Wednesday brought breaking news (see below) that Amanda Staveley had increased the bid from £250m to £300m for Newcastle United, with some clauses also removed that could have been sticking points.

Sky Sports and all of the major newspapers published the story very closely together, suggesting that they had been briefed by one side or the other, or both sides, regarding a supposed step forward. The reports also suggested that transfer cash could be made available to Rafa Benitez in January before a final deal was concluded, with Amanda Staveley’s group allegedly agreeing to then refund Ashley after the event.

Sky Sports then followed that up on Thursday by claiming that their information was that despite an increased bid having been made, it still included a clause whereby Mike Ashley would have to pay back some cash if Newcastle ended up being relegated this season.

However, Friday morning has brought a very different exclusive from the Financial Times, which certainly isn’t as positive, though it does still claim that the two sides are still negotiating ad want to buy and sell.

The Financial Times report their information as being:

No improved offer was made by Amanda Staveley in midweek, that the reports were misleading and the original £250m bid is where they are still at.

As for a relegation clause, they say that the Staveley bid isn’t insisting on a relegation clause whereby money would then be refunded if relegation struck. Instead they want to pay a lower price and then if Newcastle stay up, pay Mike Ashley an extra amount at the end of the season.

The report also says that the potential buyers have taken advice and they believe that at the moment Newcastle have a 65% chance of being relegated, making it a very real threat.

Their sources have also told them that one or both sides may also want to wait and see what the outcome of the next Premier League TV broadcasting deals will be. The next three season deal to start in the 2019/20 season, is set to see figures announced in February (2018), meaning that a final deal may not be completed until May at the earliest.

However, they also add that there is still a possibility that is both buyers and sellers are prepared to reach a compromise, a deal could be completed far earlier.

Mike Ashley is the ultimate gambler but this is one where he is playing for very high stakes and if he oversees a third relegation and is still here in the summer, it may not be any kind of third time lucky when it comes to bouncing straight back to the Premier League.

The Mag – 13 December 2017

Breaking news on Wednesday lunchtime is that Amanda Staveley has increased the £250m offer to around the £300m mark and a Newcastle takeover is imminent.

Sky Sports have announced the imminent deal and various newspapers/media (Mail, Mirror, Independent etc) have also stated the same.

Suggesting that this is the result of a briefing and we are at last set to be released from the grip of Mike Ashley.

It’s reported that as well as the raised bid to around that £300m mark, certain clauses that Ashley wasn’t happy with have been removed, presumably the main one being compensation due if relegation happens this season.

The Amanda Staveley bid is also said to include a willingness to help fund January spending.

With a deal taking time to finally sign off totally, the reports say that Mike Ashley will fund Newcastle’s January spending but then be reimbursed by PCP Partners (Staveley’s company).

It is claimed that this arrangement should give Rafa Benitez some £30m to spend in January.

Previous reports had suggested February as the earliest a final deal could be concluded and the end of January is the timing for that in this latest welcome update.

On Tuesday, Rafa Benitez had yet again expressed his concern about the state of affairs concerning transfers.

The Newcastle boss saying he still had no idea how much, if anything, he would have to spend in January.

Hopefully this deal will now be quickly concluded AND we see a concerted effort by team, fans, manager, tea lady…to get the three points against Everton and make the relegation talk quickly recede.



  • Dillon Tovak

    Surely that is 6 and two 3’s haha.
    It’s just how you word it.
    We pay more if we stay up or pay less if we’re relegated.

  • Rich Lawson

    £30 mil’ isn’t enough to keep us in the Prem’,we need 3-4 quality signings at worst (maybe a couple of good loans with an agreement to buy if we stay up would eek out the cash ?)

    • Clarko

      Why isn’t £30m enough? On top of €49.30m we have already spent. You don’t think that €83.40m is enough money to avoid relegation?

      • FatParosite

        It wasn’t in 2016

        • Clarko

          Spends 17/18:

          West Ham €45.40m
          Crystal Palace €37.20m
          Stoke €34.90m
          West Brom €45.70m
          Bournemouth €34.30m
          Brighton €47.60m
          Burnley €34.04m
          Huddersfield €44.40m

          Newcastle €49.30m

      • Dillon Tovak

        In a market where Arnautovic costs £24m, we need a lot more than £30m.
        What do you think?

