If you believe Tony Jimenez, Newcastle could be a very different club right now.
Jimenez has been in the spotlight this past week because of Kevin Keegan’s upcoming book, where he discussed things such as the failed move for Luka Modric.
As well as giving his side of the ‘Modric saga’, he said something very interesting about the club’s ownership.
“Mike wanted me to sell the club on the basis of my relationships in the Middle East so I came in under the cover story of working in player recruitment,” Jimenez told The Times.
“If he had played his cards right Mike could have sold Newcastle to Abu Dhabi before they bought Manchester City.”
Could Newcastle have been where Manchester City are?
It’s a bold claim from Jimenez, who is anything but popular with Newcastle fans.
Sheikh Mansour purchased Manchester City in September 2008. 10 years on and they’ve won three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and three League Cups.
Meanwhile, Newcastle have been relegated twice under Ashley’s ownership.
The two club’s are at opposite ends of the Premier League, with Manchester City dominating last season under Pep Guardiola. As for Newcastle, they somehow managed a top 10 finish under Rafa Benitez despite a budget of pennies.
So if you believe Jimenez, then it could be Newcastle benefiting from Sheikh Mansour’s millions…or billions rather.
Guardiola’s team have recently been seen on our television screens, as a documentary team followed their every move during their record breaking campaign.
Had things gone differently, it might have been ‘All or Nothing: Newcastle United’. That’s if you believe Tony Jimenez of course.
But why shouldn’t we believe him, eh?