A new exclusive reports that Amanda Staveley has put in a new and improved offer to buy Newcastle United.

It is claimed that the new Staveley led bid is ‘in excess of £300m’.

Like most of you, I will believe it when I see it in terms of Mike Ashley cutting his ties with Newcastle United.

This latest exclusive appeared late on Monday night and was published by The Express, which hasn’t exactly got the best track record of breaking Newcastle United stories.

Amongst their Newcastle Takeover exclusives in the past, The Express claimed in October that after buying the club, Amanda Staveley was going to give Rafa Benitez £500m to spend over the course of the next two years.

That report/exclusive also claimed Andros Townsend and Hatem Ben Arfa were being targeted to be the first of that £500m spending spree this month (January).

This latest dubious Express exclusive says that after further talks and Amanda Staveley making the new £300m+ offer, Mike Ashley has allegedly not responded to the improved new offer and is waiting to see what figures the new TV deals will come in at.

The UK rights are set to be announced in February, which will be for the three seasons starting with the 2019/20 one.

The oversea rights are already guaranteed to soar beyond the current totals, each country/area of the world is negotiated separately and with the countries agreed so far, it means only waiting to see just how much higher those overseas rights will go.

Optimists will point to the Star running the same exclusive within minutes of the Express publishing theirs…but both papers are owned by the same person, so it isn’t as though there has been a major briefing of the media overall, by somebody with insider knowledge.

The owner of both the Star and Express if Richard Desmond, he was pictured at the infamous curry restaurant meeting of Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley, along with a number of other people Though it was The Sun who had those exclusive photos and broke that story.

Whatever you believe about this latest exclusive, if indeed Mike Ashley is serious about selling the football club, then surely the only big show in town is the relegation issue.

Until that is decided either way then it is very difficult/impossible to see any chance of the sale of Newcastle United, the drop would make the club instantly worth far less and indeed the size of the new Premier League TV deals would become all but meaningless if there were major doubts as to Newcastle being still around in the top tier to enjoy the benefits.

The report also says that whatever happens with the alleged higher Amanda Staveley offer, it won’t increase the amount of money available for Rafa Benitez to spend in January, which I can believe.

However, it also claims that Rafa definitely does have money to spend this month, which I am finding it more and more difficult to believe with each passing day.



  • Mitros gotta start

    The fat slug has more smokescreens than david copperfield…..more fake news…..how stupid do people think newcastle fans are?
    Yawn

    • Geordiegiants

      Well a few of them are daft enough to keep wanting to flog a dead donkey.🤣😂

  • ross richardson

    I won’t believe anything until the deal is signed and there’s been a press conference to say so.

  • robbersdog

    Ok…so Amanda Staveley has now offered more than the £300m that Ashley was originally asking for, but Ashley still might not accept it because of increased TV revenues?

    Sounds like a load of rubbish.

    • Mitros gotta start

      You think?
      Lol

    • HarryHype59

      That’s because it is!

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    She needs to open her purse and get the deal done and stop messing about. With the price of players these days fifty million extra is neither here nor there. There are at least eleven teams in the relegation battle so good chance we can stay up if she and her cronies buy the club now and a couple of players. These cronies will want a good return on their money so the quicker they get on with it the better.

    • HarryHype59

      That’s not the way it works in the world of high finance. Without that TV money the club is worth 60% less. If fifty million is neither here or there why doesn’t Ashley just accept her bid? This team needs a £150m refit just to be mid table.

  • HarryHype59

    I doubt there is any truth to this story. Why would any investment group give Ashley £300m when there is a 50:50 chance of relegation? It won’t matter diddley squat what the top flight TV money is when NUFC are back in the Championship.

  • TheNutJob

    the bit i believe is, he`s waiting to see the new tv deal. why wouldn`t he, he has all the time in the world

    • mus

      of course he is, he will put price up if more money to come from sky to new owners of club

      • HarryHype59

        It won’t matter what the EPL deal is, if we are back in the fizzy pop league next season!

  • ghostrider

    Where can Staveley and crew take us if they’re haggling over 50 million for a club like Newcastle United?

    • HarryHype59

      No one think the club is worth any where Ashley’s, asking price. Each day that passes without the sale proves this.

      • ghostrider

        Yeah because the premier leagues top clubs have went ballistic with sickening payments, as well as the top clubs in other foreign leagues.

