An takeover exclusive from the Telegraph claims Mike Ashley will renew his efforts to sell NUFC as soon as our Premier League safety is confirmed – with fresh interest understood to have arrived from ‘two new parties.
As we all know, a takeover was beginning to look likely at the back end of last year, with reports that a deal between Amanda Staveley and Mike Ashley was close to completion.
Those talks broke down in January, with Ashley describing them as a ‘total waste of time’, however he’s clearly still adamant to sell the club.
Not only does this story from Luke Edwards suggest that a deal between Ashley and Staveley may still happen, it claims that TWO new parties have showed ‘tentative interest in recent weeks – although everything is ‘on hold’ until our safety is sealed.
Here’s a snippet from the latest takeover ‘exclusive’ in the Telegraph:
“Mike Ashley, the Newcastle United owner, will renew his efforts to sell the club as soon as manager Rafa Benitez has made sure of Premier League survival and has been informed there is fresh interest in a potential takeover.
“Telegraph Sport understands that there has been tentative interest from at least two new parties in the last few weeks, but everything remains on hold until both sides know which division Newcastle will be playing in next season.
“Encouragingly for supporters who are still desperate to see a change of direction in the boardroom, the promise of wider interest in a club desperately in need of more ambitious leadership means it is more likely Ashley will be able to sell before the summer transfer window opens.”
So, it seems Ashley still wants out and he’ll be back on the hunt for a new buyer as soon as Benitez has made sure of our Premier League status – whether that be in a few weeks time or on the final day of the season on May 13th.
What do you make of all this folks?