Maybe this Amanda Staveley and Mike Ashley battle for Newcastle United will be made into a film one day.

Yet again, sadly there is more action off the pitch than on it, or in the transfer market…

An excellent Amanda Staveley exclusive interview in The Times on late Thursday night saw her go public with what has been going on, at least from her perspective.

She detailed that three offers for Newcastle United were made in November and that the final one of those, £250m on completion with no clauses, is still on table.

Ms Staveley also revealed that Mike Ashley’s representatives had informed her in December that another bidder had come in and was prepared to pay £350m.

The Amanda Staveley bidders weren’t prepared to respond to this lame move from Ashley and sure enough there has been no visible sign of that supposed new rival bigger bidder.

Now on Friday morning, rather than replying in kind, Mike Ashley has yet again used his friends at Sky Sports to make his response to the Staveley interview.

Sky Sports, as usual, say that ‘a source close to Mike Ashley’ has told them that he is not ‘aware of any bid that doesn’t contain relegation clauses’, which directly contradicts the Amanda Staveley interview, which says the only clause in the third and currently existing bid, is that Rafa stays as manager.

Mike Ashley (source) goes on to say that that his ‘sole focus is to support Rafa Benitez in the current transfer market’.

If anybody needed to judge Mike Ashley’s true intentions and the trust that can be placed in him, or not, this transfer window is as good a place to start as any.

Rafa Benitez said in December that he wanted all of his signings to be made by 15 January (four days ago) or at the very latest by the 20 January (tomorrow).

On top of that, Rafa has repeatedly said that he desperately needs new players and is counting on Mike Ashley keeping his promises to back him, just as was the case in January 2017 and summer 2017 when he ended up being badly let down and undermined.

In Rafa we trust, in Amanda Staveley most of us would be more than prepared to give her bid the best possible support and trust, with Mike Ashley there is zero trust after 11 seasons of lies and manipulation.

A report this week highlighted that under Mike Ashley, Newcastle had made £30m profit in the 10 January transfer windows so far, with all of the other 19 Premier League clubs showing far more support to their managers in the mid-season transfer windows.

Sky Sports – Friday 19 January 2018:

While no new talks are planned, SSN has been told that Staveley’s most recent bid – offering to pay £250m up front, with no compensation clause if Newcastle were relegated – remains on offer to Mike Ashley’s MASH Holdings.

This week’s strained relations seem a long way from the optimism felt by Staveley’s team in late November when a takeover of the Premier League club appeared just days away.

On Friday morning, a source close to Mike Ashley told SSN:

” 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.”



  • Megatron1505

    Should we believe a court proven liar……hmmmmm.

    • Red Ray

      Haha! I know, it’s like watching a child tell fibs. Proper throws his toys out the pram coz she didn’t take his bait.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Can someone make sure his next toys are a pack of razor blades ??? 😡

    • anyobrien

      Yes according to some of the belendz on hear.

  • David Dutch

    Ashley never intended selling the club it was all to keep the supporters quiet and give him an excuse for not bringing in players in January. The man is demonstrating just how low he can get but that is nothing for him the man who laughs for falling asleep during a meeting or throwing up in a fireplace. He has proven in law that he is a liar and almost everyone who has done or tried to do business with him would agree. He is interested in himself and nothing else quite usual for ignorant people who rise to the top by his methods. You can get to the top and retain respect of those around you. You can be firm in business but still be liked. You can also be uncouth and hated you can laugh at those around you but one day when the stack of cards folds he can always blame someone else. The day the papers for Newcastle are in someone else’s hands will be a great day fro the club which means nothing to him. We are emotionally involved with the club so feel the pain.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Well put mate,I hate the f*****g ground he walks on and the air he f*****g breathes.
      He’s a walking Chernobyl,Toxic to the bones.

    • Red Ray

      I must say, I suspected the same regarding getting out of spending again in Jan with a handy excuse.

