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Gary Neville’s plea for Mike Ashley to lower his asking price and sell Newcastle United has been met only weeks after the pundit launched a scathing assessment of the club.
The Sports Direct tycoon sold the Magpies to the Saudi Public Investment Fund for £305million on Thursday with fans gathering outside St. James’ Park to celebrate the news.
Ashley had been at the helm of the club since 2007, leading to a dismal period in Newcastle’s history which included two relegations and bitter resentment from fans.
The news comes after Manchester United legend Neville urged the owner to part ways with the club in September, having now got his wish after 14-years of Ashley's reign.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville said: “This club has got to be sold quickly, it’s got to change hands. It has to.
“It’s one of the great clubs in this country and Mike Ashley has got to dispose of it. And if that means dropping the price a little bit.
“He has to do the right thing at some point. He has got a lot of money, it isn’t going to change his life if he loses a bit more money.
“He’s just got to dispose of the club now and do the right thing because there is real damage being done here over a long period of time.”
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Ashley was strongly disliked by the club’s fanbase for the decisions he made and his lack of investment in the squad.
But on his way out, the businessman maintained that he put the club first during the sale, rejecting a higher bid than the one he accepted.
He told The Sun: “I would like it to be known that I received a higher offer for the club than the one that I accepted.
“It was from another reputable bidder, who made a credible case.
“But I felt the bid that we accepted from the current new owners would deliver the best for Newcastle United.”
- Gary Neville
- Mike Ashley
- Sports Direct
- Newcastle United FC
- Premier League
- Manchester United FC
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