It’s Now Or Never For Ashley To Sell Newcastle – With One Problem

Mike Ashley seems ready to sell Newcastle United, and he wants to do it quickly while Rafa Benitez is at the club and relatively happy.

Rafa has done very well again this season and has built up a good side from ordinary players although he has improved so many players since he came on board in March of last year.

Players who have obviously improved under his guidance include Isaac Hayden, DeAndre Yedlin, Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark, Matt Ritchie, Christian Atsu and new boys brought in over the summer – Mikel Merino and Javier Manquillo.

Javier has come back into the side and played very well at left-back in our last two games.

Newcastle have everything in place to be a good acquisition for an ambitious owner – but maybe at less than the ÂŁ380M Mike is asking for the club, which now seems too much.

Mike Ashley – everything in place to sell club – other than the price

Newcastle have sold-out home crowds of 52,000, and we have performed well on world-wide TV – Sunday’s performance at Southampton was excellent in what turned out to be a very entertaining game.

Well, that’s at least compared to last night’s encounter between Leicester City and West Brom – which almost put an end to my insomnia.

The most significant selling point Ashley has, of course, is the excellent Rafa Benitez.

The world-class manager did not stay silent last summer when he thought that Ashley did not keep the promises he made to Rafa two days after we had won the Championship last May.

It’s not rocket science for any owner of Newcastle to be successful.

Put a competent Executive alongside Rafa Benitez to help him run the club but let Rafa make ALL the decisions related to football.

If we do get an owner in with real ambition (unlike Ashley), it’s almost guaranteed that if we keep Rafa at the club long term – we will be very successful again.

Hope so!

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Oct 17, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed hope your well

    The most significant selling point Ashley has is the new sky deal
    Rafa is a big plus but it’s the money that will talk

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 17, 2017 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #2

    I think the high profile Rafa has got helps us out enormously.

  • magscar

    Oct 17, 2017 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #3


    Last post submitted before I had amended ( keyboard on tablet playing up all day – lack of use recently!)

    Trust you could decipher it.

    On what you see as negative posting just remember we all want best for club but nowhere near enough information yet to judge whether we are likely to achieve it. Anyone but about 5-6 known owners would be good enough is a little naive in these days of massive spending and wages by top clubs with which we need to compete if club is to look beyond 7-10 finish’s.

    Anyway keyboard needs rest 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 17, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #4

    I wish Ed had of spoken so openly against Ashley when the protest movement was taking shape instead of doing his best to dampen it down. But it it what it is and here we are.

  • sparky55

    Oct 17, 2017 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #5

    from last string…


    You’re right…it all depends on someone buying the club in time so he doesn’t lose out on the two massive deals he’s working on.

    The deal I know about is not in the public domain (and this here blog ain’t by any stretch of the imagination public domain to those involved), but I don’t know what the other deal is (maybe that’s the one Hibbit knows about) but there may actually be a third one which is stretching him further still which is why he’s ready to cash in on the assets that don’t cost him equity in the retail stocks he’s already heavily invested in.

    I’ve heard he’s trying to buy back SD so he can delist it, I’ve heard he’s trying to buy into more retail giants to see out his Dr Evil plan to own all sports related space in every retail outlet in every town globally, and I know for sure what he’s doing land and property wise because he’s battling with my mate on every city centre deal that’s going…so he’s a busy man… but the opportunities he wants to pursue are all coming together at the same time which is causing him a cash flow problem and selling NUFC doesn’t impact on his retail investments so it’s quick easy cash if he can sell.

    and that’s why he’s offering terms…he doesn’t need the full value of the club to complete all these deals…he just needs some of it.


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