      Even watching his tv interviews defending his actions with SD, he just holds his hands up to stuff at first saying ‘We should have done better etc’ then hits back with the ‘I had no idea what was going on’ card. He actually Said “you’d be surprised how little I know what goes on at SD” …come on Mike, grow up.

      LEAVE ALREADY!

    • Mike

      Agree 100% its a real pity he doesnt go to the games

    • Cockneytrev

      Well said!!!👌👌

  • wheyayeman

    Come on Amanda put the heat on Ashley ! Now she has gone public she should actually test this in public by offering the 350 he wants. That would do 2 things either we’d finally be rid of the scumbag or even if not immediately. That might just cause the gallowgate flags to become Gallowgate pitch forks and turn the intensity of hatred up enough to finally rid us of him. ASHLEY OUT

  • wheyayeman

    Come on Amanda put the heat on Ashley ! Now she has gone public she should actually test this in public by offering the 350 he wants. That would do 2 things either we’d finally be rid of the scumbag or even if not immediately. That might just cause the gallowgate flags to become Gallowgate pitch forks and turn the intensity of hatred up enough to finally rid us of him. There are only really 2 ways out of this never ending nightmare – either buy the gluttonous fiend out or fan revolt hits such a level that he can’t stand the constant heat anymore. He’s turned the screw on every fan of this club for 11 years now and most fans still couldn’t give a f we don’t seem able to unite or find a voice some of us are waving flags around like everything’s wonderful and we’re not the leper of the premier league. Wake up! Dont you realise how close we are right now to getting free of Ashley? Now is the time to get hold of our future.

    • 1957

      I think its fair to say PCP are never going to offer £350m and does Ashley want that much. Did his pal Wise not say this week Ashley wanted around £300m.

      • wheyayeman

        In that case (if it is really a case of financial brinkmanship) then this deal should still be possible. She’s mentioned money to invest – reduce the amount earmarked for transfer + infrastructure somewhat and put that money into the sale price.

        • 1957

          You would think that would be the answer…

    • Peter Stabler

      “Gallowgate Pitchforks” – that is genius! It conjures a picture…..

      • Rich Lawson

        An angry mob stood at the(New) castle gates with flaming torches and pitchforks come to put the vampire to rest (thanks to Hammer films) after years of bloodsucking.

        • Kneebotherm8

          He’s drained this club…………it’s in a state of rigor mortis..

  • Lofty

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

    • Peaky Magpie

      😂……”however,there’s sweet f**k all at our disposal”…..

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    This deal was supposed to be done in private and Amanda and her cronies if indeed there are any left as the Guardian says they have withdrawn have turned the sale into a circus with the help of the clown from the times. Him and Luke Edwards have an agenda against Newcastle and the owner. We are in a relegation battle on all George and the anti Ashley brigade are doing is winding the fans up against the club which Rafa will not be happy about at all as he needs all the fans behind the team like never before. However George and Luke would love nothing more than relegation.

    • Megatron1505

      Oh yeh, that’s a far more likely scenario than a bloke who “did willfully and knowingly mislead the supporters of Newcastle United” (see Keegan tribunal documents), talking out his ar5e AGAIN!

    • Vito Genovese

      Are you happy with what ashley has done to the club since 2007?

      • Paul Patterson

        His language against Staveley is needlessly aggressive suggesting he’s either happy with the last decade, an Ashley cohort, or both.

        • Vito Genovese

          His opening line of ‘the deal was supposed to be done in private ‘ is interesting as my view of ashley’s poorly timed interview in August was that it was a very public advertising tool.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          The language is very mild in comparison with the insults thrown at Mike Ashley each day which are pathetic.

          • Paul Patterson

            Against someone you don’t even know. (or do you?)

          • Kneebotherm8

            It should be Monkseaton Mike……..not Magpies..

    • KRS1

      You really are deranged. Does Ashley send you sports direct freebies to spout your drivel. I can imagine you proudly walking round in your sh#t Everlast tracksuit.

