The Telegraph has another report out today that says Mike Ashley may sell Newcastle United, but it’s quoting Newcastle legend Alan Shearer this time.
Mike Ashley – did Pardew leave because he’s selling?
It’s a comment we have already reported by Alan Shearer, but the Telegraph has put another twist on Alan’s words.
This is what Alan Shearer said about why Alan Pardew could have left so quickly to join Crystal Palace last week, and he’s talking initially about Ashley:
“He doesn’t speak to anyone, but there’s a small part of me that thinks he might have given Alan Pardew a nod [that he’s going to sell].”
“It did make me laugh when I heard people saying that Alan wouldn’t leave Newcastle to go to Crystal Palace.”
“There’s a million reasons why Alan would leave Newcastle to go to Crystal Palace – he’d be on a better salary at a football club where the fans would want him,
he would buy and sell the players he wanted.”
“There’s three or four very, very good reasons to start with. That’s where Newcastle are as a football club I’m afraid. Not good news but we’re used to that.”
At the end of that first sentence the Telegraph inserted – [that he’s going to sell] – Alan didn’t actually say those words.
The Telegraph is also reporting there are rumours on Tyneside that prospective buyers have indeed approached Mike Ashley to discuss a potential buy-out of Newcastle United.
We haven’t heard that – but Telegraph Sport is reporting today they have been told by well-placed sources, that negotiations are in progress and the price of Newcastle is £250M – and that price would allow the owner to recuperate most of the money he has put into the club.
If a head coach is not appointed until the summer that would also suit the potential new owners – but this is not the first time the Telegraph has said Mike Ashley will sell the club, and they were banned some weeks ago for suggesting he would sell Newcastle to buy Glasgow Rangers.
Maybe it’s a case of putting two and two together and getting five?
But we see no reason why Ashley would want to buy Rangers and sell Newcastle – with the Scottish club playing in the 23rd ranked league in Europe.
Owning Rangers would hardly be a better proposition than owning Newcastle, who give Sports Direct free worldwide advertising and publicity via the most popular sports league in the world – the Premier League.
And Newcastle get anywhere between £60M and £100M every May from the Premier League, based essentially on where we finish in the league.
If this story in the Telegraph is not true, we would expect Newcastle to issue a statement fairly quickly, and the last we heard – the owner was definitely going to be in charge of Newcastle through the end of next season.
It may be deja vu all over again. 😀
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