More news in the Evening Chronicle today about whether Mike Ashley will sell the club, but it now looks like a decision will not have been made by this coming Saturday.
Mike Ashley – maybe at the game on Saturday
Ashley missed Saturday’s trip to the Hawthorns as he was still in Hawaii, but he’s now back in England, and may even attend the game with Reading on Saturday at St. James’ Park.
A source said to be close to Ashley told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Mike is thinking about being in his seat on Saturday.” “He has already said that if he is to remain in charge of Newcastle, he will go to games.”
“When the club came off the market last year Mike went to the games during the run-in.”
When Ashley took Newcastle off the market last season, he notified fans via the club’s program in his notes for the home game with Liverpool on December 28th.
And it was somehow fitting in that game that we were taken apart 5-1 by Liverpool — that was a message to Mike that he should have taken – but didn’t.
Mike’s just not cut out for football club ownership, for whatever reason, and he needs to realize that and get out of the business. The Newcastle club confirmed today that there will be no notes like before the Liverpool game from Mike for the Reading game.
Tyneside businessman Barry Moat has been linked with a Newcastle takeover for at least a couple of weeks now, but hasn’t come up with the funds as yet.
Ashley’s PR people told the Evening Chronicle today:
“As it stands the process is still ongoing, although it’s a slow process.”
“As far as Mike is concerned, he either sells it or he doesn’t.”
“Then he will make plans accordingly.”
And when pressed on Moat’s bid to buy the club, a representative of the Ashley camp said:
“Barry Moat is not in the driving seat. There are still others out there but nothing is likely to be resolved before Saturday’s game with Reading.”
Nothing before Saturday?
But that means there will only be a couple of weeks left in the transfer window, so what’s going on here?
Chris Hughton’s already decimated squad could be cut even further by the time the transfer deadline on September 1st comes round, and which players will we be bringing in – if any?
And so the Mike Ashley created soap opera continues at the Newcastle club.