      • FatParosite

        It’d Keith Bishop man… Save your typing for someone who isn’t on the payroll

        • TheFatController

          He told me the other day about Tiote scoring against Chelsea. When we all know Tiote’s only goal was a slightly more memorable one…and not Chelsea.

          • anyobrien

            He doesn’t go full of kenk

    • 1957

      The media aren’t to blame for the situation we find ourselves in that lies with an owner who has failed to invest in playing staff on a regular basis preferring an occasional splurge on players and PCP who underestimated him thinking they could bring him down on price due to his unpopularity.

      Both sides have fed info to the media and you can’t blame the media for using what was given to them. To me both Ashley and PCP are likely to have been economical with the truth.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Considering your Hero has branded them Time wasters,I think it’s fair to say they’re well within their rights to defend themselves with their side of the story………..which seems a whole lot more plausible than Ashley’s rants……where is this other £350m bid that Ashley is supposed to have on the table?

  • Baffled

    So once again Ashley has used nufc as a publicity stunt , for someone who supposedly shys away from the media…. he’s not doing a very good job , there are only two ways to get Ashley out that is if nufc loose money year in year out or if Ashley is carried out in a wooden box. You would think that someone so greedy as Ashley would want back nufc in the transfer market to keep them in the premier league as the premier league is the richest cash windfall in world football , which could be worth over a billion pounds over the next ten or so seasons

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    He`s not going to accept £250m, the rest is irrelevant

  • Geordiegiants

    I know who I believe!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Mike
      😂😂

  • FatParosite

    Sky mouthpiece for Ashley uses “sources close to Ashley” cavat to lie for him. Nothing on record from the known liar. There is no question of who to believe.

    • Paul Patterson

      The could just effectively remove the words ‘Sources close to’ and run with it as an exclusive.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Please read an excellent article on Nialls and Biffa s site by David Conn which gives an excellent insight into Amanda and P.C.P and her so called backers. Nice to read such a good article rather than the rubbish from the times.

    • Simon Rhodes

      You really are a plank

      • anyobrien

        Correct

      • FatParosite

        Bishop worker bee….

    • TheFatController

      Yes, he has no facts about the people behind the bid, he’s just speculating.

      And fitting facts to support a theory, like most journalists do when writing a speculative piece.

      Next…?

    • Cockneytrev

      That well known bastion of the free press ” Nialls and Biffa”
      Yes ignore “The Times”
      Hoop licker👅

  • Paul Patterson

    You know what I find highly amusing- That we are supposed to believe that Ashley isn’t happy about things becoming public, yet he was the one who did the Sky interview after the Spurs game effectively advertising the club AND continues to do so via cohorts. A proven liar with an personality/ego problem . .

    • Vladimir Biggski

      It’s just sheer greed

    • TheFatController

      He’s always the victim. That’s why he lies so much, to bend opinion into believing that..

    • Cockneytrev

      Exactly,, very few team knows what their owner even looks like? He’s on the TV more than Ant and Dec,,

    • Rich Lawson

      What he’s not happy about is the other sides view (truth) becoming public.

  • ghostrider

    Steveley and crew have tried to use fan discontent of Ashley to gain further traction.
    Ashley’s called no joy and they’re reeling.
    I think Ashley has just saved this club from another head shot attempt by another set of snipers.

    • Vladimir Biggski

      Mike Ashley has saved us from nothing. He prevents us from moving forward.

      • ghostrider

        How many clubs do you know that move forward. Seriously?

        We get treated to the odd magical fantasy football to keep the natives from getting restless and giving them false hope of winning things. Leicester City being one of those clubs paraded before us as magical title winners.

        Utter garbage but we swallow it all like the gullible people we are.

        • TheFatController

          Watford Bournemouth Burnley Everton spurs man city Chelsea Liverpool Leicester Southampton Huddersfield Brighton Bristol city wolves Cardiff etc

          • anyobrien

            He’s a absolute bell end isn’t he

          • TheFatController

            Nope, every club moves backwards, he’s right, last year Chelsea were just the club that had moved backwards the least. Well done Chelsea!

