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:
â€œNo he hasnâ€™t,â€ â€œThere 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.”
â€œPeople 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.â€
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.
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