Wednesday saw claims that Greenock Morton could become a feeder club for Newcastle United, a newspaper reporting that Mike Ashley associates Derek Llambias, Graham Carr and Sandy Easedale had been for a look around the club and been in talks for two days.
That story in The Mail has now been backed up by an official club statement from Greenock Morton.
The Scottish Championship club’s statement admitting: ‘We can confirm that Derek Llambias (pictured above with Mike Ashley) and Graham Carr attended Cappielow with Sandy Easdale on Monday.’
Morton have refused to rule out a possible takeover after the visit by Mike Ashley’s people.
The statement continuing: ‘We are always open to dialogue with interested parties who might want to discuss investment, no matter the level, with the sole aim of developing our club further as we aim to realise our maximum potential.’
The Scottish club highlight the success of their Academy and say that this is widely recognised in ‘Scottish football and beyond’ their domestic league set-up.
The idea/suggestion of another club being taken over as a ‘feeder’ one because of their successful Academy is a topical one, considering the recent minutes of the Newcastle United Fans Forum, saw the club (NUFC) 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.
Greenock Morton Official Statement:
“We can confirm that Derek Llambias and Graham Carr attended Cappielow with Sandy Easdale on Monday in order to watch our talented youngsters turn out for the reserves in their match against Queen of the South.
“We have invested heavily in our youth academy and we can see that really beginning to bear fruit, something that is being recognised across Scottish football and beyond.
“While Derek and Graham were at Cappielow, we took the opportunity to give them a tour of the stadium, and they were very impressed with the whole set-up at the club.
“To receive interest in our operations from such high calibre individuals within the game suggests that we must be doing something right.
“We are always open to dialogue with interested parties who might want to discuss investment, no matter the level, with the sole aim of developing our club further as we aim to realise our maximum potential.”