Mike Ashley is a stubborn man and a hardcore businessman who likes to make money.
So when he put Newcastle up for sale last October for the third time, he said he wanted to sell quickly and before the end of the year.
We understand towards the end of that drawn-out saga that he would accept a straight £300M offer from Amanda Staveley with no strings attached – but that didn’t happen.
Three months or so later after Rafa and our players have done a stellar job to get the team into 10th place in the league, it may turn out to be a negative thing for Newcastle regarding getting a new owner in.
Mike Ashley – could become greedy
We need a new owner in if Rafa is to commit long-term to stay at Newcastle
The Shields Gazette are now suggesting that Mike Ashley will be looking to increase his selling price for the club above £300M.
That’s based on the possibility that Newcastle could (even) finish in the top ten in the league.
A top ten Premier League club is worth more than one that only just escapes relegation.
But now it seems Ashley will want a good price for Newcastle with the quickness of a sale taking a back seat.
The (big) problem we see is for Mike Ashley to hold out for say £350M or more, and a deal just doesn’t get done quickly because of his financial greed.
Here’s a man trying to gain financially from running a club into the ground over the last eleven years.
There’s something not quite right or ethical about that.
Rafa is the man who has got the club where we are and with little to no help from the owner.
We need a new owner who matches Rafa Benitez’ lofty ambitions for Newcastle United, and the sooner we get one, the better.
What do you think?