Newcastle fans found reasons to be optimistic ever since Mike Ashley formally confirmed putting the club up for sale in October 2017.
The club has been ‘close‘ to being sold a few times before and this year was no different as a consortium led by former Manchester United and Chelsea Chief Executive Peter Kenyon were rumoured to have matched Mike Ashley’s evaluation.
With Mike Ashley himself going on record to say that discussions over a sale “are at a more progressed stage than they have ever been”, fans were given yet another reason to get optimistic about finally getting rid of the British entrepreneur after a recent photo of the tunnel at St. James’ Park surfaced online.
The leaked photo showed how the Sports Direct banner, which has been a part of the tunnel at St. James’ park ever since Ashley took over in 2007, was surprisingly missing.
But it is still unclear whether the development points to a potential sale of the club or the club simply trying to give the tunnel a new look.
Check out the tweet below –
This photo was taken during a stadium tour at St.James’ Park today. Shows the players’ tunnel painted black with no SD signage. It’s a huge improvement, but could it also be a sign that something is going on behind the scenes?
[📸@robinnufc] #NUFC pic.twitter.com/mzofNvl61P
— Total:NUFC (@Total_NUFC) December 23, 2018