Mike Ashley wants to sell Newcastle United as soon as possible, according to an exclusive on Thursday night.

The Telegraph say that their information is that rather than going beyond 11 seasons at the club, Ashley is desperate to sell.

The (no) takeover saga dragged on endlessly, with neither Mike Ashley or the Amanda Staveley bidders apparently willing to close the gap between them.

For a long time it was clear that selling the club during a relegation fight was never going to happen, with the NUFC owner willing to make any concessions due to that fact.

There was a lot of name calling from both sides via the media when Mike Ashley made public that takeover talks were at an end with Amanda Staveley, as they had got nowhere.

Despite this though, The Telegraph report that Ashley is willing to listen to fresh bids from the Staveley bidders, once Premier League safety is assured.

As well as the possibility of the Amanda Staveley interest being revived, the newspaper states that there has also been interest from another two parties earlier this month.

Describing that interest as ‘tentative’, the Telegraph says that all parties are waiting for the league status to be decided before potential bidding/auction can begin.

There were always going to be reports of a takeover potentially being back on, once we neared the end of the season.

So you do have to treat with some caution any reports claiming new information, though to be fair to The Telegraph, their reporter who covers Newcastle United/north east football, has broken a number of NUFC stories in the past.

Here’s hoping…on both Premier League safety and the sale of the club ASAP.



  • TheFatController

    Given her group has been the only bidder in 11 years, you don’t need to be a City expert to suggest to Ashley he may well need to be open to further bids from her…

    • Danimal

      Oh, I made a slightly cynical comment, with no swear words…under review.

      • Danimal

        The only offensive term I can see is ‘Mike’.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Amanda will not be buying the club and no one else will. Sunderland cannot give their club away for free Gibson is stuck with Boro and there is no interest in anyone buying Newcastle so Ashley will be here for a few years yet. However he will spend the T.V money.

    • Danimal

      On pies and whores.

      • Peaky Magpie

        😂🤣😂

      • Leazes.

        I’ve blocked him …..who’s he talking about Trump or Ryder?

        • Danimal

          Could be either but it’s a sports shop owner closer to home. Clue: it’s not Stan Seymour.

    • Danimal

      If he ever leaves, you should be careful in case you get the bends when you resurface.

    • Chuck D

      If Ashley remains the owner of NUFC for a few years yet, there is no doubt the club will be relegated again. This is aside from what happens this season!

      • HarryHype59

        It could still happen this season. People are assuming the club is safe on 32 points and four points above a relegation spot.

        I agree with you regarding another relegation under Ashley.

    • Wor Lass

      I bet you a “virtual” pint that he sells before next season.

      • Whitehurst

        I second your “virtual” pint…that the odious one will sell up too!! 🤞

        • Wor Lass

          You can pay for me if I lose, if you like! lol

          • Leazes.

            Bet he doesn’t a virtual million quid.

  • Tino o

    Here we go again

  • Steven05

    Ashley WILL leave one day – and he doesn’t want to spend any money

    I need to keep some hope that one day soon he will be gone

    • Leazes.

      I’d settle for his empire crumbling after Brexit when he can’t get eastern european lorry drivers or warehouse operatives to move his tat.

  • Paul Patterson

    There you go lads, get playing for survival. It’s a win-win . .

    • Peaky Magpie

      Aye,pin that up on the dressing room wall as well…

      • kingfisher

        Aye Mr Peaky, and a picture of Beardsley with his lawn mower,that should provide some motivation .Surely Kielder must be like a bowling green now 😁

        • Peaky Magpie

          Got to be…rumour has it Andy Murray going there to warm up for the grass season 🎾

  • relaxed

    These exclusive reports about Ashley selling are getting a bit tedious now
    Do you ever get the feeling that it’s groundhog day all over again

    • Wor Lass

      I had that feeling yesterday!

    • Leicester Mag

      Like ground (fat) hog day

  • nufcslf

    For Christ sake win Saturday and we can dream again for a moment, only to have it crushed on Monday morning with the headline, ‘Mike’s going nowhere’, to surface

  • Alex

    And this is news? Of course he’ll sell up once (if) survival is guaranteed. The whole issue about not doing an earlier deal was simply a gamble by Ashley that he’d get more by hanging in there until another season on the gravy train was assured.

  • Peaky Magpie

    I’m going to wait patiently and see what Leazes has to say about this…😡😡

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      He`ll be writing a novel on it
      😂😂

      • Leazes.

        Nothing to write about MM, While Luke Edwards isn’t under the same obligation as the Chronicle to fill columns for the sake of it, this is just a bit of waffle with no details,.

  • Wor Lass

    “There was a lot of name calling from both sides …”. I don`t think so, Jim. I could have missed something, I suppose, as I don`t live in the UK but I only remember Ashley doing any slagging off. The Saveley side seem to me to have been very professional all the way through. It`s funny as well that there are supposed to be two new parties interested but the interest is only `tentative” ie no non-disclosure agreements signed therefore no names to be named. Sounds familiar – as someone said, Groundhog Day.

