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New report says Mike Ashley has told Peter Kenyon to make offer for Newcastle United

3 years ago

A Sunday night exclusive has reported that Peter Kenyon has been in touch with lawyers representing Mike Ashley.

Saturday had initially seen Sky News tell us that the former Man Utd and Chelsea Chief Executive was looking to buy Newcastle United with investors backing him.

Now on Sunday, it’s claimed that Peter Kenyon has asked Ashley’s lawyers how much he wants for NUFC.

However, The Mail say that their information is that Mike Ashley has responded by telling Kenyon to make an offer, rather than him putting  a price on the club.

As always, difficult to know what to make of any report claiming Mike Ashley might be selling up, apart from being highly sceptical of course.

A whole decade of false dawns on the NUFC sale front have taught us that.

The Mail exclusive has a number of other interesting claims.

The newspaper claiming that Mike Ashley wants to start building better relationships with Rafa Benitez and the players, so is going to travel to Newcastle sometime this week and take manager, coaching staff and playing squad out for dinner with him.

The report goes on to say/claim that Lee Charnley has been trying to bring Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley closer together, with this alleged dinner date and Ashley’s reappearance at the last two matches being supposedly steps towards Ashley trying to build a relationship with his manager.

The Mail say that Rafa and the NUFC owner have only met three times in the time he has been Newcastle United manager.

It all sounds a little bizarre and far-fetched, although I would never rule out Mike Ashley doing anything for a gimmick/PR, such as the restaurant trip claim.

Newcastle fans would say that if Ashley really did want to build a better relationship with his manager, he would have supported Rafa Benitez in the past four transfer windows, rather than messing him about and breaking promises repeatedly.

Also, seen as he has been at each of the last two matches, if Mike Ashley had any sincere intentions, then surely any normal club owner would just get in touch with his manager on the quiet and meet up in private.

I suppose the only thing that we do definitely know is that after not having been at a match for 13 months (NUFC v Spurs in August 2017), Mike Ashley has been at these last two matches.

Making a leap of faith to believing that there will be any positives for the club, Rafa and the fans, on the back of these match visits…I remain to be convinced.

It was hardly a sign of better times ahead when pre-match on Saturday, Mike Ashley ordered his people to go in and take down Keegan and Rafa flags that were hanging behind the Gallowgate End.


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