A positive breakthrough on the Newcastle takeover front on Thursday night.

George Caulkin covers north east football for The Times and is normally a very reliable person when it comes to reporting on Newcastle United.

He has revealed that Mike Ashley met with Amanda Staveley on Wednesday night to talk about the Newcastle takeover.

It was an informal setting as the pair had a curry in a London restaurant, though no mention of Ashley daring her into drinking games, or of him vomiting into the fireplace hopefully….

The pair are said to still share a desire to get the deal done and The Times journalist also revealed that no other bidders are active.

The other piece of news is not so good, with George Caulkin’s information being that it may take until February for a deal to be completed, after the transfer window has ended.

However, depending on how much progress is made in the meantime, it can be possible in these situations for the impending new owner to finance spending in the transfer window still, even though the takeover may not be totally complete.

Quite clearly George Caulkin has been briefed by somebody with this news and hopefully, it may well be the case that both sides have given their blessing for the news to come out, reassuring everybody that a deal is still in the offing.

George Caulkin:

“Mike Ashley & Amanda Staveley talked Nufc takeover over a curry in London last (Wednesday) night.

“Despite the negativity around this week there’s still a desire to do a deal & her bid is the only game in town.

“Less good: increasing belief that it may not be completed until February.

“Whatever the logistical reasons for that possible delay – and it wouldn’t make for a comfortable rest of season – an informal face to face meeting is a positive development.

“Ashley is now on holiday in the US, but negotiations will continue.”

  • Paul Patterson

    I hope the fireplace required a clean this morning..

    • Rich Lawson

      Amanda was to much of a lady and hoyed up in the taxi cue !

  • Down Under Mag

    Life of a Newcastle United fan right now:

    – Wake up
    – Check news for any signs of a takeover being done
    – Be disappointed that there isn’t any deal done
    – Realise that at least the club hasn’t officially been taken off the market
    – Breathe a sigh of relief as there is still hope
    – Rinse, repeat.

    • nufcslf

      I know the feeling all too well. This hss to happen or else, even if it is February.

  • Saul Williams

    I wonder who paid the bill.

    • Mitros gotta start

      It was £200….. amanda got it but fatty told her it was £300

      • Rich Lawson

        The waiter ran after them to ask where the tip was !

    • Jimmy_toons


  • Return of the Mack

    Cahoots. He’s never selling and never was.

    • HarryHype59

      This saga does seem to be dragging on! You couldn’t buy the publicity these two are getting!

  • Mrkgw

    Looking at the sequence of photos on The Sun website, all looked to be in good spirits. And, I don’t refer to the bottle in the clutches of Amanda Staveley as she left. Fingers crossed thst a deal has been done!

    • Rich Lawson

      Did she hit him with it as he tried to jump the taxi cue ?

  • Dillon Tovak

    I didn’t think she was into donners and vodka chasers, well well well.

    • Rich Lawson

      She’s done business with the Arabs and Chinese (both rumored to enjoy a whisky or 2) bet she could drink him under the table !

  • TheFatController

    They left early? Mike’s hard times see him luring a buyer with a pre 9pm 4-courses-for-a-tenner offer?

    Bet he snaffled Staveleys’ After Eight from the bill dish then left, and she then left with his Christmas gift to her – a Sports Direct mug….

    • Peaky Magpie


  • Guest 2

    “It is a low-key restaurant, with the cheapest curry costing just £6.45 – 50p less than a chicken curry at the sports bar at St James’ Park.”

    He pushed the boat out then…

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      It`ll have been the best in London & the bill will be lying on Penfolds desk

      • TubbyMunky

        Unless he made her pay for it.

      • Leazes Ender

        Stavely lives in Mayfair and he takes her to a cheapo in Hampstead with the owner of Express Newspapers Richard Desmond?

        Desmond lives in Hampstead….. (net worth 1.8 Billion)

        Not a coincidence…. 3 Billionaires in a cheap restaurant.

        • Rich Lawson

          2 of them dissapearing to the gents when the bill comes ?

    • Leazes Ender

      It is a low key restaurant…..

      ……Del Boy Ashley…. not even a ‘Steak Meal’

  • Whitehurst

    Bring it on!!!

  • nufcslf

    Good that it looks like talks are still on going. Still dreading the day that the headline says, ‘Ashley Stays’ on it. My worste bloody nightmare. Time to pi** off fatty.

    • Steven05

      It doesn’t bear thinking about mate

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    He obviously laid it on the line how much he actually wants & as there`s been no news on the outcome of those talks the Blonde must be mulling it over.
    if he takes around the £300m mark she`s getting a bargain

    • HarryHype59

      Really!It seems a lot for a club that is in a relegation battle and needs a £150m squad refit! Why do you think she is the only player in town?

