Just days after selling up at St James’ Park. Mike Ashley is believed to be eyeing an immediate return to football.
As revealed by The Mirror, the Sports Direct owner has been in contact with Derby County over the possibility of buying the struggling second tier side.
The Rams are in serious danger of relegation to League One after a 12-point deduction for entering administration, but it seems Ashley has sensed an opportunity in the midst of their demise.
The Mirror report that Ashley has made a ‘number of discreet enquiries’ over a potential takeover at Pride Park, with him also drawn in by the fact his Sports Direct headquarters are within 30 miles from Derby.
Ashley is £300m richer after selling Newcastle United to the Saudis on Thursday and it seems he’s eyeing another stint in football – as it’s said his dismal 14-year stint on Tyneside has done nothing to put him off.
You couldn’t make it up. Just when Derby fans wonder if things can get any worse, they see this headline…