Mike Ashley ready to return to Newcastle United
TOON owner Mike Ashley has announced that Newcastle United are no longer for sale.
Just hours before the clash with Liverpool at St James's Park, Ashley revealed in a club statement from the match day programme: "I am happy to end the uncertainty fans may have had about the future direction of Newcastle United.
"I know just how important that is to you.
"I have withdrawn Newcastle United from the market, and for me 2009 will be the year in which we drive the Club forward together. Even when I haven't been at games I have remained a keen supporter, kicking and heading every ball and cheering the team on TV and being the first to congratulate Joe whenever there's a good result.
"When I took the decision to put the Club up for sale in September I made a point of saying two things were very important.
"Firstly, any potential buyer would have to show they had the best interests of Newcastle United at heart and had both the commitment and finance to be worthy custodians of such a fine football club before I would even consider doing a deal.
"And secondly, I gave you my word that as long as I remain owner, this Club would continue to be run responsibly at all levels. I hope you will accept that I have stood by that pledge."
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