        You can’t invest in a club to play at the top end unless you’re willing to hand over a blank cheque for fun.
        Years ago big clubs were rife for the taking. It’s why John Hall and co saw their opportunity but didn’t realise that foreign sugar daddies were about to eclipse them before they made their killing.

        Luckily for them, Ashley gave them their get out of jail free card and they slipped away into the night.

        A take over of this club has to be in the same vein as Liverpool or better or it’s pointless.

        • HarryHype59

          We are not of a top club!

          • ghostrider

            Nor are we ever likely to be if these supposed money people that Amanda Staveley apparently works for are asking her to haggle over 50 million.

          • HarryHype59

            I agree on that point! However, we may move up the EPL food chain with PCP to be on par with Burnley or Leicester!

          • ghostrider

            Burnley or Leicester will sink like a stone in short order. Seriously.
            All the chancers will.
            We do not want to become chancers because that means we get 5 minutes worth of something that looks good on the outside but is way undercooked in the middle.
            Burnley are running on fumes.
            Leicester are running on something that….well let’s just say it’s not real to me….but anyway.

          • TheFatController

            I thought Leicester were running on some initial shrewd signings and spending whilst they have momentum to give themselves a stable PL squad …?

          • ghostrider

            That’s your thought.
            I’d say they were running on something that isn’t normal. However that’s just my opinion.
            Any person that thinks Leicester city can simply win the premier league after a relegation fight is naive.

          • Tomb

            They did win 7 out of 10 at the end of the previous season though

          • Tomb

            And a squad valued at less than our current squad when they won it. Vardy Mahrez Drinkwater Kante morgan all came cheap

          • Jezza

            Double standards yet again. You constantly praise Fat Ashley for running the club’s player recruiment policy and wage structure on a shoestring. You justified him refusing to pay the £1 million loan fee for Tammy Abraham yet you expect someone to pay £50 million over the odds to buy the club.

          • ghostrider

            Stop making stuff up to suit your own ideals.
            I praise and berate Ashley in measures that I deem are worthy of either.
            As for Abraham, he chose Swansea and you know it, so refusal to pay 1 million is neither here nor there.
            And Abraham would last 5 minutes in Rafa’s set up.

          • Jezza

            Another childish strop because you know you have been beaten by unassailable logic and established facts. Fat Ashley pulled the plug on the Abraham deal several weeks before the player joined Swansea. You have previously gone to great lengths on this forum to justify Fat Ashley’s refusal to pay the loan fee. You just keep changing your tune.

          • ghostrider

            Stop making stuff up.

          • Jezza

            Stop throwing your toys out of the pram every time you are beaten.

          • ghostrider

            Beaten? lol ….all you are is a mild breeze on a summers day.

          • Jezza

            Wah wah wah, stop making stuff up. That’s your standard response when presented with facts that negate your argument. Well if I’m “making stuff up” so was Alan Shearer on Match Of The Day the other week when he talked about Rafa having Abraham and Hernandez lined up at the start of the summer only for Fat Ashley to pull the plug on both deals.

    • Jezza

      Where can Fat Ashley take us when he haggles over and refuses to pay the 200 grand loan fee for a Southampton reserve?

      • ghostrider

        Ashley can’t take us very far. I know this.
        Ashley is peeing against the wind.
        He’s in a peeing contest with club owners that make him look like the kid who eats gruel.
        We can maybe play around like we generally do and odd occasions be lucky enough to overachieve.

        I’m under no illusions about what Ashley is capable of…or what he isn’t.
        So let’s put it plain and simple.

        Ashley isn’t running this club from his own pocket.
        This club is being run from what it generates….not what it can borrow and not what it is promised at later dates.
        It runs as and when the finances say it can be run.

        That means that in the summer the club has finances to reshuffle enough to have another go.
        Will that be in the premier league or in the championship?
        I don’t know for sure….but what I do know is……10 other clubs are in that line of thought.
        However, we have something that many of those clubs don’t.

        We are running in house at the time and not running on future finance like many of those clubs have chanced on with TV money and so on.

        The thing is it doesn’t really help us fans.
        I don’t like it because it annoys me when a club like Newcastle United who can command 52,000 fans and then some, depending on stadium size, has to play with the crayons while the money bag clubs dine at the big table on lobster.

        The only saving grace for us is the fact that Ashley has a strong club in terms of finance.
        It means we will have a club and a life of hope, despair and many empty feelings, as and when time moves on.

