Last summer many journalists were very confident that confirmation confirming Newcastle United’s new owners were merely days away, but 12 months on and Mike Ashley is still at the helm despite him telling close friends that the club was no longer his last year, according to Liam Kennedy of the Shields Gazette.
Despite a whole host of negative noise surrounding the Newcastle takeover, Ashley is still insisting that he is confident of beating the Premier League in a legal battle which could see the deal eventually pushed through.
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Reading between the lines of the Sports Direct tycoon’s statement released on Thursday, it appears that confidence could well be fading and that calling out the Premier League one last time could have been his final throw of the dice.
There is no longer much confidence on Tyneside, instead it’s been filled with exhaustion and a feeling of just being fed up now compared to 12 months ago when Ashley was telling people he no longer owned the club, according to Kennedy who spoke to This is Futbol:
“We did have a position last year in May 2020 where Mike Ashley was telling people close to him that it was no longer his football club anymore. So again, I think if there’s one thing that I would say to any Newcastle fans is just be really wary of the process.”
Nobody knows what is truly going on other than the Premier League, Ashley and their respective legal teams, no matter what information is drip-fed through journalists, Newcastle fans will have to wait and hope for a positive outcome.