Mike Ashley has talked to the press about Newcastle United for the second time in a couple of days.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley – wants to follow QPR Model
Yesterday Mike rejected rumors that he was trying to sell Newcastle but did admit, for the first time, that he was seeking investment partners in the club.
That probably explains why news keeps popping up about some consortium said to be interested in buying Newcastle – but it’s just some company Mike is looking for investment from.
Mike reacted to claims that a construction company owned by the family of Osama bin Laden were considering a bid, he told the Times today:
â€œI’m not looking for a Newcastle shareholder in a cave in Afghanistan,â€
â€œIt’s not as if I’m going to go and see Bin [Laden] in a cave in Afghanistan.”
“No doubt when I’m in South America next week, it will be Fidel Castro.â€
Hopefully that will be the end of that story – but we’ll see.
Today Mike admits Newcastle United may seek to clone QPR’s ownership model.
Mike is the 54th-richest man in the United Kingdom, with a fortune of about Â£1.4B, according to the Sunday Times Rich List, but Ashley still wants to follow the model of QPR.
Three of the richest men in England – Flavio Briatore, Bernie Ecclestone and Lakshmi Mittal – have joined financial forces, in an attempt to bring QPR back into football’s top bracket.
The Times is quoting Mike as saying:
“The QPR model looks very interesting,”“It’s something that Newcastle needs to look at. It’s got to be able to compete.”
” Newcastle is not something you make a profit on, you have to enjoy and love it.”
” If we had some multi-billionaire that wanted a stake in Newcastle, it will help, but sell the club? It’s not the same answer.”
We hope these statements by Mike will help convince Newcastle fans that the owner is indeed in this for the long term.
But we’ll need to have Mike, or Derek , communicate a lot more effectively with the Newcastle fans about what he’s doing with the club.
Quite honestly, if he had mentioned this say last September, we wouldn’t have had all the negative stories about him selling the club.
Now if something like this comes up in the future, we know Newcastle are talking to potential investors – and that’s no big deal.