Rangers

By James Black

Newcastle United are up for sale again after owner Mike Ashley confirmed he was looking to sell the Premier League side – and Rangers fans have chipped in to have their say on the unpopular businessman.

Ashley owned 10 per cent of the Glasgow giants until selling his shares in June of this year as well as holding the club’s retail rights via his Sports Direct chain.

Fans had boycotted the club’s merchandise while the original deal was in place with the retailer and only started buying kits again after a new, more beneficial contract was announced earlier this year.

The Gers support seemed very split on if they would like to see Ashley buy-out current chairman Dave King when he has completed a sale at St James’ Park.

Here are some of their comments on Twitter:

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https://twitter.com/ElBalthazar/status/920148045362233344

https://twitter.com/JordanSwan9/status/920211683653627904

Amanda Staveley is reportedly interested and Staveley, whose PCP Capital Partners firm is understood to control up to £30billion of Middle Eastern wealth, has been spotted at a Newcastle game as speculation grew over Ashley’s long-term plans grew.

Ashley bought  Newcastle in 2007 and has seen the club relegated to the Championship twice during his tenure.

The Magpies bounced back at the first attempt both times but Ashley has never been able to fulfill his ambition of winning a trophy.

Rafael Benitez’s side are ninth in the Premier League after eight matches.

Ashley also put the club up for sale in September 2008 following a series of protests by supporters angered by Kevin Keegan’s departure as manager.

The sports retailer sold his shares in Rangers earlier this year to Club 1872 and Julian Wolhardt.

In other Rangers transfer news, a £7.5million midfielder is firmly in the running to be the club’s next signing.

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