Talking about summer plans is a little tricky at the moment as Newcastle’s future is obscured by some heavy clouds. Owner Mike Ashley seems completely removed from the club’s affairs as he pins his hopes on resurrecting the deal with the Saudi-backed consortium.
Ashley is in the midst of a legal battle with the Premier League over their actions, which stalled the takeover process. A key factor seems to be how much influence Saudi Crown Prince, and Chairman of PIF, Mohammed Bin Salmon would exert at Newcastle United.
A 2018 report recently released by the United States government states that Bin Salman was involved in some capacity with the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamaal Khashoggi. In a takeover that had already become toxic and political, this is a dreadful development, regardless of what transpires with the league.
Ashley may have to lessen his asking price to bring other bidders in if he harbors any hopes of this being his last season running Newcastle United. On the surface, that appears to be his desire, though £300m has a lot to do with his newfound urgency to offload the club.
With Ashley in charge, the summer plans will be to do the bare minimum, especially if the Saudi deal is completely off the table by then. While he’ll publicly repeat his stance is to sell the club, I don’t see him acquiescing to a cut-rate price too readily. Though, how a third relegation would fit into his thinking muddies the waters a bit.
There lies the other cloud covering St. James’ Park – the latest battle against relegation. Newcastle sit just 3 points out of the bottom three. If Fulham defeat Spurs on Thursday, they will overtake us and it’ll be a battle between 18th and 19th when we face West Brom on Sunday.
Hopefully, Newcastle can do enough to beat the drop. Though even if we do, next season doesn’t look too promising if nothing changes at the top. A new owner seems our only hope of pushing this club beyond the somber theatre of the lower end of the table.
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