The Amanda Staveley interview with George Caulkin of The Times has provoked a strong response from the Mike Ashley Out campaign.

With the club continuing to fail under Ashley and with seemingly no takeover on the horizon, the campaign group has stirred back into life this week, after taking more of a back seat in the past 18 months to allow everybody to get on with simply supporting Rafa Benitez in his efforts to help turn NUFC into a normal club.

However, there is only so much Rafa can do and with this also looking set to be a third transfer window in a row when the club’s owner has undermined his manager and broken promises to support him on transfers, protesting is looking the only option remaining to fans, yet again.

Laughably, Mike Ashley’s response to the Amanda Staveley interview was to use Sky Sports on Friday morning who as usual quoted a Mike Ashley ‘source’….

“We are not aware of any bid that doesn’t contain relegation clauses and we are not considering any further talks with PCP Capital Partners.

“Our sole focus is to support Rafa Benitez in the current transfer market with all the resources at our disposal.”

Supporting Rafa Benitez in any transfer window would be a real novelty.

AshleyOut Press Release – Friday 19 January 2018:

AshleyOut has this evening read with astonishment an exclusive interview with Amanda Staveley by respected journalist George Caulkin in The Times.

Ms Staveley has stated on the record that three bids have been made for Newcastle United Football Club in various payment structures (as suggested by Mike Ashley).

This directly contradicts a Mike Ashley approved statement released by his preferred media vessel, Sky Sports News.

This is the third time Mike Ashley has tried to sell the club. This time we know that a credible buyer has tabled a number of bids via Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and ex Newcastle United Chairman Chris Mort – the man that worked for Ashley on his purchase of the club.

In October 2017 Mike Ashley stated:

“To give the club the best possible opportunity of securing the positioning and investment necessary to take it to the next level at what is an important time in its history, its present ownership has determined that it is in the best interests of Newcastle United and its fans for the club to be put up for sale,” the statement read.

“To give an incoming owner the maximum possible flexibility to make meaningful investment in the club, including in its playing squad, the sale process will give interested parties the opportunity of deferring substantial payments.”

Mike Ashley is a proven liar.

“The club admitted to the tribunal that it repeatedly and intentionally misled the press, public and the fans of Newcastle United.”

Mike Ashley’s legacy of Newcastle United is of constant lies, false dawns and failure and now it is time for him to negotiate seriously with Ms Staveley (or other serious interested parties if they exist) to allow a worthy custodian to to take over Newcastle United to begin to rebuild itself as the football club we love and know it can become.

AshleyOut group will consider its position in light of these latest developments. We are fully behind Rafa Benitez and the team and hope for an excellent result at Manchester City on Saturday.

WE DON’T DEMAND A TEAM THAT WINS. WE DEMAND A CLUB THAT TRIES.



  • Guest 2

    Absolutely spot on. This fat oaf can’t even stick to the same story he went on Sky to peddle.
    He and his cronies (Sky, Talksport, Wise, Bellamy, Samuels etc etc) all suggest he wont just sell to anyone – it has to be someone who will take the club forward. Take the club forward as we all know in a way which he chooses not to, as proven by the summer and this transfer window and throughout the majority of his ownership.
    Before this site’s Ashley supporters (Monkseaton Mag etc) start slagging off George or Staveley, they should also remind themselves of their own defence of fatty. They still cry he was somehow duped by not establishing the true extent of debt the club had when he bought it.
    Well, boys and girls, the club is staring at another relegation right now which would result in immediate devaluation. The club is under investigation by HMRC and no one knows the outcome or any penalties which could be attached. Fatty has again failed to support the team and manager, hence Rafa is scratching around looking for loan deals with days to go before the window closes.
    We all know this – so why on earth anyone in their right mind would or should think it should not be factored into a buyers due diligence is anyone’s guess.
    Ashley doesn’t give a flying F who the new owners are or what their intentions are. He simply wants the amount he’s holding out for and he has no other requirement whatsoever.
    Hat’s off to PCP for providing any form of offer with no strings or clauses attached – but quite rightly that scenario valued the club less as a result of accepting those risks.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      I do not cry that he was duped at all. It would have taken me ten minutes to assess the clubs liabilities of £110m it’s not rocket science. The only part he missed was that he had to pay £44m back to the banks in one day if John Hall sold the club. This was a good thing as it saved the club millions of pounds in interest. I have no time for George or Luke Edwards so these so called new bidders. The rumour is that they withdrew the bid as the backers pulled out according to the Guardian. This anti Ashley group have no power and never will he just laughs at them.