    • ghostrider

      The Staveley side seem anything but professional. I liken them to Hyenas.
      Ashley gave them a price. The price is perfectly reasonable for a club of this size and especially if their mindset is to put it firmly on the elite map of clubs.

      It seems that doesn’t appear to be the case. It almost appears like they want the club on the cheap and are waiting for Ashley to be brought to his knees and sell for a knockdown price with all the trimmings added in.

      Ashley isn’t stupid but, if he does sell up, I feel it’s the beginning of the end for us as a club in the higher league, unless it’s a Sheikh type that takes over, because a cheapo consortium will basically kill this club in short order and we will end up like Sunderland, or worse.

      • Wor Lass

        As someone once said (just the other day), “You are seriously in need of medical help”!

        • ghostrider

          lol

      • Down Under Mag

        Ashley put the club up well above what was claimed to be the market value of the club. Couple with unknown TV revenue, a looming relegation battle and an unwillingness for any kind of player bolster deal or relegation clauses in the sale and it’s not suprising it all fell through. Ashley does not negotiate, he starts high and just expects people to cough up what HE wants not what the club is worth. Only this seems reversed when the club are buying players… I’m not sayign Staveley was the answer to all our issues but Ashley does not have any negotiating in his blood…and that is why it will never be sold. he has no reason to if we can limp through and pick up the TV money without him spending a penny of the clubs money.

        • ghostrider

          Ashley is the best owner we’ve ever had. He’s had his massive flaws and naivety and lies like all other but he’s shrewd and nobody’s fool.
          He can ask whatever price he sees fit for Newcastle United because Newcastle United is his club whilst he owns it.

          The mere fact he’s hated by many… and those people think he should sell for whatever is offered, just shows how those fans would rather cut off their own noses to spite their own faces.

          Let me tell you something and I’ll state this as a future fact.
          If Ashley leaves and the new owners come in and do not cater to the whim of the fans who want everything on a plate, the new owners will be on that hate list…but you can bet your bottom dollar, so will Ashley just for the sake of it.

          This club has never been better run financially.
          It’s been much better set up player wise by certain managers but only for sporadic times before everything crumbled… and Ashley wasn’t in charge then… and nor did the past managers have to contend with a host of sugar daddy clubs.

          Ashley might want out but he isn’t going to go until he sees the readies he asks for and also sees that the people who buy the club are fit for purpose, just as he is… but many simply won’t see it because they still cuddle into the Keegan years.

          • Fatwasp

            A financially shrewd businessman would not have been so naive as to buy a millionaires’ toy without the financial nounce to invest appropriately. Even an armchair provocateur can see how he has under estimated the task in hand. Moreover, there were precedents that he could have observed such as Ambramovic at the top and plummeting Leeds. So no, he clearly is not the best owner we have had. I’m not even going to elaborate on his well publicised mis-management of Keegan and Shearer or his own admission that he has made mistakes. I suppose that you would argue that we have had worse owners? Even Mr.Shepherd and Mr.Hall for all of their faults didn’t see us relegated twice. So yet again… can I ask you… are you a Mackem troll?

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Lunatic

    • Scottpaige

      You want to get your blinkers off and read into Staveley properly. She has played a cute game and she hasn’t been all the sweetness and light what some are panting her to be over this deal

      • Wor Lass

        For example? I did say I might have missed something, didn`t I, so bring me up to speed.

    • Leazes.

      You didn’t miss anything….Where do you live then?

      • Wor Lass

        SW France – and the weather`s cr*p!

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          France, that`s you on my schitt list
          💩💩💩

          • Wor Lass

            I`m on a mission to introduce them to real curry.

          • Leazes.

            You’ve got your wok cut out there.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            🗼
            👍

          • Wor Lass

            They`re spice wusses and think noone else knows how to cook! Apart from that, they`re OK.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            the Muppet can speak Spanish but not French

          • Leazes.

            Maybe that’s why you got into bother in Lyon.

          • Leazes.

            Have they never heard of Greggs or Berni Inn? philistines!

          • Wor Lass

            They`ve got “McDo`s” and they absolutely love it.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Had a run in with some French guys in Lyon,
            what they didn`t know that one of our lads was at the time
            British Martial Arts Champion
            😂😂😂

          • Wor Lass

            Nice surprise!

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            it was for them, the same guy now teaches self defence to girls & women in his spare time for nothing
            he`s a good lad

          • Rich Lawson

            Had an equally satisfying experience when sat in a Bradford bar with 2 large work colleagues of a similar age when 7 Leeds supporters took exception to my accent.We must have looked like 3 old blokes having a quiet drink (as we were) but all worked on a secure mental health ward where we could be attacked on a daily basis by the ”clients” we supported and (NHS days) had received extensive training from ex military,royal bodyguard and former pro wrestler. Carnage,like an old John Wayne film.Never bothered going back to that pub tho’.

          • Rich Lawson

            and Football !

          • Wor Lass

            Ha! i`ve got to say the french aren`t doing so bad on that score.

          • Rich Lawson

            Can’t help myself !

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          No Asda then
          😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

          • Wor Lass

            Got a Lidl round the corner!