      • Leazes Ender

        The club is easily worth ….
        ….The value of squad + value of stadium (yes it is owned) + United Branding + Loyal customer base + 1 years tv revenue (as Ashleys profit)

        Do the sum.

        • HarryHype59

          The squad is one of lowest valued in the EPL and is clearly positioned to finish 15/16! That gives a very low margin of safety regarding relegation! As I’ve explained to Fleckman, that is a significant risk to prospective buyers as 80% of the clubs turnover derives from the EPL income streams! Without that the club could be worth 60% less!

          The team’s free fall down the form table to 18th shows another relegation under Ashley is a real probability!

          • Leazes Ender

            …. yes the value will be different if Ashley does it again….. deduct tv money from the sum.

  • Peter Stabler

    So Santa might still come but he might be late but if he is he might make some arrangements.

  • toonterrier

    She should have spiked his drink and the made him sign relevant documents then it could well be the best xmas ever.

  • Leazes Ender

    Who is Richard Desmond

    Richard Clive Desmond (born 8 December 1951) is an English publisher and businessman. He is the owner of Express Newspapers and founder of Northern & Shell, which publishes various celebrity magazines, such as OK! and New!, and British national newspapers Daily Star and Daily Express.

    Wiki God

    • HarryHype59

      Does he pay his taxes?

      • Leazes Ender

        I haven’t looked yet…. The Halls didn’t…. they moved their construction company Cameron-Hall Developments) offshore to deprive the NHS.

      • Peaky Magpie


      • Leazes Ender

        Prince Andrew uses offshore hideaways.

        • Andy Mac

          They all do. The Establishment is floating on a vast ocean of tax free money which is often claimed to be in the Bahamas, Cayman isles, Jersey or wherever when the truth is it’s sitting in banks in the City of London having been “sent” to the BVI or wherever only to be transacted back to the UK the very next day.

          We are the mugs who have no choice to pay tax yet these people are happy to avoid paying their fair share while the UK goes down the toilet !

      • Andy Mac

        Desmond is similar to the other Media Barons like Dacre at the Mail and his owner the twt that is Jonathan Harmsworth who, for the purposes of taxation, claims he’s French and pays £0 on his more than £1bn earnings.

        “Anyone that is putting money into tax havens in order to avoid taxation in Britain should do two things. They should apologise but also recognise what that does to our society. If a very wealthy person wants to avoid taxation in Britain and therefore put money into a tax haven somewhere, who loses? Schools, hospitals, housing, public services lose and the rest of the population has to pay to cover that deficit. Taxation is what gives us NHS, ambulances, fire tenders, a police force etc etc”

        Speech from JC, copied from the Daily Mail (ironically)

    • HappyToons

      Never trust a man with three first names and no surname

      • Leazes Ender

        okay…. judge a person by the friends they keep…

        In the case of Stavely…..

        …… it appears to be a racist pornographer, an exploiter, and Middle East Dictators…..

        …and Price Andrew.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    It was in all the papers and has nothing to do with George’s journalism or lack of skills. The Sun had exclusive pictures wonder if George had any photo’s.
    Every time there is any news it’s down to good old George from the Times quite pathetic.

  • HappyToons

    ‘Ashley regularly dines at Paradise, which is just a 20-minute drive from his family home in the leafy village of Totteridge in North London’

    I wonder if I sat outside, cunningly disguised as a beggar in a wonga toon top and sports direct clobba , how much Mike would put in my Slazenger cap or Sports Direct carrier bag at Xmas. If he sells the club I could hire a bus … or not… Beggars United.

    • Leazes Ender

      You can’t get anywhere in twenty minutes in London……

      …..its Nasty Dicky Desmond’s local eatery!

    • Rich Lawson

      Dennis Wise would try and set fire to you !

  • robbersdog

    I’m surprised Mike agreed to meet at Paradise; he usually prefers a ten quid ‘all you can eat’ buffet.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Should that not be eat the whole buffet ??? 😂

    • Andy Mac

      Or at least as much as he can stuff into his Sht Direct sportsbag while the waiter isnt looking ? We all know he’s the richest, chaepest Billionaire in football so nothing would surprise me .

  • Andy Mac

    The Sun (the footballing pariah of all football fans) was there to record the evenings comings and goings but why not the Express ? Is Desmond too much of a cheapskate to pay for the photos or did the Sun get the wink from Bishop ?

    Whatever the reason it now becomes clear that Staveley’s friends arent friends of this club or perhaps, more to the point, the fans of the club ? More “Loan Shark” sponsorship in the offing ? Renaming of the ground to the Abu Dhabi Millionaires Club ? Why the fk cant we find a decent entrepreneur billionaire like that nice Mr Branson ? Oh wait…………..