uncertainty both on and off the pitch. No self-respecting manager is going to take on a temporary role on Tyneside knowing that they could be gone in a couple of weeks and Ashley is not going to spend big on getting a proven name through the door if he is going to be selling the club. The lack of organisation at Newcastle is quite remarkable for a Premier League club and you wonder how they have managed to remain in the top flight for the last two season. Oh yes, that was thanks to the man that they have just let leave the club. The Magpies are a shambles at the moment and someone needs to take the reins and steady the ship. Otherwise Newcastle United are going to sink without a trace.