Newcastle fans are happy with the way the lads played yesterday at Southampton in getting an excellent 2-2 draw.
They will be even happier now that the club (make that Mike Ashley) has issued a statement saying he is willing to sell the club.
And he will even help any buyers by deferring the payments for the club – in other words, Mike Ashley is willing to give any new buyers good terms on how they pay for Newcastle.
Mike Ashley – seems to want out of Newcastle – finally
Here is what Newcastle United have just issued on their website.
As a result of increasing press speculation regarding the future of Newcastle United, the owner of the club, St. James Holdings Limited, wishes to clarify its intentions.
As one of the Premier League’s oldest and best supported football clubs – and for the benefit of its many fans and supporters in the UK and across the world – Newcastle United requires a clear direction and a path to a bright and successful future.
To give the club the best possible opportunity of securing the positioning and investment necessary to take it to the next level, at what is an important time in its history, its present ownership has determined that it is in the best interests of Newcastle United and its fans for the club to be put up for sale.
To give an incoming owner the maximum possible flexibility to make meaningful investment in the club, including in its playing squad, the sale process will give interested parties the opportunity of deferring substantial payments.
A process will now commence of identifying new ownership for the club that will be capable of delivering the sustained investment in and dedication to the club that is necessary for it to achieve its ambitions.
There is obvious interest from the Far East and other quarters in acquiring Newcastle United, and it seems they have issued this statement to further encourage potential buyers for the club.
Announcing that good terms for payment can be negotiated should further interest potential buyers.
It also seems clear that Mike Ashley has had enough of football ownership and wants out after a very long 10 years at the helm.
This should also be very good news for a certain Mr. Rafa Benitez.
What do you think?