Mike Ashley ready to sell Newcastle before 2019

Mike Ashley ready to sell Newcastle before 2019

Newcastle United fans are not getting too excited about this news, however, as they have been here before last season when Ashley was eager to sell before January.

Ashley sprang something of a surprise on Monday evening when, in a rare television interview, he announced talks with potential buyers were at a "more progressed stage" than they have ever been and he hoped to conclude a sale this month.

According to multiple outlets including The Telegraph, a consortium led by former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon is in pole position to launch a takeover, and he has been speaking to investors in the USA for "several weeks".

The news emerged amid reports that former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon is ready to show his hand after spending several weeks attempting to put funding in place, while there have been suggestions that prospective purchasers from the United States, the Middle East and Turkey have made contact.

Ashley has been a deeply unpopular figure on Tyneside throughout his 11-and-a-half year ownership of the club and the St James Park faithful will be relieved to see the back of him.

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However, speaking ahead of the trip to Everton on Wednesday night, Benitez said he was keen to ignore any off-field distractions.

He told The Chronicle in his press conference: "For us, we have experience of this". We have an important game to play and we have to concentrate on that'. We are in the same situation that we were in before.

Our plans are to look for the [transfer] targets.

"We have been in this position in the past. We have to carry on".

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