        • Damon Horner

          Just about to say West Ham could be spending that this season in strikers!

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          Burnley spent minus £15m in the summer. They were in the Champions league places on Tuesday night. Tottenham spend minus £3m.

          • HTL

            But they started in a better place and had an established premier league quality team/squad to build on, not a championship one.
            HTL

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            True, funny how folk here don;t make the same concession when comparing Brighton and Huddersfield.

            £30m will keep us up.

          • HarryHype59

            It won’t unless it is spent on loan players! Even then it is 50:50.
            BTW what happened to the top ten finish you predicted s few weeks back?

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Never predicted a top 10, always survival.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Seems an arbitrary figure you’re standing by. Who would you buy?

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            It’s a figure that has been thrown out by Rafa I believe and the takeover rumours.

            However, £30m is OK for these reasons:

            Only Everton and West Ham in the bottom 2/3 of the league will spend that sort of money.
            Huddersfield and Brighton have mortgaged their premier league money and hampered by FFP.
            We are a more attractive destination for players who want to get game time than the other strugglers.

            Who would I buy? I think that’s difficult because people get carried away. Cenk Tosun seems most likely with Cairney from Fulham. I think we are would be a good choice for Luke Shaw on loan and then i think we need a mobile defensive midfielder if JJS & Merino are going to flourish.

            Our problem is we will need players in early, the likes of Batshuayi get mentioned but he’s going to be in demand and if he were to choose us, it would be at the end of the window. I see Chelsea using him as a makeweight for one of their own targets.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Is Cenk Tosun any good? Which games have you seen him play cos I’ve seen none?

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I don’t know anymore than you, they all look good on you tube but these are the deals that are likely to happen.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I’ll add to that, the first guy we will get is a goalkeeper.

          • HarryHype59

            Says the man who claimed top ten was attainable this season!

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            It’s attainable, no doubt. The group of clubs from Burnley down to Palace are all much of a muchness.

          • HTL

            Brighton and Huddersfield had a larger net spend to try and improve their teams/squads. showing they take the challenge of survival a lot more seriously.
            Plus we were limited by our clubs financial constraints wages, loan fees etc

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            But we started with a squad of players costing twice as much as those two clubs’ players combined

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Exactly

          • HarryHype59

            They are not a newly promoted side and have a cracking manager!

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            We deserved a point against Burnley at their place, we dominated possession and had a more chances.

          • HarryHype59

            We still lost!

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            We did, we will win a few where we didn’t create as many chances too.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            so what, they already had good players as did Spurs
            we haven`t

          • Buck Blacket

            That was a sensible comment, I’ll make a diary entry!

          • HappyToons

            Hope me Ma doesn’t spend minus £50 on me xmas presi’s as that won’t be so champion.

          • Dillon Tovak

            There’s no point comparing what others have done. It’s about what is required for our team right now.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Absolutely agree

          • Dillon Tovak

            They weren’t in the championship last year and maybe their stars are aligning.
            What are you arguing exactly?
            Do you think we shouldn’t sign players because we’re great already?

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            We were in the championship with a premiership wage bill, we should succeed.

        • Clarko

          As people are stating (spends):

          West Ham €45.40m
          Crystal Palace €37.20m
          Stoke €34.90m
          West Brom €45.70m
          Bournemouth €34.30m
          Brighton €47.60m
          Burnley €34.04m
          Huddersfield €44.40m

          Newcastle €49.30m

          Newcastle have spent more than those eight teams (including West Ham), I think it’s reasonable to suggest that we should be finishing above at least three of those teams. And that’s without mentioning that Benitez is on a larger wage then all of teams managers mentioned above and the possibility of spending an extra £30m on top of that.

          • Damon Horner

            Squad stability and uplift in quality is important of which we have needed to a higher degree than most of those teams.

            Throw all the numbers you want to fit your agenda, this is far from an easy job.

          • Clarko

            And who is at fault for not getting that quality and stability? Because we have spend a sufficient amount, if other teams were able to bring in “quality”, why didn’t we?

