It appears that Mike Ashley will not sell the Newcastle club for less than the £100M he had asked for.
Mike Ashley – holding out for the full £100M
The call today on Ashley to sell, came from our former striker Mick Quinn, as it appears the sale may again be stalling this afternoon.
A source close to the Newcastle Board told the Telegraph this afternoon:
“There are three parties now interested in buying the club from Mike Ashley of which Barry Moat is and one thing in common for all of them is that the asking price is £100M all ways round,”
“Moat can now be considered as the outsider of the three, but if the business is not concluded by Friday then there is a problem and there is a good chance the club will be taken off the market.”
That sounds a little ominous to us, and we wonder who the other two bidders are.
Mick Quinn, who scored 59 goals in his 115 Newcastle appearances from 1989 to 1992, has pleaded with the very unpopular Ashley, to relinquish ownership of the club for the good of everybody concerned.
Quinn told the Telegraph today:
“There have been various reports saying that Ashley wants to stay now but it would be for the good of the club if someone stepped in and bought him out and brought Alan Shearer into the club,”
“People outside the North-East can all moan all they want about Alan managerial-wise by saying that he is not experienced enough but, hold on, you’ve got Mike Ashley and a chairman in Chris Mort and then a managing director in Derek Llambias and this was their first club.”
“So as far as I’m concerned if there was a consortium there and if you got the right man in as manager in Alan Shearer, you could bounce straight back up and they would be guaranteed 52,000 at St James’ Park for every home game when things were going well.”
“Shearer is the only person that the fans want. You could go back over old ground and bring back Joe Kinnear or appoint David O’Leary, but that is the only way you would fill that stadium.”
“Alan Shearer is the only person that could get the fans dreaming again.” “It’s been bitterly disappointing to see what happened at Newcastle. They just weren’t good enough. The players weren’t good enough. It was an absolute disaster.”
“The club has had more managers while it has been in the Premier League than anyone else around. That’s a damning indictment. That speaks volumes about what has gone on. It’s been an absolute mess.”
“The cycle of hiring and firing has to stop for the good of the club and its magni ficent supporters. Ideally, looking ahead Alan Shearer should be given the time and patience to build a side capable of challenging for honors.”
“Whatever happens, though, they need to hire a manager and stick with him through thick and thin. That’s the way forward.”
Newcastle’s first two games of the Championship season have so far yielded a decent four points and Newcastle fans will be hoping to build on their promising start to the season, when Sheffield Wednesday visit tomorrow night, and we need all 3 points then too.
But it will be sad day indeed if Mike Ashley takes the club off the market, as we are likely to lose Steven Taylor, just like we lost Shay Given, because Steven and a number of other players are just fed up with their treatment from owner Mike Ashley, and everything he stands for at the Newcastle club.
A little hint – that’s not much.
We’re still hoping for a deal of course, but it seems from what we can tell, that Mike is hanging on for the full £100M, and will not sell for less.