        Not nice is it?
        I want him out but only if we get Man City style of owners or Abramovich, etc.
        Basically long term owners that actually look like they care enough to give the fans something to shout about in the positive sense.

        What I don’t want is a haggling Staveley type who don’t think the club is worth adding 50 million for and even worse if it’s an installment issue.
        I do not want any Ellis Shorts at this club.

        I do not want Portsmouth owners holding scarves up and giving a short exciting roller coaster ride into bliss and oblivion and a finger nail climb back up the highest mountain.

        When you have a manager that thinks a goal keeper is what we need, then you have a manager that so far out of his depth that it could almost be construed as him playing constant April’s fool’s jokes on us all.

        If that’s Rafa’s attitude and I was the owner, I’d panic if I had to hand him a fiver for a loaf of bread because he’s liable to come back with a bread bun and no change.

        • Jezza

          It’s not just the “money bag” clubs who are hugely outspending us it is also clubs who draw less than half our crowds like Brighton, Watford, Burnley, Huddersfield, Swansea, Bournemouth and even mid table Championship club Middlesborough.

          Rafa has managed the likes of Real Madrid and Liverpool and has won the Champions League amongst many other honours so you are being as ridiculous as ever by saying he is out of his depth at Newcastle…and you want to replace him with Ronald Koeman who clearly was out of his depth at Everton.

          • ghostrider

            If we could all just be a fly on the wall of the boardrooms and what not of all these clubs, we would all be under no illusions about the entirety of what we are all part of.
            Unfortunately all we can do is rely on Chinese whispers and the odd snippet of potential truth amid it all.

            My guess…..(note I said “guess”) with Koeman is him having his options taken away from him in favour of the big wigs tampering.
            I rate Koeman on what he done at Southampton.

            I saw football that I beg for with players that we could literally afford playing it who build in worth because of that football.

            If Koeman got a grip of this squad I’d bet with anyone that he would transform it and excite the fans and also add players that enhance it.
            Rafa is going backwards.
            Rafa is sucking the life out of the players he has.

            The players of any offensive note are all going backwards.
            I almost beg Ashley to sack Benitez and try and get Koeman or someone that can do a similar job to him.

          • Jezza

            Koeman had better players to work with at Southampton than Rafa has ever had at Newcastle. He also had a lot more money to spend. Your wish to replace Rafa with a manager who did far worse than him with far better players in the Premiership this season beggars belief.

            Why limit our search for Rafa’s replacement to Koeman, surely there are plenty worthy managers who would do a better job with this NUFC squad. Let’s stick to your criteria of sacked Premiership managers from clubs below NUFC in the table this season. The obvious candidate must be Paul Clement who did such a good job at Swansea. Then there’s Slaven Bilic who faiiled with the same players Davie Moyes is now climbing the table with and to be fair you have already touted Bilic for the Newcastle job.Unfortunately we have missed out on Tony Pulis for the time being, we’ll have to wait a few months till he is sacked by Championship Middlesborough. All of those names would be far better qualified for the NUFC job than a Champions League winning ex Real Madrid, ex Liverpool manager.

          • anyobrien

            Jezza your wasting your time mate…. I’m giving up on here it’s the same bollox day in day out with the same bell ends… They have no idea… Good luck mate and keep the faith.

          • ghostrider

            Look mate, we can sit and argue who did this and that and who is good or bad, all day and night, every day, every week for the rest of our lives.

            The issue we are dealing with is NOW.
            And NOW, we have a manager that is playing silly games and being allowed to when the reality is he should be kicked out of the club or given the chance to walk away.

          • Jezza

            Contradicting yourself yet again. You say Rafa should go because of what is happening “NOW” but you want Koeman on the basis of what he did in the past at Southampton.

          • ghostrider

            Yep. He gets his teams to play real football.

        • TheFatController

          So we don’t need a goalkeeper? Do goals win games then?

          That makes a mockery of the value of a De Gea, and the Leicester and Everton goals Darlow conceded.

          • ghostrider

            No we don’t need a goal keeper at this time.
            What we need to do is stop making the goal keeper the scapegoat for Rafa’s pathetic Rourke’s drift mentality.

            We need to make teams afraid of what we can do to them with the pace we have and not just sit back taking risks on so called defensive safety in numbers pulling us out of the mire that generally goes teets up.

