Newcastle United's dismal start to the Premier League season continued on Saturday afternoon as they lost 2-0 at home to Leicester City – but that wasn't the only Magpies news to come out from the weekend.
Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire found the net to give the Foxes all three points at St James' Park, meaning Rafael Benitez has claimed just two points from the first seven games of the campaign.
The Spaniard has mostly avoided the blame so far, given that he has been the victim of a lack of financial backing from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, who put the club up for sale a year ago and has been even more reluctant to invest ever since.
Newcastle somehow ended the summer transfer window in profit, and the results on the pitch suggest that Benitez is in desperate need of an injection of cash – especially as his contract expires this summer and he could move on if he isn't given the backing he needs and ultimately deserves.
Amanda Staveley was the only serious name in the frame to takeover the club last year and early into this year, but another name has been touted over the weekend in Peter Kenyon.
Kenyon, whose time in football has been littered with trophies having represented two of the country's biggest clubs, is believed to be talking to potential backers about joining forces to buy Newcastle and finally get Ashley out of St James' Park.
Some Newcastle fans are optimistic about Kenyon potentially arriving at the club, with ex striker Mick Quinn taking to Twitter to beg for the rumour to be true, but others are completely sceptical, believing Ashley has leaked the rumour in order to justify not giving Benitez money for the January transfer window, urging other fans not to believe his PR machine.
I hope there’s something to the rumour of Peter Kenyon actually buying the club. Hopefully it would be the takeover we thought we’d get all them years ago! #nufc— Jamie Rowntree (@Jamierowntree1) October 1, 2018
not sure what to make of this Kenyon trying the gather the investment to buy #nufc a fabricated story or genuine interest .. by god I do hope it is the latar. As my mate @AnthonyIAnson says surely "Peter Kenyon wouldnt want his name against a PR stunt". to which I agree with!— Andy (@Moleps1892) October 1, 2018
At this current moment i'm highly sceptical regarding takeover news and Kenyon, but i pray it's true, i pray their is light at the end of the tunnel #nufc— Lee (@lee_wilson1) September 30, 2018
You know things are bad at your football club when you read this...— Mike Holt (@MikeHolt12) September 30, 2018
“Former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon is trying to form a consortium to buy Newcastle from Mike Ashley”
...and think ‘I will take that with open arms’! #NUFC
This time last year, stories started to emerge of Amanda Staveley having an interest in buying #nufc. We spent nothing in January.— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) September 30, 2018
I fully expect the Kenyon takeover talk to drag on through January, where we will spend nothing again.
"I was going to discuss transfer targets with you, Rafa, but now Peter Kenyon wants to buy the club, I can't justify spending any money in January"#NUFC— John (@1892JP) September 30, 2018
I’m always suspicious of takeover talk but we have to hope it’s true as this club is only heading one direction.Kenyon would be a welcome addition,top level experience & set Chelsea up after the Abromovich sale,the bar is currently so low,anyone would be an improvement! #NUFC— Chris Black (@ChrisBlack10) September 30, 2018
So, what now then? Another 3 months of clinging on to hope of a takeover by Peter Kenyon despite the story clearly being fictitious? Why leak news of a takeover when he hasn't even secured financial backers yet?— Sam GC (@Funguslover) September 30, 2018
Don't fall for it. Don't waste your energy on it. Nonsense. #NUFC
As if there’s a Peter Kenyon consortium ready to take us over. We’ve all been here before and we’ll all be here at the same exact stage next season.— Ibraheem (@IbraheemNufc) September 30, 2018
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