      • Megatron1505

        So you believe a “rumour” in the Guardian? Do you not think to question the validity of statement from a court proven liar, who had admitted to repeatedly lying to fans of this great club?

        Back under your bridge troll, your arguments are destroyed on a daily basis and your efforts are becoming increasingly pathetic.

        • Guest 2

          The Guardian piece was just another cut and paste job. The ‘journo’ couldn’t even be bothered to look into PCP.
          They are registered at Companies House – but as a subsidiary of a Jersey based company. That in turn is a subsidiary of a BVI based offshore company.
          No one can see their parent accounts as a result of that – yet they simply claim she has no money as nothing shows in the UK company accounts.
          I’m not an accountant nor an investigative journalist – but anyone can find this stuff out with 10 mins of following the links.

        • KRS1

          Totally agree, he is a troll who either works for the fat scum bag or is a makem with too much time on his hands!

          • Guest 2

            Sadly he’s just a dim as [email protected]@k so called super supporter.

          • bob0411

            I posted almost exactly the same but for whatever reason didn’t get through moderation? He’s a wind-up merchant or on the fat lad’s payroll!

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Keegan claimed £30m and got two so hardly a victory for him. It is a fact that Amanda and her partners have not bid the asking price or no where near please read the article in the Guardian as it is true facts from Companies House and no my arguments are not destroyed as they are based on facts not mass hysteria from anti Ashley fans at a time when the club needs the fans support .

          • Guest 2

            Garbage again. See my comment on Companies House info. The journo and you are as stupid as each other.
            So, go ahead and tell us one single fact that you know of. try not to repeat cut and paste media.

      • Guest 2

        Utter garbage from you again. Go look at the club accounts for 2006. All liabilities and interest bearing loans are completely outlined and accounted for. It’s in black in white in the 2007 accounts with a foreword from Chris Mort – that the mortgage was repayable within 60 days. 60, not next day as you ignorantly claim.
        The Times interviewed Staveley. No ‘unnamed sources’ like Ashley uses. She made three bids.
        I believe George and I believe her. You continue to believe and support a proven liar. You wouldn;t understand a fact if it slapped you around the head.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          What I said was that the liabilities were evident so please read correctly. The loans to the banks were paid on purchase.

          • Guest 2

            The accounts and Chris Mort state otherwise.

          • Paul Patterson

            So the loan still exists? Fine.
            But which idiot doesn’t start paying off/reducing a loan in over ten years?

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Hall and Shepherd certainly created the debt. There has been no scope for repaying the loan and if Mike had done so there would have been even less for players. He has put £264m of his money into financing or buying the club and says the club must be self sufficient from there on. The new prospective owners will not go above £250m so little hope of them taking the club forward.

          • Guest 2

            47 million for a redeveloped stadium which was to be paid off by 2016. Again, it’s in the accounts.
            Instead, we still owe all of that and more to Ashley.
            If the club was to be self sufficient then one would expect the owner to increase non TV commercial revenue by every means possible. He hasn’t. Indeed, he’s done the opposite and tried to extract as much benefit for himself as he can.
            He has no right whatsoever to expect a profit on an asset he has failed to grow. He balanced the books and will be repaid every single penny of his debt if a sale happens – including the 29 mil he’s already taken back.
            But the club has otherwise gone backwards in every single department since he arrived.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Firstly Amanda’s group who put out a statement saying they had put in an improved bid were lying and have admitted as such. It looks like they have led the supporters down the garden path. I do not respect George at all a man who said Ashley has not put a penny in the club. He is that biased against Ashley I do not believe a word he says. The people are blaming Ashley but the blame lies with the bidders for this long drawn out affair if indeed there are any buyers for not meeting the asking price.

    • Phil

      How were they lying?? 3 different offer some were made. She hasn’t admitted anything of the sort!

      3 reasonable offers have been put forward. The latest he ignored. The offer still stands! It is long and drawn out because of one man and one man only!

      Your constant defence of Ashley is an insult to REAL fans who have been driven away and had to put up with this man. If you attend as many matches as you claim I wish you wouldn’t bother!

      You said on a previous comment you wouldn’t put up with people singing anti Ashley songs next to you! I’d sing loud and proud right in your face you weasel!!

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        I would not put up with it as it does not help Rafa or the team. The leak to the Express which has contacts with Amanda s team said there was an improved offer of 300m. This was at best false and helped the deal getting called off. Anti Ashley chants will affect the players and help us get relegated just like the Hull game years back .
        Rafa wants the fans support but the anti Ashley group would rather protest and we got relegated they are that thick. Will not do any good anyway.