            We don’t have the best keepers but we certainly don’t have bad keepers.
            Getting rid of Krul was a master move by Rafa….right?

            One minute he was worth a fortune and the next he’s let go on a free.
            Make sense?

            What did he do?
            But yeah, Rafa the genius thinks we need a new keeper from anywhere because he’s realised that this is why we are struggling.

            COME ON MAN……HOWAY. FFS.
            Rafa’s playing stupid games for whatever reason.

          • TheFatController

            That is some major conspiracy theory. Wonderful! Keep it up.

          • Tomb

            Our keepers have not been the problem this season. The odd mistake yes but Darlow made a series of fantastic saves at the end against stoke that he had no right to make. Its scoring goals at home thats the problem

          • Tomb

            How many keepers do we need surely three is enough

      • Cockneytrev

        👍👏👏👏👏

    • Coble’s Return

      What a stupid comment. The rich don’t get rich by tossing away tens of millions of pounds on a deal just because the seller (in this case) is sticking to their guns. Also, if PCP is seen to be soft on this deal, then every time they look to buy a player in the future, the selling club will think that we are pushovers and inflate the price – the result of which will be that the money that PCP is prepared to plough into the club will buy a lot less.

      • TheFatController

        Don’t worry, ghostrider is always shaming PCP for being too poor to solve the problem by throwing stupid money at it…

      • ghostrider

        If PCP come into this club with promises and what not then the price of players for them and this club has already escalated.
        They will be looked on as money no object until they show their mettle or dealing hand.

        Ashley has made is clear he’ll pay the rate for players with wages to match but will not pay over the rate and wages that do not match just so we can have a team full of hard to shift mercenaries.

        Let’s put this plain and simple. The reason why we are still a premier league club is because of Ashley.
        That may be hard to swallow but it’s the truth.

        Take Ashley out of the equation and we would have been in administration or taken over by chancers.
        Granted we haven’t had a lot ot shout about but we are still fighting in the top league after nearly 11 years of his tenure.

        If he hadn’t of came in when he did, it’s quite possible that we would be waiting for Sunderland to drop into our league.
        Take that how you want but that’s the potential reality of what the situation could well have been.

        However, what was and what can be is not what is now….and what is now, is what we need to be dealing with to ensure we do not drop away from the fight.

        • Cockneytrev

          “Take Ashley out of the equation and we would have been in administration or taken over by chancers.”
          RUBBISH
          Hypothetical, it did not happen so antotally false statement, wish you Ashley hoop lickers would stop saying we would have been in administration
          “IT DID NOT HAPPEN,”
          ” ITS ALL HYPOTHETICAL “

          • ghostrider

            Correct it did not happen… because Ashley took over.
            Think about who would have taken over if Ashley hadn’t.

            Then you might get a reality check of how dire the club was.
            Let’s put this in a simple way.
            Any other potential owner would have done due diligence and found the mess it really was in.
            What do you think would have happened?

            Ashley took all that on the chin regardless of what people think the reasons were or are today.

            The reason why this club is still fighting as it is, is because of Ashley.
            the reason why this club hasn’t been fighting at the top end of the league for 99% of his tenure is also because of him and his ways and trust in the wrong people.

            However, the reason why we have the potential of a take over is down to his careful running of the financial side that gives potential owners the impetus to go ahead.

            The only issue now is, if owners like PCP are bluffing their way as fat wallets to the outside eye but filled with air bags when opened.

            Let’s see.

          • Cockneytrev

            You can not prove this,, no one can, so stop trying to state it as fact, it’s not fact,, ( as for him not doing due diligence, I don’t believe it, it’s another lie, why set up a web site 6 months before NUFC direct?, he’s a liar proved in court)
            You’re another Ashley Hoop licker
            Fleckman, monkseaton, Clarko, Ghostrider, you’re all hoop lickers,👅
            Then again are you one in the same?
            you all have the same superior condescending attitude to anyone posting on this site,,

          • ghostrider

            Your face will stay red if you keep slapping in in a tantrum. Cut it out.

          • Cockneytrev

            you hoop licker,,👅

          • Jezza

            Fleckman, monkseaton, Clarko, Ghostrider are all the same person posting under different ID’s to make his views look more popular.

