Sky Sports have reported an update on the possible sale of Newcastle United by Mike Ashley.

There are two parts to the update and this story does have all the hallmarks of Ashley’s people using Sky Sports to get the message out.

Back in February, two days before Newcastle beat Man Utd, Keith Downie who covers NUFC for Sky Sports, said that he understood Mike Ashley was willing to accept £300m for a quick sale once the relegation/safety issue was sorted out.

However, the broadcaster is saying that Mike Ashley is now looking for up to £100m more than that…’looking to recoup between £380m-£400m from the sale of the club.’

The second part of the Sky Sports/Mike Ashley message, is that the Amanda Staveley bidders (or anybody else interested) needs to hurry up, as if any buyout is to happen AND give new owners the chance to have the club ready for next season, they need to act in these next few weeks.

We have been waiting for movement on a club sale but I can’t say this is the most positive we could have hoped for, Ashley still willing to sell but at a price which is surely way more than the club is really worth.

Once again leaving us to ask, is he really serious about trying to sell Newcastle United?

23 April 2018 – Sky Sports:

‘Negotiations over the sale of Newcastle United to Amanda Staveley will need to make significant progress over the next month if they are to stand a chance of success, Sky Sports News understands.

A shortened summer transfer window, coupled with the World Cup finals in Russia, means any potential talks with PCP Capital Partners will need to be rekindled in the next few weeks if they are to have sufficient time to recruit in the summer.

Having gambled on Newcastle surviving the drop this season, it is understood Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will be looking to recoup between £380-£400m from the sale of the club, which is significantly more than the £300m that was offered by Staveley last October.’

9 February 2018 – Keith Downie of Sky Sports:

“My opinion is that it (Amanda Staveley takeover) is dead until the end of the season – or at least until Newcastle’s fate is sealed one way or another regarding which division they will be playing in next season. That’s pretty much the reason it fell through in the first place.

“If Newcastle get relegated, then the club is worth significantly less than it would be in the Premier League. So when they won a few games in a row earlier this season, the value of the club increased. But when they went on a run without winning – as they did between November and December – then the value of the club decreased because relegation looked more likely.

“I think that’s why there was such a delay over the deal and why there was a discrepancy between Mike Ashley’s valuation of the club and Staveley’s. I can’t see her buying the club in the Championship. She wants to be in charge of a Premier League club. So that’s why her bids were not quite at the level that Ashley wanted.

“She wanted to insert relegation clauses in the event that they went down, so she would then be owed some money back by Ashley. But being the businessman that he is, Ashley wanted a straight sale with no clauses. He would have taken instalments, but he didn’t want any caveats or clauses.

“If Newcastle had been sitting in the top 10 and looking safe, I think the sale would have had a real chance of going through before Christmas. They were in a healthy position when the club was put up for sale in October, but by the time December came around, they were struggling. With that, the value and attractiveness of the club went down.

“What I do think, though, knowing Ashley and the way he operates, is that she will have to increase her current bid. From what I’ve been told by certain people involved, he is looking for around £300m, but her last bid fell around £50m short of that.

“I cannot see the sale going through unless she increases it. From Ashley’s perspective, Newcastle are self-sufficient. He wants to sell, he has had enough of it after 10 years, but they are not losing money, so he is not in a rush. He still gets the free advertising for Sports Direct every time they play.”



  • TheNutJob

    the wise one`s on here, like me seen this one coming a mile off,
    Fatty just can`t help himself, can he. as i can`t see him funding Rafa the gaffa something has to give

    • skarabrae

      & the needle returns go the start of the song & we go along like before!!!!

      Groundhog Day 🤯🤯🤯

  • Brian Standen

    it was only to be expected and to be honest the club is worth that, serious bidders must surely see an opportunity is presenting itself!

    • JEz_Brizzle

      TransferMarkt values the club at £143m….. on 15th April 2018….. hmmmm …. I think that is way too low esp given the February dealings. But £400m is a bit far fetched, but no surprise from Cashey

      • Brian Standen

        its worth what people are prepared to pay I guess.

  • Paul Patterson

    Well there goes the takeover boat sailing full speed into the sunset.. 👋🚢☀️

    • JEz_Brizzle

      Nope, not from Ashley’s perspective – it’s still in the dock checking for seaworthiness

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    he will bilk the club to the 3rd division and then blame the fans’ ambition for why things didn’t turn out differently

  • Lord

    Interesting use of the word ‘recoup’ which means to regain something you’ve already spent.

