The Times of India is reporting today that Reliance Communications head Anil Ambani is still keen on taking over Newcastle United, and then bring back former manager Kevin Keegan for the third time to St James Park.
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Reports said Ambani’s representatives will travel to England on Monday to start negotiations with the Premier League club owner Mike Ashley, who is not one of the Newcastle fans’ favorite people right now for forcing Keegan out.
But we don’t know if Ashley will be back from the US by then, but we’d expect him to be, and of course he will be nowhere near Newcastle, but down at his London base.
The Sunday Mail is reporting:
“He (Ashley) is ready to sell (the club) with talks planned with the Reliance Communications Group led by Indian businessman Anil Ambani on Monday,”
“Billionaire Ambani is the sixth richest man in the world with a personal wealth estimated at £21B. He and his group plan to take control of a Premier League club and look for new revenue streams in the Indian market, with Newcastle considered ripe for the taking due to their current instability and Ashley’s careful book-keeping,”
But we are wary and there’s no real proof this report in the Mail is true, because it’s obvious that one way Ashley could go is to sell, and to sell quickly to get himself out of this mess.
But there is no real indication from Ashley about anything, since he’s said nothing at all about the events of last week – as usual.
Officials of India’s biggest telecom company, have also already denied that such a move is about to happen.
Gaurav Wahi, Reliance Communications head of Corporate Communications dismissed any such plans by his company to take over the Premier League club.
“We have denied this earlier and we have no plans to take over Newcastle United or any other English club. All these media reports are inaccurate,”
The Sunday Express today is reporting the following:
“If Ambani can close the £300M deal, then don’t rule out a sensational move to reinstate Keegan. Ambani knows that restoring Keegan to the job would placate a Toon army in revolt,”
“Ambani, whose personal fortune is estimated at £20B, is anxious to join the growing band of foreign owners who seemingly have mountains of money to throw at the Premier League,” the report said.
“Newcastle is his first choice – and negotiations have been going on behind the scenes at the club Ashley bought in July 2007 for £130M.
“But Ambani won’t wait for an answer from Ashley forever. He is determined to own a Premier League club as soon as possible and splash more transfer cash than Ashley,”
Most Newcastle fans hope this is true, but until we hear something, about what Ashley is going to do, we’ll have to wait and see.
One indicator is whether Ashley will move quickly to install a new manager before next Saturday, and the home game with Hull City, and if he does, that would suggest he plans to keep the club.