Forget about the Newcastle takeover and January transfer window signings.

I’m not saying that it is impossible for either of these things to happen but what I would say, is that clearly nobody has a clue about either thing.

The airways, online, and especially, the newspapers, are full of absolute rubbish.

Daily updates from all the papers/journalists because of course why else would anybody bother buying/reading them.

The fact nothing is happening and they haven’t got a clue between them, won’t/can’t stop them.

So what we get is a rehash of what has gone before and//or blatantly made up transfer links and Newcastle takeover updates, at best we get guesswork.

Mike Ashley will not allow Rafa Benitez to buy a single player, surely we all must accept that now.

Every single newspaper transfer story that says Newcastle could buy such and such for X amount…just stop there and burn it. It is not going to happen.

Newcastle have been buying Cenk Tosun for the last eight months or so, only to lose out in the ‘race’ for his signature to Everton, the scousers paying out £27m.

The bottom line is that even if Mike Ashley did allow Rafa to buy anybody, it would be for buttons. So basically, any player that Newcastle would be capable of affording would be even worse than the players currently at the club. Newcastle are buying nobody in January, get used to it.


The newspapers don’t have a clue and simply either recycle old rumours/stories that were made up previously, or go through the list of players not getting a game at the better Premier League clubs.

Newcastle might make one or two low key loan signings if we are very lucky. However, the constant press stories linking us with high profile/high cost out of favour players are fantasy.

No way Mike Ashley will pay out big loan fees and wages on players he will never get a return on, certainly not when Newcastle are currently sitting outside the relegation zone and there is no injury crisis.

The Newcastle takeover?

Poor Mick Quinn got sucked into the fake Sky Sports News account story, telling everybody that he’d heard the Newcastle takeover was happening on good authority.

This is pretty much every in the know story from both journalists and supporters, their great source is in reality something made up by another joker and circulated on the internet/social media.

Get real, Mike Ashley is not selling Newcastle United, at least he isn’t at the moment.

In October the Fat Controller hoped for a cheeky quick sale price to be agreed of X plus £50m, based on the back of some encouraging results on the pitch, all the time though willing to accept his true X valuation of the club.

I think that Ashley’s X valuation will be higher anyway than what it is really worth but when relegation fears currently make Newcastle United half that X valuation, then no way anybody will give him what he wants to go.

As always, the only positive is Rafa Benitez.

Somehow, he has overseen an impressive three wins and a draw from the four festive competitive matches, not counting Man City, seven points from nine to help in the relegation struggle and into the fourth round of the FA Cup.

As I say in the headline above, for Mike Ashley and Newcastle United, when it comes to anything positive, the answer is always Manyana (English slang/variation on Spanish word ‘Manana’ meaning ‘tomorrow’, just in case you wondered).

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  • Leicester Mag

    Welcome to Fat Hog day where the same FB pulls the same con trick for the 11th year running.

    • Leazes

      Certainly looks like it has been a bluff by fatty…. he wins again… he sure suckered us.

      • Kneebotherm8

        Suckered yet again………….when will the penny drop for a few on this site……….another 10 years of this and they’ll still be singing his praises..

        • Haitchdee

          Your only suckered if you believe. Not many on here believe anything the fat lad says. Although we can dream that others who reckon they know, Actually do.

    • wheyayeman

      Why the bluff tho? I genuinely don’t understand why he speaks out to say he’s interested to sell only to go silent AGAIN! It is what it is but if not Staveley, surely there are some rich [email protected]+D’s out there somewhere who are interested to buy us up and push us forward. I don’t believe Staveley + co are working on a deal anymore. It’s so infuriating!

  • James Drysdale

    Just like you dont know either

  • Roland

    A good few people know, but there’s too much on the line under legal obligations for any source to come out and say something. Would you stake your livelihood just to post something on Twitter? Neither would I. Occam’s razor usually applies, so with everything pointing towards an imminent takeover it could be reasoned that the best thing to do is wait. There’s no need to write a blog post claiming nobody knows anything when, in fact, there’s bound to be a number of people in and around the club who do know, but who choose to say nothing. In addition, Mick Quinn said – as a few have said – he was ‘told’ what was happening. It’s all done in whispers, some emanating from the FA, some from the club, some from the web. Eventually, a statement will be made, a letter produced, a press conference announced and from that we will know who to trust.

    • Mark Potter

      He was “told” by a fake twitter account. If there really were substantive rumours originating from credible sources then the papers would have been reporting it.

      • Roland

        Nope, re-read what he wrote. He was “told” by two different people, not the fake news that duped a few people.

  • TheNutJob

    Fatty knows

    • magpiefifer

      Fatty knows FA!!!!!!

