Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has given Rangers fans reason to sigh with relief today after his comments on Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
Ashley has been trying to sell Newcastle this season – unsuccessfully so far – and there was sensational talk in January from Ally McCoist that Rangers fans would back the billionaire if he was to invest in Rangers again.
However, Jordan has said that he can’t see that happening.
Talking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT, as quoted by the Scottish Sun, Jordan said: “Who’s to say there would be any less toxicity towards him at Rangers?
“Scottish football is a more competitive place with a strong Rangers and Celtic are better off for it too.
“I can’t see…I think Mike Ashley has no reason to be involved in sport anymore.
McCoist had previously said: “I think that the fans would get behind anyone that will come in and invests in the club.”
“Obviously Dave King would have a major say in that because he is still currently there, I genuinely don’t think that there is a massive ill feeling towards Mike Ashley.
“I think what Mike Ashley was attempting to do at Rangers was make the best of a situation for himself which, for a businessman, he has done throughout his life.”
Football Insider verdict:
Ally McCoist’s comments back in January would have stunned Rangers fans who protested against Mike Ashley at the start of the season. They don’t want him back any more than Newcastle want to keep him at St James’ Park. Investment is great but not if it comes at the price that Ashley demands. Football fans everywhere will be hoping that Jordan has it right here and that Ashley walks from football if he manages to sell Newcastle.
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