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The results after Newcastle fans asked if Mike Ashley will sell club by end of January and if transfer record broken

2 years ago
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It is now 15 days ago when Mike Ashley appeared on Sky News.

The Newcastle United owner claiming that the sale of the club was imminent and could even be completed by the end of December.

At the same time positive reports circulated about the upcoming January transfer window.

Claims that Rafa Benitez will be backed and whoever is the owner, is set to smash the club’s  14 year old £16.8m transfer record, with £25m rated Miguel Almiron very likely to be the signing that does it.

We are now over two weeks past that Mike Ashley interview and very close to the January window opens.

We wanted a snapshot of opinion from Newcastle fans on what, if anything, they think will happen by the end of January?

On Monday we asked Newcastle fans the question: By end of January will Newcastle transfer record have been broken and Mike Ashley sold the club?

Our thanks to the 1,740 supporters who voted as to what they thought most likely and these are the four options we gave, along with the number/percentage of votes for each:

7% (120) NUFC transfer record broken and Mike Ashley sells club by end of January

5% (83) NUFC transfer record broken but Mike Ashley doesn’t sell club by end of January

4% (77) NUFC transfer record not broken but Mike Ashley sells club by end of January

84% (1,460) NUFC transfer record not broken and Mike Ashley doesn’t sell club by end of January

The overall message from those responses is:

Mike Ashley sells the club by end of January:

Yes 11% (197) No 89% (1,543)

Newcastle United break their 14 year old club transfer record in January:

Yes 12% (203) No 88% (1,537)

Very similar ‘hopes’ on both questions, only 11% thinking a sale of the club will happen, 12% believing the £16.8m club transfer record will be broken.

Newcastle fans always hope for the best but under Mike Ashley they have very much come to fear the worst.

Maybe the biggest message to come from the responses, is that for most Newcastle fans the two things are inextricably linked, for there to be any hopes of realistic spending in the transfer market, it needs Mike Ashley to go first.

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