        • Guest 2

          LOL, there you go again! Matey, what you believe isn’t worth a fairy’s [email protected]
          You are so far up Ashley’s [email protected] you can’t see daylight.
          Which one of the two courts media coverage? Which one of the two until today has gone on record? Which one of the two has leaked information/propaganda to Sky etc?
          Blaming fans for any relegation once again proves how dim you are. Sure, protest will be the reason – not the complete failure of the owner again to provide the investment required.
          Or maybe you don’t believe Rafa either?

          • Paul Patterson

            He’s a buffoon, I go to games and all I hear all game long is support for Rafa and the odd ‘Ashley get out of our club’ chant. It’s hardly a toxic atmosphere and the prospective owners will know this.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            The players admitted that they were badly affected by the protests at the Hull game when we lost two one in the relegation season. If the fans had supported the team that day and won we would have stopped up even a draw would have kept us up but the protesters are two thick to realise that this game cost us relegation and my god did these fans play their part.

          • Guest 2

            yeah. it’s the fans fault.
            Point made, you moron.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Why should I stop going seems a funny comment will be at Man City Chelsea and Palace and all the games to support the team
        something which is lacking on this site and in the Times.

    • Virsino

      Don’t be daft. How is the asking price realistic if the club needs an immediate injection of well in excess of 100m just to stabilize it?

    • Guest 2

      3 bids all lodged with Chris Mort’s legal firm. On the record straight from her own mouth.
      Name one ‘source’ from Ashley’s side who has gone on record? Nah, we just get fed more leaks form his hidden cronies in a way that even a 5 year old kid can see through.
      How old are you?

    • Simon Rhodes

      LOL The Fat One stated he had a bid of £350 million from another bidder. Get off his payroll and back to Sunderland you plank.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        He may well have had a verbal bid only he will know. Any other bid will be higher than this current shower who it seems would struggle to buy a new set of kit.

        • TheFatController

          If it’s worth £350m, giving Ashley £90m equity, why does he say he has no money, and why is he not spending that equity value to safeguard PL status?

          It can only be because even he knows it’s not worth £350m.

          Either that or he’s never heard of ‘re-mortgaging’ or any other device to realize money on paper to invest to safeguard/ increase that value on paper?

          So is it not worth £350m, or has he never heard of re-mortgaging? It can only be one of the two, but both make him an unfit owner.

  • Steve Smith

    “WE DON’T DEMAND A TEAM THAT WINS. WE DEMAND A CLUB THAT TRIES.”

    I wonder if that sentiment extends to Joselu and Diame.

    • Peaky Magpie

      To be fair Joselu does try he’s just c**p……Slomo however………

      • Danimal

        It’s ‘club that tries’, not ‘players that try’ or ‘team that tries’.

        • Peaky Magpie

          Gotcha,can’t see the wood for the trees some mornings 👍

      • Peter Stabler

        If Rafa thought Diame wasn’t trying he wouldn’t get a shirt, I think he has been decent in his last couple of games. He was getting moaned at for trying to protect the ball without support when turning away from three players as they challenged him in turn – the pantomime villain.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Against Everton he was not trying in a world of his own so much he got clapped off by the Milburn stand when he got took off not by me as not agree with that type of thing but he was hopeless.

  • Paul Patterson

    It’s a question of who do you believe the most- a business woman who has told a couple of fibs to get the best deal for her/her clients who we have no history with or . . Mike Ashley.

    • kingfisher

      Mmmm ! now that’s a tough one !!!

    • Phil

      I’m not being funny. I genuinely don’t know.

      What fibs has she told?

      • Paul Patterson

        Well no, neither do I really, but when you go and try to buy a house you tell a slightly different story to the one you would tell than if you were the seller.
        I’d imagine big business works in far more underhand ways. No business person is going to be 100% truthful.

        • Guest 2

          Go buy a house the owner says he wants 300k for. Its worth that in tip top condition. But it needs a whole new roof and other work done.
          Would you still pay 300k for it?
          Not sure why anyone thinks Staveley should fork out 350 mil for a club on the verge of another relegation, under funded on purpose and under investigation from HMRC.
          That would make her as stupid as Ashley claims he was when he bought the club.

          • Phil

            That’s the way I see it. I think the offers have been fare.

