Like all other Newcastle fans, Les Ferdinand finds it ‘extremely frustrating’ the situation the club is in.
He says he can ‘guarantee’ that there are people out there who want to buy Newcastle United, the only problem being that they aren’t prepared to give Mike Ashley the amount that would persuade him to sell.
That is of course, if there is a price he would be willing to sell at…
The fear remains that Newcastle United is possibly just far too valuable to Mike Ashley, especially the role it plays in supporting his retail empire and overall finances, for him to ever be willing to sell – unless something dramatic/disastrous happens.
Les Ferdinand sums up all our hopes: ‘Each day you wake up hoping that a new owner for the club is possible.’
However, he also puts into words our fears as well: ‘He (Rafa Benitez) is going to be a viable option for other people, especially being in his last year (of a contract). I understand the frustrations of everybody surrounding the football club because you don’t want to lose Rafa Benitez.’
The one thing I can’t really agree with, is when the former Newcastle striker claims: ‘He (Mike Ashley) wants to sell the club and while he wants to sell, he doesn’t want to pump any more money into it.’
Firstly, I’m not convinced that Ashley does want to sell, but more than that, this summer and indeed the previous two transfer windows, hasn’t been about the owner having to ‘pump’ money into the club, it is simply that he should be using the funds generated by NUFC to back/support the manager in taking the club forward.
Making a £20m+ profit this summer on transfers, when almost every single other club had a net spend at least £50m greater than Newcastle’s, sums up the position perfectly.
Is every other club owner wrong and Mike Ashley right?
Les Ferdinand talking to Newcastle Legends:
“There has been a situation for a long time at Newcastle United and it has got to the situation where it is untenable.
“He (Mike Ashley) wants to sell the club and while he wants to sell, he doesn’t want to pump any more money into it.
“When you say there’s nobody out there maybe there’s nobody out there that wants to pay the money he wants to sell it for.
“I guarantee you there are people that want to buy the club (Newcastle United)…but don’t value it at the same price as Mike Ashley. From a supporter’s point of view, it is extremely frustrating.
“You want (the club) to be competitive and you have one of the best managers (Rafa Benitez) in this league, who is able to get the best out of the players he’s got. You need to give him the tools he needs to be successful.
“If he is not getting that he’s going to become frustrated, if he’s not frustrated already, and he’s going to be a viable option for other people, especially being in his last year.
“I understand the frustrations of everybody surrounding the football club because you don’t want to lose Rafa Benitez, he is somebody you want to build a club with.
“Each day you wake up hoping that a new owner for the club is possible.
“I know there’s a group that have got together to get the owner out, (but) the owner will only go when he’s got the finances he wants for it.”