          • Cockneytrev

            Thanks for the heads up,, I’d more or less deduced this from the same utter garbage being spouted by him/them,,,👍👍

          • Jezza

            I see you’ve now logged on with your feckman ID to repeat the same old rubbish and give the false impression that somebody else on this forum actually agrees with you. Nobody is falling for it.

          • ghostrider

            You really need to stop making stuff up. It gets you nowhere.

          • Cockneytrev

            Hoop licker,,,m👅👅

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            So what would have happened had Ashley not taken over?

            We would have seen Polygon or Belgravia invest? No, because Shepherd was knocked back when they both looked at the finances.

            What do you think would have happened?

          • Cockneytrev

            hoop licker,,👅

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Genius

          • Cockneytrev

            😂😂😂😂😂
            This from the saddo who posts under various “nom de plumes”
            ( It means assumed names)

            You Sad hoop licker,,,👅

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I’d love to know who you think my alias’ are. I hope it’s none of the thick ones.

          • Cockneytrev

            it’s not one of the bright ones you sad
            Ashley hoop lickers,,,👅

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Leazes’ and Micky?

          • Cockneytrev

            Sad Hoop licker,,👅

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Now Trev, I’ve taken the time to to explain a few things to you and now you can only come out with name-calling. Does that mean I’ve won?

          • Cockneytrev

            now bobbi,, you listen to no one,,
            because, your an Ashley hoop licker,,👅

          • Jezza

            We were taken over by the biggest chancer of all.

        • SAMTHECAT

          Agreed Ashley took over 100m of debt left by Shep and D Hall and kept us solvent but the guy is worth 600m you would think he would spend a bit of his own money just to guarantee us premiership status then he can add it onto the sale price if he wants.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I think Ashley took over NUFC with the view that he could apply a bit more a business sense to football and for the club to be successful.I really think he thought we’d be a top 6 side without being able to compete with the mega money at Chelsea and Man U. Since then, of course the game has moved on and money talks more than ever and even someone of Mike ashley’s wealth can’t really make a difference without killing his kid’s inheritance.

            Furthermore, after the Keegan thing, I think he just fell out with football and ran us as a business.

            I do think he needs to buy now but I also think we have a problem with FFP.

          • Jezza

            Spend a bit of his own money? Dear God I’d gladly settle for him re-investing a little bit of the money the club generates instead of syphoning it all off into his own pocket.

  • robbersdog

    I think this should be settled by staging one of Mike Ashley’s infamous ‘drinking contests’. If Mike vomits in the pub fireplace first, then Amanda pays £250m for the club; but if Amanda vomits first, then she has to pay £300m.

    My money’s on Amanda; don’t be fooled by the expensive hair-do and the crisp business suits, I reckon she could drink Mike under the table and still be sober enough to do the Times crossword afterwards.

    • Leazes

      I have a feeling she’s tea total.

    • Mitros gotta start

      The fat slug will cheat and show her his sack or something

      • Jezza

        Never mind his sack, just seeing his face makes me want to puke.

      • Coble’s Return

        Cheers for that – I read it and did a sicky burp.

  • Leazes

    No She hasn’t….

    Where did the story come from, that’s right the express…..

    Who was at the curry house scam with Amanda Staveley and Ashley…..

    …Richard Desmond…..owner of the express.

    Fake News.

  • Leicester Mag

    Nothing happens so what then happens? Another rumour and another…repeat until season ticket DD due. Surprised Elvis 🕺 wasn’t at the curry and is planning a takeover, maybe the muppets will bid, after all plenty have infiltrated the club last 10 years

  • Paul Patterson

    Either way it’s too late to help this transfer window.

    • HarryHype59

      Agreed, the take over is now irrelevant until the end of the season! The chance to safeguard our EPL status in this window is being squandered due to Fattys obsession with short term cost cutting!

  • shurbz

    if it was bad news all of you would be all over it. lol no matter what news outlet. just be positive all your negatives hopes might come true if you wish hard enough

    • Jezza

      There is no point in having false hope.

      • shurbz

        no post being negative. wonder why nothing happens we have the most negative fans. is coming like arnesnal fan tv.

        • Mike

          Reality mate

  • Mike

    ha ha ha total bull……was Staveley wearing a Santa hat? she going to pay out more £££ for a club going down?

    • shurbz

      understand football mate. she comes buys a decent striker. we stay up. our problem has no putting them away

      • Dillon Tovak

        By the time she gets clearance the window will be shut.