            A lot of people keep mentioning the tv money as a reason why they should be offering more. I disagree with that as well. That money is far from guaranteed at the moment and when you look at the running costs a of a football club. That money will soon be gobbled up anyway. It’s not as if it just gets put in an account to earn interest. Ashley wants out so he claims. Here’s your chance. Leave now! ✌️

          • TheFatController

            If Ashley himself thought it was worth £350m, then having put in only £260m he’d be throwing his own money at this transfer window, because he’s got £90m equity to play with.

            No surprise therefore that, given he’s not spending in this window, he’s come out and said he’ll take £300m so he can pocket £40m.

            Personally, I’d have given Rafa £20m-30m straight cash for a striker and asked for £250m now and £70m in the summer…I bet it’d be sold within a week.

          • Guest 2

            Well, he’d pocket the 144 mil in loans which are now all club owned debt – which includes the 29 mil he’s already repaid himself.
            What he had to pay H&S for the club is neither here nor there. The price was the price dictated by the share value at that time.
            Simple fact is this season is no different to any other. He’s not spending because he doesn’t want to. When he has, it’s been through starving the team in order to build up a kitty which he then allows his yes men puppets to utterly squander.
            He’s used Rafa’s trading profits to balance last seasons books, that’s why there’s nowt to spend.

    • Guest 2

      Which one has gone on record about what she has bidded? Which one hides behind a smokescreen and states nothing factual?

      • Paul Patterson

        That’ll be the owner . .

  • Dillon Tovak

    It seems like a catch22 situation. If we passively watch proceedings, Ashley will screw us cos it’s easy.
    If we rally and release such statements, you imagine Ashley will act petulant (more) out of spite.
    I’m close to giving up caring.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      you hit the nail on the head

  • Mrkgw

    Once and for all, the last push – ASHLEY OUT!

  • kingfisher

    It doesn’t matter what side of the fence you are on, for or against Ashley.The cast iron, undeniable fact is that Newcastle United Football Club has massively regressed, including being relegated twice, during his tenure.

    • Paul Patterson

      Two relegations, three near misses and counting . .

      • kingfisher

        👍👍👍

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Not going to work, he` already stated he wants out. if he gets his £300m or so
    he`s gone

    • Peaky Magpie

      Leazes must be getting a consortium together and planning a takeover….he’s quiet.

      • Paul Patterson

        How much do you reckon he wants from each fan he attracts to the table?

        • Peaky Magpie

          😂 He’ll be working on it,goodness knows what they are saying over at Ronnie,can’t be bothered to even look if I’m been honest.

      • HappyToons

        It’s all Leazes fault as he was on the Leazes End chanting ‘Harvey Out’ and look what happened after that! If he chanted ‘Harvey In’ then Burkenshaw would have eventually taken his place and Peter Withe would have scored that goal for us rather than Villa in the European Cup (or maybe Ossie). ‘Harvey in’ and there would be no Mike Ashley. Just need Dr Who to go back in time and keep Joe Harvey for another season

        • Peaky Magpie

          Surrealism…..are yee alreet ????

          • HappyToons

            ‘a 20th-century avant-garde movement in art and literature which sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example by the irrational juxtaposition of images’…no just bored and recalling what a mackem once said ‘If only we had gotten Cloughie when he wanted to come we would have been European Champions’…if only it worked like that. ‘Joe, Joe…Joe Harvey!’

          • Peaky Magpie

            You’re wasted on here mate,should be writing scripts for Vic & Bob 😂

          • HappyToons

            It’s me GENES …I might have done that one…’Geordie Jeans’

        • Jezza

          Would have loved to have seen Keith Birkenshaw as Newcastle manager back then.

      • Leazes.

        Can you hear me now?

        • Peaky Magpie

          Loud n clear !

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Please read the link on Biffa and Nialls site an excellent article by David Conn which gives an insight into her group and the bid.

    • Guest 2

      read my comments below. he’s a cut and paste merchant who hasn;t presented a single fact of his own.

      • TheFatController

        Agreed. He uses loose facts about the head of the investment group to make sweeping assertions without fact about who might be within that group.

        He may be right, sadly he doesn’t even know if he is.

        Again, someone whose theory suggests an agenda fueled by the owners of the club that purport to love the club and its fans so much.

        Their motto now seems to be ‘We feel the fans have a right to know….’ – of course you do…

  • S.G.M.

    Yep that’ll work, just like last time.

  • Duncan Tyler

    If you’re going to issue a statement on behalf of what you believe to be the majority of supporters, then at least get it right. “Preferred media vessel”??? What the hell is a ‘media vessel’ FFS??? No wonder Ashley just laughs at you and pays you no heed whatsoever. What an embarrassment!

