Mike Ashley has been away on holiday.
Quite how this has been regularly trotted out as a story linked to the Newcastle United takeover in the past couple of weeks is anybody’s guess.
Anyway, many newspapers/journalists have been happy to put forward the idea that the Fat Controller on his jollies, was a reason for the sale of the football club to be delayed/on hold.
There has been almost a countdown in some of the papers, ‘Mike Ashley is due back from holiday in five days , four days…’, in the event he is now supposedly back in the UK, actually a couple of days later than anticipated/reported.
Quite how they know Ashley’s holiday movements is another thing BUT then by their rationale, it should now be full steam ahead on the Newcastle takeover if the only thing preventing it was Mike Ashley lying on a beach/net to a swimming pool.
I can’t say I have ever followed another club’s takeover as closely as ours – but I am pretty sure that the public have now been treated as being quite as stupid as we are!
Decision makers away on holiday holding up the sale of a company/club worth hundred of millions of pounds, no I am pretty sure I don’t think I have ever read that in relation to any other Premier League club.
Mike Ashley could have been sitting in an igloo at the North Pole and still gave the go ahead to the sale of Newcastle United happening, or at least progressing.
It isn’t the olden days with the NUFC owner at sea for weeks on end with no means of communication.
Wherever he has been on holiday (I am not really interested where, unless that is he has had really severe sunburn, been bitten by a shark, snake or similar, or taken some kind of truth serum), he will have been in constant contact regarding his various business interests.
You can just picture him ‘Only Fools and Horses’ style, lying on a sun longer with a huge cocktail with a pink umbrella in it, on his mobile to find out how much richer he has become on any particular day.
The world has shrunk, distance means nothing when it comes to communication.
If Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley wanted to have a sit down meeting any day of the year, they simply have to just snap their fingers and with their money a video conferencing facility could be set up where it feels like they are all but in the same room, rather than a virtual one.
Newcastle fans aren’t that stupid, well not most of us anyway.
Wherever Mike Ashley is in the UK, or indeed the World, it doesn’t affect one little bit the sale of Newcastle United.
It isn’t him who is physically preparing any contract, whether that is 10, 100, or 1000 pages long. He is simply the person who says yes or no and signs it – even that can be done from the other side of the world now.
The same with Newcastle signing players, Mike Ashley is never at St James Park these days anyway, if Rafa does or doesn’t get any new signings it will be nothing to do with the whereabouts of the club’s owners.
He simply makes the decisions and others do the work, he is in charge and don’t we know it.
If Newcastle fans don’t see new owners arriving it will be because Mike Ashley has not been willing to sell the club at a market price.
The same with signing players, if we don’t get any added quality in January, it will be because Mike Ashley has decided that won’t happen.
I can almost hear the Ashley PR machine in motion, as well as the sections of the media that are in cahoots with him, willing to muddy the waters as to why takeovers and signings don’t happen/aren’t happening, with such lame excuses as the club’s owner having booked his holidays.
Mike Ashley, as always, is the obstacle to Newcastle United moving forward and until we all have a permanent holiday away from his influence, nothing will change.