Paul Merson has been having his say on the Newcastle United potential takeover.

Monday brought breaking news that the Amanda Staveley led bidders had offered ‘in the region of £300m’.

The following 36 hours have brought claim and counter claim as to how much has actually been offered, as well as clauses that may or not be part of that bid.

The two sides using friendly media to get their message out and there appears to be a significant gap between what is on the table at the moment and what Mike Ashley wants – but there has also been widespread reporting that the confidence is there that a settlement will eventually be reached.

Talking about the reported ‘£300m’ bid, Paul Merson says that if a takeover happens, you would need two things to then follow, if Newcastle want to be successful.

Merson says that the most immediate task is to persuade Rafa Benitez to stay ‘because he is probably in the top 10 in the world’.

Essential step number two would be then backing Rafa with ‘at least another £300m’ to use for transfers.

As for this season overall, Paul Merson thinks that Newcastle should have a real go at the FA Cup and says that unless you are a Mackem ‘who wouldn’t want to see Newcastle win the FA Cup this year?’.

Merson believes there is no chance of relegation (or top four), so Rafa Benitez should play his ‘strongest team all the time’.

Paul Merson talking to Sky Sports:

“Buy the club for £300m?

“If you then want to be successful…

“One: You have got to keep the manager (Rafa Benitez) because he is probably in the top 10 in the world

“The other thing, you need at least another £300m (to back Rafa with new players)…at least £300m.

“I think Newcastle are a prime example for the FA Cup and I think that if you don’t support Sunderland, who wouldn’t want to see Newcastle win the FA Cup this year?

“Number one – Their supporters.

“Number two: They haven’t won anything for god knows how long.

“They are middle of the table and they are not getting relegated, they’re also not going to get in the top four, so they should play their strongest team all the time.”

  • Paul Patterson

    He must of stopped drinking, because for once I agree with him.

    • Wor Lass

      I`ve actually agreed with the clown twice in 24 hours now because I don`t think that “dive” by the Everton player was THAT bad, either. He was moving at speed and he was knocked. OK, he made a meal of it but I`ve seen much worse. On a slightly similar vein, what about the yellow card for big Andy the other day when he decked Richarlison compared to the red for Jonjo for stepping on Ali`s ankle?

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        He`s on the Xmas sherry, you`re on Lidl Cava

        • Wor Lass

          Cava? Pulease – Comte de Senneval Champagne Brut! MC was the Cava man.

          • HTL

            theres a blast from the past, last time I saw MC post was back in the Pardew days.

          • Wor Lass

            Sadly missed – along with 1950. He famously said Pards was the worst manager in all 4 English divisions and four years later he was proved right!

          • HTL

            He is missed here as well, I always looked forward to his next post on Pardews inability to manage our football team.

            and he was right all along!

          • Wor Lass

            Funnily enough, I only started possting on the Chron because I got fed up of his constant moaning and slagging off Pardew – my argument being he never gave him any credit for anything he achieved. We had some right ding-dongs for a while but gradually started to get on well. Eventually, of course, pardew stopped achieving anything at all in a positive sense so there was no point in arguing anyway. we`re well rid of him and West Brom will regret it.

  • Lord

    Was Merson on the Xmas Sherry early:

    “If you want to be successful….

    Number 1: Rafa
    Number 1: the supporters
    Number 2: we haven’t won anything in a long time”


  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    He must be using a Ghost writer

  • BillytheFish

    He could be her Dennis Wise….

  • Leazes Ender

    Why did the Chronicle boys bludgeon fans with the notion that Rafa had complete control of transfers?

  • Steve Smith

    Next week on Sky:

    “Newwwwwwcarrrrrstle fans expect 300m spent on players”

  • Coble’s Return

    Which is the more irritating? – the fact that Merson thinks that he has anything to new to add to the debate, or that he actually gets paid for this guff. Keeping Rafa is a priority – wow, what an insight. I would be amazed if Staveley doesn’t offer this visionary a place on the board.
    I also disagree with anyone who suggests that blowing hundreds of millions of pounds during the first few months of the new owners’ tenure would be wise. When Sheikh Mansour bought Robinho for £32million on day one, all he really did was to massively inflate the price of every player to have signed for City since then.
    The priority surely is to set out the vision for the club and then to sit down with Rafa and his team to work out a strategy to achieve that vision. For this season, it will probably mean two or three decent signings to see us through to May without flirting with relegation and whilst also having a decent crack at the Cup.

    • Leazes Ender

      I can’t wait for the Rafalution to start it sounds great.

      • TheFatController

        I’m not sure what the Rafalution is? I know Rafa has given the feel good factor back and that without him the club would be worth a lot less – not because he’s the coach but because he didn’t do a s*nderland hull villa Norwich Boro last season …

        But you feel free to mock him and the people who have belief based on his commitment to the club and CV

  • Leazes Ender

    Anybody know if Ashley is still dead?

    • Rich Lawson

      ”Dead drunk”

  • magpiefifer

    How does this drivel-merchant get the airtime!?
    We know exactly what is required and don’t need this plonker pontificating!!

    • Gallowgate1982

      he gets the airtime off sky …question is why does he get airtime in the mag???????????

  • Rich Lawson

    Not interested in anything this fool has to say. As a completely unrelated aside,very sorry to see the passing of Rodney Bewes,half of ”The Likely Lads”,I’m slightly biased by the NE connection,but why is ”Whatever happened to the Likely Lads” never in the mix when it comes to the best Brit’ sitcoms ? Peerless performances by Bewes/Bolam and the whole supporting cast. Had the pleasure of meeting Rodney in his home town of Bingley a couple of years ago and talking about the series,a humble and pleasant man. R.I.P. Bob.

  • Andrew

    To be fair he’s being quite complimentary this time, unless I’m missing something?