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      I think Staveley was clever with her use of favoured journo’s, the Times jumped to her tune at every opportunity. That, I believe, irritated Wor Mike.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    They`ll have to come up with what he wants or he won`t sell,
    although the guys a Pig, he stated what he wanted & they came up £50m short therefore he said no & that was it.
    the Blonde went public to gain the backing of the supporters which was unnecessary as we all hate him anyway.
    the bottom line is, he`s here until he gets his price

    • Down Under Mag

      Sadly I agree, the only issue is that his price is always a fair whack above what is deemed fair market value and therefore he never ends up selling. It has been stated plenty that it does appear to be a perfect excuse for him to not spend a penny and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him retain the club, pocket the TV money and no new players bought in…

    • Pelican

      *Correction*. Ashley went public and made disparaging remarks about Amanda Staveley. A.S. reacted by going public to clarify her position to the Newcastle fans. Oddly enough, some people were taken in by Ashley’s media play and started to express doubts about Staveley. If anybody had underhanded motives in attempting to leverage the fans over the sale of the club, it was Ashley and his ‘rumour’ spreading about Staveley.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        She was in the media long before Ashley, go back and look

        • Pelican

          Perhaps you should go back and look. Staveley even mentioned in her interview that she was responding to smear from Ashley’s side. Staveley was responding to the “hurtful” accusations thrown at her from Ashley’s camp, Ashley telling the public she was a “time waster” etc. I am surprised you would even doubt Ashley wasn’t the instigator.

      • TonyGreenFanClub

        If they want or wanted the club enough, they will just pay the money because if they believe in the club they will know its the biggest club they will get for the price. The Halls and Shepherd wanted it enough to get into a price war for the shares and they proved their commitment when they got it.

    • Guest 2

      The new TV revenue deal has decreased, not increased, as he was hoping/expecting. If he does want out then he’s going to have to accept the best offer made to him. He wanted, allegedly, 350 million – and now the guaranteed income is reducing so the price in any sane persons mind would have to be lower.
      And Staveley did not speak publicly first – Ashley did through his many ‘unnamed sources’.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        There`s still 2 packages to come, the league says when they are sold it`ll work out at about the same as the clubs are getting now.
        I beg to differ
        he pulled the plug on her because she went public
        Anyway Clarko will know

        • Guest 2

          She went public, publicly and quotable. He meanwhile did his normal shenanigans and drip fed stories via ‘unnamed sources’ well before then.
          Her first comments were to defend herself and outline exactly what her bids were – the bids Ashley claims she didn’t make.
          If you choose to believe Fatty’s side of things then you really are a Disney character!

  • Lhc

    😴 I can not be bothered with another long drawn saga, funny how now the season is near it’s end and season tkts need renewing not long after the season finishes this money/media spinning saga starts up again. You can kid some fans but not me, if someone is serious about buying us do it behind the scenes don’t go public till it’s done. That’s a serious person, the majority know that this whole selling the club is a load of bolloc#s.

  • Wezza147

    Once safety is assured (I say once as I am confident) then MA will raise the price of the club to probably 450M and say/media goons that he was messed around, no serious offer and all this will be a smokescreen to not spend a penny… even of the clubs money. Where is the TV money? We all know where.

  • Hopey

    Just make sure we are the loudest most passionate supporters we can be tomorrow, get the boys over the line and then hope that the right people are in charge next season and compete at the correct end of the league, throw in a cup run and maybe Wembley visit then happy days

    • Viru leckworth

      Indeed!

  • Steve Smith

    Here we go again…

    • TheNutJob

      that`s a good opening for a song 😂😂

      • Rich Lawson

        Badfinger,Ashley ? Or ”Careless Hands” ?

  • Lakeland Mag

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Whickhamrobbie

    Season ticket renewall time perhaps ????? .

    • gallowgate26

      Not renewing mine until mathematical safety…

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Do you do that every year
        😂😂

        • gallowgate26

          No, I got a half ST in the championship and then renewed, just bought occasional tickets before that. I just don’t want to sit through a whole season of championship football again, as nice as the regular wins were…

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            A team is for life not pick and choose go to every game home and away have done for forty years. Support the team through good and bad not just when we are winning.

          • Lhc

            I agree, follow the club through thick and thin or don’t follow them at all.

          • gallowgate26

            What a load of rubbish, I’ll pay (good) money to the club on my terms and my terms only. Just like I pay good money to see musicians play or whatever else it is, when I feel like it. If it warrants it, I’ll pay it. If the regime are taking the proverbial, then no, I won’t go. That doesn’t stop me listening/watching the fortunes of the club. As they say though, a fool and his money are easily parted.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Following your principle there would be no fans following Crewe or Carlisle very sad

          • Brian Standen

            I wholeheartedly agree! If we ever were successful tens of thousands of the so called pickers and choosers would suddenly re – appear!

      • Albert Stubbins

        Your not carol vordaman by any chance?

        • Viru leckworth

          You’re not you mean

          • Albert Stubbins

            Could be.

  • Mike

    total rubbish as per usual

  • Tweed Mag

    The media do your head in. I’m going to the match with one thing in mind – three points. Bored with all these so called exclusives.