It has been claimed by those who have previously tried to buy Newcastle United that Mike Ashley is incredibly difficult to deal with, but with all the work he and his lawyers are doing behind the scenes to get the PIF takeover passed through, it suggests differently.
Ashley’s lawyers and the Premier League are currently in the midst of an anti-competition legal battle, which all boils down to the league not passing through the Amanda Staveley-led takeover of Newcastle United.
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Someone who attempted to buy both Newcastle and Southampton is Joseph DaGrosa and, after his bid to buy the club failed miserably, he confirmed in an interview how he found it surprisingly straightforward to deal with Ashley.
It is not something new to Newcastle fans but it’s still not great to hear how difficult their owner is in trying to get out of the club he is supposedly desperate to sell, but Peterborough United Director of Football, Barry Fry, has exclusively told This is Futbol that Ashley is a difficult character to deal with in the boardroom. He said:
“Mike Ashley is a bit like Daniel Levy as he’s very difficult to deal with and he’s got a price in his mind for the football club and he won’t change it as he’s very stubborn.”
It has now been well over 12 months since Ashley and the Newcastle fans thought they were finally set to part ways, only for the potential owners to not pass the Premier League’s owners and directors tests.
These next few months will make or break this ongoing takeover saga with whoever wins the legal battle being able to stamp their authority and either get it passed through, or have it totally called off for good.