            I don’t have an agenda, I have the ability to think.

          • Damon Horner

            Bit arrogant. “I have the ability to think”.

            So it’s Rafa’s fault. Bad man. What now, anything should happen? Replace him? Reprimand him? Leave him to get on with it? Burn him at the stake? What does your thinking thing tell you should happen since things could have been done better.

          • Clarko

            And you claiming that I have an “agenda” wasn’t arrogant? There is nothing arrogant about me stating that I can think, I can.

            What should happen? He should do better, that’s what should happen.

            You don’t have an argument, you have (rightly) dropped you previous “argument”, and are now playing the offended, defensive fan because you don’t have anything of substance to say. Come back when you do 👍🏿

          • Damon Horner

            I’m not offended or defensive. I also don’t know how that thinking you have an agenda is arrogant but fair enough if it makes you happy.

            I’ve not defended the transfer business. I just think its more than just numbers on a computer. “benefit of the doubt” is where I sit with it.

          • Clarko

            This is what this platform is for, to argue, to discuss, your argument was weak, I pointed it out and then you were defensive and called me arrogant for stating that “I have the ability to think” in response to you suggesting that I have an “agenda”. You are the one who has steered this argument to where it is, not me..

            “I just think its more than just numbers on a computer”. Okay, is there any reasoning or explanation behind that thought?

            There is no valid excuse for Benitez, Ashley has given him a budget, Carr is gone, Benitez is in control of transfers, he has the backing from players, he had the backing from fans and he decides the team and tactics. Whatever happens, good or bad, it’s his fault, right now it’s bad.

          • Dillon Tovak

            But we spent a load of money to get out of the championship.
            Tick, we did that.
            Then we needed to spend more money for the prem, no tick.

            Even if we had a billion pounds we couldn’t have bought Neymar and Benzema etc because they won’t come to the championship.
            You need to spend year on year when you’re building.

          • Clarko

            Wrong. Can you read? Try reading.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Yawn. Consistently rude.

          • Clarko

            No, you’re rude, you’re the one constantly ignoring what I write.

            Spends 17/18:

            West Ham €45.40m
            Crystal Palace €37.20m
            Stoke €34.90m
            West Brom €45.70m
            Bournemouth €34.30m
            Brighton €47.60m
            Burnley €34.04m
            Huddersfield €44.40m

            Newcastle €49.30m

            Newcastle have spent money, you were wrong and ignorant.

          • Dillon Tovak

            But no one has time to read the constant numbers and stats you post.
            Why have you written all that?
            We need better players = we need to spend some money.
            What’s there to say other than that?

            What does it matter what Bournemouth etc have spent? We’re talking about improving NEWCASTLES team.

            Why do you need to add lines at the bottom like you’re ignorant?
            Why do you want to goad people?

          • Clarko

            See my other post.

          • Dillon Tovak

            That doesn’t answer who you think we should buy with a budget of 30m.

          • Clarko

            Not the argument, not my job.

            Yusuf Yazici
            Adam Masina
            Vincent Aboubakar

          • Dillon Tovak

            How much would they cost and what leads you to believe they’re the players for us?

            T’is the argument. You’re questioning why £30m isn’t enough.
            The reason is we need higher quality players and a few of them, so that would cost more.

          • Clarko

            Again ignorant, we have already spent money, enough money to bring in the required quality, if we don’t have that quality, that’s the fault of Benitez. And that’s without an extra £30m.

          • Dillon Tovak

            What’s ignorant? Or do you just like calling people names?

            So we’ve spent money.
            Our team is perfect and we’ll stick with these players?

            What about those players you recommended?

          • Clarko

            What do you mean “What’s ignorant?”, you’ve ignored my post you moron.

            The spends are other teams are absolutley relevant, €34.30m was enough for Bournemouth to get the required quality, so €83.40M should be enough for Newcastle.

            “But no one has time to read the constant numbers and stats you post.
            Why have you written all that?” No you’re just ignorant/stupid, probably a combination of both.

            I’m not interested in talking about players, especially with you.

  • Desree

    Porkins should take the money and run. He is selling a club that has spent much of the past 50 years straddling two divisions. The potential is a myth. It will take massive and long term investment to make the club top six.

