John Gibson, in the Evening Chronicle today, is revealing that Ashley had a chance to sell the club three months ago, and the buyers would have put a Geordie management team in place at St James’ Park.
Mike Ashley – Middle East buyer interested in June
The Evening Chronicle says that Ashley chose to reject the offer – and to rather quickly visit the Middle East this week looking for buyers.
We wonder how real that trip was, but there again we are just Newcastle fans, who are very skeptical and suspicious of the Newcastle owner right now.
Apparently Mike Ashley was approached on behalf of a prospective buyer to open talks as long ago as June 11th. Of course at that time Mike wasn’t in the market to sell so to be fair to Mike, he was keeping his word at that time, that he was not out to sell the club.
Apparently the buyers were quoted as “Middle East-based clients” and they would put local people in charge of the club, which sounds a really good idea.
But the London brokers on the potential deal never heard from Ashley, which led to the Evening Chronicle source saying his clients were “extremely annoyed and disgusted”.
The obvious thought here is that if they are still interested, they could come forward right now and contact Ashley. It certainly sounds good putting local people in control of the club, as long as it’s not Freddy Shepherd.
We still live in hope that somebody will come in and rescue our great club, and sooner rather than later.