A lot of people, quite rightly in my opinion, think that despite all the fuss and claims to the contrary, Mike Ashley wants to hold onto Newcastle United.
The club has effectively been up for sale, more or less, since he bought it in 2007 but he’s still here.
Despite people’s suspicions about him, again justifiably in my opinion, one thing remains a fact. There is nobody out there who has come forward and bought our club.
There are several explanations why people would be reluctant but the hard fact remains that nobody will take a chance, give him an offer he can’t refuse, and put us out of our misery.
A list of reasons for hesitancy, would range from the threat of relegation, to the actual amount that Mike Ashley really wants. Throw in the expectancy of the fans, the huge overhaul needed…and a poisoned chalice rears its head.
With this worryingly factual statement in mind, you have to ask yourself, why? Especially when all of the inconveniences mentioned earlier can easily be overcome with some financial backing and a degree of patience.
My view is, that I think he is vindictive and may not sell at any price.
He is maybe even prepared to lose millions by being relegated. I also think that Ashley would love to see the back of Rafa Benitez.
Maybe the media’s reluctance to paint the true picture could be putting potential investors off. There aren’t many out there with £300m to throw around but there are some.
Despite Mike Ashley’s shortcomings the fact remains, that nobody wants us, at Ashley’s price (and conditions?). Personally, I also don’t want owners who can barely scrape together the asking price, as they would struggle for transfer funds and the like.