By Kevin Phillips

5th Feb, 2020 | 12:33pm

Exclusive: Kevin Phillips makes big Newcastle takeover prediction

Kevin Phillips has tipped the latest potential Newcastle United takeover to collapse and for Mike Ashley to remain as owner for another three years.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the Sunderland idol and former England striker does not expect the Sports Direct tycoon to head away from St James’ Park any time soon.

The Wall Street Journal report that the Newcastle owner is in talks to sell the club in a deal part-funded by the Saudi Arabian Sovereign-Wealth Fund.

Phillips says that, given it is over two years since Ashley publicly put the north-east giants up for sale, supporters of the club are likely to have to remain patient.

Asked by Football Insider if he expects Mike Ashley to be the owner of Newcastle for a long time yet, Phillips said: “I do to be honest because I just think, what’s it been, 10
years, over 10 years? And how many years has there been exactly the same but he’s still there?

“He’s obviously got very thick skin, hasn’t he, and yeah, I could honestly see him there being another one, two, three years.

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“Newcastle fans probably don’t want to hear me say it but he has put his money where his mouth is and there’s no question about that.

“It’s just some of the decisions he made obviously upset the Newcastle supporters and they don’t see a way back for him.”

Ashley took charge in 2007 but has become a hugely unpopular figure for most of the subsequent time.

The Magpies broke their transfer record over the summer, signing Joelinton from Hoffenheim, but for many supporters the failure to hang on to the feted Rafael Benitez as manager was the final straw.

In other Newcastle United news, it can be REVEALED that West Brom have set their sights on another St James’ Park senior player.