In a letter to Mike Ashley, Peter Kenyon has admitted that he hopes to complete a takeover of Newcastle “as soon as possible” – stating that they are BOTH ‘serious’ about finalising agreement.
The letter was leaked by the likes of the Chronicle, Sky Sports and several other media outlets late last night, with it also stating that both parties (Ashley and Kenyon) are keen to see a deal concluded, with Ashley seeing his consortium as the ‘best fit’ of the four groups believed to be interested in a takeover.
I’m dubious – and I expect every other fan to be as well. I don’t doubt Kenyon’s interest, I just doubt his ability to get a deal done, with me never trusting Mike Ashley when it comes to doing what’s best for Newcastle United and finally selling up.
Here’s what Kenyon’s said in the letter allegedly sent to Mike Ashley before
“I know I speak for both of us in that we continue to share a serious determination to finalise the agreement we have to suit both parties as soon as possible in the new year.
“We have both spent many months discussing the parameters of a final deal and as you know we have also invested heavily in time and money on our various legal and financial advisors.
“I appreciate the time and effort committed to the detailed discussions by your advisors, lawyers, club, and, of course, yourself.
“I fully respect your desire to ensure the next owners of Newcastle United understand the club, football, and have the appropriate financial resources.
“And I am delighted that you think the investor group led by myself is the best fit.
“On my side, I would like to personally assure you that I am committed to conclude our deal as soon as possible.
“And, while we are both perhaps frustrated that we have not progressed as quickly as we would have wished, I would like to express personal gratitude for your patience and integrity in this matter and hope we can continue our discussions in the same spirit.”
Interestingly, it’s believed that the letter was leaked by Ashley himself – with the Sun’s David Coverdale stating this is due to him being aware of fan’s growing scepticism regarding a potential deal following his Sky interview over a month ago.
Make of this what you will folks. A part of me believes the letter is genuine, but until we see something concrete happening it makes no difference really. We’ve been let down too many times to get carried away, so let’s stay grounded until we see genuine evidence that it’s happening.
Interest is one thing, but putting in a bid that’s deemed acceptable to Mike Ashley is another matter entirely.