    Has Ashley put £380m+ into this club?🤔

    • HarryHype59

      He is an incredibly greedy man!

    • Jezza

      No but I reckon he’s taken at least that much out.

    • JEz_Brizzle

      Yeap. You got it. He has.

      (you forgot to add his time and effort, and all the stress the mean and horrid fans have shown him …. that’s the £250m, and £150 for the club)

  • TheFatController

    After 11 years of failing to sell the club at any position it’s been in the league, what Ashley wants for the club is irrelevant to any sale.

    He’s always been deluded on valuation by the need to leave on his terms, not someone else’s.

    The world’s Investors see his valuation as a little isolated by comparison to their own valuation.

    Sometimes, if your ego needs antagonism with others because it doesn’t get respect, it can be very hard to give up the ability to antagonise because without it you’ve lost. Thus he’s like a troll, punishing us for not respecting him – we deserve all we get as far as he’s concerned, we’ve injured his ego with our inability to see the wonder that is Mike Ashley’s ownership …

    • Peaky

      Yup,the MORE we hate him the MORE he digs in…

      • TheFatController

        Remember that story as kids we heard – the wind and sun trying to get the guy’s cloak off…?

        Maybe if we love him, shower him in warmth and praise, he’ll sell and find someone else to antagonise to act out his childhood unresolved anger with …?

    • Jezza

      It’s a lot more straightforward than that. He is a businessman who is making huge amounts of money from our club while also using it as a gigantic free advertising vehicle for his core sweatshop business.

      • TheFatController

        Agreed. But that doesn’t explain starting off drinking with fans, sat in his toon top.

        That’s not telling me he solely sees this as business. That’s a man who wanted to be ‘one of us’ but bizarrely didn’t realise club owners can’t be ‘one of the boys’, they have to remain detached and have thick skins, because any club is going to be up and down.

        Once his ego was bruised, all his defence mechanisms went up. Biggest? It’s not safe to bring my family to matches. So now he’s the victim. How about some sympathy and understanding for the poor lost soul….?

        Amazingly, after 11 years, only two people that post on here understand him. How hurtful must that be to him, having sat amongst us when it all started ? Talk about being ostracized …

  • Sing in the Leazes

    it’s the hope that gets you.
    I gave up all hope with Ashley years ago.
    So this doesn’t surprise me at all

    • JEz_Brizzle

      Ditto !

  • HarryHype59

    This saga is turning out exactly as most said it would. Phatz will always want more than buyers are willing to pay! He won’t invest and Rafa/ New manager will operate on a comparative shoe string next season.

    Ashley isn’t going anywhere soon!

  • magpiefifer

    So very predictable isn’t it!?
    Ashley will be in bullish mood after his gamble of spending less than most other Prem clubs has paid off.However,if there is no sale his longer term gamble will backfire big time when Rafa leaves for pastures new,and we go into freefall !!
    I just pray that someone pays the fat —- enough to be rid of him,but sadly,I think we are going to be lumbered with him for a long time yet !!

    • JEz_Brizzle

      How much is a top ten team with a huge passionate fanbase worth? A bottom three team with a huge passionate fanbase was worth a reported £300m in February…. got to a lot more….

      As for Rafa – Wenger gone, a top team (over the past 20 years), quality players not quite performing, club prepared to support it’s manager and Rafa has English (and London) experience – would be very tempting I am sure, for both club and Rafa. I hope not. I think it depends on Fatty and his sale.

      • magpiefifer

        ‘It depends on Fatty’ – since when have we been able to depend on that a—h—!?

        • JEz_Brizzle

          not depend on him… though I think we can depend on him in one respect… and only one respect…. to let us down!
          The depends here is whether Rafa stays or goes, if Fatty gets a biter and goes through with the sale before the summer, Rafa stays, if not….. if ArseHols come calling on Rafa to replace Wenger, I’d have to support Rafa going…. while loathing the fact that he’s gone and the desolation that would bring

  • Peaky

    We may as well get used to it….the fat piece of 💩 is going nowhere….Rafa on the other hand…..

