Keith Harris is the man charged with the task of selling Newcastle United, and he has come out today for the first time in 3 weeks, and says there are now two serious bidders in for the club.
Keith Harris – two serious bidders still in for Newcastle United
Keith Harris, chairman of investment bank Seymour Pierce, said that out of an initial seven expressions of interest in the club, there were now just two left in the running.
Harris said at the FT Sport Industry Summit in London:
“We have two very serious contenders to buy it.”
Keith of course was unwilling to name who the two consortiums are, but we would expect Nasser Al-Kharafi, the world’s 48th richest man in the most recent Forbes Billionaires List, and the 4th richest Arab, and worth around $14B (around £8.2B) – is one of them.
But we don’t even know that.
However, Harris has also indicated that the sale may stretch into the new year, and that would cause some problems for us, in signing new players in the January transfer window.
Maybe what Ashley should do is install Kinnear until at least the end of January, so he can handle the transfer market, but if the new owners want a different manager, that wouldn’t work.
It now leaves the tenure of Joe Kinnear very doubtful as to how long he will remain with the club.