Kieran Maguire has dropped a big claim on Mike Ashley after he made some comments on the handling of the potential takeover of Newcastle United.
The Lowdown: Ashley makes takeover statement
In a statement released after the case HMRC held over the St. James’ Park faithful was discontinued, Ashley claimed that ‘dark forces’ were stopping them from becoming ‘the powerhouse the fans deserve.’
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This is in reference to the proposed deal that he had with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) group, which was ultimately failed by the Premier League and one that he is desperately looking to get back onto the table.
The Latest: Maguire on Ashley comments
Maguire, who is an expert in football finance, has since given his thoughts to Football Insider on the comments that were made by Ashley:
“Mike Ashley’s comments were certainly very colourful.
“I think he was trying to ingratiate himself with the fans. But it’s the equivalent of the bloke who’s been having an affair with your wife asking you out for a pizza.
“Things have gone too far. I think he must hold Newcastle fans in complete contempt if he thinks that by coming out with comments like this he can get into their good books after more than a decade of not delivering.”
The Verdict: Ashley hypocritical
It seemed very hypocritical of Ashley to suggest that he wants to give to the fans what they deserve when the relationship between him and the Toon Army has not been the best due to the fact that he himself has failed to do exactly what he is speaking of.
As much as the takeover would bring riches to the North East, a lot of supporters would likely just be relieved that Ashley would be leaving the Tyneside club.
The potential deal between him and the consortium is at a delicate stage at the moment, with an arbitration case poised to take place between the Magpies and the top flight over the failed Owners and Directors Test.
A positive result for NUFC could be a huge step in getting the takeover back on track, which would bring a lot of joy not just because of the possibility of climbing up to the top of the football food chain, but it would also mean an end to Ashley’s reign.
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