Newcastle fans fume at owner Mike Ashley at Chelsea match

“When they went down, he spent £50m of his own money to get them up. Thank you, that should be.

“By the way, please say thank you for getting Rafa Benítez in! They’re lucky to have him!”

It was reported back in December that Ashley was hopeful of selling the club stating that an ideal situation would be to sell “before the January transfer window”.

“It’s possible, realistic is maybe too strong a word,” he told Sky Sports in December.

“I’m very keen to sell it to the right buyer so everybody is happy, that would be good news.”