When asked why Sky Sports had their cameras at the Newcastle training ground, Downie claimed that Ashley tried to avoid the cameras because he does not like being filmed.
He tried to get out before we arrived. Doesn’t like getting filmed at all.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) July 24, 2019
Everything with Ashley has to be done in secret, but if he wanted to avoid the cameras, maybe don’t fly into the Newcastle training ground in a helicopter next time. It will be the best day ever once he finally leaves Newcastle. It seems unlikely to happen before the start of next season because all the takeover stuff has gone way too quiet in the last month or so. Although there is not much progress at the moment, that doesn’t mean that it won’t happen, it just means that the fans will have to wait a little longer. It’s good to see the club finally pressing on with their transfers though, in a real telltale sign that Ashley is going nowhere for the time being. Joelinton will hopefully become a good striker for the club but this move seems to be something that has been engineered by the likes of Ashley, Lee Charnley or Steve Nickson, rather than Bruce himself. Bruce is adamant that he isn’t a ‘yes-man’, but with reports saying that Rafa Benitez didn’t want Joelinton, there’s little reason to believe the new Newcastle manager’s claims.