    You are looking at 200m just to get us on par with watford and Bournemouth. Its as if the clubs around us all bought bitcoin a few years back, now we want to get involved but the market has moved massively.

    Porkins is not holding any aces, he has to sell.

    • Dillon Tovak

      They’ve got bitcoin, we’ve got Disney dollars.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      He is holding the shares and he doesn’t have o sell. It doesn’t take £200m to get us up to Bournemouth (potentially facing huge problems in the Summer) or Watford.

      However, I agree about potential. The top six is a closed shop where you get access by a temporary period of good luck and management (Burnley and Leicester). If we broke into the top 6, we have more chance of longevity than those two but it either takes a lot of money (and this means losses) or creative management (continued quality scouting etc) but it still needs luck.

      • HarryHype59

        This sale is far from completion,do you agree!

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          It’s not complete and to be honest, that’s a binary question, it can be only one or the other. However, it’s highly likely that it will be complete by the end of February.

          as I mentioned back in November, figures have been agreed in principal, all things go well and MA gets close to his asking price at north of £350m, things go badly and he’s not . As I mentioned to you on Wednesday, there is a hedge that Staveley’s client should consider.

          • HarryHype59

            Contrary to tabloid media speculation, the FT suggest that the relegation clause/ lower initial payment , is still a major sticking point!

            PCP calculate, there is 65% chance of relegation which makes the proposed purchase high risk!

            I still argue this deal won’t take place this season as the club is 50:50 to be relegated again and will be in the bottom three by January!

            Even if Ashley sanctions a £50m spree in the next window, the club is playing “catch up” and negotiating for players from a position of weakness!

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Harry, you don’t strike me as an FT reader. As I explained to you, if there is a 65% chance, then the 3-1 hedge means they are always in the money.

          • HarryHype59

            Actually Mr Pompous, you don’t strike me as some one who grasps the legal implications of what you advocate via the hedge funds. You also have no strategic vision of the “bigger picture” be it in football or financial terms. In fact for all your puffed up self appointed, so called “expertise” you fail to grasp the obvious.

            Your arrogance is matched by your blinkered refusal to accept basic facts.

            If things continue as they are, I have won my £10 bet.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            The legality is neither here nor there. That said, it’s hardly illigal. If Stavely’s clients places a bet on Nufc going down now, what difference does it make to you or I having s bet? Ok, you got evens, the client may get 3-1 but legally, no difference.

          • HarryHype59

            “The legality is neither here or there”

            I assume you are as unfamiliar with fit and proper person criterion, as you are with asset valuation methods?

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            The point being, if the prospective owner puts a bet on before he owns the club, what makes that illegal?

          • HarryHype59

            It would be the Joey Barton scenario x ten. Think about it. Anyway, PCP can just wait until May when we are back in the Championship and offer £100m.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Much as I say the club is potentially worthless (on an earnings basis) in the championship, it’s worth more than £100m in reality. For instance, I don’t think you could buy Leeds for £100m even though it’s arguably got the most potential in the championship, it is a long way behind buying a ready made NUFC.

          • HarryHype59

            Randy Lerner wanted £160m for Villa, but sold them for £60m to Tony Xia, once they were relegated! It’ s all about the TV money you see!

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I think I told you about the TV money income, perhaps why I referred to a valuation on an earnings basis.

            Villa were only £60m because they were a basket case. Premier league wages accross the board and mid table championship players. You could but NUFC and recover £100m quite easily by selling the highest earners. Then you could earn a profit in the Championship with cheap wages, a forward line of Tony and Armstrong etc etc

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Joey b, like Lou Mccari got done because he can directly influence. A bloke thinking of buying a football club can have a flutter without recourse far easier than a bloke that owns a football club

          • HarryHype59

            Barton bet on matches he wasn’t playing in! He has an addiction problem but still got banned! How do you think the civil and football authorities would react if part of the buying consortium bet on their newly bought team to go down?

            Anyway, they can wait until May and knock Ashley down a 60% minimum when we are back in the Championship!

            The odds are now 6:4 lowed from 3:1 last week! They will be evens by new year, I cannot see this team picking up a single point for the remainder of 2017!