      • TheNutJob

        he knows he`s not selling for what`s been offered, that`s for sure

  • Benmagpie

    I wonder what the legal definition of a non-disclosure agreement is. Does it mean that neither side can say anything about anything to do with a takeover?

    • wheyayeman

      Fatty doesn’t speak anyway so it’s irrelevant.

      • Peaky Magpie

        He grunts.

        • Kneebotherm8

          Aye,a pig grunts………… 🐷🐷

    • StevieB

      a contract by which one or more parties agree not to disclose confidential information that they have shared with each other as a necessary part of doing business together.
      “all staff sign non-disclosure agreements, thus ensuring the confidentiality of any proprietary information”

      There you go, so now can we all stop tyre kicking and wait for the announcement, Staveley deals with Saudi Royals, National Banks etc… there is no doubt her team will be an ultra professional unit , not the type of team who would violate the above description and put themselves in breach of a high roller contract similar to say the sale of a large foot ball club.

      • Benmagpie

        Thank you for the clarification

  • Leazes

    There’s always the Rafalution to look forward to…. or the next round of the cup.

    • Rich Lawson

      Chelsea or Arsenal away as usual !

  • anyobrien

    Fatty won’t sell hope I’m wrong but I’ve said this from day one…..

    • Albert Stubbins

      You have I’ll give you that. Good chance you’ll be right as well the way it’s dragging on.

      • anyobrien

        I really hope I’m proved wrong

        • Damon Horner

          Staveley still seems to be hanging around the deal.

          Call me optimistic (or deluded!) but I personally feel the deal has been done. The meeting in the curry house, felt casual. Ashley on the longest holiday in history and even Rafa appears too cool about not knowing what the club can do in January, almost like he really does know.

          Otherwise, I’m in agreement with reports that say the relegation is the sticky issue and as Ashley hasn’t accepted/offered a suitable compromise then I can see them looking towards the summer to bid or walk away unless something unexpected happens on Ashley’s side.

  • Rich Lawson

    Maybe 2 people and their lawyers know ? I’m sick to death of the whole thing,why don’t we just refuse to comment until a deal goes thro’
    (or no)t and just get on with the matches ahead.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    He has a price of £300m which is great value and the posh lady and her Mummy and Daddy and rich friends are cheap skates and will not pay the money a complete shambles. Do not blame Ashley the club is up for sale and this new prospective owners can not even afford a chip supper at Seashells in Monkseaton a disgrace they are.

    • hetonmag

      If they offered £300m the greedy get would want £350m he’s poison and a slur on this club and City, and by the way your post as always is a load of Shyte nobody knows who the backer’s are or how much money they have, but offering £250m is not chickenfeed.

      • TheNutJob

        it is to him

    • TheFatController

      Why do you constantly use shame as a tool to bash Staveley and PCP for not paying what Ashley wants.

      Firstly, they won’t be reading what you write, and secondly, even if they did read your shaming words, do you seriously believe their egos are so weak they’ll up their bid just to win your approval – ‘I feel so ashamed Monkseaton Magpie called me Posh, referenced my ‘mummy and daddy’, and said I was a cheap skate and it was a shambles. It’s clear what I need to do to make him think highly of me so I can feel good about myself…’

      You use the tactics of a five year old trying to get his mum to hit him the sweets at the supermarket – ‘I hate you if you don’t buy them for me’

      Grow up.

      • skarabrae

        Well said. ..👍

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        what Monkseaton Magpie is pointing out us £300m is very cheap for the business. If they are struggling to raise that money, it’s a problem.

        That said, we should hear something this week

        • HarryHype59

          As we both agree, it is all about the TV money! As a non established EPL club who are only two points above the drop zone, £300m is deemed tone too much! Every day the club doesn’t sell proves this.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            In the contrary, if the buyer delays at this rate , we’ll be 4 points clear come June and the value will be £599m

          • HarryHype59

            £599m !!!!!! You are being silly now! There is no way a non EPL established club is worth that amount! If we survive in the EPL this season your master may get £380m for NUFC max. The squad needs £150m just to be mid table.

            Like many foolish people on here you assume victory against Swansea is assured! It isn’t, lose that and we are back in the bottom three!

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I’ve supported this club long enough to know victory is rarely assured. I say “at this rate” as we’re halfway through the season and a couple of points clear so to replicate the first half of the season, we would indeed be clear.

            £599m may have been a little optimistic but the point is £300m is cheap if the owner is confident of their ability in making the club a success.

          • HarryHype59

            Using your dubious rationale, the margin of safety would be a mere four points. That makes buying NUFC a high risk investment, which explains why the club hasn’t been sold.

          • HarryHype59

            BTW what happened to the “big announcement” happening on the 6th of Jan re the take over?

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Different source, seems that was a blogger making 2 + 2 to equal 5. Im confident it’s all going ahead.

