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‘Sources close to the club’ say Mike Ashley not serious about selling Newcastle United – Very dodgy exclusive

3 years ago

A new exclusive quoting ‘sources’ close to Newcastle United, claims that Mike Ashley has no real intention of selling the club.

Instead it is stated, it is simply a means to ‘stave off spending in the January transfer window’.

Hmmm, not so sure about this one.

The claims/exclusive come from ‘The London Economic’,  a website that usually specialises in quirky stories about popular culture, from politics to lifestyle/entertainment.

The writer describes himself as a ‘business and economics journalist’ and says that by spinning a line about putting the club up for sale, Mike Ashley could be ‘instead pocketing the fee as part of a club sale ruse’.

I think most of us would see Mike Ashley capable of anything but it is difficult to see exactly how somebody like this would be having access to ‘sources close to the club’.

It sounds more like yet another wanting to have a piece of the Newcastle United circus, getting cheap clicks/attention by spinning a yarn.

The ‘sources close to the club’ more likely to be reading a few other articles elsewhere without any substance/knowledge of what is, or isn’t happening at Newcastle United.

In this period of time there is a vacuum, fans/general public starved of any news on progression or otherwise of the sale of the club.

Everything could be happening, or nothing, but I don’t think this particular ‘source’ is worth worrying about…

The London Economic:

“Mike Ashley’s public plans to sell Newcastle United are nothing but a means to stave off spending in the January transfer window, sources close to the club have revealed.

“The Sports Direct owner says he wants the club off his hands by Christmas. But it could simply be a case of history repeating itself, with ownership speculation meaning the chairman won’t have to put his hands in his pocket when the transfer window opens again on New Years Day.

“Newcastle boss Rafael Benítez slammed Mike Ashley in the summer for revising down his ambitious plans for the club.

“Just £35 million was invested in low-key acquisitions, which is less than newly-promoted counterparts Huddersfield Town.

“Benitez met with head of recruitment Steve Nickson on Monday and made no secret of the fact that he is looking to recruit heavily in the next transfer window.

“But owner Ashley may be using well-worn tactics to deny the Spaniard the chance to splash the club’s Premier League windfall, instead pocketing the fee as part of a club sale ruse.”


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