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            The odds have lowered, I just wonder why? Could it be a £50m bet being put on?

            The football authorities would be right to raise an eyebrow to someone within a football club putting a bet on but at the moment, these guys are not within a football club.

          • HarryHype59

            The odds are for getting relegated again. They have dropped because the team keeps on losing matches.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Oh Harry, humour me, it may just be that a large bet has been placed from China?

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I’m fully aware of the risk, I think I highlighted this long before you. If you read the actual piece, it confirms that the deal is heading towards a price based on the two outcomes.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I love your passion for NUFC Harry.

            One thing that may move things on a little is the involvement elsewhere of a company called Orlit.

  • Leicester Mag

    This ain’t happening is it? Ffs

  • TheFatController

    At £250m only, Ashley will decide he can fund a far larger sum than he first intended in January, stay up and sell for £350-400m in May to new bidders.

    It’s looking increasingly likely however that whatever the outcome, only what Ashley provides will make up Jan spend.

    I don’t think he fears relegation enough to sell for £250m now, its not likely going to be anywhere near £400m all told from PCP if he accepts the relegation waiver and we stay up…he can then also delay to see what does come out of the new TV deal. It’s bound to favour him and not a buyer.

    • Mark Potter

      Where do you get this nonsense about Ashley funding any transfers? Has he ever funded a single transfer in 10 years? No! The club pays for the players using self-generated money, from ticket sales, TV deals and selling other players. The £30m comes from the money Rafa had left over in August, plus the first installment of Sky money for this season.

      And this makes little difference to the sale, because the books will show £30m cash replaced by £30m worth of players.

      • TheFatController

        I get my nonsense from the evidence in the company accounts of the last ten years. A good place to start I think.

        Everyone (except you?) knows Ashley has increased the interest free loans to the club to cover losses.

        What do you think created those losses that he covered ? Unsold pies? Or spending on players and their wages ( maybe not known to you, but widely accepted as the major expense for all football clubs in the modern era)

        If you’re going to say Ashley hasn’t funded transfers when he’s increased loans in recent years by tens of millions to a business that has its main expense being transfers, you look a complete idiot with no knowledge of the NUFC company accounts of the past 10 years…

        When I say Ashley will fund transfers in Jan, I mean exactly that. He’ll put his own money in to keep us up, knowing the return will be the maintained club selling price if we stay up. Then he gets that money back. How hard to understand that can it be? Yet you cal it nonsense ? Wow.

        • Mark Potter

          He specifically increased his loan to the club the first time of relegation to pay for wages that season, because income from the TV deals and match day receipts went down so much, the club made a massive loss that season. The 2011 accounts show this was £16.5m and it was secured against future TV income and had to be repaid within two years. At that time the total “loan” owed to Ashley was £140m, most of it repayable on demand, ie. there was no specific repayment time, and it was generally accepted it would be repaid if/when he sold the club.

          The latest accounts show that the loan to Ashley was £129m on 30 June 2016.

          There is absolutely no increase in the overall level of the loan payable to Ashley over a number of years, unless that occurred after 30 June 2016 as a result of the second relegation, and is not yet revealed by the accounts. But throughout the period between the two relegations it is clear that Ashley did not loan the club money to buy pay transfers for new players. He had no reason to – following the sale of Andy Carroll the January after the first return to the Prem League, the club would have had sufficient money on hand to pay cash up front for any new players they bought. And as that income was used up they got another top up from Cabaye, etc.

          There is no evidence in the accounts that Ashley has ever funded the purchase of a single player. That won’t change in January – Rafa will receive a budget based entirely on what the club has available to spend. Left over from the budget he had in the summer, and further income to the club since then. Not a penny will come from Ashley.

          Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. Point out the year and page/paragraph number of the accounts showing that he has provided any money whatsoever for transfers while he has been the owner. The real accounts, not your impression of them from reading the Mag.

