Mick Quinn has been discussing the reports of a potential Chinese takeover at St James Park.

The NUFC cult hero reacting to an exclusive from Sky Sports on Monday night, which claimed Mike Ashley was seriously considering selling the club after a Chinese consortium had approached him.

Widespread media reports have followed, with also claims that Ashley might sell only part of the club, whilst others claim that it could be an outright £400m sale.

Mick Quinn says that he and other Newcastle fans have worries about whether any sale of the club could upset the momentum that promotion back to the Premier League has given the club.

The former Newcastle player saying ‘I still pinch myself that Rafa Benitez is Newcastle United Manager’.

Quinn speculates that new owners might even get rid of Rafa and have their own idea of who would be Manager, giving that as a potential reason as to why Newcastle fans might prefer the ‘devil (Mike Ashley) they know’.

This is surely crazy talk because if anybody did buy Newcastle United, they would be wanting to make money and the only way that can happen is if the club is successful.

The only reason the club is on ‘calm waters’, that promotion was achieved at the first time of asking, and why fans have optimism – is because of the presence of Rafa Benitez.

So why would new owners instantly want to get rid of the only positive driving force at the club?

Mick Quinn speaking on Talksport:

“Newcastle back in the big time, more attractive, will he (Mike Ashley) sell now?

“At £400m I think Newcastle are worth that.

“I mean, the corporate side is unbelievable, two tiers right the way around the ground, fifty two thousand there every week, they are in the Premier League – the money that comes with the Premier League.

“If I had £400m I would definitely buy the club.

“My feel from what I have got on social media and stuff from the fans is, they are unsure.

“At this moment, the ship Newcastle United is on calm waters. Everybody is happy, they are back in the Premier League.

“Rafa Benitez is still our Manager, I still pinch myself that Rafa Benitez is Newcastle United Manager.

“So at the moment there’s not much controversy at Newcastle United – but the worry for the fans is that if this Chinese consortium comes in and takes over, who knows?

“Rafa might not be there, they might bring their own Manager in.

“It might upset the rhythm of the club at the moment. For once in Ashley’s tenure, there has been nothing controversial in the last year or so.

“So is it better the devil you know?”

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  • TubbyMunky

    I hope any potential buyers look at not only Rafa’s record, but how much he’s loved here. I very much doubt they’d find a better manager.

    • Geordiegiants

      It would be impossible.

  • Leazes Ender

    …’Mick Quinn says that he and other Newcastle fans have worries about whether any sale of the club could upset the momentum that promotion back to the Premier League has given the club’…..

    Ashley has Yo-yoed the club for ten years you plonker, invested nil and sucked the club of its revenue streams, he’s stolen land belonging to the club which was ear marked to bring the ground into the 21st century and is killing off future possibilities by building student accommodation on it.

    A more contemptuous individual you will not find… get yourself back to Liverpool fatso….with your chum Ryder.

    • Wor Lass

      He hasn`t tried to call us “Newcastle Pandas”, though.

    • hetonmag

      Very harsh Leazes he is the only one in the media that’s on our side.

      • Leazes Ender

        I dont think so…. he’s backed every puppet that Ashley put in place, and the last quote appears to suggest backing for Askley.

        • Mrkgw

          Cripes Sleazes – u seem to be in a bad mood today. You will go green again.

        • HarryHype59

          In fairness he was highly critical of soopa Steve. Quinn claimed he couldn’t motivate the players.

  • Doug Dacre

    One of the offers is from China, so where are the rest?
    Qatar was mentioned many times, and maybe a Brian Johnson/Richard Branson double act maybe, but whoever buys the club you can guarantee that they have paid the most rather than being a responsible new owner….Worried!

  • Viru leckworth

    Usually I am quite partial to a Chinese takeaway.

  • Guest 2

    Nothing controversial in a year – like HMRC raiding the club isn’t a big deal, Mick?

    Quinny is well wide of the mark with these comments. Not sure which ‘supporters’ he has been talking to but I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t do back-flips at Fatty leaving

    • Leazes Ender

      How many court cases has Ashley and Charnley lost in ten years and HMRC is certainly interested in Ashleys business model.

      • Guest 2

        Exactly. Having Rafa shouldn’t make up for years of Fatso’s miserly ownership. Seems for many it does.

  • Geordiegiants

    Why would any owner want rid of Rafa? He is easily one of the top 10 managers in the world. A new owner would be doing everything in their power to get a manger like him.

  • HarryHype59

    Mick Quinn is one of the few presenters on TS who acknowledge NUFC even exist. Most like Durham, prattle on tediously about Arsenal/Chelsea/Man U/Liverpool and Spurs. New owners appoint their own managers. Rafa’s rule could be cut short by a takeover. Quinny is correct to highlight this.

  • edward alderson

    well if and its a big if ,that no 47 with fried rice does buy our club and got rid of Rafa the club would, should sink. I HOPE THINGS STAY THE SAME