Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has consistently claimed his club is not for sale, saying he won’t leave the helm without a trophy.
He said he’s “wedded to the club” whether they like it or not, but apparently interest from China has him questioning his fidelity.
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The Northeast Chronicle says success in attracting shirt sponsor Fun88 from China has Ashley’s head turned to the Far East.
There’s no “firm bid” yet, according to the report:
It is believed that Ashley is open to all possibilities including offering any consortium or group a share in the club. Ashley once said he wouldn’t sell the club until he’d won something or qualified for the Champions League.
But after a decade under Ashley’s tenure, United could very well be up for grabs if somebody shows serious interest.
This is a major development for Newcastle, as supporters have questioned Ashley’s ambition and acumen. At the same time, Premier League owners have become extremely skeptical of takeover bids from lesser known foreign groups.