Football FanCast guest columnist Jon Hampton feels that Mike Ashley is set to haunt Newcastle United for a little bit longer.
One thing that I find extremely hard to fathom, amid all this unrest at Newcastle United is why the hell nobody wants to buy this football club.
I don't think there is a day that goes by when I don't shake my head at the carry-on at the club and why nobody can match the £100m asking price to free us of Mike Ashley. It is fair price and in my opinion way below the true value of what this club is potentially worth.
As much as we despise Mike Ashley, he hasn't priced the club out of the market and is clearly determined to sell given the cut price, but I am sure he is just as surprised as we all are at why nobody is prepared to meet his fee. We hear talk of Barry Moat, South African and American consortiums, yet none of them seem able to raise the funding required to seal the deal. That is worrying in itself; I mean how can we expect any subsequent investment on the playing staff, when they are struggling to find the money to buy the club?
There has been a lot of talk that perhaps Mike Ashley, buoyed by our impressive start to the season under Hughton is perhaps prepared to stick it out in the hope we can secure Premier League football, therefore making life in selling the club a lot easier and no doubt in his own mind stick a few million on the asking price. This view is not only coming from journalists, but associates, people like Wise, suggest that this could well prove to be the plan as Ashley grows increasingly impatient at the likes of Moat and other consortiums failure to come up with the money. My fear is we may be stuck with him a little bit longer and I think other supporters should embrace that too.