Newcastle fans are disappointed but not surprised by the latest reports on owner Mike Ashley, after Sky Sports claimed he is upping his price for the club.
It’s been a wild few months on Tyneside, as in the space of six or seven matches the Magpies have gone from doom and gloom to sunshine and rainbows.
Of course, things are never perfect, and for many fans their side’s great form will not matter in the long term if Mike Ashley stays in charge.
The 53 year-old businessman, who bought the club back in 2007, was rumoured to be interested in a sale to Amanda Staveley before Christmas, but negotiations are reportedly far from complete.
According to the Sky Sports report, Ashley was willing to sell for £300million back in October, but is now looking to get somewhere between £380-£400m from the deal.
A bit of good news for Newcastle fans – the report also claims any purchase by Staveley’s group will include a clause for Rafa Benitez to remain in charge.
It is perhaps no surprise that the club’s upturn in fortunes has pushed up the price, but Newcastle fans are fed up with Ashley’s games, even though many of them saw this coming.
Some of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…
Yay. I can't wait to have another summer full of this, all ending in disappointment.
— Nick Williams (@Geordie_Nick) April 23, 2018
Clearly doesn’t want to sell. It’s all the same old antics. Constantly moving the goalposts in terms of value. He just doesn’t want to spend any money. The man is a joke.
— Chris F (@GeordieChris_F) April 24, 2018
Never changes & never will
— Paul o Connell (@Poctoon) April 23, 2018
Ashley has learnt nothing. He’s risking another relegation if he doesn’t sell or back Rafa
— Dan Bell (@DanielB00955238) April 23, 2018
So the team getting wins is hindering a takeover?? Lunacy
— David Punton (@DavePunton) April 23, 2018
Sunday 13th May. Sit in St. James park after the match and refuse to leave until Ashley agrees to sell.
— Dave Clark (@baronvonvoltage) April 23, 2018
He's got absolutely no intention to sell us. He's done this a few times before, any time a buyer is willing to pay something close to his asking price he ups it and then tells us the deal fell through. We're worth too much to him in free advertising for him to leave. #NUFC
— Jonny Hughes (@JonnyCalcio) April 23, 2018