Mike Ashley is said to be ready to tell Newcastle United fans that they can buy the club from him.
Mike Ashley – ready to sell club to fans?
But this report is in the News Of The World (NOTW) this morning, so don’t get too excited about it.
Yesterday saw a massive fans’ protest against the Newcastle United Owner Mike Ashley and the Director of Football Dennis Wise, and to make things even worse, the team played very poorly and were beaten 2-1 by a poor Hull City side.
And last night a close friend of Ashley said:
“He’s a big boy and won’t go anywhere he’s not wanted. If the fans continue to say ‘stay away’ he could do just that.”“They say there are 400,000 Newcastle fans in the area. If they all put in £1,000 they can buy the club and run it themselves.”
““They can have a website and vote for the manager. They can pick the team and choose the players they buy and sell. They can do it all.”
There’s more than a little sarcasm in that statement.
Managing Director Derek Llambias was the only Board member at the game yesterday, as he sat alone in the Director’s Box.
Mike Ashley, Dennis Wise and Tony Jimenez all stayed away, presumably on police advice. One Newcastle inside source said:
“Mike and the boys were advised not to go so as not to aggravate what was a highly charged situation.”
“Police feared if he was there it could incite the protests still further.”
Mike Ashley has invested £250M at Newcastle but he certainly didn’t make his fortune with some of the dumb decisions he has made at the club.
The Newcastle Board and Ashley himself, don’t seem to be on the same wavelength as the Newcastle fans, to say the least.
The fact that the current Board don’t say anything at all to the fans, has also caused enough trouble over the summer, since the Newcastle faithful have really no idea what has been going on at the club.
The fans basically have no idea what’s going on at the club, or what Mike Ashley is even thinking of doing – and it seems that’s also true for the players.
What a complete and utter mess these so called businessmen have left our club in.