  • kingfisher

    History tells us that Ashley is a gambler and will NEVER,EVER spend enough to enable us to compete,therefore if Ashley stays,Rafa goes and we continue to struggle and flirt with relegation.
    WE ARE DOOMED IF ASHLEY STAYS !!!!😭😭😭

  • Dillon Tovak

    🙄 standard. Predictable.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    There was only ever 1 bidder, the Blonde with £250m maybe £300m once we were safe.
    The Pigs off his head if he thinks he`ll get nearly £400m

    • Jezza

      The trouble is that the pig is making so much money from our club that it’s not worth his while to sell up unless he gets an offer he can’t refuse.

  • Peaky

    There’s a “me,me,me” interview on SKY on the horizon here I feel.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      😂😂

    • kingfisher

      You’re so negative Peaky.How’s the garden looking?😍😍

      • Peaky

        Bloody freezing here again….snow by the weekend probably…❄️❄️❄️

        • kingfisher

          Aye,same in Whitley Bay.Possibly – 2 and snow coming.Hope youv’e supplied Pedro with thermal undies and wellies.😨

  • Leicester Mag

    Well that’s the positive mood torpedoed yet again. Wtf does anyone give him the benefit of the doubt? And do it over and over again. To pull the same tricks over and over again. Enjoy the laughs at Sunderland’s expense this act will surely lead to Rafa leaving and us following the same path.

    • kingfisher

      Well said Leicester👏👏👏

    • Paul Patterson

      After every positive, there’s always a negative with this guy.

      • Peaky

        Sadly but inevitably there’s more troughs than peaks.

        • Leicester Mag

          Eye and every trough will have his greedy snout in it.

      • Guest 2

        There’s never a positive with Ashley!

      • Wor Lass

        Three of each these days, Paul.

  • kingfisher

    Wasn’t the blonde quoted something like 400 million for Liverpool.Surely we can’t be worth the same as Liverpool?

    • Peaky

      Salah must be worth that…
      😂😂

    • Clarko

      Have you heard of Google? Are you that stupid? Lazy?

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        If there was no Google then you wouldn`t exist as you`ve got
        Schitt for Brains

        • kingfisher

          Well said Moose 👍👍👍

        • Clarko

          You’ve just showed us yours, information and intelligence are different, you have neither. Dummy.

      • kingfisher

        Talking of being stupid and lazy,you’ve been quiet recently Clarko.Have you stopped taking your meds ?

        • Clarko

          You can’t even come with an “insult” that makes sense…

        • Jezza

          No he’s just been trolling under his many different ID’s.

          • kingfisher

            Too true Jezz.I suppose his mother loves him 🤣👏

    • Guest 2

      For a share in it – not the whole club! I recall £1.2 billion or so for the whole lot.

  • Leazes.

    It doesn’t appear to be a new story at all.

    The reporter has plucked figures from the thin air…. load of tosh that has been regurgitated as chinese whispers.

    • JEz_Brizzle

      most likely … but it is pure Ashley form too

      • Leazes.

        Problem when a media feeding frenzy jumps on something and it suddenly becomes believable because everyone starts copying the original lie.

        • JEz_Brizzle

          Problem is when fattys involved, often much later on we find there was something behind it

  • Damon Horner

    Depends on his motive to sell the club as to the value he’d take in my view. The quicker the sale the quicker he can get his hands on Sunderland. See how it goes.

  • Rabid Dog

    This explains the Harmisson quote from the club’s preferred media partner earlier perfectly. It’s as predictable as fudge.

  • vics

    Ashley has form using Sky to make his views known. i suspect he would sell for £400M but it wouldn’t surprise me if he is gambling on keeping his hands on us knowing that no one is going to pay that for us.

    • JEz_Brizzle

      Agree Ashley is a gambler – February negotiations proved it, and this up the price is another ‘gamble’ – if someone wants to come and get it, then they have to over pay else I’ll just keep it and keep trying to make myself profits for as little as I can get away with – if we go down, then so be it – I lost for a bit, but we’ll go back up so I’ll just keep the club a few more years.

    • Guest 2

      Aye and the same Sky lackeys were touting 320 – 350 before Rafa worked his miracles.

  • PercyArcade

    If it’s true it just confirms my opinion that Ashley’s a complete wind-up merchant.

    • Jezza

      The club was never for sale. Fatso is making far too much money from our club to let it go.

    • Guest 2

      A public liar you mean?