          • HarryHype59

            Of course you are Walter!

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            We’ll see

      • Duh

        Well said

      • FatParosite

        Monkseaton Mag is grown up… unfortunately he types out his clumsy rhetoric with a bingo pen. The only thing that will stop him is a wifi failure at his “shut up and eat” home.

        Staveley is well within her rights to not buy damaged goods from someone who only ever sells cheap. I would question her intelligence if she did otherwise.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        My point is the club is up for sale at £300m so pay the going rate. If they cared
        about the club would have bought it by now and bought some players but that went right above your head and many on here but that is hardly surprising. Only Clarko and Bobbi Fleckman have any common sense on here.

        • HarryHype59

          Every day that passes with no sale, proves that the going rate isn’t £300m! Think about it!

        • Damon Horner

          They aren’t doing it for love, they’ll want to buy the club. Invest in it’s infrastructure and get it to a stage where it’s worth a lot more.

          Relegation would make that hard as we aren’t guaranteed promotion back again and throwing money at it would put us in real trouble with FL FFP.

          Personally I think if survival was a certainty they’d pay his asking price.

        • TheFatController

          Well what didn’t go above my head was you calling her ‘posh’ and referencing ‘mummy and daddy’ – what sort of person making a mature rational comment uses such pathetic, immature language against a wealthy, talented, hard-working businesswoman who clearly intends to bring investment and sound football business practice to a club much in need of both?

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            What is for sure she will not be buying the club or investing in the club it will be someone else’s money again my point missed. At least with Ashley it was his money.

    • HarryHype59

      £300m is an awful lot for a club two points above the relegation zone! Without the EPL TV dosh, the club is virtually worthless!

      In truth, we haven’t been an established EPL club for years!

    • Megatron1505

      A 50% stake in Everton, an established Premier League club, cost £200m. So £300m to buy a newly promoted team with a poor squad who are threatened by relegation seems about right. We aren’t worth anywhere near what Everton are at this moment.

    • Duh

      How did “barra boy” Ashley turn out for you? Maybe the club needs some “posh” people who pay attention and scrutinize what they are buying and it’s real value.

      For every extra penny that goes into Ashley’s pocket that’s likely a penny less on investment in club infrastructure and playing staff.

      Unless you have access to their books – and I mean full books, not those filed with companies house, putting a value on the club is guess work.

    • Albert Stubbins

      Monkseaton is posh as well imo. Are you all friends together?

    • Simon Rhodes

      Maybe the price would be worth £300m if we had a half decent squad and fat boy hadn’t sold off land etc belonging to the club.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    tedious. everything has to turn into a fiasco around here doesn’t it?

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Until there is confirmation from “The Calorie Challenged One” or any of his representatives it’s all a waste of time going on about it.
    We have been here twice before with Fatty Arbuckle up to this point where the club is for sale and it never gets past the point of talking to interested parties.
    It wouldn’t surprise me if when we get to a situation where we are safe points wise for the season he will then take the club off the market.

    • Paul Patterson

      And then repeat the process in October . .

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        More than likely.

  • robbersdog

    I predict that no news is bad news; so…a couple of loan-signings and no takeover.

    • TheNutJob

      i predict you`re reet

  • GToon

    When fatty spoke he talked about his willingness to be flexible over the payments etc etc. I’m assuming that was another lie too.

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      Well anyone who does business with him knows how difficult and obstinate he is.
      I’ll bet that was the first time Staveley had to go to a local Indian Restaurant to try and do a deal with a bloke lying under a table with 8 pints of lager.

  • HarryHype59

    It wouldn’t surprise me if the great fat one sells Lascelles and brings no one in! The man has always been obsessed with short term profit!

  • Albert Stubbins

    To be fair, jezza has been saying this for months now. I disagreed with him as it I think it will be in his best interest to buy quality otherwise there’s a good chance we will go down. Yes fat Mike likes to gamble but three hundred million is too much for even him to lose. Jezza was proved right last time, will he be right again? I hope not for the sake of the club.

    • Coach Clagnut

      Fatty recently lost a bet to Goldman Sachs on the price of Debenham’s shares. That cost him almost 90 million. He’s definitely not shy when it comes to a wager.

      • Albert Stubbins

        In that case we’re fu**** then.

  • Down Under Mag

    I wouldnt be surprised if we buy noone and then sell someone key on transfer deadline day then try and flog it to Staveley just as the window shuts.

  • Blackburn1066

    That’s because it’s not going to happen

  • kingfisher

    Are we really expected to believe that everything is on hold until the oafish buffoon is back from his jollies? Unless he’s been staying in some rat infested isolated backwater with no tinternet access (enough about Sunderland),he’ll obviously have been in regular contact with his minnions.