Boost for Newcastle: Mike Ashley reignites takeover talks

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Newcastle fans could well be in for a huge boost with the news coming from the Telegraph that Mike Ashley is in fact looking to sell the club – and is just waiting for their fate to be confirmed in terms of their Premier League future.

The Magpies are still fighting against the drop, and once the club know where they will be playing next season, Ashley will look to sell once again, after previous talks broke down – and the Telegraph write that there are at least two parties keen on the sale. 

“Telegraph Sport understands that there has been tentative interest from at least two new parties in the last few weeks, but everything remains on hold until both sides know which division Newcastle will be playing in next season. 

Encouragingly for supporters who are still desperate to see a change of direction in the boardroom, the promise of wider interest in a club desperately in need of more ambitious leadership means it is more likely Ashley will be able to sell before the summer transfer window opens.”

Rafa Benitez celebrates Newcastle win over Stoke

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Stoke City and Newcastle United at Bet365 Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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The sale could well see manager Rafa Benitez decide to stay at the club – something that the majority of the fans would love, with the former Liverpool manager a favourite and someone who has worked well given the constraints Mike Ashley has put upon him in terms of budget.

A new deal for Benitez could come at the end of the season, and isn’t contingent on the sale, yet given the relationship between manager and owner is not thought to be the best at times, it would be a positive for Benitez should a sale go through and owners who are willing to spend the money the club needs come in.

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