The Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern haven’t stopped celebrating since Mike Ashley put the club up for sale on Monday evening. Perhaps the most unpopular owner in the Premier League, the punters clad in black and white will be absolutely delighted to see the back of the Sports Direct mogul, hopefully before the January transfer window.
Indeed, while it’s not clear as to who will buy the Toon Army after a largely unhappy decade under Ashley, surely anyone is better than him, in the eyes of the Geordie contingent who frequent in their droves. So, a report from Reuters detailing potential interest in the club from Amanda Staveley has sent those very punters into meltdown.
According to their report, sources close to the matter have told them that PCP (the company Stavely runs) do have an interest in Newcastle United and reportedly value the Tyneside giants at £303.7m. It’s unclear as to whether that would match Ashley’s asking price, though even the mere idea of seeing a wealthy and ambitious owner back the club has delighted our drinkers.
If Staveley, or another owner, can back Rafa Benitez in the transfer market at Newcastle United, we could see a return to the glory years. A sleeping giant, the club is crying out for a backer and big money could seriously change the mood at St. James’ Park.