        • hetonmag

          Spud’s who we were on a level playing field with before your hero took over.

          • ghostrider

            How were we on a level playing field with Spurs?
            London v North East.
            There’s no level playing field in the modern game.

          • hetonmag

            Just have a look at the commercial side and see the difference between then and now.

          • ghostrider

            Like I told you. London v north east.
            Let’s make it more clear.
            London and the north east are both stood below a high wall.
            Both ask for a leg up to climb it.
            London are given a pole vaulters pole and the north east are handed a stool.
            Ashley knows this.

          • Cockneytrev

            As normal,, bollocks,,,
            The world is smaller than it’s ever been.
            Hoop licker👅

          • ghostrider

            Maybe but London is bigger than it’s ever been.

          • Cockneytrev

            makes no difference whatsoever
            Hoop licker,,,,👅

          • ghostrider

            Then keep frustrating yourself. lol

          • Cockneytrev

            only thing that frustrates me is that Ashley is the owner of my club,,
            Nothing about you frustrates me,, I don’t have to post under numerous names to get anyone to agree with me,,,
            You sad hoop licker,,👅

          • ghostrider

            Clearly you are frustrated.

          • Cockneytrev

            Again the irony is lost on you!!!
            You sad Hoop licker👅👅

          • ghostrider

            lol

          • Leazes.

            Not all of London…. Haringey and Wood Green.

            Tyneside or Haringey…. no comparison.

          • Kneebotherm8

            About £26m yearly commercial income for both clubs at that time,ours is still around the same while theirs has gone through the roof.

    • Phil Hill

      Couldn’t agree more, ghost rider. Try to buy us on the cheap sounds to me like Mike Ashley mark II

      • anyobrien

        😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 unbelievable

      • TheFatController

        It’s not cheap – banks and world investors won’t lend Ashley money to buy players to keep us up because they know there’s not enough value in the club as security.

        Ashley also knows this, as he won’t lend his own company money against the value as security.

        If you believe there is any other reason he won’t put more money in you’re easily conned by him. He has money, he just knows he won’t get it back if he spends on the club.

        So that’s him admitting it’s not worth £350m.

        • Cockneytrev

          Sounds about right,,
          It’s only worth money to him, due to him using it as an advertising tool, for his real business,,

    • Cockneytrev

      Yeah like they had to ramp up the fan discontent!!!!

      • ghostrider

        Did you see any fan discontent when we were going for promotion from the championship?
        Did you see any fans discontent when Ashley handed Rafa 80 million to achieve it?
        Did you see any fan discontent when we won our last game and Brighton didn’t, as we went up as champions?

        Everything was calm and exciting, with a feel good factor.
        Fans are FICKLE and over expectant depending on how they see a glimmer of hope.
        From that high they can become severely underwhelmed and resigned to the depths of despair depending on what Ashley spends.

        Have a manager that buys every player but the one’s he needs and Ashley’s to blame.
        Win a few games after a run of dismal results with terrible football and Ashley’s to blame.
        Fans love to blame Ashley for everything.

        • Cockneytrev

          perhaps if he had run the club properly , on the field we wouldn’t have been relegated twice !,,
          The discontent was always there and has been since keegan was treat like sh***,
          you Ashley hoop licker👅

          • ghostrider

            What exactly is running a club properly?

          • Cockneytrev

            Buying players in positions that are needed, not players who could possibly have a sell on value.

            buy proven premier players, not all foreign players with the hope they will have a sell on value.

            Don’t sell best players, build a structured team around these players.

            Set up a proper accademy to bring through youth players, this means hiring top youth coaches, not sycophant Hoop lickers.

            put out teams to win tournaments not just a weekened squad thus saving players for league games.

            Have ambition for the season, not to avoid relegation.

            Bring in proven people to run the commercial side of the club.

            Start a proper fans forum with elected fan representatives.

            Set up a proper marketing structure, build the club into global brand.

            This is just the start, it should be a work in progress, if the club is run properly money will pour in,,,

            This is how an owner should run a football club unlike your hero who has run it for his own ends and nothing else.

