28 Jun 2019 20:01:37
I know it sometimes requires a crystal ball when it comes to NUFC but I was wondering if any of the Eds could shed any light on

a) Who the club are looking at as a manager/head coach?

b) Which clubs have expressed an interest in Rafa?

{Ed002's Note - A tough question JimTim. There is a significant complication that concerns the efforts to get a takeover across the line. The two previous attempts at takeovers were, like it or not, well defended by Mike Ashley. One would have seen profiteering after a couple of years and the other would have simply seen the club flipped. Now there is some light at then end of the tunnel which I hope can work for Newcastle. All of this is why the club only wanted to extend Rafa by one year which was key to his walking away with dignity. Ideally the club would like to take someone on with a one year deal only - it gives time for a takeover and then the new owner will look to bring in a new coach. So it would be wrong to mention names right now - I know of one who has had a conversation but it will be tough to take on a one year deal. I could suggest someone but right now we should wait a little bit.}

1.) 29 Jun 2019
29 Jun 2019 05:20:10
Thanks Ed002. It's reassuring you see a a light at the end of the tunnel with regards to the takeover.

{Ed002's Note - Let's hope so.}

2.) 02 Jul 2019
02 Jul 2019 15:32:00
is there a time scale on which both parties are trying to get the deal over the line ED? and does this mean mike ashley isn't prepared to invest in summer signings.

{Ed002's Note - It takes time and Ashley has always allowed investment in players - perhaps not enough to the liking of the fans.}

3.) 08 Jul 2019
08 Jul 2019 12:22:54
Any further developments Ed002? Or is it still just a case of being patient?

{Ed002's Note - Not that I am aware.}

4.) 10 Jul 2019
10 Jul 2019 19:33:31
Rumours today suggesting that Ashley has contacted Steve Bruce.

That would just be so wrong on so many levels. Firstly, I don't think he's good enough to work miracles under the financial constraints that Ashley supplies, and secondly, he used to manage Sunderland, and therefore everyone is going to want his head before a ball has been kicked. Thirdly, why would he jump ship from his job at Sheffield Wednesday for a 1 year contract at Newcastle where he'll be hoisted if there's a takeover?

It has shambles written all over it.