Mike Ashley returned from a trip to the Middle East yesterday and has not yet found a buyer for Newcastle United, and he never will if he keeps asking £481 for the club.
A Dubai-based source told the Northern Echo today:
“To be honest, the whole thing’s become a bit of a laughing stock over here.”“Firstly, nobody just flies over to Dubai and gets to meet the type of people that Mr. Ashley seems to have been interested in linking up with.” “That just doesn’t happen.”
“Gordon Brown couldn’t just jump on a plane and speak to them – so I don’t know why the owner of Newcastle United thought he could.”
“And if you are trying to set up meetings, you do it discreetly.” “You don’t go having your picture taken in a bar at goodness knows what time of the evening.”
It seems odd that Ashley, Wise and Jimenez would depart for the Middle East the day after they said they were going to sell the club. It would have seemed better to have taken this week to have arranged the meetings and exactly who they were going to meet with first, before going over there, which now seems like a wasted trip to us.
Ashley was also photographed in a bar during the Holy month of Ramadan – something that will not go down well with Islams over there.
It also appears that a lot of the meetings he hoped to have just didn’t come off, because the people weren’t available or were not interested, and it appears more op a jaunt than a serious trip to sell the Newcastle club.
We’re not sure what course of action Mike will now take, but we would remind him that the team is way short of coaching personnel, not to mention players, and another defeat tomorrow will not go down well with Newcastle fans.
We doubt whether Ashley will appoint another manager, but if it’s going to be months rather than weeks for him to sell the club, we’ll need some experience in managing the team until he does sell the club.