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‘Mike Ashley is no longer looking to sell Newcastle United’ – Sunday Times

3 years ago

Sunday morning brings a report stating that Mike Ashley no longer trying to sell Newcastle United.

When weighing up whether to believe these type of stories, more Newcastle fans will give this one credibility as it comes from the Sunday Times, who don’t rely on a weekly/daily ‘sexy’ Newcastle United storyline, whether anything is actually happening or not.

Of course plenty of Newcastle fans are yet to be convinced that the club has EVER been for sale under Mike Ashley.

When you take into account the fact that Ashley told Newcastle supporters to stop protesting way back in 2008, saying they had got their way and he would be selling the club as soon as he could.

When somebody says that and 11 years later they still own the club, how can anybody believe anything Mike Ashley says?

The Sunday Times say that their information is that Mike Ashley is claiming to be sick of waiting after stating back in October 2017 that the club was for sale (yet again…), only for it to be still in his possession in March 2019.

They also report that the owner isn’t happy due to the fact that supposedly he has spent money on lawyers to prepare the club ready for sale, only for no ‘serious offers’ to be made by Amanda Staveley or Peter Kenyon, or indeed anybody else.

The problem of course comes, that when people regularly lie, you ave absolutely no idea when they are telling  the truth.

When both the Amanda Staveley and Peter Kenyon ‘interest” was making the headlines, Mike Ashley and his people were keen to tell the world on both occasions, that even if their bids/interest wasn’t carried through, they had any number of serious other bidders who were definitely interested and would buy the club otherwise.

The media though seeming to collectively forget what Ashley and his people had stated when nothing  actually happened, instead only focusing on Staveley and Kenyon. Neither of who ever had the funds themselves and would have needed to raise the money from other people, with indeed many fans/neutrals wondering if they were indeed simply part of Ashley’s wider circle of people happy to make it look as though he was trying to sell the clubs.

You have to seriously doubt as well Ashley’s claims of trying to sell the club, when in both 2017 and 2018, the sale of Newcastle United was supposed to be going to happen in mid-season, with the club fighting relegation. A time when any valuation would have to be far lower with that relegation risk and any new owner having such a limited chance, if any, to influence things.

Indeed, if Mike Ashley was serious about selling, then surely once the club was safe from relegation in early April 2018, then he would have instantly put NUFC up for sale, giving the very best chance of a sale taking place and new owners in place ahead of the summer transfer window.

Extra kickers on the Sunday Times report sees them add that Mike Ashley also sees the club now as having a higher valuation as compared to when he was (allegedly) trying to sell during this season. Adding yet again to the overwhelming belief amongst supporters that e has no interest in selling at a market/fair price.

Whilst with him staying, the newspaper also says that Mike Ashley will insist on his preferred transfer model of buying players under the age of 25 who can potentially increase in value, being stuck to going forward. The Sunday Times pointing out the obvious, that Rafa Benitez sees such a rigid model as plain stupid and that instead wants to be able to buy players such as Salomon Rondon, who was 28 last summer when Ashley refused to let the manager buy him, and now he’s 29 (set to turn 30 in September), the chances of Rondon being bought with Ashley still here, must be less than zero.

It has always been difficult to believe that after this season, we would see both Mike Ashley AND Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United for the 2019/20 season

With seemingly nothing of substance changing in the way Ashley runs the club, surely there is no way Rafa can stay on, especially having been misled and undermined so badly in so many transfer windows.


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