Newcastle United owner believes all the drama of the last couple of weeks at the club, may scare off any potential new owners.
What a couple of weeks in the life of sleeping giants Newcastle United.
A club that has a history boasting some of the legends of British football. From players to managers, the owners to the fans and the stadium. Newcastle United is a part of footballing history.
Yet nobody could have written the last couple of weeks. Ups and downs with more drama than a television soap opera.
All this talk of a takeover. But it appears the would-be new owners have one slight problem, no money to pay for it.
Rafa Benitez walks away and key players follow him out of the door.
The appoint of Steve Bruce as manager and the smashing of their transfer record.
In an interview with the Daily Mail owner, Mike Ashley literally tells all.
Of Benitez he said.“For Rafa it was money first… then the club last”
He was adamant that there was nothing he could do to keep him, after all, he offered him an eight-year contract Ashely says.
For a notoriously renowned astute businessman, he is brutally honest about his naivety when it came to football contracts. He is adamant that is what cost them players, who followed the manager out to of St James Park.
He is profound though when he says “It won’t happen again.”
As far as ownership of the club, The Sports Direct Founder states. ” I might own this club forever.”
He has been at the helm for 12 years now and holds himself accountable for the good, the bad and the ugly. He most certainly does not shy away from his responsibilities.
He stands firm that he does not want to simply offload Newcastle United. He wants someone who can come into a very well run club and have the necessary 1 billion it would need to compete.
Ashley makes no bones about it, he simply cannot afford to invest the kind of money needed to compete with the top clubs. He said, “It would wipe me out!”