Media: Newcastle’s potential new owner wants Mourinho or Wenger to replace Benitez
3 June 2019
Mike Ashley is becoming increasingly worried that Sheikh Khaled does not have the money required to buy the club.
Benitez is in doubt whether to commit himself to Newcastle under potential new owners or to pursue options elsewhere.
According to The Daily Mirror, Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Abu Dhabi-based billionaire in line to buy Newcastle United FC from Mike Ashley, wants to replace current Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez with either Jose Mourinho or Arsene Wenger.
The paper writes that the former top managers of Manchester United and Arsenal are top of the sheik’s wish-list if he succeeds in buying the club. According to their sources, the sheik is in no hurry to extend Benitez’s contract, which expires at the end of this season.
But Benitez himself should also be considering his future – the latest rumour about him is that Italian Serie A side Roma AS could be after the signature of the Spaniard who has impressed over the last couple of seasons at the Toonside club, on a limited budget.
"Put up or shut up"
At the same time, Mike Ashley is getting anxious that the Abu Dhabi-based company, which wants to buy his Newcastle shares, is not financially strong enough to close the deal. Apparently - according to The Daily Mail - the sheikh has not yet proved he has the money needed to purchase the club.
An unnamed source is quoted as saying that Mike Ashley wants the potential buyer to “either put up (the money) or shut up”.
Mike Ashley apparently wants £350 million to sell the club. He bought it for £134 million 12 years ago.