Ashley Not Interested In Selling Newcastle United

It must be about the 10th time, but maybe that’s how many times it takes for Chris Mort to say that Mike Ashley is not interested in selling Newcastle United – before the gossip press even considers believing it may be true.


Chris Mort – Mike Ashley nor interested in selling Newcastle

Speculation has increased in the newspapers that Mike Ashley, a self-made billionaire and owner of Sports Direct, the leisure-wear firm, has considered selling Newcastle United to the highest bidder. The club has continually denied this, and Chris Mort again denied there’s any truth in these rumors:

Mort said on Saturday:

“No he hasn’t,” “There is speculation from intermediaries that gets into the papers so these stories do run a little. They are out there trying to promote potential buyers, but we have not sought anyone to try and buy the club. Mike is delighted at having bought Newcastle United and is enjoying his time here.”

“People have called us and I will pick up the phone and say we are not interested in selling Newcastle United. The conversation will not go any farther. Mike is the owner of the club and it is his decision, but he is not encouraging me to sell the club. He is not keen to sell it so we have not even talked about numbers.”

Well there’s another denial but don’t be surprised if the Sun or Mirror have headlines tomorrow saying Mike is selling to some foreign consortium somewhere.

Comments very welcome.

3 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Mar 3, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Well, if we go down, dont be suprised if the story changes yet again.

    Our “potential” goes up by a huge margin, if we go down; but the price willing to be paid will also go down!! I cant see him walking, but, hey, stranger things have happened!!!

  • Big Gaz

    Mar 3, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Following the shity season we are having, and the shity luck we have had of late, it would just be really shity if he did sell the club to the highest bidder. And wouldnt it be real shity if that bidder being the shity Fat Freddy. WE ARE NOT GOING DOWN. Simple

  • Gallacher_the_Horse

    Mar 3, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #3

    To be fair to Mike Ashley, it’s tough to know why he wouldn’t consider selling at the moment. Every day seems to reveal that more money was wasted and he’ll have to cover it, the press across the whole country seem to delight in kicking us when we’re at a low point that may get lower, KK hasn’t been able to get a win on the board yet (although the performances are looking better and I’d’ve been worried if a ‘dead cat bounce’ effect had happened), players are making the wrong noises about money and/or staying, some fans are getting on his back about a host of things…the list seems endless. It must be a bit like buying a new Jag and finding the engine, tyres, brakes, fluids, suspension and exhaust all need changing within a few weeks after it looked great on the outside.

    This is where us fans must do our bit. Leaving with 15 minutes to go, even when losing, isn’t going to help because we need to get behind the team right to the end. The way it looks at the moment, we might be relying on goal difference by the end of the season (Gawd help us right now) so a 93rd minute winner, equaliser or consolation goal might all count. And when the owner, chairman, manager and (maybe) players all see we are sticking to our part of the plan it may help convince them to stay. It’ll be tough for us, I know, but it ought to happen. Ok, I know if anyone of us was worth £2 billion cash we’d sink £1 billion straight into the club straightaway, but no-one has that much money to hand. Mike Ashley appears to have sunk a lot of his hard-earned into the club already, just to keep us stable. We need to convince him to stay and prevent a ‘Leeds’ happening to us. I hope our love of the club can spread to all those involved with it.

    And by the way, I live in Hungerford and went to the Whitley Bay/FA Vase game on Saturday. Great match and good to see a few merry Geordies in the Indian later in the evening.

    Howay the lads!


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