Newcastle United react strongly to reports club is up for sale

Mike Ashley will not be selling Newcastle United until at least the end of next season, say the club.

Newcastle United have reacted strongly to reports the club is up for sale.

Recent reports suggest owner Mike Ashley is looking to sell the Premier League club but Newcastle have responded by insisting Ashley will be doing nothing of the sort until at least the end of next season.

The club have also banned a national newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, for making the initial report.

In an official statement on their website, the Magpies confirmed 'for the avoidance of doubt' that Ashley will not be selling under circumstances.

"For the avoidance of doubt, this means that for the remainder of this season and AT LEAST until the end of next season, Mike Ashley will not, under any circumstances, sell Newcastle United at any price.

"The Club cannot be stronger in stating its position on this matter."

Whether that means the 50-year-old is open to a sale beyond next season will likely remain the subject of speculation.

Ashley recently spoke to the public at his company Sports Direct's Annual General Meeting but offered words that amounted to a 'no comment.'

On the pitch, Newcastle face Southampton on Saturday, with manager Alan Pardew under severe pressure from supporters. Recent off-field events will hardly help the Magpies' ability to focus on the game, however.

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