Rafa Benitez has regularly been linked with a move to Newcastle United but Karren Brady thinks the Spaniard has found a club he is happy at, which has a ‘similar working-class character to Liverpool’.

The West Ham vice-chairman says that Newcastle are lucky to have Rafa BUT that the Manager is also lucky to be at a club with such a ‘huge and deeply loyal following’.

As for Mike Ashley, Karren Brady gives a far more positive overview than she has in the past.

Brady saying that Ashley has the vast ‘financial means to give the Premier League a real go next year’.

This follows the official NUFC statement in midweek, when t included positive quotes from both Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley, with the owner indicating that he would be fully backing his Manager.

However, in the past (see below), Karren Brady has made a number of far more disparaging remarks on Mike Ashley and his reign at St James Park.

The West Ham vice-chairman accusing the club’s owner of not respecting his ‘responsibility to the community, fans and the game itself’.

Karren Brady saying two years ago that Mike Ashley ‘appears to be going through the motions like a marriage with Newcastle, that both bores and irritates him’.

With no sign of Ashley leaving St James Park any time soon, let’s hope that the reconciliation in the ‘marriage’ is a happy one for the invited guests (paying spectators).

Karren Brady talking to The Sun – 12 May 2017:

“Championship champions Newcastle are lucky to have Rafa Benitez as manager and the 57-year-old is lucky to have Newcastle with their huge and deeply loyal following.

“I sense Benitez is happy at a club with a similar working-class character to Liverpool where he is still regarded with much affection, not least for winning the Champions League.

“In Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley, he has the west (ED: ‘vast’?) financial means to give the Premier League a real go next year.

“Mike talked about ‘making your own luck’ but in football you also need a good manager and great players.

“He has at least one of these ingredients. And in my experience the rest follows – as long as you have a big cheque book, which Mike certainly has.”

Karren Brady – April 2015:

“David Gold says that there’s no chance of he and co-owner David Sullivan selling West Ham.

“How different from Mike Ashley, who appears to be going through the motions like a marriage with Newcastle, that both bores and irritates him.

“Owning a club is a business but, more than that, it is a responsibility to the community, fans and the game itself.

“Only Mike Ashley knows how many of those tests he thinks he passes.”

Karren Brady – May 2015:

“Rarely is it thought necessary for a club captain, in this case centre-back Fabricio Coloccini, to issue a letter apologising for the way the team have been playing, pleading with fans to unite behind them for the last three matches.

“I think someone at the top must have had a brainwave and whistled up the club captain to do it, and probably wrote it for him.”

Karren Brady – December 2015:

Alan Shearer’s 15-year-old son often chooses rugby over Newcastle United.

“The waste of a free ticket may upset the owner more than his club’s failings but, according to Shearer, son Will is not alone.

“Newcastle are going through an abysmal time, despite boss Steve McClaren saying ‘we are doing the right things every day’, bar matchday, I guess.

“Owner Mike Ashley has to try to rectify things in the January transfer window, or accept one of our great clubs is on the road to relegation.”