Winner Sports has what they call an exclusive out today, and it’s that the Newcastle Billionaire owner Mike Ashley would be willing to sell the football club, if a suitable offer is made – but that’s probably always been true.
Mike Ashley – looking to sell Newcastle
The logic of why Mike would be willing to sell seems to be based on the massive Champions League deal that BT outbid Sky Sports for last week, and the fact that Glasgow Rangers, once they get back to the SPL, will be part of.
The other reason seems to be that the next three-year TV deal for the Premier League could be even more massive than the current one which started this season, and each Premier League club gets between £60M and £100M each May, and that compares to £40M to £60M in the previous deal.
The assumption is with that all that money flowing into the PL now and in the future, somebody could come in with a big bid that will pay Mike back for everything he has put into the club, money that is, and he could even leave with a profit, although that would likely be small.
But to then buy Rangers, which he could do if he first sold Newcastle, and have a club that plays in the 23rd ranked league in Europe doesn’t seem to make much sense, since Rangers and Celtic have already tried to join the Premier League.
But Rangers will be in the Champions League which Newcastle will not be anytime soon.
It’s a good try, but we don’t think this logic - at least buying Rangers – is too strong.
However, if a buyer came in with say£300M, we think Mike may be willing to sell Newcastle, since he would get his money back and also seems to have made so many enemies at Newcastle by his antics over the last six years.
That has recently culminated in him banning the local journalists from media facilities at the club, because of the coverage of a march that protested his ownership of the club.
And it can never be said that Mike thinks too much of what Newcastle fans think, or that he tries to get along with them.
And just think, if an Asian Billionaire comes in, we could soon be playing in red and white stripes.
Ian Begg is a reader who recently found out that his Mom was very ill, and he has to return to Australia. Ian has a Platinum Club season ticket that has £700 left on it, and he is willing to sell it for £550 or a best offer.
Please see if you can help Ian out, and you can contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks.
Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 on us on Google+