Newcastle supporters call off planned boycott of Wolves clash over fears it might hinder Mike Ashley’s sale of club

Newcastle supporters call off planned boycott of Wolves clash over fears it might hinder Mike Ashley’s sale of club

December 6, 2018 0 By Today news

NEWCASTLE fans have called off a planned boycott of Sunday’s game against Wolves so they do not “jeopardise the potential sale of the club”.

The Magpie Group had been urging supporters to stay away from the match at St James’ Park as part of their campaign against Mike Ashley.

Newcastle fans have been unrelenting in their attempts to force Ashley to sell
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But after Toon owner Ashley revealed on Sky News on Monday that talks to sell are “at a more progressed stage than they had ever been”, this weekend’s protest has been parked.

In a statement, the Magpie Group said: “After careful consideration, we have decided to postpone the boycott to a later date.

“A provisional date has been set for United’s home game against Huddersfield Town in February.

“This decision has not been taken lightly and was made in response to Mike Ashley’s appearance on Sky News on Monday night and further revelations in the media since.


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“Although we continue to have very deep reservations about Mike Ashley’s resolve to sell, we understand that any protest activity which could have a negative implication on Sunday’s result could jeopardise the potential sale of the club.

“Alongside this, we will be suspending all protest activity at Newcastle United games until after the closure of the January transfer window.

“This suspension period is designed to allow Mike Ashley and any potential investors a clear run at reaching a deal, an outcome which, needless to say, provided the stimulus for the inception of The Magpie Group in the first place.

“If a takeover has not been completed by the end of this period, then protest activity will resume at the away game against Tottenham Hotspur in early February.”

Kenyon has been rumoured to be among the interested parties
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The Magpie Group was formed in the summer in a bid to drive Ashley out of Newcastle.

They have arranged a number of protests against the Sports Direct tycoon this season, including an 11th-minute walk-in last weekend against West Ham – although only a few hundred fans took part.

A consortium led by Peter Kenyon is in talks to buy the Toon from Ashley.

But SunSport revealed yesterday that the ex-Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive has still not got the financial backing to make a formal bid.