  • Sid James

    here we go again another right Carry On at Newcastle

    • Kneebotherm8

      Another fine mess……..

  • Coach Clagnut

    In the recent off-chance meeting with a fan in Pret-a-whatever, fatty not only said he’s lost all interest in the club. He also said, quote, ” I make more money in the Premier league than in the Championship.
    Not we, not the club, but “I” “I make more money”.
    Tells you all you really need to know.

    • Jezza

      True. NUFC is just a cash cow for Fatso.

      • TheNutJob

        plus the free worldwide advertising, he`s here forever

    • Wezza147

      Too true, he has made hundreds of millions of pounds in his time here. Again I stress the pathetic Ashley minions and trying to spread disinformation and lies are blocked so don’t bother bother replying.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        No he hasn’t, you utter tool.

  • robbersdog

    Look…I might be grasping at straws here, but if Ashley has twigged that the higher up the league we go, the more the club’s worth, then he might give Rafa a decent transfer budget in the Summer. He’s a canny businessman, so he must know that you’ve got to speculate to accumulate.

    But then again, the man’s tighter than a gnat’s chuff, so I’m probably just dreaming.

    • Guest 2

      Canny businessman? I’m sick to death of hearing that old chestnut. The only thing he is good at is enriching himself to the detriment of everyone and everything he is involved with.

      • Jezza

        True. He’s just a fat greedy parasite.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Jezza, I take it you’ve been doing sit ups since your photo was taken? Otherwise, the fat name calling like a little weak.

      • robbersdog

        Anyone who starts a business from scratch with very little financial backing and becomes a billionaire at a relatively young age is a canny businessman. That doesn’t mean I like or admire his methods, I’m just acknowledging the unequivocal fact that he’s no mug when it comes to maximising the value of his assets.

        • Guest 2

          Rafa is maximising the value of NUFC, not Ashley.

          • robbersdog

            Well, that’s one way of looking at it, but you could employ that logic with most companies. The fact is, the people who own companies choose who to employ, and Ashley chose to employ Rafa. It was a good business decision and Rafa’s doing the job that he’s paid very well (by Ashley) to do.

          • Guest 2

            Howay man. You can’t have it both ways. Fatty claims he has zero involvement in the running of the club.
            And Rafa is paid by NUFC, not Ashley. Just like all of the debt is owed to Ashley’s companies, not Ashley himself.
            He’s pillaging the club and you appear to have admiration of his ability to do so.

          • robbersdog

            1. He’s not involved in the day to day administration of the club, but its entire strategy and business model is dictated by him.

            2. Rafa is paid by NUFC, which is 100% owned by Ashley.

            3. He isn’t ‘pillaging the club’ because he has increased its value without drawing down any salary or dividends. The only benefit he has received is the promotion of Sports Direct.

            4. I don’t admire him – I don’t like him and would like to see a new owner take over. However, any claims that he’s not a canny businessman don’t really stack up.

          • Guest 2

            Increased it’s value according to who? Only Ashley, any sane person would argue – which you clearly ain’t.
            Benefits? What about the merchandising? What about the Club owned Gallowgate land he is developing for his own profit?
            If he’s such a great businessman then why has he failed – or not even tried – to build commercial revenue which is at a level less than when he arrived?
            That all stacks up.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            No, the merchandise now makes a profit for the club, it didn’t back in 2007. The car park was sold at a profit and the money used to get promoted in 2010.

            Commercial revenue is now mainly outsourced so all profit. We were running low doses before.

        • Paul Patterson

          He got lucky. Started a business – yes, but floated it right before the 2008 financial crisis. In 2006/07 he had all this money and decided to buy us. We were prime for picking as the Hall’s and Shepherds had made a pigs ear of the accounts, saw a get out of jail free card and ran. Its a poor Businessman who doesn’t look at the accounts before dropping £100m+ on a football club.

          • robbersdog

            When he does sell, he’ll make a significant profit of £100m+. Doesn’t sound like a poor businessman to me.

            Oh…and the whole ‘he didn’t look at the accounts before buying Newcastle’ is just an urban myth. The only thing he didn’t spot was that there were staged payments outstanding on previous player purchases, but apart from that, he knew exactly what he was buying. He’ll probably make a bigger profit on the club than any owner who bought into football in recent times, so by all means criticise his lack of investment in players and his poor managerial choices pre-Rafa, but the poor businessman label doesn’t stand up to even the most basic scrutiny.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            He`ll never get £400m

          • Paul Patterson

            That’s your opinion, but lucky is what he is.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Why he paid £133m for the club is a mystery. A look at the previous years accounts had warning bells all over it.

