Mike Ashley flew into Newcastle United’s training ground yesterday, and we were told it was to tie up some loose ends with the Damien Duff transfer to Fulham.
Mike Ashley with daughter Anna – in happier times
That may be true but we’ll never really know with Mike, as he never speaks to the fans or any of the players.
Accompanied by Managing Director Derek Llambias, Ashley spent less than an hour at the training ground – with Hughton saying the club’s future ownership was not discussed.
Llambias admitted yesterday that Barry Moat is in advanced negotiations to buy the club, but from what we heard yesterday Ashley will only sell for the £100M asking price, and we don’t know if Moat can meet that price.
The reports also suggested there were two other consortia in for the club, and we have no idea who they may be, but we wouldn’t be too surprised if the Profitable group of Singapore is one of them.
The Telegraph reported yesterday that they thought Moat got the Barclays Bank loan he was seeking, with the Journal this morning saying Barry will know today.
But whether the loan will allow Moat to bid the £100M we just don’t know, but we’re always hopeful.
If a sale can not be negotiated, it is understood that Ashley will take the club off the market on Friday, so we should know by the end of the week, but we’ll not hold our breath.
And yesterday, former Spurs, Glasgow Rangers and England defender Graham Roberts appeared on television to claim his little-known group ‘Fans 401’ had the backing of a mystery business willing to give £100M to turn Newcastle into a fans-run club along the lines of Barcelona.
We wouldn’t put too much credence into this bid, at this late stage.
And so the stupid soap opera at Newcastle continues to roll.