Newcastle United Managing Director Derek Llambias has told Sky Sports News today that Barry Moat has stepped up his interest in his home town club.
Ashley, Moat and LLambias on Saturday
The local Newcastle businessman has been strongly linked with an approach for Newcastle United, but has yet to officially confirm his interest.
It is now understood that the self-made millionaire has officially opened talks with the current owner Mike Ashley, in a possible £100M purchase of the club.
There was news in the Telegraph this morning suggesting that his loan application with Barclays Bank has indeed been approved, but that his offer was lower than the £100M requested by Ashley, and thought to be closer to around £70m – £80M.
Moat sat alongside Ashley during Newcastle’s easy 3-0 victory over Reading on Saturday, and certainly has the backing of the club’s fans. Moat is a fan himself, of course.
And just after noon today Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley arrived in his private helicopter at the club’s training ground for talks with Moat.
With some of the Newcastle squad still on the training pitch preparing for tomorrow’s game with Sheffield Wednesday, Ashley and Derek Llambias left the helicopter and walked towards the offices at the Newcastle Darsley Park complex for discussions with some of the senior players.
So we expect some official announcement fairly soon.
Should Barry take control at St James’ Park, which we are hoping for, his first move will be to appoint Alan Shearer as the new Newcastle manager on a full-time basis.
That move alone will lift the spirits of Newcastle fans everywhere, and we have to hope we’ll hear something official, even today.
Here’s hoping. 😀
Oh, and a win tomorrow night against Sheffield Wednesday will also help to lift the Newcastle fans’ spirits too!
Howay The Lads!!