Keith Harris, the chairman of Investment Bank Seymour Pierce, and the man Mike Ashley has put in charge of selling Newcastle United, remains optimistic he will find a buyer for the Premier League club.
Keith Harris – confident of getting Newcastle buyer
Keith was appointed by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley last month to identify potential buyers for the famous Tyneside club, which has the best fan support of any club in England.
Keith Harris told the BBC yesterday:
”I’m quietly confident there’ll be a good solution for Mike and the fans.”
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is eager to sell the club, after completely falling out of favor with Newcastle fans, after he refused to back Kevin Keegan in a transfer dispute with Dennis Wise , Kevin Llambias and Tony Jimenez, on the very last day of this summer’s transfer market .
Harris however seems to be have remained upbeat, as he told the BBC:
”In his time of owning it, Mike has cleaned up the balance sheets and Newcastle is one of the few clubs that has no debt whatsoever, so that makes it very attractive to an incoming owner.”
Harris said Ashley has no specific time-frame for the sale, and the price they now seem to be asking for the club is around £300M, although a more reasonable price would be around £250M, and would lead to a much quicker sale.
Keith Harris has established himself as a tremendous talent in being able to sell Premier League clubs, and we can only hope he can again work his magic to find a good buyer for Newcastle United, and ther sooner the better for all concerned.
Once a new buyer is found, we can appoint a new permanent manager and our progress back to the top can start – once again.
Until then, we will rely on Irishman Joe Kinnear to steady the ship, and he’s certainly giving everything he’s got to the Newcastle cause, and you cannot ask more than that.