Kenyon-led consortium keen on Newcastle United swoop
Peter Kenyon, the former chief executive of English soccer giants Chelsea and Manchester United, is heading a consortium that is in talks to buy a third Premier League club, Newcastle United.
Mike Ashley, the owner of Newcastle since 2007, said this week that discussions over a sale "are at a more progressed stage than they have ever been."
Kenyon is understood to be working with the US financial advisory firm Rockefeller Capital Management.
At least two more companies are also considering bids for the north east of England-based team.
At the turn of the year, Ashley, who owns the Sports Direct retail chain, ended talks with PCP Capital Partners, the Middle Eastern investment company headed up by British businesswoman Amanda Staveley, over a takeover of the club.
Ashley described talks with PCP as "exhausting, frustrating and a complete waste of time."
After Chelsea, Kenyon worked for CAA Sports, a division of US entertainment and talent agency Creative Arts Agency, as head of international operations but left in late 2011.