According to the Shields Gazette, Mike Ashley could be about to revise his asking price for NUFC, stating that he is now ‘less inclined to do a cut-price deal’ with a potential buyer – even if he is still intent on selling up this summer.
Unfortunately, this was always the worry once we confirmed our Premier League safety and the new multi-billion pound TV deals were agreed upon.
Staveley’s interest was bound to be renewed after our top flight status was all but secured over the weekend, but with that, it gives Ashley grounds to up the clubs price tag.
Hopefully any revised price won’t push himself and any potential buyer even further apart, however the following snippet from this story in the Gazette hardly makes for good reading for us NUFC fans:
“Mike Ashley’s still looking for a buyer for Newcastle United – but he’s less inclined to do a cut-price deal.
“Staveley could attempt to restart talks now the club, which is 10th in the Premier League, has all but secured its top-flight status.
“Ashley had been prepared to take around £300million for the club while its top-flight status was in jeopardy, but the club is in a very different position now – and Ashley will want any sale price to reflect this.
“New multi-billion pound TV deals have also been agreed since Ashley formally put the club on the market last October.”
A tough one. Ashley could demand more for a club that will now be playing Premier League football next season, but Staveley could also be prepared to pay more as a result.
Let’s hope this doesn’t jeopardise our chances of seeing a new owner arrive. I couldn’t bare to see Ashley stay at our club much longer – especially when Benitez seems so close to bringing success back to St James’.