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Mike Ashley – unlikely to sell Newcastle
And with Mike Ashley managing to make millions (and millions) off Newcastle – by his own admission – with the many signs of Sports Direct placed all over St. James’ Park, we think it’s extremely unlikely the news that he wants to sell Newcastle is true.
The news in the Telegraph was that Mike wanted to invest more in Rangers north of the border, and to do that he was restricted to owning only up to 10% by the Scottish FA – so the thinking was that he will therefore sell Newcastle to invest more in Rangers.
There are also rules in UEFA about not being able to own two clubs who compete against each other, but the rules are murky at best.
But Mike Ashley is no fool, especially where money is concerned, and while Rangers are an iconic and great football club – no doubt about that – they don’t get the worldwide TV coverage that Premier League clubs get – even when they play in the Champions League.
And as we had hoped, Alan Pardew was asked about that report of Mike Ashley presumably ready to sell Newcastle today in his press conference – this is what he said:
“That’s news to me,” “I’ve heard no suggestion from him or any signs from him. He’s obviously given us money to spend this summer which we’ve hopefully spent well, but only time will tell on that.¨
¨They’re are settling in well, and that’s the most important thing. His commitment to the club is as strong as it’s always been.”
We know there are a lot of Newcastle fans now praying that the news in the Telegraph is true – but logic is against any sale – it says Mike Ashley is onto too good a thing at Newcastle for him to sell the club.
But on the other hand this may be good news for Rangers’ fans.
And we see that Tottenham Hotspur are up for sale by owner Joe Lewis – but he wants £1B for Spurs – a simply ridiculous amount of money.
Mike would probably buy Tottenham, but for no more than £200M – if that.
And yes you guessed it – here’s Mike favorite song of all time. 😀
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