Ashley declares he's selling Newcastle

Mike Ashley has announced he intends to sell Newcastle United. In a lengthy statement, Ashley said: "I am not stupid and have listened to the fans. "I have really loved taking my kids to the games, being next to them and all the fans. "But I am now a dad who can't take his kids to a football game on a Saturday because I am advised that we would be assaulted. "Therefore, I am no longer prepared to subsidise Newcastle United.

Mike Ashley has announced he intends to sell Newcastle United.

In a lengthy statement, Ashley said: "I am not stupid and have listened to the fans.

"I have really loved taking my kids to the games, being next to them and all the fans.

"But I am now a dad who can't take his kids to a football game on a Saturday because I am advised that we would be assaulted.

"Therefore, I am no longer prepared to subsidise Newcastle United.

"I am putting the club up for sale. I hope that the fans get what they want and that the next owner is someone who can lavish the amount of money on the club that the fans want."

"That is what I am now trying to do, but it won't happen overnight and it may not happen at all if a buyer does not come in.

"You don't need to demonstrate against me again because I have got the message.

"Any further action will only have an adverse effect on the team. As fans of Newcastle United, you need to spend your energy getting behind, not me, but the players who need your support.

"I am determined that Newcastle United is not only here today, but that it is also there tomorrow for your children who stand beside you at St James' Park."

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