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News That Mike Ashley Has Officially Taken Newcastle Off The Market

There’s a report in the Sunday Times today by Martin Hardy that Mike Ashley has officially taken the club off the market.

The report is that Ashley put a six-figure sum into trying to sell the club before Christmas but was unsuccessful.

That’s presumably so he could sell the club to his preferred buyer at that time – a consortium lead by Peter Kenyon.

But the £300M Ashley wanted for the club couldn’t be raised by any of the four consortia said to be interested in buying the club late last year.

That must have been a close call for Ashley who we never thought wanted to sell the club last year.

Mike Ashley – an owner wth no ambition

Mike Ashley could have sold the club if he wanted to by simply lowering the price to a more market-driven figure.

Ashley has said to become frustrated with the lack of progress on a potential sale, and it’s been since October of 2017 that he has reportedly been keen to sell the club.

In short, we don’t believe it.

If Ashley can get Rafa signed up for a few years this summer and the owner invests some money in new players Newcastle could still be sold in the future.

When Newcastle are sold, it will happen quickly as it did when Ashley bought the club in May 2007.

It’s just sad that an owner who has no ambitions for the club is still in charge.

We just hope Ashley can get Rafa to stay on board this summer. – that’s the main thing now.

If Rafa leaves we are sunk or up the river without a paddle.

Take your choice.


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5 comments so far

  • Ben Afri

    Mar 3, 2019 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #1


    “I know it seems like being wise after the event. But I was surprised to see an unchanged side with 3 games in 8 days”

    To be honest, I was thinking the same thing when I saw the line up. But then about 5 seconds later, I thought, okay I’d go with this too then. The only points of concern I had at the time were our two wing backs. Thought Muto might come on when I saw him on the bench though.

  • cyprus

    Mar 3, 2019 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Hard to talk much about yesterday’s game because, TBH, we we’re outplayed everywhere on the pitch. Hats off to them for improving so much. We’ve gone toe to toe with teams like Wolves, Watford, but this was a different deal altogether. We were chasing shadows for much of the game.

    I’ve still got my eye on those three teams and they all lost. So, it’s not exactly backs to the wall. A win or two and we’ll really be able to breathe.

    This was a reality check. All of our players must be at their best in order to compete and that was not the case yesterday, for anyone.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 3, 2019 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #3

    If we win three of our home matches and perhaps a draw, we will be safe. I am surprised the stamina data gathered in training prior to last night’s game did not warn Rafa that changes were needed.

  • Jib

    Mar 3, 2019 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #4

    I thought Lascelles was the pick of our CBs yesterday
    I wouldn’t be surprised at Fernandez back in the side again

  • wynsleap

    Mar 3, 2019 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Funny how Ashley has “taken the club off the market” just as the season tickets renewal date has just gone.
    Quite frankly he’s stinking the place out.


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