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Embarrassing Newcastle United takeover claims – Stop me if you’ve heard this one before

1 year ago

Newcastle United takeover is back amongst the headlines.

Yes, it is that time of year folks.

As somebody once said: ‘Now is the Winter of our discontent.’

Well they could have said that pretty much every Winter for NUFC fans in the past decade or more, when it comes to a Newcastle United takeover.

The overwhelming majority of supporters find the media claims embarrassing but it doesn’t stop them going with the story again, and again, and again, and again…

On Sunday 24 November 2019, The Chronicle report:

‘Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is believed to have made plans for 2020 at St James’ Park after failing to see any encouragement from any of the groups who expressed an interest in buying the Magpies over the last 12 months.

Sources have told ChronicleLive that Ashley is still willing to hand the club over to new investors if the price is right…’

Is it a favour to Mike Ashley or just desperation for clicks?

Mike Ashley (still) willing to sell Newcastle United? Where’s the proof?

The transparent proof we all have is that he is NOT trying to sell NUFC.

In September 2008 Mike Ashley came out and told Newcastle fans that they could stop demonstrating against him, as he promised he would sell Newcastle United as soon as possible.

We are now 11 years and two months on and surprise surprise, Ashley still owns NUFC.

Either he has got the worst estate agent in the world, or he is/was lying.

We now know that back in September 2008, Mike Ashley had absolutely zero intention of selling. It was simply a cynical ploy to try and stop, or at least dilute, the fan demonstrations against him after the disgraceful way he treated Kevin Keegan and by extension, the supporters.

Nothing has changed, Mike Ashley year after year, often with the aid of friendly media, putting out the message that he is really really trying to sell the club but just how unlucky is he, not one genuine buyer to be found.

Absolute rubbish, it is one genuine seller that we are missing.

If something is up for sale for 11 years two months, it is only because somebody has no intention of selling it.

Everything has a price and in those 11+ years the majority of major English clubs have been sold, or at least the controlling interest.

Newcastle United have not been sold only because Mike Ashley doesn’t want to, the club is far too valuable to him as part of his overall business empire.

Various prices are quoted in the media as to what Ashley would supposedly accept but they are all meaningless. These are all figures put out by Mike Ashley and his people so how could you possibly trust any of them?

Like all the other clubs that have been sold in the last 11 years, Newcastle United would have had new owners many times over if Mike Ashley genuinely was wanting to sell and set a market price for a sale to happen.

Everything else is smoke and mirrors and the only fact we can trust is that he hasn’t sold the club despite promising over 11 years he was going to do so. The NUFC owner continuing to extract every last bit of benefit for himself, such as trading the land once owned by the club at Gallowgate for personal profit, land that was bought under previous owners with the express intention of it being used to expand St James Park in the future.

That is the type of man we are dealing with and sadly one that has no intention of selling the club.


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