72 year-old former Chairman Freddy Shepherd has said today that it wouldn’t surprise him too much if Mike Ashley was to sell Newcastle United.
Freddy Shepherd – Ashley could sell Newcastle
Freddy was asked specifically if he would be surprised if Mike Ashley were to sell Newcastle so he could take over Rangers FC, and this is what he has said in the Chronicle:
“I’d be surprised the day I’m surprised!” “He’s a businessman – end of story. He’s in it to make money and that’s the bottom line.”
“Good luck to him. It just happens to be football and everybody’s sentiments are hooked up to it.” “It’s a different animal to any other business.”
One big question Newcastle fans have about Ashley, is why did he buy Newcastle in the first case in June, 2007, other than he was flush with cash after taking his Sports Direct company public.
What does he get out of it – and of course since money clouds everything else he seems to do – it’s not a bad bet he’s in it for the money.
So if a bid of around £250K came in, he may in fact sell up and leave for colder weather north of the border at Rangers FC, although the Board announced recently that he would own Newcastle until at least the end of next season.
We cannot see the sense of him doing that and owning Rangers FC, since the Premier League is where the big money is, but he’s up to something with his dealings to gain control of the Scottish Powerhouse.
But Ashley will not reveal what his end game is at Rangers – and that’s what he Scottish FA is pushing for, and Mike has already managed to get the Rangers fans dead against him.
Alan Pardew left very quickly – and maybe Mike Ashley will follow him out of the door?
But unlike Freddy, we’d be very surprised if that happened anytime soon.
What do you think?
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