Newcastle United could have been enjoying the riches that Manchester City have been enjoying themselves long before them.
However, the current owner rejected that chance, with the Abu Dhabi then deciding to purchase the Etihad Stadium outfit instead.
Those claims have been made by Tony Jimenez, who also suggested that Ashley never wanted to buy Newcastle in the first place, which will leave the faithful questions as to why he decided against the possible sale.
“Mike wanted me to sell the club on the basis of my relationships in the Middle East so I came in under the cover story of working in player recruitment,” he told The Times.
“If he had played his cards right Mike could have sold Newcastle to Abu Dhabi before they bought Manchester City.”
The news that Ashley could have sold the club almost a decade ago would have infuriated the fans, however, the fact it was to Sheikh Mansour would have further angered them.
Manchester City’s position in football in the last ten years has largely been in part to the investment that the Middle Eastern politician and businessman has provided to the club, something that the current Newcastle owner has failed to do.
Ashley is already an unpopular figure at St. James’ Park, which is putting it mildly, and the latest claims will not have helped his approval rating one bit.
Newcastle fans – thoughts?