    • Phil

      Eh??

      • Duncan Tyler

        I think you’ll find the term is ‘preferred media vehicle’!

        • Phil

          Oh I see. Not a major issue in the grand scheme of things but ok.

          • Duncan Tyler

            Sorry, Phil, but I think it IS a major issue. Here you have a group of people purporting to be acting on behalf of the majority of Newcastle United supporters, who can’t even get a press release right on the very rare occasion that they put one out. Can you imagine MA or Mandy S doing the same without checking first? We all know that Ashley takes us for clowns and fools. The last thing we need to be doing is playing into his hands by issuing statements that look like they’ve been hastily written by an angst fuelled teenager!

          • Mitros gotta start

            Boycout!

          • anyobrien

            Angst driven teenager?

          • TheFatController

            A vessel is a vehicle. Get over yourself. Pedantic, unnecessary and bizarrely motivated.

        • anyobrien

          Crickey you need d to get oot more

        • TheFatController

          Nope. Vessel works just as well. A vessel being a vehicle.

      • Jezza

        I think that reply speaks for us all.

    • anyobrien

      Wtf you on aboot hardly the end of the world “vessel” in the grand scheme of things

    • Leazes.

      A vessel is a large vehicle.

    • TheFatController

      ‘Media vessel’ is a correct phrase, and a great one given the proud history of the Wallsend shipyards in building and launching the World’s biggest sea-going vessels.

      I think the embarrassment lands with you in this one…

  • Coble’s Return

    I don’t envy anyone at AshleyOut trying to come up with a strategy to oust the cuckoo from the nest. Let’s be blunt, sod all has worked so far and the reason is that nothing that has been tried matters to the owner.

    The key must be to understand what is most important to Ashley – it certainly isn’t NUFC, but it may well be the share price of SD. If that is the case, the next step is to aim to impact that. Empty stands has been proposed many times, but can not be delivered and I certainly would argue with anyone who has saved hard for a precious season ticket and who then doesn’t want to miss a game. What about the big banners though? I mean factual stuff about SD’s chronic employee conditions and the company’s failure to pay the minimum wage. “SD is the modern day workhouse”. Drag that across the East Stand during a televised match and see the reaction. Granted, flags would be banned, but surely the media would pick up on it and even temporarily, it might have an impact.

    I am not saying that this is the answer, but there needs to be a new approach. Desperate times – desperate measures.

    • Leazes.

      Like it….. hold his brand up to the light.

    • Cockneytrev

      That sounds like the way to go,,,

    • Guest 2

      Said it myself many times.
      He couldn’t care less – which is fine. But there are plenty of other shareholders including City money who certainly will. SD is a PLC not his private company.

  • Mxpx

    The only message Mike understands is money Stop buying stuff tickets merchandise anything club related until he sells we all know this won’t happen but it’s the only way to force him out people who have already paid for season tickets makes no difference but renewing them does

    • Leazes.

      Staveley has made the same noises ‘running the club as a business’ unfortunately we need an owner who runs it as a football club.

      • Duncan Tyler

        Those days are long gone mate. The only thing you’d be assured of then is bankruptcy!

        • 1957

          Yes they are. Banks aren’t as comfortable with football club debts as they used to be and PCP’s investors would be looking for an annual return on their money, maybe not immediately but after three years or so.

          Some of the PCP group will view it as a short term investment (their investment proposal would have included a minimum investment period), build the club’s value and sell their share to others inside or outside the group.

          It’s not impossible to run the club as a business, it depends on the competence of the person who runs it on a day to day today basis

  • TheFatController

    Ashley needs to be questioned on why he says he won’t invest in the club, can’t afford to and can’t compete?

    He says the club is worth £350m, and we know he’s put £260m in. So that’s £90m equity he can ‘re-mortgage’ against.

    If he won’t put his, an investor’s, or a bank’s money in now, to protect that £350m value using the £90m equity, he’s either irresponsible, or knows it wouldn’t be valued at £350m by him, a bank, or an investor.

    So there you have it, damning evidence from Ashley’s own actions that the club is over-valued at £350m, and Staveley is being criticised unfairly.

  • Paul M

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  • S.G.M.

    Any future “Ashley out” campaigns are doomed to Failure just like the last one.
    Spend your effort trying to get PCP to up their offer.

  • Taz

    Just a thought, I think someone mentioned this months ago but unsure who. Why not instead of printing Ashley out print buy from JD SPORTS and hold them up at a set time when we are next on tv. Pretty sure if 50000.

    • mactoon

      that would be hillarious