Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Newcastle United midfielder Rob Lee feels his old club will be sold on the quiet in the near future.
In recent years, Mike Ashley’s attempts to sell the Premier League outfit have often been played out in the media, including last summer when Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund tried to strike a takeover deal.
Ultimately, a lot of noise has been made in the past with nothing to follow. Bearing that in mind, Lee is now expecting the opposite, optimistic any potential takeover of Newcastle will be similar to that of Manchester City’s in regards to how business is conducted.
Discussing the future of Newcastle in an exclusive interview with FFC, Lee said:
“I think Newcastle will be sold on the quiet, and I hope it is. I hope we have somebody who comes in, right, then all of a sudden they’re on the verge of buying it rather than all this furore that goes on in the papers and Twitter and, you know, they’re going to buy this, they’re going to spend this money. When the guys went in at Leicester, Man City, there wasn’t a big furore about them going in at the time. They just said they bought the club.”
It remains to be seen what happens with Newcastle going forward but, with nothing to suggest that Ashley’s stance on selling the club has changed, getting relegated this season would be a disaster. Naturally, as a Premier League outfit, the Magpies are a more precious commodity, so avoiding the drop could prove significant in more ways than one.