We never really believed Mike Ashley wanted to sell Newcastle last December when he told Sky Sports that he was closer to selling Newcastle than ever before.
It was too much of a coincidence the January transfer window was approaching and he needed some excuse to not spend much money in that window.
And he didn’t until the very last day of January when he finally brought in Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United for a fee that could reach £20.5M.
We have a feeling that Ashley could be with us for a few years yet and that will not be good news for Newcastle fans.
Former Newcastle star Rob Lee doesn’t think he will sell soon either.
Mike Ashley – in deep thought about his disastrous ownership of Newcastle
Rob Lee has been talking to talkSPORT and has said this:
“I met him once with Alan Shearer many many years ago and he was okay, he just seems to take one step forward and two massive giant steps back.”
“He seems to want to upset the Geordies, you think he’s doing all right then he comes out with a statement at the end of the season a few years ago.”
(He said) we’re going to invest money, we’re going do this and that, every money we generate, but he never does it.”
“I just think, you said a little while ago he’ll be there until the end of the season but he’ll be there much longer than that.”
“He won’t sell, I don’t think he wants to sell.”
“If he loses Rafa Benitez, we’re in serious trouble.”
“Rafa has had to put so much pressure on Ashley to say ‘I want a player’. Michael Owen was our record signing in 2005, that’s too long.”
“Watford, Bournemouth – they’ve all beaten that by some way.”
“When won’t Newcastle pay more than £20 million?”
The only way Ashley will sell the club is if a buyer comes in who is really serious and meets Ashley’s asking price and also has significant funds to further invest in the club.
It could be sold very quickly.
That could come out of the blue, but we’d be very surprised if Ashley isn’t still the owner next summer at this time and maybe for more years to come.
The good news is if Rafa stays with us he will want everybody to be behind the club – including Mike Ashley.
Newcastle icon Rob Lee
Things had been calm and even exciting since the end of January and Rafa believes that unity is important for Newcastle to start (and to keep) winning days.
He could be the man who brings this all together – even with Ashley still the owner.
If anybody can do it – it’s Rafa Benitez.
What do you think?