The Amanda Staveley interview with George Caulkin of The Times has provoked a strong response from the Mike Ashley Out campaign.
With the club continuing to fail under Ashley and with seemingly no takeover on the horizon, the campaign group has stirred back into life this week, after taking more of a back seat in the past 18 months to allow everybody to get on with simply supporting Rafa Benitez in his efforts to help turn NUFC into a normal club.
However, there is only so much Rafa can do and with this also looking set to be a third transfer window in a row when the club’s owner has undermined his manager and broken promises to support him on transfers, protesting is looking the only option remaining to fans, yet again.
Laughably, Mike Ashley’s response to the Amanda Staveley interview was to use Sky Sports on Friday morning who as usual quoted a Mike Ashley ‘source’….
“We are not aware of any bid that doesn’t contain relegation clauses and we are not considering any further talks with PCP Capital Partners.
“Our sole focus is to support Rafa Benitez in the current transfer market with all the resources at our disposal.”
Supporting Rafa Benitez in any transfer window would be a real novelty.
AshleyOut Press Release – Friday 19 January 2018:
AshleyOut has this evening read with astonishment an exclusive interview with Amanda Staveley by respected journalist George Caulkin in The Times.
Ms Staveley has stated on the record that three bids have been made for Newcastle United Football Club in various payment structures (as suggested by Mike Ashley).
This directly contradicts a Mike Ashley approved statement released by his preferred media vessel, Sky Sports News.
This is the third time Mike Ashley has tried to sell the club. This time we know that a credible buyer has tabled a number of bids via Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and ex Newcastle United Chairman Chris Mort – the man that worked for Ashley on his purchase of the club.
In October 2017 Mike Ashley stated:
“To give the club the best possible opportunity of securing the positioning and investment necessary to take it to the next level at what is an important time in its history, its present ownership has determined that it is in the best interests of Newcastle United and its fans for the club to be put up for sale,” the statement read.
“To give an incoming owner the maximum possible flexibility to make meaningful investment in the club, including in its playing squad, the sale process will give interested parties the opportunity of deferring substantial payments.”
Mike Ashley is a proven liar.
“The club admitted to the tribunal that it repeatedly and intentionally misled the press, public and the fans of Newcastle United.”
Mike Ashley’s legacy of Newcastle United is of constant lies, false dawns and failure and now it is time for him to negotiate seriously with Ms Staveley (or other serious interested parties if they exist) to allow a worthy custodian to to take over Newcastle United to begin to rebuild itself as the football club we love and know it can become.
AshleyOut group will consider its position in light of these latest developments. We are fully behind Rafa Benitez and the team and hope for an excellent result at Manchester City on Saturday.
WE DON’T DEMAND A TEAM THAT WINS. WE DEMAND A CLUB THAT TRIES.