NUFC journalists & fans reveal intriguing takeover theory following Mike Ashley’s latest announcement

It’s fanciful at best, but several NUFC fans and journalists have questioned whether Mike Ashley’s announcement to ‘pull the plug’ on takeover talks with Amanda Staveley and PCP could be a severe case of brinkmanship – with theories emerging that he’s done this in a bid to force the Yorkshire financier into making an improved last ditch bid for the club.

As we say, these claims on social media are perhaps just desperate attempts to lift the mood after such devastating news, however some of the explanations do carry elements of intrigue.

We know how much of a risk-taker Ashley is, and the Chronicle also claim that Staveley is ‘devastated’ to hear of the deal’s collapse.

See the range of tweets below, from Sky reporter Pete Graves to your everyday NUFC fan, with all looking into ways in which Staveley’s takeover attempts may be resurrected:

Who knows what will come of it. Is Ashley serious here, or has he made a all or nothing attempt to get Staveley and PCP to up their bid after growing tired of talks stalling?

We shall see, but  the way Ashley has gone about his business over the past few hours/days/weeks suggests to me he has more likely burned bridges with them over anything else.

Brinkmanship can’t be ruled out (business is a ruthless game and these guys don’t often make it by being nice), but would you honestly want to hand £300m plus to a man like Mike whose shown his true colours in all of this? I doubt it.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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