Former Leeds United and Manchester City defender Danny Mills has claimed that the prospective new owners of Newcastle United have a big PR opportunity if they complete a Saudi-led takeover after the Tyneside club remained coy on season ticket refunds, according to Football Insider.
As per the outlet, the ex-England international suggested the Amanda Staveley-led consortium would gain immediate favour if they took over and subsequently refunded season ticket holders.
The Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust (NUST) sent a letter to the Magpies in late May asking if season ticket holders would be refunded for the games that are to be played behind closed doors.
However, the Toon are yet reveal their position despite the BBC requesting comment.
It is now eight weeks since the Premier League received the paperwork of Mike Ashley’s £300 million sale of NUFC.
When asked by the outlet if the radio silence regarding refunds was likely down to the proposed takeover in the North East, Mills said:
“It is a difficult situation for everybody. It is not easy for some of these clubs.
“Newcastle can afford it, especially if they get taken over by what would be some of the richest owners in the world.
“It would be a huge PR plus if the new owners take over and then give the season ticket holders their money back. That would get the new owners in favour instantly.
“Forget about buying players, fans would be delighted if they got their money back.
“Mike Ashley does not really care, let’s be honest. He is about to sell the club so he is not bothered.
“He will want to keep as much money as possible so that does not surprise us in any way, shape or form.”
Indeed, the deal with the would-be owners would end Ashley’s reign of 13 years at St. James’ Park, providing that Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the Reuben brothers and Staveley can get their bid to finally be approved by England’s top flight.
However, due to this uncertainty over who exactly will be the owner of the club from next campaign onward, some fans may be forgiven for complaining about not having their season tickets refunded given this fact.
Perhaps Mills is correct when he suggests that the new owners can get on the right side of supporters immediately by refunding their tickets, which could spearhead the start of a brand new and fresh era for the Newcastle faithful.
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