The official word is that Jack Grealish knows nothing about any move and everything is being left in his advisors’ hands.
But does anyone else think that the above picture, that I think was sent via Jack’s Twitter account, is nothing more than a hint that he knows what’s happening and is indeed on his bike?
I’m still willing to believe he’s staying, but I have to admit, it’s not looking good.
When you add in that the Express are saying that Tony Xia is willing to sell a controlling interest in the club for £40 million, you have to guess that things are looking bleak.
Hmm, I was put onto this by “Hitchens60”, but had already seen the headline myself, early this morning.
It would seem the story has been pulled.
Which is interesting, but makes perfect sense to me.
I was wondering where this story came from, as even though it might well be true, I’m sure that this wasn’t intended to get out.
If indeed Xia sells a majority share, it’s an admission of total defeat and I don’t believe that’s the Chinese or indeed Xia’s game at all.
But if it does actually happen, we are indeed in major trouble.
I don’t see for one minute how Xia would be able to work with someone else calling the shots.
But I also don’t see anyone coming in with a decent enough offer to take total control of the club either.
What would be an acceptable offer?
Didn’t Xia pay around £80 million for the club?
Then add in maybe £50-60 million of his own money? (total guess, off the top of my head).
A £40 mill controlling stake would suggest Xia values the club at around £75-80 mill, which seems decidely rich if I’m honest, considering we’re about to start our third season in the Championship and don’t have a pot to do the proverbial in.
There’s no chance anyone will see that valuation as realistic and unless he comes up with some serious money quick, I’m wondering where the club has left to go?
As I type this, I have to confess that I’m pretty despondent.
I’ve always tried to think that it can’t possibly be true: that no way would anyone want to risk the future of the club on a 50/50 gamble that we get promoted.
But the Chinese are renowned for their love of gambling aren’t they?
Prove my suspicions wrong Dr Xia and get us out of this mess, which is frankly of your making.