According to the Daily Mail, Mike Ashley confirmed that he will NOT be selling the club this season and has promised to take the squad on holiday if we avoid relegation this season – insisting he is ‘determined’ to keep Rafa Benitez at the club.
This comes after last night’s meal out with the manager, his staff and the Newcastle United squad – a night which ended with him putting two fingers up at frustrated NUFC fans outside the restaurant.
Craig Hope’s piece states that Ashley has now strongly denied these claims, however it seemed quite clear that this was no him scratching his ear – so what else was it?
Regarding the sale of the club, it’s hardly great news that he’s now saying he will NOT sell this season, although it may be time we focused on things on the pitch if we are to turn things around this season.
At the end of the day, is someone actually going to take us over while we’re at risk of relegation? As Staveley’s ‘attempt’ to buy us last season proved, any bids are likely to include a lot of caveats and clauses whilst we’re at risk of going down – and those offers are clearly not going to be accepted by Ashley.
Exclusive: Mike Ashley promises to take NUFC squad on holiday if they avoid relegation & tells them he will NOT sell club this season & is determined to keep manager Rafa Benitez. Details here of the conversation during last night's clear-the-air dinner… https://t.co/45jiD7pzU6
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) October 4, 2018
Provided he does spend in January, it may be a good thing if takeover talk dies down until next summer at least.
As far as a team holiday is concerned, it’s all too little too late. Where was this money when Rafa needed it over the summer?!