Mike Ashley lit the fuse yet again on Monday night.
The owner of Newcastle United claiming yet again that the sale of the club could be imminent (read below).
When a football club has been supposedly up for sale for over a decade and yet still remains unsold, is this time any different when it comes to believing that there is any truth in Mike Ashley’s words this time…?
Here are a selection of comments from Newcastle fans reacting to Ashley’s appearance on Sky News last night.
A bit of a theme running through them…
‘More advanced’ meaning he’s shared his poppadoms this time.’
‘Then you read it again…and it sounds like a sound bite, something someone would use to distract people from the facts. I’m expecting nothing from January. It’s exactly what I’d expect from this pitiful clown.’
‘Sounds legit. What would make anyone think that a proven liar would want to do anything like lie to the people he always lies to. Frankly I vote we give him a twenty second chance to prove he’s telling the truth this time. Scouts honour Mike.’
‘Ashley reckons this is “closer than ever before”…….
No curry photos yet?
No corporate hospitality commitment yet?
No exclusivity as of yet?
Forgive me for not getting carried away.’
‘I’d strongly recommend watching the initial section of the Ashley interview. On SD and retail he’s a serious, competent well versed and confident speaker.
Remarkable switch to the grinning, stuttering, sly faced dunce that talks NUFC.’
‘If there ever was a perfect time to boycott a game – it would be now if a deal is actually being negotiated.
It would enable buyers to put more pressure on Mike Ashley to get the deal done and get a better price..
Everyone should #BoycottWolves.’
‘So that’s no spending in January confirmed
Tried and tested lie before window opens played again.’
‘I’ve long thought Sky has ruined football as the game I fell in love with, but the way they repeatedly give FCB the platform to peddle his blatant sh…, just reinforces that opinion.’
‘I just shared the “NUFC close to takeover” story with my friend who supports Arsenal.
His response was “But doesn’t this happen every year? Like, the same story released just before the transfer window?”
You’re not even fooling people who don’t follow the club, Mike.’
‘Best thing is the journalists who are now claiming they’ve known all about this for a while but decided not to write about it. Just a big game for everyone, isn’t it?’
‘I think we all know why Mike Ashley chooses to tell the media good news for fans. It’s so they get off his case and think there’s good times round the corner. Been here before. Many times.’
‘Misleading the way Sky News helped him imply that a buyer would need to back Benitez with their own money. The club would have enough money of its own if not for years of Ashley’s deceit.’
The Mag – Monday 3 December 2018:
Mike Ashley has announced on Monday night that Newcastle United could be sold before the end of this month.
The NUFC owner stating that talks with the potential buyer are way beyond any previous talks with anybody wanting to buy the club and that it is ‘possible’ a deal could be done and dusted in December – but ‘realistic’ for it to happen this month might be ‘too strong a word’ to use.
Yet again you can’t help but have a small part of you wonder if it could happen at last BUT having over a decade now of the club supposedly being up for sale and a series of supposed near misses, most of us will believe it when we see it.
Predictably, it was Sky where Mike Ashley turned up. With cynics (all of us!) no doubt wondering if his sudden chat about supposedly selling the club, is in any way some part of a PR circus connected to his appearance before a house of commons select committee to talk about ‘saving the high street’ earlier today and/or yet another episode in toying with the hopes of Newcastle fans.
Mike Ashley talking to Sky News:
“I am hopeful for the Newcastle fans, for the club, for everybody, that I will be able to step aside and we will be able to get an owner in that can please everybody.”
‘When will that be?’
“When would I like it to be?
“I would like it to be before the January transfer window.”
‘Is that realistic?’
“Hmmm. Realistic? It’s possible, realistic is maybe too strong a word.
“Hopefully we can carry on the good form…just recent good form…and we can get the deal done.”
‘So you are in exclusive talks with someone right now?’
“Not an exclusive but…
“Talks are at a more progressed stage than they have ever been.”
‘And whoever buys the club would presumably have to put in transfer funds for Rafa Benitez?’
“Yes, I’m very keen to sell it to the right buyer, so everybody is happy, that would be good news.”