White was responding to an interview done with Ashley in the Daily Mail, where he poured fresh doubt on the proposed Bin Zayed takeover.
Talking in the Daily Mail Ashley had said, “So I have to assume I will stay running this football club. There are no offers. Define an offer. I’m not a believer anymore. Peter Kenyon convinced me last Christmas that it was going to get done. I’m never doing that again.
“I think I could own this football club forever. That is my new mental state.”
However, talking on talkSPORT on Monday (Jim White Show, midday), White said he didn’t believe that would be the case.
“It’s my belief he will sell soon rather than later,” White said. “I don’t think he’ll go another season in charge of the club.”
Ashley might have threatened to stay at Newcastle “forever” but we think that he will sell as soon as a serious offer comes in. The Bin Zayed Group takeover gave Newcastle fans fresh hope this summer but, like the Peter Kenyon takeover before, nothing has materialised and Ashley sounds as frustrated as the fans. There are some fans that think the takeover is all a smokescreen and that Ashley has no intention of selling. White doesn’t believe that to be the case and we think it’s a case of realising the value that Ashley has put on the club. To get that Newcastle might have to start proving themselves in the Premier League. It’s a huge club with one of the best fan bases in the world and with the right support behind it, it could retake its place as one of the powerhouses in English football. Steve Bruce is the man tasked with getting them back on the road to success but most Newcastle fans have serious doubts about his ability as a manager. They’re threatening a boycott when the Premier League kicks off but Bruce will be hoping a fast start to the season will tempt them back. Ashley leaving would definitely have that effect.