Ashley has not publicly commented on the situation at St James ‘Park and has offered no assurance to United staff about the future.
After having laid down most of its personnel at the start of the Covid-19 crisis, the other members of the personnel remained in the dark as to the course of events.
Although sources at the club say the staff are ready to change.
United loan officer Shola Ameobi became the first backroom member to speak publicly last week when he told Sky Sports: “Fans want to see the investment in the club and if it comes to pass materializes, there is real excitement and buzz about how and what could happen in the future. ”
It is believed that some of the current staff believed that Ameobi had spoken too early and said too much, but by giving the Premier League the green light to the owner and manager, these changes may be underway.
Ashley is said to be still in the United States, where he has remained since the foreclosure began, but is awaiting confirmation of the transfer of £ 300 million from the club to a Middle Eastern consortium.
The Sports Direct tycoon’s plane returned to the UK last month, but is believed not to have been on board.
A test decision by the owner and the Premier League manager will spark a chain of events that will see the unpopular owner leave Newcastle this week with fans.
Those close to Ashley insist that he has always been a voluntary seller and wants the sale to be completed as long as it is approved by the Premier League and funds are quickly transferred to his accounts.
Ashley has always maintained that he will sell at the right price, he said in 2017: “If someone wants to come, take this seat and finance Newcastle with nothing in the end with more wealth than me, I will not stay in Newcastle’s way. “
Ashley also said in 2019, “I will not stand in the way of Newcastle United.
“I won’t stop this, if it happens. If such a person arrives, I will think I have done a good job and will want to continue watching them. I will keep a box, because my parents demand it. ”
Ashley also said in 2009, after Kevin Keegan left, that he was ready to sell, at the time he said, “I hope the fans get what they want and the next owner is someone. one who can lavish the amount of money on the club that fans want. ”
However, it will be his next statement – which fans hope will be his last as the owner – that will make the most interesting reading.