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How can Mike Ashley feel no obligation to explain/update after dropping that on us 8 weeks ago?

2 years ago
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It is exactly eight weeks ago today that Mike Ashley popped up on our TV screens.

Appearing on Sky News to tell Newcastle fans/The World that a sale of Newcastle United was imminent (see below).

Mike Ashley stating that it could even be ‘possible’ for a sale to be completed by the end of December.

Then 48 hours after that 3 December appearance by the NUFC owner, his mates at Sky Sports followed it up…

The Mag – 5 December 2018:

‘Mike Ashley has now received four acceptable bids for Newcastle United and a sale is imminent, according to Sky Sports.

The broadcaster says that Ashley is now negotiating with the various parties, with Sky stating that they have all at least matched the NUFC owner’s £300m valuation.’

It is comical, but not in a funny way, that Mike Ashley feels under no obligation to explain exactly where we are now at and what has/hasn’t happened.

He may be cavalier in his running of Sports Direct but Stock Market rules mean he couldn’t have acted like this with his retail empire.

Whatever happened to Peter Kenyon? The media simply appear to have forgotten about him, nobody trying to follow up the story on why no deal has happened, despite all the pushing of the story that it was going to go through previously.

It summed it up on Saturday, Lee Charnley sitting all alone in what was a very sparsely populated Directors Box overall.

He didn’t even have a friend willing to sit next to him, never mind Mike Ashley, Justin Barnes and Keith Bishop, who were conspicuous by their absence.

Mike Ashley talking to Sky News – 3 December 2018:

“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.”

The Mag – 5 December 2018:

Mike Ashley has now received four acceptable bids for Newcastle United and a sale is imminent, according to Sky Sports.

The broadcaster says that Ashley is now negotiating with the various parties, with Sky stating that they have all at least matched the NUFC owner’s £300m valuation.

Newcastle fans will be naturally sceptical (don’t shoot the messenger!) about the Sky Sports claims, after over 10 years of the club being allegedly for sale.

They will rightfully be asking, if Mike Ashley had genuinely being trying to sell the club previously, why had their not being a single acceptable offer, yet there are four now…

Sky Sports say their information is that most, if not all, of the bids are from overseas investors.

However, the only one they name is the one fronted by Peter Kenyon.

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