How many times in the last year have we seen sensational reports in the Sunday newspapers about Newcastle being bought, only for all parties to deny them as rubbish the next day?
Anil Ambanai – Indian Billionaire not interested in buying Newcastle
Well, surprise surprise, it happened again over the weekend with Indian Billionaire Anil Ambani denying he is on the brink of buying Newcastle United.
The sixth richest man in the world was reported to have given Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, a one-week deadline to accept a Â£260M offer, which would have given Mike about Â£50M in profit by our reckoning.
But Ambani, who owns India’s huge mobile operator Reliance Communications, insists today that he is not even in talks with the club and his company issued the following statement today:
â€œThere are no such plans.”
It turns out that Telecommunications magnate Ambani, 49, has even more money than Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich, after building a Â£21B fortune and is reported to be competing with Singapore-based investors Profitable Group for a piece of the Tyneside action.
The proverbial mysterious source, close to the deal, said last night:
“Ambani’s people have seen how Ashley dealt with the last round of takeover revelations and will not stand for any nonsense.”
“Ambani means business and if Newcastle drag their heels he will be off to invest somewhere else and show Ashley just what he is missing out on.”
That statement is almost laughable – so we suppose they’ll be off somewhere else. We do think it possible that Ash;ey wanted investment from them, but we take Mike at his word when he says he will not sell the club.
However, we need much more investment for new players from Mile, or somebody else right now.
And what exactly is it that makes the English football journalist stories always so sensationalized – and usually so untrue?
But all of this is not helping Newcastle, Ashley, or anybody else at the club, let’s be clear about that.
Newcastle United have to work out a much better way of communicating what’s going on – and use it with their fans. Saying nothing just doesn’t work, and that’s been proved many times this summer, and since Ashley took over.
We need a Kevin Keegan type person to speak for the Board of Directors, but keeping quiet and saying nothing plays right into the hands of the gossip newspapers, that’s for sure.