In the cliché style of Dr Evil, Mike Ashley is holding Newcastle United hostage for a demand of £100 million. Ashley, who bought the Magpies in 2007 for a reported £134million is now ready to part ways with the newly relegated side.
The millionaire businessman has hardly put a foot right at St James Park and is seen as many as one of the reasons behind the decline of Newcastle, which has resulted in the Magpies being relegated after 16 years in England’s top flight.
Dropping into the Championship means a major loss in revenue for Newcastle, especially with season ticket holders putting their chance of renewal on hold until the future of cult hero Alan Shearer has been decided.
Newcastle is a great club with decades of history and loyalty from its followers. What it needs is a business man - or women - who knows what they’re actually doing and aren’t just trying to score brownie points with the fans.
His unpopularity with the fans, and managers, has grown quickly over the past two seasons. Ashley first put the club for sale in September 2008, but soon took it off the market in December after struggling to attract attention.
But now Ashley has simply stated that interested buyers should get in contact through email, it sounds like more of a competition than a professional club putting itself up for sale.
So if you own a Newcastle top, enjoy the occasional beer and can name a Toon legend -do Ant and Dec count? - then apply here at firstname.lastname@example.org, good look folks and the winner will be named next week.