The Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) has written to both the Football Association and the Premier League in a bid to seek help and increase pressure on unpopular owner Mike Ashley, the Telegraph
Ashley will turn his attention to appointing a successor to Alan Pardew this week but is again facing huge fan pressure to sell his stake in the club.
Fans have been joined by Rangers supporters in their worry that they will not be able to compete I Europe at the same time with the Londoner running both businesses – with UEFA rules forbidding this.
The rules state that where an individual has a decisive influence in the decision making of both clubs, they are prevented from playing in their competitions together – something that could happen as soon as 2017.
This has prompted NUST to contact the FA and Premier League to ask whether or not Ashley should be allowed to do anything that prevents them from playing in European competition in the future, claiming that the inability to do so undermines their position in the domestic competitions.
NUST have stated that there would be no impetus to finish in the top six or win cup competitions if the club would not be allowed to reap the rewards of their efforts should Rangers find their way back into European qualification.
The trust have also sought help from Newcastle’s MP, hoping political pressures will aid a sale – although there is nothing the House of Commons could do to force Ashley into selling the club.
With Rangers fans planning similar move the clubs’ owner finds himself in a problematic situation that will ultimately need a resolution.
A statement in September from the club made clear Ashley would not seek to sell the North East club until at least 2016 and this stance has been reiterated.
And despite the growing pressure, the decision to part with either of the clubs ultimately lies at Ashley’s door – and he will not need to make a decision for at least 18 months thanks to Rangers still playing in Scotland’s second tier.
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