Mike Ashley was interviewed by the Daily Mail’s Martin Samuel in July on the day that Sports Direct had belatedly issued its annual results. During that interview, Mike Ashley spouted all of his talking points about Rafa Benitez, the BZG takeover, and Newcastle’s transfer strategy. It was less of an interview, than a Mike Ashley soliloquy.
With the recent clamor over a renewed takeover bid by Peter Kenyon and GACP Sports, Samuel is back again with an article in the Daily Mail about how Mike Ashley is a willing seller.
The title of the article, It’s Not Hard To Buy Newcastle United – You Just Need To Find £300m, is all you need to know about the what Samuel thinks of the reported bid by Peter Kenyon. The article basically goes over prior takeover attempts and states that the only reason they didn’t occur is because the buyers didn’t have the funds.
Samuel also tries to highlight that Mike Ashley wants the best for Newcastle and will only sell to a party that will have the club’s best interest at heart. He also compares the projected transfer fees under Peter Kenyon with what Mike Ashley spent this summer. Many Newcastle fans will not be swayed by these assertions.
The article does not represent the latest takeover attempt by Kenyon and GACP in the best of lights. In fact, it classifies it as nothing more than a publicity stunt. This is what Samuel writes about the GACP brochure:
The brochure that has found its way into the public domain looks very much like a rehash of one that might have been in circulation last year, when Kenyon first attempted to raise the funds for Newcastle.
It didn’t get takers then, so why would it now, with Newcastle again drawn into a fight against relegation?
We had our doubts about the reports of a renewed bid by Peter Kenyon. We don’t think he can raise the funds to even get to the table with Mike Ashley. However even if he could, we are highly skeptical that Ashley would be a willing partner on a deal.