According to The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards, Mike Ashley has put all takeover talks on hold in the aftermath of our recent injury crisis – claiming the club is effectively off the market until our Premier League status is decided.
This comes after the club confirmed this morning that Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin have been ruled out until April after picking up injuries against Wolves.
As a result, The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards has been told that all takeover conversations have been halted by Ashley’s main advisor Justin Barnes until our uncertain relegation battle reaches a conclusion – hardly surprising news to say the least.
Here’s what he tweeted in the last few moments:
This double whammy is a huge blow to us Toon fans, who must now prepare for a turbulent and nerve-wracking end to the season with so much more than our top flight status on the line.
News of relegation affecting the takeover should not be a shock to anyone, but if the worst were to happen, there would be huge question marks as to what Mike Ashley’s next move would be.
Three relegations in 14 years would be catastrophic but the value of our club would be slashed in half overnight. Most supporters feel highly sceptical that Ashley would even consider selling us while we sat in the graveyard of the Championship.