Mike Ashley already owns some of Rangers football club, and the Newcastle owner seems to be investing more into Rangers all the time, and in the last day or two it’s been revealed that Rangers Chief Executive, Charles Green, has already sold the naming rights to Ibrox to the English Billionaire – who is now worth around £3.5B in the latest Forbes Billionaire list.
Mike Ashley – what’s his end game with Rangers?
And not surprisingly there has been speculation from both Rangers fans and Newcastle fans as to what Mike’s end game is at Rangers, and one theory is that he will eventually buy Rangers, but to do that he will have to sell Newcastle.
Technically it’s possible for an owner to own two football club, if they don’t compete together in any one competition, but the rules are murky at best, and if it ever happened that Mike became the majority owner of Rangers by owning more than 50% of the great Scottish club, while still owning Newcastle, whether that was legal or not would probably have to be decided in the courts.
Mike owns Newcastle for the money, or be more accurate as a showcase – a world advertising vehicle if you like – for his company Sports Direct, and with the popularity of the Premier League around the world, we don’t think he would want to sell Newcastle United.
And when you see the home games of Newcastle on TV – all you seen on the screens are Sports Direct signs all over the place – Sr. James’ Park may as well still be called Sports Direct Arena. 🙁
It looks like Rangers’ home ground could eventually be the next one to be called the Sports Direct Arena, and have similar signs all over the place – and we’re sure Rangers fans will think that’s just great.
Mike Ashley is a savvy businessman, and he has invested well in Rangers while they were down the leagues, but on their way back to the Scottish Premier League and the Champions League – and of course that initial investment will be a terrific one for the Newcastle owner – it already has been.
Maybe what Mike wants is his company to be seen more during the Champions League in Europe and maybe he thinks he can own both clubs because they will never compete in the same competition.
That’s because Newcastle will always find it very difficult to get a top six position in England or win any local cups under Ashley, without a lot more investment and a lot more ambition.
Ashley wouldn’t have to try much harder for that to continue to happen – from what we’ve seen at Newcastle over the last seven years – let’s face it.
So maybe he looks at Rangers as the second vehicle for advertising his company, and they would always compete in the Champions League every season – oh and we’d play Rangers every pre-season too.
It’s just a thought, but Rangers is an iconic club going through some very difficult times right now – but who doesn’t think they will not be fighting Celtic again tooth and nail for the SPL title very soon, and be back in the Champions League in the next couple of seasons?
You mightn’t like Mike Ashley but he’s a creative and very good businessman.
So perhaps that’s his end game – and we wouldn’t ever have to worry about Newcastle and Rangers competing in the same competitions because Newcastle would never be in Europe.
That may be what Mike is up to – and it’s not too far from the truth already at Newcastle – we are nowhere near the top six in England anymore.
It’s a little tongue in cheek, but after writing this I’m now concerned it could even be the truth!
But to get our hopes up that Mike will eventually sell Newcastle United may a setup for a disappointment – and a big disappointment at that. 🙁
What do you think?
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