There is some news today that Newcastle have already received two serious offers for the club.
Mike Ashley – last week as Newcastle owner?
That’s not too surprising, even though we don’t know if the reports are true, because the first bidder that meets Mike’s asking price gets the club.
This news comes from that famous “inside source” at the Newcastle United club.
According to that secret source, the Newcastle owner expects the sale to be completed before two weeks is out, and expects an official management appointment on 28th June, which is a week tomorrow.
No news on who that may be, but if it’s not Alan, the owners have already made their first big mistake.
Apparently Managing Director Derek Llambias is due back on Tyneside on Tuesday, after having two days at Royal Ascot, and will oversee the final details of the sale, along with Keith Harris and the Seymour Pierce Bank, who have been charged with selling the Tyneside club.
Apparently, in addition to the £100M being asked by Ashley, he also wants paid back some personal funds he put into transfers at the club. That’s said to be around £15M, and we wouldn’t think that was a big deal for any buyer.
So we are clearly close to a new owner, and we have to hope we get a good owner in just as soon as possible.
The four groups in due diligence have not been officially identified, nor will they be, but these are the organizations we think are bidding for the club:
- A local consortia fronted by former Chairman Freddy Shepherd – it is thought the funds are coming from their own money, and will not be funded from overseas
- A group based in South Africa, and it’s rumored he’s a rich banker
- The group in Oman which is headed up by the Sultan of Oman, and they presumably have little trouble about the money
- A group based out of the US, and we have had not seen any hints as to who this may be – but we’ve mentioned maybe Paul Allen or Larry Ellison, but we rweally have no real idea.
As to which one we would like, if the above are for real, we”d not be unhappy if we get Yankee owners.
US companies have vast experience in running sports teams of course, and currently Americans own Manchester United (Glazer family) and Aston Villa (Randy Lerner), and seem to be doing well with those sides.
One things that sets US sports team owners apart, is how they treat their fans.
They know exactly which side their bread is buttered on, and know clearly that it’s the fans who pay the wages at the club, and they treat them, accordingly – extremely well indeed!
That would be a wonderful change at Newcastle, and maybe exactly what we need.