        • Peaky Magpie

          And that’s not necessarily only this window Dillon.

    • shurbz

      lol lets see i want to see you all when she buys. btw if he waits no investment we go down loose rafa no manager worth anything will take newcastle. he would only get half he wanted 350 she bid 300 now she going over. i think he will take it the other choice is a huge risk. btw it can happen in 24 hours if accepted. all dd stuff is done already. just nothing good to say say nothing. you know if my friends want to bad mouth newcastle they just come here. its a joke!!!!

  • TheFatController

    I can’t see any logic in this, thus I’m struggling to see it being accurate.

    We’re no better off than we were in the league, yet now they think we’re worth over £300m, right about the time it’s impossibke for them to influence the team in the transfer window? Doubt that very much.

    Given that, why would they not now wait until we play a few more games. £300m based on saturday’s performance is not a wise investment. The end of the window won’t tell us anything new about where we are, but all that’s needed is a few clubs around us spending big and we’d be favourites for the drop. Swansea clearly have the Sigurdsson money somewhere …

    And they’d also be aware the new TV deal was coming soon – a sideshow given out perilous PL status but something that makes doing the sale almost impossible now we’re so close to tv deal announcement.

    So, in summary, Ashley is managing to mess everything up now. His big gamble on PL status goes on for one more season, I’m somehow doubting PCP want to cash out his betting slip just yet.

  • 1957

    Maybe Richard Desmond is one of PCP’s investors, he claimed to have so much money “…it is ridiculous…’ in 2010 and is reportedly a friend of Amanda.

    • mactoon

      If Desmond is part of PCP he is bound by the non disclosure agreement so can’t comment on anything.

  • CaptainCaveman

    Fake news. Fat boy is content to continue on with his quest to destroy the club.

  • Lhc

    500 million 😂 will not even spend 500quid this window

  • Shipcote Willy

    It’s more nonsense. The reports of an increased bid have been rubbished elsewhere on the radio. No increase in offer and no movement from Ashley. Nothing has changed. Ashley will be here next season Rafa won’t. Whether we are in the Premier League is odds against.

  • Leazes

    Page filling piffle.

  • mactoon

    The problem now is the TV rights money. If Ashley is waiting to see what that is going to be it is going to be even harder for Staveley to agree a value as Ashley will increase his asking price. To be honest he could simply realise that the club will be awash with money and just decide to sit tight and continue with the free SD advertising.

    • Paul Patterson

      But with his short term thinking, the tv money will be a moot point if we are in the Championship in August, as he will have to spend most of it to get out of there . .
      I don’t know who advises him, but to hold for the riches of the tv money in the summer is all well and good from a greedy business mans point of view IF he’s willing to spend now to get that at a later date.
      To sit on your hands and hope we’re good enough to still be in a position to get that money is foolhardy in the extreme.

      • mactoon

        The club will get it whether they are relegated or not because it relates to being in the Premiership this season. If we are relegated we also get parachute payments spread across every season we are in the Championship. Double bubble!

        • Paul Patterson

          Awfully short sighted though if he does that . .

          • mactoon

            This is Ashley we are talking about. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is stalling negotiations with Staveley so he doesn’t have to spend money on players during the January window. Then he gambles on Rafa being able to keep the club up. Once we get the TV rights money the club will be well in the black and self sufficient so no more reason to sell it, if we get relegated he also gets parachute payments and retains free SD advertising.

          • TheFatController

            He’s also gambling on fans turning up for games again for a season in the championship.

            With no Rafa and no likely new owner, I think for many it would mean they couldn’t be given false hope, either by blind optimism or promises of spend to back a new manager.

            Even he must know he’ll have no Rafa effect nor any supporter goodwill or blind loyalty should we be relegated…but the again, he probably thinks it’s always going to be a promotion parade when we go down.

          • HarryHype59

            There is a massive difference ! Watford got £109m last season for finishing 17th. We got a £41m parachute payment for the seasoned went down! It explains why we are so uncompetitive re transfers this season.

      • HarryHype59

        He has already had a sizeable chunk of the £100m minimum TV deal for this season according to the Chronicle! If by some miracle we stay up he will collect £100m plus minimum next season! If we go down he only gets a mere £41m! The difference is staggering!

        Those who say relegation won’t hurt him or us financially are wrong!

