Mike Ashley gambled on Newcastle staying up as a Premier League club when he refused to back Rafa Benitez last summer in the transfer market.
As it has turned out and mainly due to the brilliance of Rafa Benitez and our hard-working players we will have a successful season with a good chance of finishing in top ten.
The irony of all of this is that Mike Ashley will now be looking at a higher price than the £300M which could have clinched the deal before Christmas.
That’s when Newcastle were going through that 9 game spell when we picked up just one point, but since then we have played 15 games and had 7 wins for 26 points.
And who benefits most from the surge to safety?
Managing Director Lee Charnley with owner Mike Ashley
Smiling because the price has gone up?
Ironically it’s Mike Ashley who could now be able to sell the club for something approaching £400M rather than just £300M.
We wonder if Mike Ashley still wants to sell and surely if there were buyers they would be in negotiating a deal now?
The Chronicle’s Mark Douglas still thinks the club is for sale as he tweeted this today:
On the basis of once bitten twice shy, I’m working on assumption that Mike Ashley will be in charge.
But yes, there’s interest (including from PCP). And yes, club is still for sale. https://t.co/Cem6KV1wcJ
— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) April 23, 2018
There’s also a piece from Sky Sports today reporting that if the club is to be sold then buyers will have to hurry and come in and negotiate with Ashley since it’s a World Cup year and a shortened transfer window.
The article suggests Ashley will be looking for between £380M – £400M from the sale of the club.
It’s a shame the stubborn owner didn’t do more to help Rafa last summer.
The manager with the help of his coaches and players has put almost £100M onto the price of the club since late last year.
So maybe Ashley will give Rafa so significant money to spend this summer?
We shall see.
But Ashley could also realize that supporting Rafa for a couple of years could have the price of Newcastle United so much higher than it is today.
That’s why Ashley may still be the owner next season, but he would need to somehow sign Rafa up to a long-term deal by then.
But first things first – we need to win at Goodison Park tonight.