The decision-makers at Newcastle United are skeptical about former Manchester United and Chelsea chief Peter Kenyon’s latest takeover talk, according to The Chronicle.
The newspaper claims that owner Mike Ashley remains open to a takeover bid, but wants to see evidence of serious interest. This comes after the Daily Mail reported details this week of Kenyon’s plan for the Magpies were he to complete a takeover of the club.
The Mail revelations suggested that Kenyon is ready to make a fresh attempt to purchase the north east giants, but it’s understood that there is no actual bid on the table at the moment.
However, unlike a letter Kenyon sent to Ashley which the Toon boss allowed to be published in January, Ashley did not authorise these latest details emerging via the Mail.
This is interesting. The biggest takeaway here is that Ashley did not sanction these details being leaked, which he did allow in January, according to the Chronicle. That suggests that he views this new ‘takeover bid’ as less of a serious proposition than the one he fielded in January. That’s worrying for Newcastle fans who want Ashley out of their club, because obviously the January takeover approach from Kenyon failed as well. If Ashley was more confident about that than this latest one, then that doesn’t bode very well, does it? The Magpies faithful are skeptical about any takeover proposition, especially one which emerges through the media, as this one has. They’ve been burnt so many times before by takeover talk, and so they don’t want to get their hopes up until something is essentially a done deal. The people at the club are obviously just as skeptical about Kenyon as the supporters, and so we shouldn’t expect any change of ownership any time soon.