There could have been some unfortunate news being reported yesterday, if Newcastle fans were able to read between the lines.
Mike Ashley and daughter – is he staying at Newcastle?
In many of the Sunday papers it was reported that Ashley had planned to give out around £8M to Kevin Keegan, at least from a planning perspective, and therefore there was some money left over and Mike would be willing to give Chris Hughton around £5M for new players in January.
And then Dennis Wise, in trying to explain why the club were willing to pay Ignacio Gonzalez £1M to curry some favor with a South American agent, said he thought that Mike Ashley would now keep Newcastle until the summer.
And the other news widely reported was that Chris Hughton would be appointed full time manager at Newcastle.
But surely that wouldn’t be done if Newcastle were about to be sold, since the new owners could bring in their own manager, and if indeed Barry Moat is the new buyer, it has been widely reported he would bring Alan Shearer back to manage the club.
So there are some disturbing indications out there that Mike Ashley may actually keep the Tyneside club until the summer, and attempt to even bolster the squad in January to ensure that Newcastle get promoted.
What’s in it for Mike? He could then sell the club in the summer, or try to – for a much heftier figure than the £100M the club is currently on offer for.
Will he actually do that after he has been disgraced by the Premier League tribunal, who basically said he lied to Newcastle fans and others about Kevin Keegan’s powers to buy and sell players – as a public relations exercise?
We wouldn’t put it past him, but if we do get promoted, we had mentioned last summer that this sale thing would go on once again next summer.
That would continue to bring uncertainty to the club, at a time when we should be bringing in new players to strengthen the squad so we can hold our own in the Premier League next season.
Does that sound like deja-vu all over again?
Is this nightmare scenario possible?
Yes, it’s possible simply because Ashley has completely ignored Newcastle fans and former players comments, since he took over the club over two years ago, and on the rare occasions when he has communicated with the fans, he’s lied to them.
That’s not our opinion, those are the facts.
So there are now definite indications that Mike may be thinking he’ll just keep the club and make a nice profit come the summer, and get more of his money back, if the club can get promoted at the very first attempt.
We’ll just have to hope that in the next week or so, we see some significant progress on the selling front, but Barry Moat and others trying to buy the club must be willing to pay the full £100M asking price, and not give Mike a valid excuse to hold onto the club.
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