We saw this report in the Mirror late last night, but were very sceptical of it, and we have to remember today is Sunday.
Mike Ashley – he looks like Newcastle fans feel – miserable
The news is that a new far east bidder may make an offer directly to Ashley for the Newcastle club in the next few days.
This bidder si though to have no connection with Moat or other previously mentioned contenders – and could show their hand before Wednesday.
We would almost dismiss this as a made up story but we have no proof one way or the other.
And it’s now known whether the latest interested party is willing to match Ashley’s official asking price of £100M, although we think not.
And Barry Moat’s presence next to Ashley in the directors’ box during last night’s home game could be seen as proof he could be close to a deal to buy the club.
Certainly we were surprised they were sitting next to each other with Derek LLambias on Moat’s other side.
The odds are still on Ashley taking the club off the market, but the Sunday Sun today is suggesting that Mike may ask Moat to join the board, with a view to appointing Alan Shearer as manager.
Where they got that news from we have no idea, but it would be a decent compromise and it’s intriguing.
But Ashley was given a reminder yesterday that Newcastle fans do not hold him in high esteem to say the least, and the responsibility for the terrible shape of our squad and the club in general lies at his feet.
There is still a possibility that David O’Leary will relent on his money demands and take the helm on Tyneside if Ashley decides to keep the club.
After being 3 years out of the game and not to take the Newcastle opportunity over compensation seems a weak reason for David to turn down the job.
Where’s his ambition?