West Ham's Karren Brady shares strong opinion on Rafa and Mike Ashley's roles at Newcastle

Karren Brady, Vice-Chairman of West Ham United attend the Leaders Sport Business Summit at Stamford Bridge on October 5, 2016 in London, England.

The West Ham United vice-chairman had her say on the goings on at Newcastle United.

Baroness Karren Brady, Vice-Chairman of West Ham United and Aurelio De Laurentiis, Chairman of Napoli SSC attend the Leaders Sport Business Summit at Stamford Bridge on October 5, 2016 in...

When writing her regular column for the Sun, Hammers vice-chairman Karren Brady had her say on the current situation at St James' Park, suggesting that the Toon have the capability to challenge the very best.

Mike Ashley has made no secret of his intention to sell his majority stake in Newcastle, and most Magpies fans will surely be happy to see the back of the owner.

He has made some strange decisions during his time at the helm on Tyneside, and has held the club back at times, with his failure to back managers with sufficient financial clout.

Owner of Sports Direct and Newcastle United, Mike Ashley, arrives at the High Court on July 10, 2017 in London, England. Mr Ashley is defending himself against a lawsuit filed by former...

Rafa Benitez, however, has not been distracted by anything during his time in charge at newcastle, and has done a magnificent job, guiding his side to promotion back to the Premier League, and overseeing their wonderful start to the 2017/18 campaign.

And the often outspoken Brady offered high praise for the Spaniard, when writing her regular column for the Sun, whilst stopping short of offering equally complimentary words for Ashely:

"Benitez went to St James’ understanding far more clearly than his employer that the Toon are a tiger waiting to be unleashed. Mike Ashley the gambler was initially tempted by the huge potential of the club. But Ashley the businessman admits he has not been able to work out how to operate the intricate internal machinery that makes one up. Rafa’s management skills are responsible for Ashley’s windfall and he now has a fair chance of transforming Newcastle into one of the few clubs with the support and profile to challenge the very best."

Newcastle United's Spanish manager Rafael Benitez gestures during the English Premier League football match between Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United at the John Smith's stadium in...

Next up for the Toon is a trip to Lancashire to take on Burnley in the Premier League tomorrow, and they will be full of confidence as they look to bring all three points back to Tyneside.

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