The Sunday People are reporting today that the chances of a takeover at Newcastle have dwindled significantly because all four suitors don’t have the money to do the deal.
That’s the news from Neil Moxley today and you couple that with the news that Rafa Benitez has no idea what he has to spend in the transfer window next month and it’s chaos again all over again under owner Mike Ashley.
The news is also that if some would-be buyers are hoping Newcastle will be relegated so they can buy Newcastle on the cheap, the news is that Mike Ashley will not sell if we are relegated – which is a distinct possibility if we cannot strengthen next month.
He would rather try his luck for the third time and try to get Newcastle promoted again at the first attempt – but he would almost certainly have to do that without Rafa Benitez who will almost certainly leave the club in June.
Mike Ashley – will now remain Newcastle owner?
Here are the first two paragraphs from the People report:
“Newcastle have been dealt a double new year body-blow, with takeover talks on the verge of collapse and plans for the imminent January transfer window non-existent.”
“Beleaguered Toon fans believed a new owner at St James’ Park would provide manager Rafa Benitez with transfer funds and give the club a fresh impetus.”
“But hopes that unpopular owner Mike Ashley might sell-up soon have been dashed — NONE of the four suitors has ready cash to do a deal.”
It looks like once again Ashley can say he didn’t get the funds to sell the club but a number of us wonder if he really ever wanted to sell the club, as he had stated a month ago.
If this is all true it’s going to be bedlam again at Newcastle United with protests coming back and that atmosp[here will make it difficult for the team to win games.
Rafa will hardly want to stay at the club past June now.
If this is true then it’s the worst possible thing that could happen to the club.
But of course, it was only a day or two ago that Steve Howey had said a “very good source” told him the deal was nearly done and an announcement of the successful takeover could even happen by Wednesday.
So what are we supposed to believe?
You talk about Newcastle being in decline under a miserly owner – this is just completely ridiculous.