Mike Ashley says that he wants to sell Newcastle United.
It is claimed that up to five potential buyers are doing due diligence/negotiating as we speak.
After 10 very long years, Newcastle fans could at last be free of him, with hopefully ambitious new owners coming onboard.
There are also claims/rumours that if/when Mike Ashley sells, he will be looking to buy an ailing club on the relative cheap, to then use to promote his retail empire.
Over on the west coast, I think yo can safely say you’ll find a group of supporters who can claim to have had it even worse than Newcastle fans.
Step forward Blackpool FC and the quite disgraceful Oyston family, who look at last to be on their way out.
Blackpool fans have been discussing who would ideally replace them and Mike Ashley’s name has cropped up…
Blackpool fans comment via their top Blackpool fans online message board:
‘Mike Ashley to be the new owner of Blackpool? Once he has sold Newcastle that is. It’s a yes from me.’
‘Really? Based on What?’
‘Surely from a financial point of view he would spend enough to finance a double promotion push to the Premier League.’
‘No, he’s a c…’
‘Why is he a c…?
Didn’t he invest millions in Newcastle?’
‘There is a lot more in owning a football club than just how much money you spend.’
‘After the last 30 years of Oystons we definitely don’t want the likes of Ashley at any price to follow them in.
Surely people have learnt a lesson by now….then again you have to take the average intelligence of a football fan into account.
Fortunately, Ashley would not be remotely interested in little old Blackpool anyway.’
‘Surely you would like an owner that puts football first as opposed to one that puts property first.’
‘No! His ethics stink. Time for something better this is not about chasing the big money investor.’
‘At least Mike Ashley won his court case…’
‘Wasn’t he after Rangers if he could offload NUFC?’
‘Surely you would give Mike Ashley a chance and turn up to watch home games?’
‘Haha…Check the apologists on the attack of any potential new owner already!’
‘I’m still in the dark about him. I knew he has a bad reputation, but Why?’
‘You want to replace one bully with another?’
‘It is all relative and after the Oystons, Ashley may seem positively benign but if there is an alternative purchaser to him, you would probably prefer them over him.
Maybe ask ex-Hodgson lad Lee Charnley what he really thinks about Mr Ashley.’
‘Here are a few reasons.
He has overseen two NUFC relegations.
He made a range of unpopular decisions re managers – e.g. shackling Keegan and lying to him about transfer resources then using Derek Llambias and Dennis Wise to undermine KK causing KK to walk (and later win a constructive dismissal claim which revealed Ashley’s lies to KK).
Those shackling conditions were then applied to Joe Kinnear, McClaren and Pardew.
Benitez has complained about not being backed with sufficient resources in the transfer market (I appreciate managers often cite this but this is a well supported club with a billionaire owner and he is not the first to say this).
His renaming of the stadium.
Treatment of Jonas Guitterez when he was diagnosed with cancer and then later when he returned to the club he was released.
He repeatedly showed he did not care what the fans thought through his responses to protests etc.
He previously put the club up for sale and appeared to revel in messing around the consortium led by Barry Moat when they wanted to buy – some saw that as Ashley just toying with hopes of the supporters.
His refusal to invest further despite having the funds to do so.
Overall a repeated sense of missed opportunities and underachievement.
There is plenty more but that gives you a flavour.’
‘I know he’s unpleasant and unpopular but I didn’t know why.
I heard Chris waddle on Radio 5 saying how Ashley had invested millions in rebuilding the squad, so I wondered what the catch was.
It sounds like he screwed the squad in the first place.
Using the club as his plaything but I still don’t think he can hold a candle to our very own dearly beloved Oystons!’