Mick Quinn has brought us news that ‘Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has confirmed an agreement has been made regarding the sale of the club.’

The radio presenter and Newcastle fan getting just a little bit excited that at last it appeared the takeover was happening as he used his Twitter account to retweet that ‘Sky Sports News’ message to all of his 132,000 followers.

Obviously the news we have all been waiting to hear…

Mick Quinn followed up the ‘Sky Sports News’ revelation with a Twitter message of his own:

“It looks like an agreement has been reached between Staveley and Cashley to sell Newcastle United.

“Bye Bye Mike.”

Sadly, all is not as it seems.

In this Donald Trump era where ‘Fake News’ rules, Mick Quinn had been duped.

It has happened to us all, well certainly anybody who spends any amount of time on Twitter.

You see, there is @SkySportsNews with 5.78m followers and then there is @SkySportsNewss_ with 128 followers.

As you can see from what Mick Quinn retweeted below, the fake account is made up to look as similar as possible to the real one.

What an age to be alive…

No doubt Mick Quinn had seen some Newcastle fan retweeting the fake Sky Sports News message and, as we all have done, not instantly checked to see if it was ‘proper’, then sending the message out to his own followers.

Quinny bravely stuck to his story and said he had heard similar from other sources:

“I’ve heard from 3 different people today there is announcement concerning the sale of @NUFC

“It looks a real positive move forward to Ashley Selling.

“The last thing I want to do is string them magnificent Newcastle fans along again, hopefully my info is correct so we are sitting tight with fingers crossed.”

That is the problem with communications today, things are passed around so quickly that fake news or people just making stuff up for a laugh/attention, can put out an untruth that within seconds is being presented as news by somebody so many links down the chain.

As somebody has already said, we will only believe it when we see Amanda Staveley at St James Park in a Toon top, though even then it will have to be carefully examined to see if it has been photoshopped…

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  • Leicester Mag

    If this is a hoax I’m at a loss as to what the inadequate bedroom warrior behind it gets out of all this.

    • Wor Lass

      It`s as funny as Leazes constantly putting “penalty to the lads” on the thread we log on to during the match.

      • TheFatController

        At least we only suffer here briefly, there’s probably a load of people in the real world that get trapped by their like – on buses and trains, working in shops, their doctor etc …probably in tears of frustration and desperation after five minutes.

      • Leazes

        Its become a tradition at St James…. everyone stands up and shouts penalty…. the Ref and his three mates don’t join in.

        • Wor Lass

          Yeah – as with the shout of, “Send him (ie opposition player) off, Ref!”

  • Geordiegiants

    Let’s hope he is right, and it’s being kept under wraps so PCP can buy players cheaper.

  • anyobrien

    Proven to be fake news this was all over on the 4th

    • Leazes

      Doctor Ed got suckered as well…. he’s deleted his report.

      • Dutch

        Agreed, Mr Quinn has not deleted his report. ??

      • anyobrien

        Aye seen that his blog thing is utter rubbish how the hell they get away with the shyte they produce …. A bairn could do better.

  • Steve

    He mentions 3 reliable sources. Not sure who the other 2 could be? I saw that fake tweet the other day but soon realised it was fake after seeing someone had commented asking if it was genuine….the fake account then replied with “aye mate, it is”

    • nufcslf

      Priceless stuff in the day and age of Tronand Dump and fat cash of course. All very laughable or I can’t take it seriously, anyway.

  • Paul Patterson

    If the other sources turn out to be Joe Kinnear, Harry Redknapp and Alan Pardew then we know it’s a fib . .

    • Rich Lawson

      It’s ok,it was Fat Sam.

  • Leazes

    Fake news is regarded as news now, adformercials masquerade as news…. is there anywhere free of the poisonous grip of advertising!

    • linus

      Unfortunately not, the internet was designed for the rapid sharing and transportation of data, Advertising is an easy way to make money out of sharing information.

  • Shipcote Willy

    I have always said Ashley won’t sell. Too many obstacles not least Ashley’s ego and his need to impose himself in the deal. Sorry to say it but Ashley will still be here next season, Rafa won’t.

    • nufcslf

      Much closer to the truth sadly.

  • mus

    actually if you take a look at her wikipedia site it shows deal done yesterday and announced today

    • Mark Potter

      Announced BEFORE the game:

      “On 20 November 2017, Staveley submitted a bid in the region of £300m to buy Newcastle United.[8] The bid was accepted and finalised on 05.01.18 and a conference was going to be held on 06.01.18 before Newcastle’s home game to Luton Town F.C.”

      Still waiting for any journalist to reveal they have been summoned to a press conference.

      The change to the Wikipedia site was made anonymously this morning. Was that you?

      • GeordieMental1

        It’s been changed now… We need this man.. Otherwise we’re cattle trucked!!

  • MadMag83

    It was Ashley’s PR team working to distract everyone from the fact the transfer window has been open for 6 days and he’s done nothing except top up his tan like a beached walrus

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      ‘course it was, that’s true that.


  • Robert Cattle

    Come on It’s championship against with a great manager or a future.
    Get moving Ashley!

  • GeordieMental1

    He wants £350M So why the hell not say okay Cashley (ya fat c##t) You can have the £350M as long as you leave the £30M you got in November in the #NUFC bank?? Oh I know.. Cause he’s a greedy fat c##t!!