Football fans have reacted to the news that Mike Ashley has put Newcastle United up for sale with a mixture of joy and jokes.
Despite clearing existing debts and securing the club’s financial future when he arrived, the Sports Direct entrepreneur has had a rocky 10 years with Newcastle, including two relegations and frequent discord with supporters.
Ashley indicated several months ago that he would be open to doing a deal if ultra-rich investors emerged to take the Magpies to the next financial level, and the 53-year-old has removed any ambiguity from the situation, effectively planting the For Sale signs on the St James’ Park turf.
Ashley has previously attempted to sell the club but with no success – two famous former players reacted to the news in their own way on social media.
Alan Shearer ✔@alanshearer
Just heard .....
5:30 PM - Oct 16, 2017
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Faustino Asprilla ✔@TinoasprillaH
The best news for @NUFC ever, it would be hard to find a worse owner than Mike Ashley for a team. pic.twitter.com/KMhvnptWOv
6:33 PM - Oct 16, 2017