            I was rushed into buying the club, why? We may never know.

          • Lord

            As you can tell, doesn’t look like you’re going to get much support on here!

            I’ll add a different perspective. Within Retail, he’s a successful businessman, regardless of whether you like his methods or him as a person. Not much debate there. Some may call him lucky, I say you make your own luck when it comes to business.

            As a football club owner, I’m not sure the same can be said. He hasn’t really done anything *as a businessman* to increase the value of the club since he’s owned it and in real terms, we’ve gone backwards.

            He hasn’t been a disaster of the Blackpool / Sunderland / Portsmouth variety but to call him a successful businessman in the context of NUFC is going too far I think.

            A *successful businessman* would have increased the value of the asset far more than he has. A successful businessman would have put in a senior management team to control and expand the business.

            The increase in value you mention has been not much different, in my opinion, to buying a house, doing nothing to it and claiming you are a successful renovator when making a profit on it 10 years later due to house prices rising generally.

            If he gets a big profit on a club sale, then maybe that’ll put a different perspective on it. But last time around, it looks like no-one was prepared to pay more than about £275m which would have been a loss to MA over the 10 year period and certainly not seen as a successful business venture.

            There’s no evidence (yet) that he’ll make any sort of profit on a club sale, making him quite unsuccessful in my opinion.

        • magpiefifer

          More like a barra boy who got very lucky!!!!!

  • Guest 2

    He’s the typical fat boy eyeing up a chocolate cake. He swears “no more, I’ve had enough” but just can’t resist when he see’s another full cake on display…

    He’s done sweet FA to justify hiking the price and he should stick to his well publicised words. He wont spend any more money, he can’t take the club forward and he can;t compete with other owners.

  • TheNutJob

    he`s never going to leave, i`ve said it before, he`s a bad, bad man

  • joe mac

    and now all the good work unravels!!

  • John Doe

    Let’s not talk rubbish here. Sky Sports have confirmed nothing. Sky have said it understand that he’ll want to recoup £380-400. Not that this is a confirmed source and he’s actually said this is what he wants.

    Let’s not take one line from a story and make a scare story from it.

    • Damon Horner

      Agreed. The story looked like worthless guesswork to me.

      • John Doe

        And people will just use this to have a go at Ashley not that he doesn’t deserve it

    • Guest 2

      Sky are nowt more than one of his mouthpieces now. They sure as hell avoid reporting anything negative about him

    • Leazes.

      Too late the Shield Gazette has taken it up along with various blogs…. there’s no source for the story and no reporter has put his name to it!

      There is a reason for that… fake news… click-bait…. and the Mag have reproduced it!

      • Guest 2

        Wanna be asking why Sky is peddling fake news on Fatty’s behalf then. That’s one mighty unhealthy relationship between those two.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Exactly they`ve had the heads up from somebody

        • Leazes.

          I’d ask the reporter who wrote it….. but alas no name!

          BT Sport have just taken it up…. better late than never.

          Maybe they’ll enlighten us before the match on Sky.

  • Ramalingam Raghavan

    For me PCP should have bought that time. No trust in Rafa

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Sky is the Pigs partner in crime, one of his Minions has fed them this story.
    he`s probably sitting in his Mansion having a Ruby Murray & thinking
    [email protected]@k the Geordies
    🐖 🐷 🐽

  • Mayor Vaughn

    Rolex Daytona Cosmograph

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      A £25 quid snide from Peckham Market

      • Mayor Vaughn

        25k, Fat Bassa

  • Peaky

    Let’s not let this fat bas*ard take all the limelight….come on lads and stuff Hippo Heeds scouse mackems……

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Leazes top writer, Ryder of the Ronnie is reporting that Fatso is letting the idiot Penfold sort out the budget
      😂😂😂
      You couldn`t make that 1 up

      • Peaky

        Wouldn’t trust a Penfold with my shopping list at Asda..

        • Kneebotherm8

          He’d get you a few whoopsies like…….