  • Chris J

    I just don’t know how he gets away with spending nothing and sitting taking all Newcastle’s money. Mad what the rich get away with! Very shady. FA or fifa should intervine. Would this business model be approved by fifa/Fa if a new owner put it to them? Is it legal ha. Well the rich do get richer.

    • Angelswithdirtyfaces

      He is a businessman with £ as his only criterion of success. He will milk the TV rights and spend as little as possible – his outsourced sports stuff should tell you he has a bargain basement MO and doesn’t get quality

    • thewildchimp

      And what if I told you that the FA and the FIFA are far worse than some peddler milking his club?
      The likes of them would intervene only if something fishy surfaced and only to save their hides. Why are the ‘golden boys’ Kane and Ali always able to get off the hook for their leg-breaking tackles and sassy language? Because their respective images bring a lot of cash. So the owners of such players get a little visit from the FA boys, splash some cash and everyone walks away happy. Mitro and Shelvey aren’t as popular, so they get bans. Pogba is too popular, so they can use him to fake righteousness because nothing bad is going to come out of it. It’s the system. Their purpose is to oil the money-making machinery and make it appear as an honest, regulated sport. Mike Ashley is a small fish.

  • Hopey

    I wish it was Feb 1st so I can stop reading about this whole thing, if no decent signings are made then Rafa should walk away, surely Amanda can make an arrangement with Rafa to re hire him if they ever do manage to take over (not very likely)
    At least then us fans can decide to finally walk away from this whole disgrace of a situation and embarrassment of a club

  • SAMTHECAT

    Ashley bought the club for 132m and has about 140m loan to the club therefore the minimum he will take is about 275m, now if the club is relegated it is not worth that and Ashley would have to settle for half that making a loss, he will not do that.
    So it is simple if we are in the Premiership i think the takeover will happen and Rafa will stay, if we are relegated no takeover Rafa gone and you can only tempt fate so many times, a 3rd relegation and we might have our Leeds moment and not get back for many years.

    • Cockneytrev

      You may be right, but imho, I think he doesn’t have and never has had, any intention of selling,,,,I hope I’m wrong ,,

    • Jezza

      Even if Fat Ashley gave the club away for nothing he’d still be walking away with a huge profit when you factor in all the transfer profits and television money he has pocketed as well as all the free advertising for his core sweat shop business.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        Possibly the most ignorant post you’ve made. Really quite stupid Jezza

        • HarryHype59

          I would have thought you would be keeping an extremely low profile after your “insider” claims proved to be embarrassingly wrong!

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            We’ll see Harry. I’ll wager you another £10 that Mike Ashley will not be the owner on 31 August 2018.

        • Jezza

          In denial of reality as ever, Bobby or should I say Ghostbuster/Clarko/Monkseaton.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Jezza, you said “Even if Fat Ashley gave the club away for nothing he’d still be walking away with a huge profit when you factor in all the transfer profits and television money he has pocketed as well as all the free advertising for his core sweat shop business.”

            The transfer dealings and TV money along with the wage costs right down to printing costs of the programme are Newcastle United’s. Mike Ashley owns the shares and the only way for him to withdraw (or pocket) money is either through wages, dividends or repayment of the loans he’s made none of these things have happened, there has been no pocketing going on.

            The only income forgone is the £2-3m of advertising that Sports Direct would have paid, this is minimal when you consider the club pay no interest on the loans Ashley and associated companies have made to the club (cost of interest in 2007: £8.5m)

            You can call Ashley out on many things but make it realistic.

  • HarryHype59

    Just heard on Talk Sport…deal is officially off! Stavely has walked away.

    • Mitros gotta start

      It was never on man!

  • Tomb

    Aye just heard the same deal off what a waste of time

    • HarryHype59

      It was never going to happen as we are no longer an established EPL side. There is too much risk buying us without a clause.

      • Cockneytrev

        Ashley has never had any intention of selling us,, if he wanted to he could have years ago,,,,,

      • Tomb

        Even if the takeover had happened they were only another lot after an easy profit not sure how committed they really were

        • HarryHype59

          Fair point, but it may have moved us up the EPL food chain! Even if we avoid the drop this season, you can guarantee we will continue to struggle year after year under Ashley, until we go down again!

  • thewildchimp

    So if you had 500m. to spend, your first buys would be Townsend and Ben Arfa? Priceless.
    I mean, there’s fake news and there’s silly news. I got a nice chuckle out of it, so it’s all good.