The Athletic have reported that Ashley held meetings in the capital last week but conversations eventually came to nothing and the Sports Direct tycoon was described as “rude” to those he held discussions with.
It is understood that Newcastle have responded to this report by saying “no comment”, while there has not been a bid tabled that comes near to Ashley’s asking price.
Why is it not a surprise that Ashley had been described as rude in that meeting? It sort of says everything you need to know about the man and it also suggests that he is not taking his supposed attempt to sell the Tyneside club seriously, despite there being clear interest. Amanda Staveley was interested, BZG was interested, Peter Kenyon was interested and it also seems as though these businessmen from Mexico were interested too. Ashley is a selling owner who has not interest in selling and buyers cannot be blamed for being put off by not only the Newcastle owner’s valuation of the club, but also his attitude. Who wants to strike a deal with someone who is being rude in meetings? Hopefully this can all come to an end soon and as the season progresses, Ashley gets seriously worried about the threat of relegation. It’s not to say we would rather see the Magpies go down just to get rid of Ashley, but something has to change.