With the usual takeover talk swirling round, a surprising story has emerged this week, with The Mail is reporting that Mike Ashley has Derek Llambias and ex-scout Graham Carr working on his behalf in a bid to takeover at Scottish Championship side Morton – also involving Rangers director and associate of Ashley’s, Sandy Easdale.
This seems a very strange move and a lot of this doesn’t add up – with it also claimed that they would become a ‘feeder’ club for NUFC.
Carr’s presence seems odd. He was effectively pushed out of the club but clearly remains on good terms with Ashley.
Another oddity is Llambias still being on the scene, despite a horrendous stint and CEO at Newcastle. Ashley clearly sticks with his favoured personnel, regardless of their performance and trust in the wrong staff has always been a big part of his terrible tenure as owner of NUFC.
Also, why go to the effort of buying Morton? They don’t have the infrastructure to be a force in the Scottish league and we all know Ashley isn’t interested in on the pitch success anyway and certainly not the investment required to achieve it.
For a man that is trying to sell Newcastle and is sick of football, it doesn’t add up to the takeover talk and him wanting to sell. He also had a disastrous spell when owning a share in Glasgow Rangers before being forced out so as always, it is near impossible to second guess the intentions of our poisonous owner.
Another theory is to turn them into a feeder club for Newcastle but this is again doesn’t correlate to a man who is trying to sell the club. If this is true, it means Ashley isn’t going anywhere and we are stuck with him for a while yet. Here’s hoping not.