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‘Mike Ashley will sell Newcastle United at the right price’ – Where’s the proof?

3 years ago

A Mike Ashley meeting in London has sparked plenty of headlines on Monday.

The Newcastle United owner revealed to have met two Mexican businessmen in the capital last week.

The visitors were interested in buying Newcastle but it is reported that Mike Ashley ‘came across as rude’ during the talks and that nothing positive came of the meeting.

The Athletic reporting:

‘The Athletic can reveal that Ashley met with two Mexican businessmen in London last week as various negotiations to end his 12-year tenure continue.

Unfortunately for those hoping Newcastle will finally change hands, it was a familiar story: Ashley is said to have come across as “rude” and the conversation came to nothing. The visitors were club owners, though it is unclear if they were the same Mexicans who reportedly had Newcastle on their radar in May.’

The whole coverage generally of the Newcastle United takeover topic by (the vast majority of) the media is puzzling to me.

This being typical from the Chronicle, their report today after the initial story from The Athletic:

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley will sell at the right price

‘Newcastle United takeover: Mike Ashley ‘meets Mexican businessmen’ interested in buying club

The NUFC and Sports Direct owner has the club up for sale but is still looking for the right price, despite interest from former Manchester United and Chelsea supremo Peter Kenyon

Newcastle United have been linked with another takeover after reports linked Mike Ashley with a meeting with Mexican businessmen in London to discuss selling the club.

The Magpies have issued a “no comment” status on the report.’

Where is there any proof whatsoever that Mike Ashley will sell at the right price?

The facts as we know them are that…

Firstly, in September 2008, Mike Ashley promised he would sell Newcastle United as soon as possible, the NUFC owner after forcing Kevin Keegan out of the club, telling outraged fans that they could stop protesting now as he had got the message loud and clear and would sell ASAP.

Secondly, over 11 years later Mike Ashley still owns Newcastle United.

Are there any Newcastle fans who honestly think Mike Ashley is genuinely trying to sell the club?

The media will turn around and tell you that on a number of occasions Ashley has stated that he is trying to sell NUFC.

What exactly is his word worth?

Mike Ashley and his people have repeatedly misled the Newcastle fans and just like back in September 2008, I think any claims he makes or meetings he has are just PR nonsense to deflect from the fact that Ashley has absolutely no intention of selling the football club.

It defies belief that anybody would think the problem obstructing Newcastle United being sold is lack of a willing buyer, the vast majority of major English clubs have changed hands at least once since Mike Ashley first stated he was selling NUFC ASAP.

The problem is lack of a willing seller, not lack of willing buyers.


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