Some potentially concerning claims have arrived from the capital today, with The London Economic claiming that Mike Ashley’s public plans to sell Newcastle United is only acting as cover-up to stop him spending money in the January transfer window.
It’s a bold claim, but we must remember that this could easily have been published to stir the pot or generate clicks. We only take it seriously given the site has 57,000 followers, uses full-time journalists and claims that this ‘news’ arrives from ‘sources close to the club’.
The headline reads ‘If you think Mike Ashley wants to sell Newcastle United – think again’. A line that will haunt several Newcastle United fans who, like me, wish for nothing more than new owners at our beloved club, however I’m not buying this story – even if we’ve learnt to be cynical when it comes to the infamous NUFC billionaire over the years.
In the delicate situation we currently find ourselves in however, I wouldn’t blame fans for worrying that Ashley is up to his old tricks again.
Nevertheless, here’s a snippet from the story in The London Economic:
“Owner Ashley may be using well-worn tactics to deny the Spaniard the chance to splash the club’s Premier League windfall, instead pocketing the fee as part of a club sale ruse.
“As the Independent’s Martin Hardy wrote here, most Toon fans are in fantasy land over a prospective sale to Amanda Staveley.
“The part supporters do not really want to hear, remains the possibility that January could still see Benitez having to fight to get hold of somewhere shy of £20 million, with the possibility of trading in Aleksandar Mitrovic (no takers last time) or Dwight Gayle. It may feel more like the summer than a brave new world.
“It is why the Spaniard is keeping his head down and working his socks off on the training ground, for that is the most likely place where any significant improvement or change for Newcastle United lies.”
Personally, I’m not buying this claim one bit, and here’s why..
NDA’s have been signed and negotiations to buy the club have been underway for several weeks now, with several interested parties such as Amanda Staveley firming up their interest, entering the due diligence phase of a potential take over – suggesting this is not a smokescreen from Ashley and co.
Hopefully this rumour can be quickly put to bed by sources close to those at the top at NUFC, allowing us to move on with the belief that a much needed sale is in-fact on Ashley’s agenda.