The Sunday Sun is reporting today that American sources are saying that Clark Hunt, a billionaire businessman and sports-team owner based in Dallas, Texas, may be interested in buying the Newcastle United Football Club.
Clark Hunt – grandson of Lamar Hunt
Hunt is the grandson of sports promoter Lamar Hunt, and he currently owns Major League Soccer team FC Dallas and American Football Club. The Kansas City Chiefs.
There have been reports that the two buyers left in for Newcastle United, and both are based in America, so it’s logical that speculation will arise on who they could be, especially when it’s Sunday today. 😀
We suggested, with no proof of anything, that Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen may be interested as he already owns a couple of Sports teams here in the US, and is into sports big time.
But apparently Hunt has established links with St James’ Park, via Schellas Hyndman, who was appointed coach of FC Dallas last year. The Sunday Sun is reporting that Hyndman visited Newcastle for a week last April with his grandson Emerson, a talented then 11-year-old was spotted by Newcastle’s Director of Football Dennis Wise during a scouting mission to Dallas.
Hyndman then took charge at Dallas, and he has a strong relationship with Hunt, having coached him in college soccer (football for non Americans) in the US.
We really don’t know how much truth there is in this report, and probably not much. But we also hear of bidding of around £225M from the Americans, which will not meet Mike Ashley’s minimum price of £250M, if he is not to lose on the deal.
We just don’t think Mike will sell for anything less than £250M, which is approximately what he has put into the club, and if there is going to be some announcement on November 22nd about the future of the club, there seems like a growing chance Mike Ashley may elect to keep the club, at least until the end of the season.