          In fact, what is hilarious about this claim is that nothing like this has ever been said in ten previous years. Only now, when he is about to sell up, is it claimed that he buys players from his own money, and that will stop in January, because of the pending sale and that will fxxx up Rafa, and the season. This is BS. Rafa can get loans and can buy players from the budget he has available FROM THE CLUB. Though with the squad full up of adult players, and one adult player on senior wages outside the squad already, it is clear Rafa must get rid of some more players. That may generate enough money into his budget that there is little or no net spending, and money is again carried forward to next summer… That is what has happened for years now. Only a few transfer windows has money spent on new players significantly exceeded money brought in from sales. The difference, when it has happened, has come from TV money, not from Ashley. Since he never put his hand in his pocket to buy Cisse, Cabaye, Sissoko, Mitro, Ritchie or Gayle, why on earth is anyone talking about Ashley buying players in January? He’s never bought players, and never will.

  • HTL

    Looks to me this has been “leaked” from the pcp side to counter ashley/bishop’s spin via sky sports.
    seems as though it is at a bit of an impasse,
    control of the transfer window is in Ashley’s hands (with the 30 days premier league ratification needed after a deal has been struck, (unless that is already in progress))
    Not looking good is it?
    HTL

  • FatParosite

    As for a relegation clause, they say that the Staveley bid isn’t insisting on a relegation clause whereby money would then be refunded if relegation struck. Instead they want to pay a lower price and then if Newcastle stay up, pay Mike Ashley an extra amount at the end of the season.

    That’s a relegation clause..

    • TheFatController

      There’s no way Ashley will sell without it being final, no strings attached. He’s a gambler and he’ll tell PCP they can gamble also – he won’t underwrite their gamble therefore by agreeing a relegation waiver. Also, he’s not in control Feb-May, and I doubt he likes having his money dependent on how others control the club.

      And so for a sale to happen it’ll have to be over £300m cash no ties I would think.

      • HarryHype59

        If he doesn’t agree without some form of relegation clause PCP will walk! We will then endure the odious oaf for the considerable future as the club will be back in the Championship!

        He will be lucky to get £100m for NUFC, outside of the EPL!

        • TheFatController

          Yes, you’re talking football business logic, not a language Ashley understands sadly… as of today I’m thinking he’ll go it alone til the summer, but bung a few quid in for January

          • HarryHype59

            You may be correct, however he could well regret not taking PCPs offer come the end of May!

          • TheFatController

            Maybe, but the bright side is someone will be buying it in the summer – even if in the championship PCP would probably pay £100m and just blitz the championship with a few additions to the current squad (like Burnley did) – not sure who the manager would be by then though …?

          • HarryHype59

            That actually wouldn’t be the end of the world!

          • Guest 2

            Shyte. PCP and other bidders (if they ever existed) aren’t interested in a Championship club.

          • Arty Hume

            @ Fatcontroller, yes mate, thats the way I see it to and commented so last week. At my age I dont have much time left to see our club do well, just hope something happens soon to turn our fortunes around. But hey yes, if it took another relegetion to get the parasite off our back I would welcome that, and PCP come in with a £100m offer and get the club, IMHO it would be sweet justice and a well deserved boot in the nads for fcu*’er derstoying our club.

        • Guest 2

          He was allegedly talking to Barry Moat over an 80 million bid back in the day. The slug is still here.

      • HarryHype59

        If that’s the case, there will be no sale this season!

    • MadMag83

      It could be read as a survival clause. If Newcastle are relegated, the price stays the same. If they stay up, the price increases. It would prove problematic for Ashley if he spends more on players in January but they still go down, then he’s out of pocket.

  • Dutch

    The whole episode is now becoming a bore. The story changes everyday. I will now opt out of readinglistening to all this to and fro saga and wait to see who we are playing in the Championship next season. At least the local derby will be something to watch. Have a good xmas everyone.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Will they still be there when we gaan doon??

    • Guest 2

      Like the Mackems are going to survive? LOL! We could take joy only from remaining a League above them.

  • HappyToons

    Almost tempted to see what the Chron has to say and Ed Harrison on the latest update, but phew saved by ‘Micky Mouse’ on the cartoon channel.

    I am raising money to taxi over ‘the beak’ (Barry Manilow) all the way from sunny exotic Cambois to serenade ‘Mandy’ when she finally takes over. If you want to send me a cheque to help raise the necessary funds then £50 each will do, made payable to ‘Baz Moneylow a-mate-ur impersonator’ and a bag of Gold chocolate coins for his dressing room.

