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:
I hope Mike Ashley sells Newcastle and he gets paid in old £1 coins.
— OnlyAnExcuse (@OnlyAnExcuse) October 16, 2017
Great news, fantastic club & support who deserve better than Ashley (I'm no NUFC fan). 👍
— Grant Hendry (@gwhendry) October 16, 2017
Ashley seal newcastle United he buy king out at rangers fan dont like ashley but he got cash king not Ashley wood win cups for rangers ASP
— Shaun Maxwell (@ShaunMaxwell16) October 17, 2017
Hope Ashley not looking to buy into rangers when he sells Newcastle
— rangers bears (@essendonbrian) October 16, 2017
Mike Ashley has put Newcastle Utd up for sale . Dave Kings time is about up at Rangers ( said by others ) . Anyone think there is a link ?
— Stan Windsor (@unionista1872) October 16, 2017
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.