Usually when I put something for sale on Craigslist, Amazon, eBay, or whatever, I want to get rid of it as soon as possible. That being said, if I were to change my mind about the item I was selling, I would swiftly take it off the market, so as not to confuse any potential buyers.
Mike Ashley does not seem to get this, unless he has already taken the club off the market. This must be extremely confusing for all parties looking to purchase the club (which isn’t many, being honest). Peter Kenyon, the most recent potential buyer is rumored to be looking to build a group of investors looking to buy the club off of Mike Ashley.
Perhaps it’s that Mike Ashley sees all the discussion about selling the club as a distraction to the players. By not selling during the season, the players can play with knowledge as to what they can expect in the months to come. This may all just be a way to get the players focused, and keep their minds on the pitch and off the tabloids.
We’ll see how it all pans out as Newcastle United looked strong against a struggling Manchester United side but came apart in the second half. If Ashley’s intentions are to actually be more involved, and save his “investment” from relegation, he’ll have to do a lot better than buying a meal and showing up.