There are a number of organizations that have spouted up in the last year or so, that have been formed to try to get Mike Ashley out of Newcastle, but the chances of that happening are minimal at best, since Ashley has never taken any notice of fans in the past and we cannot see that changing anytime soon.
Mike Ashley – not liked by Newcastle fans – a huge understatement
As it happens, there are also fans who want Alan Pardew out of the club, and the Newcastle manager never seems to get a break, and even last Saturday after one of his best results as Newcastle manager, there were still a few negative headlines floating around on Sunday after the game about Alan.
Mike Ashley has a 10% stake in Rangers, and that’s the maximum allowed by law, since Mike Ashley is the Newcastle owner and that’s all he’s allowed to own of any other club.
Rangers are an iconic club, and once they are back in the Scottish Premier League they will be back in Europe every season, but there’s not much money north of the border, and the Scottish Premier League is ranked 23rd of leagues in Europe.
We suppose there is a chance that Mike could sell up at Newcastle and then buy Rangers, but even if he tries o sell the club there will be more turmoil, and no guarantees we will get a better owner, or even that anybody would be interested in buying the club.
We’ve pointed out that Cardiff owner Vincent Tan from Malaysia even changed the blue Cardiff City strips to red, because that’s a popular (and lucky) color in Asia.
Somehow we cannot imagine watching Newcastle playing in red and white stripes under an Asian owner. 🙁
Ashley has tried to sell Newcastle twice in the past, and no credible buyers came in that could even pay the £100M for the club, when it was last put up for sale when we were in the Championship.
And now we are back in the Premier league, it will be hard to find a buyer – because Ashley will want close to £300M to cover his total investment in the club..
Certainly former Rangers Chairman Malcolm Murray doesn’t seem to think Ashley wants to own Rangers outright, as he said this yesterday:
“The rules of football are complex but, as far as I understand, if you own a Premier League club, then you can’t own more than 10% of a Scottish club. So, unless he sells Newcastle, then he can’t own Rangers.”
“Mike Ashley is an eccentric, fast moving guy though, put it that way. I don’t think he will make a takeover move though.” “The retail side of things at Rangers has not performed as well as we’d have liked it to. I’d rather he concentrated on getting that right.”
There’s little chance Newcastle fans can force Ashley out of the club, unless he wants to leave, and with the thoughts of £60M to £100M dished out every May at the end of the season to each English Premier club, we don’t think he’s leaving any time soon.
We kind of like that slogan – support the team, not the regime – which worked well in our promotion season – but that would mean supporting the team and Alan Pardew as the manager.
And maybe things can be turned around this season, at least on the pitch, and we can start capitalizing on the great performance in the second half on Saturday, and start moving up the table.
A point at Tottenham would be good in the early game at White Hart Lane on Sunday, and that’s all we’re hoping for right now – and maybe even another win. 😀