Mike Ashley Pauses in Major Spending, Hinting to Leave Key Decisions to New Regime


Mike Ashley is late for his time at Newcastle United.

The Sports Direct tycoon is still in the United States, but is believed to be making minor decisions from his Miami base through his close associate Justin Barnes.

Indeed, as some contracts near their expiration date, such as Andy Carroll, Javier Manquillo and Rob Elliot, Ashley seems to have opted for delaying tactics to avoid signing new multi-million pound deals.

This should be seen as a positive sign, as Ashley’s business interests now lie elsewhere after he accepts that his painful run at St James ‘Park is coming to an end.

Young Matty Longstaff is another who will see his current arrangement expire at the end of next month with European clubs interested in signing the midfielder next time.

But players may have to wait until the new regime is behind their desks before knowing their fate.

Carroll’s situation is interesting because the striker needed a number of games to trigger a one-year extension.

However, due to the virus pandemic, Carroll was unable to add to his 14 game record this quarter.

The Magpies were however able to extend his contract without warning of appearances and Carroll was to be informed by Newcastle on May 16.

A window for a decision on Carroll’s long-term future has been extended to the end of June.

The 31-year-old wants to extend his stay at Tyneside after returning to the club last summer.

Like the fans, however, Team United plays the waiting game when it comes to the new owners.

The Chronicle reported this week that the majority of the owner’s and director’s tests are now complete and that there has been no alarm despite further opposition to the Middle East consortium this week.

Amanda Staveley, the Reuben brothers and the Saudi Public Investment Fund are hoping for the green light from the Premier League.

After that, high-level bosses will leave the ad in the hands of Toon’s chiefs to deliver the information that fans have been praying for throughout the UK foreclosure.

Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino was questioned by Sky Sports about rumors linking him to Newcastle under new potential property.

He said, “There are two things that are most important – one is the people, the fans who are behind each club.

“It’s the structure that brings together all the entertainment businesses that football is.

“The other is the ideas of the clubs.

“Each club and each company has different cultures, philosophies and working methods.

“They all have different success plans.

“To be successful in a club, you have to win the Champions League or the Premier League, but for others, you have to finish in the top four or six. “

Speaking to the Chronicle about possible changes in Newcastle, Steve Bruce said on Thursday: “If – if – it works, let’s see what happens next.

“I am aware of all the speculation going on and people are hovering over my work. But I keep going until I know different.

“It has always been the case with me. “


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