Interesting news on Monday morning as it has been revealed that Mike Ashley has had a meeting with businessmen from Mexico, who are interested in buying Newcastle United.
The meeting took place in London last week.
Writing for the excellent Athletic, David Ormstein says that those who travelled to meet the Newcastle United owner are already club owners elsewhere, presumably overseas with Mexico being the obvious.
Ormstein says that the Mexican businessmen had first developed a fascination with Newcastle United even before Mike Ashley took over NUFC in 2007.
The man from The Athletic saying that the movie ‘Goal!’ sparked their initial interest/fascination back in 2005 when it was released.
However, this is where the positivity ends.
Mike Ashley is said to have come across as ‘rude’ to the prospective buyers and helped bring a halt to the talks, with the Mexican prospective buyers walking away and the ‘conversation came to nothing’…
This has echoes of more than a decade ago when Mike Ashley was reported to have acted in a similar way to potential buyers in the middle east.
Many Newcastle fans still doubt whether there is any genuine intention from Mike Ashley to try and sell the club and meeting people interested in buying Newcastle United just a PR exercise.
Reports such as this one from The Athletic appearing to back that up.
David Ormstein writing in The Athletic:
‘With a different outcome in each of their past six games, Newcastle United’s on-field results are beginning to fluctuate as wildly as the off-field speculation over their ownership.
The most concrete links of late have centred on a consortium led by the former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon, but still nobody has met the reported £300 million asking price and Mike Ashley remains in charge at St James’ Park.
Not that it is for a lack of interest and The Athletic can reveal that Ashley met with two Mexican businessmen in London last week as various negotiations to end his 12-year tenure continue.
Unfortunately for those hoping Newcastle will finally change hands, it was a familiar story: Ashley is said to have come across as “rude” and the conversation came to nothing. The visitors were club owners, though it is unclear if they were the same Mexicans who reportedly had Newcastle on their radar in May.
That was apparently the Orlegi Group, led by Alejandro Irarragorri and owners of the club Santos Laguna.
At last week’s meeting, it is understood that the two businessmen revealed to Ashley a fascination with Newcastle dating back to the 2005 movie Goal!.
In the film, a Mexican-born footballer called Santiago Munez is offered a trial with Newcastle and goes on to fulfil his childhood dream of playing professional football. Their chances of completing a similar fairytale on Tyneside look slim.’