    The first lines of ‘Mandy’ remind me of the majority of my time in the Gallowgate corner when things weren’t so great as now …

    I remember all my life
    Raining down as cold as ice
    A shadow of a man

    • Leazes Ender

      I didn’t know Marcel Marceau could sing or Barree for that mateur.

    • Guest 2

      Ed Harrison? The man whose website has zero to say of any originality and simply rehashes any and all news reports? Good luck with that, or the Chron.
      You’d be better off down the Copa, mate…

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    £30m tranfer pot is a joke considering we have a squad of championship players
    you discount what we spent in the summer because apart from Merino the rest are journeymen at best,
    A Striker, a number 10, a left back & a keeper, all for £30m
    Wise up, Nufc are living in cloud Cuckoo land

    • Buck Blacket

      You clearly don’t support the club MackemMoose so why do you care?

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        another keyboard warrior, every Friday i drink in the Pitch & Piano then on to Harry`s bar
        call in one time & say that to my face

        • Buck Blacket

          Will do but how will I recognise you. Oh hang on I’m being silly, how could you miss a giant mouse in a Sunderland shirt! Lol

          • TheNutJob

            😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
            He`ll take you for a lump of cheese

          • joe mac

            like it!

    • MadMag83

      Perhaps £30m plus player sales, Mitrovic and Gayle almost went in the summer, and ginger Jack is still rotting in the reserves on big wages.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        That would be a more reasonable figure, if anyone would buy them

      • Guest 2

        In reverse. Net spend of 10 mil if lucky after player sales, just like the summer.

    • HarryHype59

      Fatso may sanction £30m to bring in loan players!

    • Leicester Mag

      Thing is spending £5M on a sack of Hos sheet only makes sense in Mr Creosote’s mind. Ultimate false economy Pity Amanda failed to offer him a wafer thin mint at the end of the curry

      • TheNutJob

        we might get a fiver back when he leaves

        • Leicester Mag

          Maybe we should just endulge in a bit of fly tipping outside the ground in Beano town down the road

    • Guest 2

      Aye but hang on – that’ll be 30 million minus Mitro and whoever else gets the shove. Net spend perhaps, if lucky, another 10?

  • Mike

    we go down “again” then the club will be worth the same as the Mackems!

    • HarryHype59

      It will be worth 60% less outside of the EPL!

  • robbersdog

    We’ve got some really difficult games coming up, and it’s quite possible that we’ll be in the bottom 3 by the new year.

    That being the case, this whole deal could turn to sh*t. Reading between the lines of all these press reports, it’s not hard to come to the conclusion that the threat of relegation could, at best, delay the sale, and, at worst, scupper it.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      He’ll spend in January if needs be. He has to. He wants to sell it. HE’ll lose more if he doesnt and they go down.

      • Guest 2

        If he ‘spends’ then it means the club debt rises and so does the price he expects. He never gives money to the club – he loans it and it needs to be repaid on a sale.

        • Toonrobbybobson

          Comes out in the wash. Value is added to playing squad and premier league status more likely secured.

          • Guest 2

            LOL! Value added? Oh aye, Ashley is renowned for that! The only thing coming out in the wash is guaranteed pay back for him.

    • Dutch

      Stating the obvious now.

  • Wor Lass

    Just when I thought things were on the up – and to top it all Clarko`s back!

    • TheNutJob

      Clarko will come up with a solution & email Rafa

      • Wor Lass

        The nutter accused me of stalking him!

      • HarryHype59

        Clarko, will make Ashley give Rafa the £70m he claimed was available for new players last summer!

  • anyobrien

    I don’t give a toss anymore it’s getting boring typical bloody Newcastle we can’t do anything right ffs

    • TheNutJob

      we`re good at being relegated, that`s going without a hitch

      • HarryHype59

        Too true, a third is on its way as we speak!

  • Mal

    The January window won’t necessarily sort us out no matter how much he has to spend. Given our current form, and where we might be in the league in January, our problem might be persuading decent players to actually come here even if they’re available.