The Newcastle United takeover took a significant step forward this week, with the breaking news that an offer had been made to buy the club.

This may be nowhere near a final deal being completed but in the 10+ years of Mike Ashley rule, this is a real first.

Rumours have abounded in the past but this is the first time an actual offer has been confirmed by both sides (Mike Ashley and the Amanda Staveley led bidders), albeit that confirmation has come via the respective media that the two parties are using to get their message out.

It is pointless worrying at this stage about how much has or hasn’t been offered and/or how much Ashley will or won’t accept.

The bottom line is that somebody has come forward with genuine interest in buying the club and Mike Ashley is definitely interested in selling, or else there is no way he would have allowed an outside party (parties?) to see confidential information about the running of his business – with or without a non-disclosure agreement.

The essential factor in a football club (or anything else) changing hands is that first of all, you need a willing buyer and willing seller.

If something is priced right then you will always have willing buyers and no doubt that has been the case at times over the course of the past decade.

A willing seller? Well whatever has gone before we have certainly got one now and surely it will suit Mike Ashley just as much as the other side, to get this deal done as quickly as possible.

This is not the moment to try and play anybody for fools.

  • TheNutJob

    He`s most likely down at the old Bull & Bush with Dennis & JFK chewing the fat over the offer & having the odd yard of ale or 3.

    • Guest 2

      Dennis the poison dwarf is in the Celebrity Jungle, chewing on Wallaby wang and fish guts. A fitting position for him I’d say.

    • molend

      Totally irrelevant, but have you noticed how the Bournemouth squad (not Boruc obviously), sounds like rhyming slang? ‘What a Harry Arta’. ‘That’s a real Charlie Daniels’. ‘Just going out for a Jordan Ibe’.

  • HappyToons

    Let’s hope MIke wants the money for xmas and the buyer is wanting it as a gift for the same.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    Look, Amanda Staveley is an attractive woman, but at this point I’m getting sick of seeing her face. JUST DO SOMETHING (or don’t do it and move on). This is getting tedious.

    • TheNutJob

      it`s better than seeing the Fat Lad laughing at us all the time

      • Dillon Tovak

        It dawned on me the other day even when Ashley finally leaves, we’ll still have to see his face as the Mag will obsess over him and every detail of his life for years to come.

        • Mark Potter

          Then at least they might stop with the Pardew stories.

          • TheNutJob

            No it`ll be Fatso & pards

    • TheFatController

      I hope Mike Ashley is seeing her poker face, and she doesn’t have one of desperation like you seem to have.

      The less she pays, the more will be available to go on players…give her time to prevent Ashley running of with something like the price of a record-breaking fee midfielder more in his pocket than if she haggles him down.

      Have faith.

      • HarryHype59

        “The less she pays the more will be available to go on players”

        That obvious truth is lost on the usual Ashley Stockholm Syndrome sufferers on here!

        If the deal is agreed at £360m as Fleckman claims, it will seriously impact on the team rebuilding plans!

        The less the odious oaf gets for the club the better!

  • Marveauxless

    The most obviously pointless article written since the classic “Princess Diana was still alive hours before she died”

    • Andy Mac

      Is that along with “Lancaster Bomber found on moon” ?

  • toonterrier

    Latest score. Wonderwoman 1 Blunderman 0.

  • Davidelder888

    Did Ed Harrison write this article?

  • Andy Mac

    I still ask why do we not hear about any of the other four alleged bidders ?

    I’d also ask why the potential new owner isnt hirrying things up because sure as eggs are eggs we need new talent in January otherwise we could be heading back to the EFL

    • Marveauxless

      Staveley, a person with a history in purchasing football clubs was seen attending a football match involving 2 clubs with insecure ownerships. People will naturally investigate her affairs. As no such public appearances have been made by the other potential investors journalists don’t know where to start looking for them.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      All but concluded, headline price at £360m apparently was agreed last night.

      Even if the remaining boxes to be ticked are not sorted, the transfer budget and Rafa’s targets for January are agreed to ensure continuity.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        FAKE NEWS

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          It may be, that’s why I said apparently, however, it came from the same source who told me about the previous £300m bid, 3 days before it went public.

          • Rich Lawson

            If the bid were accepted,how long would it take to actually go through ?

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Still some legal DD to do, the story seems to be that MA wasn’t keen on allowing continued investigations if they were so far away from an acceptable price so they’ve compromised on the price I guess there is more of an incentive to find a skeleton in the closet so to speak

      • hetonmag

        Your hero still hasn’t payed the back money due to all his work force that was on the minimum wage like he promised but he thinks his brother should get the £11m due to him for services to SD.

        • Leicester Mag

          As much class as a skid mark on a pair worn Lonsdale boxers

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Ashley gives his staff the best bonuses going in shares. Think even the cleaner got sixty thousand pounds so not that bad a man

          • HarryHype59

            How many of Ashley’s workforce depend on in work benefits to survive?

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          Excellent, I don’t believe in minimum wages and if his brother has worked hard enough to earn 11m, he must be good.