            You Ashley Hoop licker,,👅

          • ghostrider

            A lot of made up stuff there.
            You need it in order to create the fiction so your hate for Ashley appears ever more legitimate.

          • Cockneytrev

            wow!!!
            The irony of what you said,, from the one who posts under various names to show his love of all things Ashley,,, 😂😂😂,

            have a look at yourself you sad hoop licker,,👅

          • ghostrider

            I post under one name….this one and you are welcome to get it checked out.
            Now that you know this, do not use it as part of your extremely weak retorts.
            It’ll just frustrate you.

          • Cockneytrev

            Of course you do,,,🤔

            you sad hoop licker👅👅

  • Vladimir Biggski

    Mike Ashley’s teams sole focus is on maximising his profit, whether that is dragging the season out to pocket the £100m tv money and next seasons £90m parachute payment with zero investment in the team, or selling the club to anyone prepared to pay the extra £100m on top of the clubs real value.

    Either way Mike is getting his £100m reward for destroying the hopes and dreams of hundreds of thousands of Newcastle United supporters.

    • Paul Patterson

      Spot on, he’s not going to accept 250m, because at the end of the season he’s going to get another 100m regardless of if he sells, gets relegated or whatever.

    • anyobrien

      100% correct

  • Phil Hill

    250 million is a joke offer. We were worth more in the championship. If there is this big money backer from the middle east why are they not making a serious bid. The team value alone is worth that, not to mention the stadium, training facilities, merchandising and brand name and TV money. I think he’s right to dismiss this joke of an offer. It’s just a shame that the media hype has built this up to be such a huge deal and got the fans hopes up. Let’s forget the whole deal and concentrate on the transfer window and keeping this club in the premier league where it belongs.

    • Mitros gotta start

      Stupid [email protected]….are you related to dennis wise?

      • anyobrien

        😂 😂..

      • Haitchdee

        He’s his brother from another ‘non specific gender person ‘. I’m finding the Mag comments a great source of laughs at the moment.

      • kingfisher

        Good one Mitros 👌👌👌

    • Ram Kishore

      So how much do u believe we are worth.. 300 or 400? We are not even a proper mid table club.. and all these people are business oriented..they would want to buy cheap..just as Ashley who wants to lie

      • Tom Page

        When we’re just above Sunlun in League One we’ll be worth between 300-400p!!!
        Not even pounds.

    • anyobrien

      We are three points off relagation.. Do you not understand?
      When we go down the clubs worth 60 million.. Look at villa for example.
      Its like buying a house on a cliff top that corroding away… Last year it was worth 150k….guess what the cliffs getting closer… Hmm 🤔 I’ll give you, 90k….im astonished how people still think Ashley is doing us right…. We are going down with out a fight and he has constantly lied to managers about transfers and funds.
      There is a part of me hoping fatty keeps the club relagates us twice asset strips us more and breaks us in half…. Why just to hear and see the response from people like your self…. Check the figures, stats money in and out he’s killing us and pcp are the only party in town, there are no more bids simple as that.. He’s greedy and stupid, he’s admitted himself on sky he can’t basically compete anymore so guess what get out you fat pr1ck the party is over.ffs he’s a cancer.

      • Rich Lawson

        The Championship is littered with once great clubs who have made the drop and are now just a fraction of their previous worth.

    • Hughie_Gallacher

      If you believe the team alone is worth more than £250 million, I’m surprised Ashley hasn’t cashed in.

    • TheFatController

      Did you type that while Ashley held a gun to your head ….?

    • Cockneytrev

      I can’t honestly get where the team is worth £250 million?

      • kingfisher

        Correct. It’s buy one,get one free at the minute ⚽️

      • Leazes.

        Team + Stadium + Brand + Customer base.

        • Cockneytrev

          Phil hare says the “team is worth that alone” £250 mil, I can’t see where,,

    • Kneebotherm8

      So where is this other £350 million bidder that Mike says has come in………why isn’t the club being sold to that bidder…………..we’re all mushrooms as far as he’s concerned fed fulla sht and kept in the dark..

