Newcastle Still Presumably For Sale – But Price Has Gone Up – Why It’s All So Ironic

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:

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.

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8 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 23, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #1

    It’ll be interesting to see how Rooney is treated tonight. He elbowed Matt Ritchie off the ball in the home game, I reckon he’ll be getting some back from the man with the magic hat.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 23, 2018 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Another article without substance. All speculation. The truth is nobody outside a very small circle knows what’s happening and those that do ain’t telling.
    How does anybody know the price has gone up? Sources?
    After the last debacle I’m done speculating. Nothing I can do about it anyway. What will be will be and our opinions are the last ones that will ever get taken into consideration.
    Get on with it. Sell or don’t sell, just make sure Rafa has the tools to improve on this season..

  • Tsunki

    Apr 23, 2018 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Can’t blame him. When he was selling last time it was a punt on a team plummeting towards Relegation. Now we are heading towards a top eight pl side. You pays yer money….

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 23, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Rob, with his special ‘Peaky Blinders’ magic hat.


    Apr 23, 2018 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Worst Scenario? Fat Ash refuses to back Kennedy,s asking price from Chelsea and departs for Arsenal taking Lascacelle with him! ????????? Hope not !

  • lochinvar

    Apr 23, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Always look on the bright side…..

    Sunderland might be heading for League One, but they do top one table – albeit, it’s not the best news.
    Black Cats’ supporters feel the most misery when their team loses.
    This is according to research from the University of Sussex, which used smartphone technology to map the emotions of more than 30,000 people.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 23, 2018 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Newexpat I can’t see Arsenal fitting in with what Rafa wants mate. For his project he wants a united fan base, not one that dissolves the minute they drop out the top four.
    Newcastle suits him. Probably the only one Club city that is truly united. Go to Leeds and you see Manure shirts everywhere, Spurs, Liverpool etc. Tbf, the closest you get to Newcastle is probably Sunlun for City loyalty and they’re in a right mess. (Joy of Joy’s).
    He wants it be us, he’d just prefer different owners like we all would. I think he’ll bend a fair bit to accommodate the knacka, rather than look elsewhere. Hopefully anyway.

  • dig-n-dig22

    Apr 23, 2018 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Bobbybee #2
    How can we not be valued at £400Mill+ now. The F@T TW@T valued us between £300/350Mill when we looked nailed on for relegation, now the team is in cracking form, the valuation of Lascelles and Shelvey must be £40 Mill each + £20 Mill for Mitro , Even if Fatty cashed in those players, we still have Premiership status + TV revenue next season and arguably better equipped for survival next season with not a lot of investment needed. We were worth at best £275 Mill when we were in deep trouble before Christmas but now If anyone crow bar NUFC job lot for £ 400 Mill should snap the F@T TW@T’S hand off.


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