          • Peaky

            Bet he’ll be one of those people in front of you in the supermarket checkout who pulls out wads of money off vouchers that take 20mins to process…

          • Coble’s Return

            Don’t eat the cornflakes Peaky – they’re only on loan.

          • Peaky

            😂😂

          • Peaky

            Bet he rummages through the out of date fridges…..there’s an analogy to our transfer policy hidden in there somewhere Coble…

          • Kneebotherm8

            Pretty similar scenario to his transfer dealings…….

    • Rabid Dog

      He personally, does not like the limelight. He has too many haters. But the spin it generates with Mike Ashley and Shyte Direct in the same sentence, blog, forum, media outlet, column inch prove (at least to me) that all news is good news for him. It is a PR dream…. mainstream media cannot help themselves. Mike Ashley.. chairman of shyte direct…. It roll of their tongue

  • Come&TakeIt1836

    This can hardly be seen as a surprise. Based off the value of Southampton when it was sold, this is what a club of this size and worldwide footprint is worth in the PL. He was willing to take less when there was a serious risk of relegation and he could/would not fund more investment. £300M cash is better than £250M on the balance sheet (if relegated) and only a hope of full value years later. But now secure in the PL and the tv deal assured into the future, the club is worth its full value for now. If it goes further up the table next year, it is worth even more. If it starts off slow next year and begins to look like another relegation fight, it’ll be only worth a lower amount.

    And him asking upwards of £400M doesn’t mean he won’t end up being willing to accept something marginally less.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Exactly, I think he’ll sell for £350m oflr a little less. The club makes a profit of around £25-£35m in the EPL, businesses that do that are valued at around £600m

      • Come&TakeIt1836

        Odd. Your reply is on my Disqus page but not in the comments of the article.

        I’d really be interested to see the club’s books. I think there is a lot more going on than the official ledgers let on but I can’t see how they move the money around. I think the club’s “other expenses” (above EBITDA) may be about to drop somewhat significantly after this year. Call it a hunch.

    • Weyhhadaway

      Hope you are right and there is still someone out there who is interested.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The Pig can name any price he wants that doesn`t mean he`ll get it & i can`t see anyone paying £400m for Nufc

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      £400m for a business that gives the owner £100m return in his pocket every year? This comes from Jezza’s world of business tips, £400m is a bargain, that’s very cheap.

      • Weyhhadaway

        By the time you pay wages and ongoing transfer fees, agents etc you don’t make 100M. He disguises the profit he takes out by calling it loan re-payments. He makes extra millions by keeping most of the commercial money from selling our shirts etc, not 100M but still a nice little earner guvna.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          I was being sarcastic, the accusation is that £100m of TV money is “pocketed” which clearly is not true and if this is true, £409m is very cheap.

          He’s not taken a loan repayment but for the emergency relegation / vat case loan in 2011.

          You are wrong about the shirt sales, the club simply use Sports Direct’s distribution and buying power to get better merchandise profit. Many clubs do this using companies like Sports Direct, Kit Bag etc.

  • 1957

    Amanda clearly thought the prospect of relegation would bring Ashley to the table on her terms… she misjudged him. Her clients / investors won’t be keen to have to pay more money into the pot to buy the club now if Ashley does raise his asking price.

    • Fireman Sam

      He has no reason to sell for any less than what he wants. And there is nothing we can do, unless we all stop going.

      On the plus side, how much is the club worth without Rafa? £100m less?

      He has to back Rafa or sell. Failure will mean Rafa leaves and we get relegated.

  • Wezza147

    Could be fake news but I had a feeling he would want 400m now safety is guarenteed and more tv money coming in so he can transfer it straight into MASH Holdings. So this could actually be the true. I predicted this and also then everyone will be “wasting his time” – no money spent an excuse is the takeover, Ashley’s pocket tv money yet again. He won’t sell anytime soon when he is making millions per year. Ashley minions don’t bother replying you are all blocked.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      He hasn’t pocketed a penny

  • Mirandinha9

    With fans on a high, you can always rely on Cashley bringing us down to earth with a bump. Perhaps he is even using 5under1and’s plight, to evidence to us that he’s not too bad after all and thus, we shouldn’t feel aggrieved towards the fact that he’s simply asking for what the club ‘might’ be worth. In reality, he’s obsessed with the colour of money. The consequence will be that Rafa will be on his way. If that does happen, I do hope the fans demonstrate for the first time in 10 years that they have some backbone and revolt against the man, as the Scousers would do. Turning up every week and seeing mediocrity (let’s not get carried away this is an average Toon side), is exactly what Cashley wants, though, I have a feeling, the majority of the fans will cave into him again, continuously lining his pockets.