    • Barry Moyes

      Newcastle team worth£250 mill are you for real

  • MadMag83

    All the resources at our disposal? Fat chance! Are the club seriously suggesting that the extent of our finances are loan deals?

  • Milo79

    I refuse to believe that anybody would spend months locked in negotiations for a deal worth hundreds of millions of pounds if they were a ‘time waster.’ She’s probably already invested £100,000 worth of her own time in this deal, but we’re supposed to believe she’s a charlatan and a fraud because Ashley says so. She comes across as genuine and likable in the Caulkin interview. I know who I’d sooner believe, after more than a decade of Ashley’s outright lies.

    • Paul Patterson

      I find it funny that some people are prepared to do this woman down on here say, whispers and assumptions, yet are willing to hang on and back Ashley after ten years of evidence the other way.

      • TheFatController

        It’s called codependency

        • Tom Page

          Spot on! They are all employees of the fat useless [email protected]@@@@d. They are paid by him.

  • anyobrien

    @phil Hill gosht
    rider and Monkseaton mag
    I hope fat boy keeps the club and bankrupts us puts us in administration and we plummet down the leagues just see you your blullzh1t on hear I really do.

    • FatParosite

      They are Bishop’s PR drones. Don’t reply to them, it conforms to their modus operandi.

      • TheFatController

        No drone could be as bizarre as those named…

        • FatParosite

          It’s the only way I can logically play it out.

  • TheFatController

    Here’s the simple polarity that shows the truth of the sale:-

    – we’re worth £350m due to the financial stability of the club and guaranteed PL tv revenues

    – Or we’re worth £300m max because we don’t have guaranteed PL status and thus aren’t financially stable

    If it’s mike ashley’s valuation, why can he not attract the investor he is always talking about, or just get a loan of £50m from the bank?

    You can’t say that would make us financially unstable because apparently the club is financially stable and guaranteed PL tv revenue.

    So, the club clearly isn’t worth £350m because if it was, any owner would loan money against that value to invest to guarantee PL survival and protect the £350m valuation.

  • hetonmag

    £250m without clauses is perfectly plausible as far as I’m concerned we are 3 points off a relegation place, even if we stay up by the skin of our teeth who’s to say after the HMRC investigation into irregularities that the FA deduct points from us which could lead to relegation. So fat lad take the money and get out of our club and let someone else have a proper go at running a football club.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Yeah,PCP will be taking on a lot of potential liabilities with their £250 million offer.

  • Down Under Mag

    All getting a bit childish now with this tit for tat in the papers/media. Ashley doing his usual antics of refusing to budge on what he wants and others trying to do a normal business practice of negotiating expecting to meet in some middle ground…which clearly Ashley isn’t willing to do. We aren’t looking great in the league and considering our closest rivals all seem to be buying players to strengthen then it kind of leaves us a bit adrift. No matter what, stay up, go down, sell, don’t…i’ve kind of had enough it all now. The usual limelight seekers are back in full voice now wanting to try and organise walkouts and the like…let’s hope they manage to get some more organisation this time between all the various Ashley Out campaigns or we’ll just end up being more of a laughing stock than we already are…again!

  • kingfisher

    If this latest article in the Times is to be believed,and there’s no reason not to take it as fact, then it appears that Amanda has improved her original offer twice to Ashley ! That means she has submitted 3 offers in total and Ashley has knocked back every one.If he was really intent on selling up,then surely he should be willing to negotiate. I would put his business ethics and morality in the Del Boy Trotter class.
    (no offence Del) 😭😭😭

  • magpiefifer

    Ashley has been proven to be a liar – a leopard in every sense!!!!
    Why won’t Sky show some neutrality/integrity for once and quote the more plausible story from the Staveley camp!?

  • thewildchimp

    No, it won’t be made into a film – it’s too boring and predictable. Turkish dramas are far better.