Mike Ashley is set to take control of another club, according to media reports on Wednesday morning.
Whilst Newcastle fans, as always, wait for news on when he will be leaving St James Park, instead he is apparently/supposedly set to add another club as a ‘feeder’ one to Newcastle United.
The Mail quote a Mike Ashley spokesman confirming that a deal to take over Greenock Morton is in the early stages, with talks continuing.
It is 30 years since Morton played in the Scottish top tier and currently they are seventh of ten in the Scottish Championship, which is the second tier of football north of the border.
With so little money in Scottish football, it wouldn’t take much backing to give the club every chance of getting back into the Scottish Premiership, after this three decade absence from the top tier.
Likewise, the cash to take over a club such as Greenock Morton would be minimal for somebody of Mike Ashley’s means, especially with him taking money out of Newcastle United this summer, instead of investing in the NUFC squad.
The Mail report that Mike Ashley has Derek Llambias and Graham Carr up in Scotland representing him, with Rangers director and associate of Ashley’s, Sandy Easdale, also involved.
The newspaper say that a spokesman for Sandy Easdale told them:
“I can confirm that Mr Carr, Mr Llambias and Mr Easdale were given a tour of the ground and the facilities and they met with the chief executive (Warren Hawke) and the manager (Jonatan Johansson) of the team.”
Mike Ashley sold his shareholding in Rangers, so no conflict in potentially owning a stake in more than one club.
The idea/suggestion of another club being taken over as a ‘feeder’ one is ironic, considering the recent minutes of the Newcastle United Fans Forum, saw the club state that they saw little point in making proper investment in the NUFC Academy as they perceived it to have little chance of producing first team players.
This report regarding interest in buying Greenock Morton, has quickly followed a Tuesday night exclusive, also from The Mail, which claimed that a ‘seriously wealthy’ group of American investors are wanting to buy Newcastle United and aim to take NUFC to the ‘next level globally’ – The Mail claiming this American group have the money in place to do a deal. However, the only sticking point, according to the report, is fears of Newcastle sinking further into relegation trouble which would make it difficult to do a deal then at the price Mike Ashley would still want.
Newcastle fans seeing another groundhog day scenario, when relegation fears supposedly made a deal impossible with Amanda Staveley and her backers a year ago.
After the club having been up for sale, allegedly, for over 10 years now, no Newcastle supporter will be putting any money on a takeover happening any time soon.