By Russell Edge
Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper has warned that a takeover may not result in the outcome that fans may be expecting.
The Magpies have officially been up for sale for several weeks after an announcement via the club’s official website, with current owner Mike Ashley looking to end his 10 year association with the north east side.
As a result there have been rumours circling over a potential takeover, with British businesswoman Amanda Staveley, who fronts PCP Capital Partners and is based in Dubai, named as the front runner to take over from the Sports Direct supremo, while another report suggested the takeover would be announced imminently.
However, while Harper admits the prospect of a new investor at the helm is exciting for the club, he issued a stark warning over how such a deal can have problems, and pointed to the recent issues at both Leeds United and Nottingham Forest as examples.
He told Sunderland University’s sports news website SportsByte: “In an ideal world he sells it some ambitious billionaire who can see the potential of the club and chucks £250 million at a very good manager and they move forward.
“I would just hold a little bit of caution as to who it might be because we’ve seen problems at big clubs like Nottingham Forest, Leeds. The list goes on who have had changes of hands.
“If he sells it to somebody who buys it to move it forward and bring them back to the top table then it would be great.”
Harper made 179 appearances for the Magpies after joining back in 1993, and left for Hull City on a free transfer 20 years later.
The club will be hoping that they can bounce back from two successive 1-0 defeats on Saturday, when they travel to Old Trafford to take on second placed Manchester United.
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