Mike Ashley is reportedly considering a move straight back into football ownership just days after selling Newcastle.
Ashley owned the Premier League club for 14 years before it was purchased by a Saudi-group for £305million.
That takeover went through on Thursday, much to the delight of Newcastle fans who despised him as an owner.
From renaming the stadium to the Sports Direct Arena, two relegations, Alan Pardew’s eight-year contract and his treatment of Alan Shearer, there was plenty of cause for animosity.
Now there is renewed optimism for the club’s fans, who now boast the richest owners in the world at around £320billion.
The Mirror report that Ashley is interested in buying Championship side Derby, who are currently in administration.
He is said to have not been put off owning a football club despite his experiences with Newcastle and his Sports Direct base is located just 30 miles from Pride Park.
Ashley is said to be one of the interested parties and would have the financial backing required to take the club out of their current situation.
They are facing relegation to League One following their 12 point deduction.
Ashley ran Newcastle like a business and is something that could benefit their new owners with claims made they can spend upwards of £200million on transfers without incurring financial fair play (FFP) issues.
He also says that he did not sell the club to the highest bidder, but the party that was best for the Magpies.
Ashley told The Sun: “I would like it to be known that I received a higher offer for the club than the one that I accepted.
“It was from another reputable bidder, who made a credible case.
“But I felt the bid that we accepted from the current new owners would deliver the best for Newcastle United.
“Money wasn’t my only consideration. There were times when I stepped in financially to keep Newcastle United afloat.
“We ensured the wage bills were paid when we went down in order that we could bounce straight back up.
“Nobody was happier than me when we achieved immediate promotion.”
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