Newcastle United's board used to speak positively about the prospect of joining a European Super League during the halcyon days of the 1990s.

Both Sir John Hall and Freddy Shepherd were keen on any idea that would have propelled the Magpies on to the bigger stage as they fought to be one of the game's elite.

Hall used to talk often about being "one of the top 10 clubs in Europe and the top three in the country", and he was able to deliver that dream to an extent, both domestically and in Continental competition with regular qualification for UEFA tournaments like the UEFA Cup and Champions League.

Under Mike Ashley's ownership, the club have managed just one entry into Europe with aiming for the top six replaced by fending off relegation for the most part.

Whatever the reasons are for that, an unwillingness to spend major amounts of money, with Ashley once saying: "I can't and I will not" when asked if he could live with the top six, Newcastle changed mentality as a club a long time ago.

With a takeover battle in the air Ashley does not have any long-term vision other than to sell the club to a Middle East consortium.

If he didn't, it's difficult to imagine him not being interested in a European Super League that would pump millions into the club and that's before he is told that there is no relegation from the tournament.

European Super League chiefs are pushing their case hard to, with every national and regional journalist hit with a lengthy email on Monday morning, less than a day in which the Premier League and pundits stuck the boot into their idea.

But money talks, and Ashley the businessman is money motivated.

The Euro Super League's statement read "The new annual tournament will provide significantly greater economic growth and support for European football via a long-term commitment to uncapped solidarity payments which will grow in line with league revenues. "These solidarity payments will be substantially higher than those generated by the current European competition and are expected to be in excess of €10 billion during the course of the initial commitment period of the Clubs.

"In addition, the competition will be built on a sustainable financial foundation with all Founding Clubs signing up to a spending framework. In exchange for their commitment, Founding Clubs will receive an amount of €3.5 billion solely to support their infrastructure investment plans and to offset the impact of the COVID pandemic."

As the likes of Liverpool, Man United, Man City, Tottenham and Arsenal signed up to the division, we may not find out immediately or at all from Ashley on his views.

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville's rant summed up the attitude of owners and their communication methods.

He said: "They're bottle merchants.

"They've got no voice.

"They will probably hide in a few weeks and say it was nothing to do with them."

But what happens next will be interesting and head coach Steve Bruce will probably be the only official to give a viewpoint on it at the next Press conference.

After all the door is not shut to everybody with the Super League stating today: "There are 20 participating clubs with 15 Founding Clubs and a qualifying mechanism for a further five teams to qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season."

Although, the idea was panned by the Premier League.

After over 12 months of issuing "no comment" statuses to journalists on Newcastle's takeover, top-flight chiefs gave their view on Sunday afternoon.

They said: "The Premier League condemns any proposal that attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit which are at the heart of the domestic and European football pyramid.

"Fans of any club in England and across Europe can currently dream that their team may climb to the top and play against the best. We believe that the concept of a European Super League would destroy this dream.

"The Premier League is proud to run a competitive and compelling football competition that has made it the most widely watched league in the world. Our success has enabled us to make an unrivalled financial contribution to the domestic football pyramid.

"A European Super League will undermine the appeal of the whole game, and have a deeply damaging impact on the immediate and future prospects of the Premier League and its member clubs, and all those in football who rely on our funding and solidarity to prosper.

"We will work with fans, The FA, EFL, PFA and LMA, as well as other stakeholders, at home and abroad, to defend the integrity and future prospects of English football in the best interests of the game."