  • GlasgowMag

    The pennys just dropped with me guys the fatboy has no intention of selling!!! These announcements are basically free advertisements for his brand and everyones falling for it hook line and sinker!! Fatboy will be still here next season our club is now to much of a cash cow for his brand and also for the tv revenue god help us all!!!

    • Rabid Dog

      It’s what I said earlier. It’s a PR dream. Every media outlet… Mike Ashley… Newcastle owner and Shyte Direct chairman….. all news is good news.

      Shyte Direct.cock is the winner

  • Fireman Sam

    No intention of selling. It’s going to be an excuse not to invest ‘our’ money.

  • Andy Mac

    Dont you just hate those “Five things we learned” articles from the Chron ?

    Well here’s my 3 things you need to know about Fatman.

    1. He’s a chancer
    2. His heart is not in this “project”. All he cares about is keeping the PL status to further his cheapskate advertising vehicle
    3. He’ll keep hold of the club, antagonising the fans along the way, unless he is “encouraged” to move on.

    Rafa is doing his bit. We need to do ours !

    • FatParosite

      Don’t go to games. I 100% guarantee he will go. Simple as that.

      • Blackburn1066

        No he will not he does not give a Fu-k what you think.

    • Blackburn1066

      Rafa can do his bit by not signing his new contract till he gets what he wants

  • Andy Mac

    HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU WANT THE FATMAN TO STICK HIS D#8CK UP YOUR R’s BEFORE YOU SAY “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH” ?

    This is your club, because you sustain it, so make a difference or forever bend over for the Fatman, you lily livered halfwits

    • Coach Clagnut

      Harsh….but fair,

      • Andy Mac

        Fair but hard ? Or maybe not where the Fatman is concerned ?

  • Slim_Newcastle

    The more I ready of this stuff the more I become convinced this is all a sham to run the club on a shoestring. Minimal outlay and maximum pocket lining/advertising for his cheap tat. The slug has no intention of selling, doesn’t make sense to. Much as I hate to say it Rafa should leave, by staying (and doing a great job with very limited funds) he’s just helping feed the slug.

    • Ba ba.

      100% agree he will not sell

  • Ba ba.

    He’s a gambler and he will gamble again but this time we won’t have rafa, and this time he will lose… I wish he was dead . Simple as that.

  • Kev-82

    So in other words he doesn’t want to sell, he always sets that price too high but can use a potential sale as an excuse not to spend again. 1 years Premier League cash almost in the bank he must be laughing.

    • Leazes.

      You’ve got it…

  • Kneebotherm8

    When will the penny drop?,most of us know this anyway,this club is not for sale….

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    I think most knew £300m was cheap.

    Someone said the club is making £70m a year profit hinting this is being pocketed. If that’s the case, most buyers would happily pay over a billion for such a money making machine.

  • Desree

    Final bids for the club MUST be submitted the day after season ticket applications close.

  • Mike

    the club is not for sale …wake up and smell the coffee (or SKY wedge) Cashley has no intention of parting with his money maker

  • mactoon

    Groundhog day

  • Weyhhadaway

    We are not for sale. Get ready for the big spin on recruitment, drawn out negotiations, just short of the line, but we got this guy on loan instead, he is called Josel 2. What do you mean Aug 9th? we thought the window didn’t close till the end of August as usual?

    With the Chomical printing four “swoops” per day for players being chased by and signing for Champions league teams, or anyone who strung together three accurate passes in a world cup group game. All of which will drive us all to click away at their little links making it look like they are doing their job. we will also see the inevitable pictures of our old mate Das Boat, that German bloke, oh hang on that was a sinking submarine movie wasn’t it? maybe that is our new nickname, a boat that only surfaced briefly but is destined to keep sinking.

    Thanks in advance Rafa, it was nice having an organized defense and a manager with dignity.

    By the end of August we will be slagging off our front two of Arma and Toney for being no better than Mitro and Gayle who both got sold for a nice little earner there guvna. Then applauding wildly as Joselu shows them the way…………