Dave Whelan, the Wigan Athletic Chairman, has an interesting interview in the Times today, and he slams Mike Ashley, the Newcastle owner.
Dave Whelan – Ashley too greedy
Joe Kinnear, seemed to be very low key after Saturday’s disappointing result, and seemed even sad after our draw at home to Wigan Athletic.
Maybe he knows the club will be sold and he will soon be leaving as Joe said:
“The club is almost sold, so I don’t know what future I have,”
But there are also growing rumors that Ashley may want to stay in charge of the club, which is scaring the bejeebers out of Newcastle fans everywhere.
Dave Whelan talked today about Mike Ashley:
“I don’t think he has thought things through and I don’t think he really appreciated just how passionate people are up there about their football,” “It is very difficult for someone who is not a Geordie to run that football club and I said to Mike Ashley, ‘You are better off just getting your money back and stepping away.’”
“You can’t sack Kevin Keegan and expect the fans to get behind you. He will never be able to repair the damage between himself and the fans. Do that and you are down the pan. I told him, ‘You’re gone.’ Even the taxi driver who brought me up today was saying, ‘When are we going to get rid of Ashley?’ ”
Ashley bought the club for about £135M, and then said he added another £100M to reduce debts and is alleged to be seeking a price of around £280M, which would be a profit of around £35M and just over 14%.
“If Mike Ashley will sell it for the right money, he will sell it next week,” “Now, is he being greedy? Yes.”
Mike should be asking around £250M, and he should be willing to go down from there.
Indeed, if he had asked for a decent price to start with, this complete nightmare for the club, Joe Kinnear, the players and the Newcastle fans could have been over some weeks ago.
But the two US buyers, who are said to be still interested in buying the famous club, will certainly not pay over the odds, that’s for sure.