Hopes of Newcastle fans for much-needed change were raised back in the Autumn, when it emerged that businesswoman Amanda Staveley was the named lead figure on a bid to by Newcastle United.

Mike Ashley had stated that the club was up for sale in October but initial optimism quickly drained away as Newcastle went on an appalling run of form, picking up only one point in nine games stretching from late October and ending up in the bottom three in December.

The big problem for any potential buyer, Amanda Staveley and her investors, or whoever else, was that you could be buying a club that  in a few months time could be relegated and be approximately halved in value.

A war of words broke out (see below), with both sides using the media to get their message across.

Sky Sports reported an Ashley source saying that the Amanda Staveley bidders had proved to be a ‘complete waste of time.’

Whilst George Caulkin of The Times got confirmation from ‘two sources close to Amanda Staveley’ said ‘categorically’ that a written offer had been made in November and was still on the table. Caulkin later interviewing Amanda Staveley herself with further confirmation.

With Premier League safety confirmed last month, little surprise to see Newcastle fans hoping for a takeover to actually happen, only for apparently nothing appearing to happen.

That is apart from Mike Ashley, once again via Sky Sports, letting everybody know he had now raised the asking price by £100m to £400m. The price tag rise appearing to be based on no justifiable foundation, leading many/most to wonder if he genuinely is interested in selling Newcastle United.

Saturday has seen the takeover become a talking point once again, George Caulking replying to a Newcastle fan who asked what was happening now and whether Staveley bid had been ‘genuine’.

The man from The Times has confirmed that ‘There were three bids and they were genuine’, with Caulkin having seen them and Newcastle United having ‘confirmed them.’

As George says, ‘There hasn’t been a queue of people trying to buy at his [£400m] price, either’, this despite Ashley’s representatives having claimed that there had been serious interest from a number of other parties since Amanda Staveley had come forward in the Autumn.

The bottom line never changes for me.

If Mike Ashley wanted to sell the club it would sell. He would put it up at a market price and somebody, Amanda Staveley bidders or whoever, would buy it..

You get mad people saying ‘why doesn’t she/they just pay the extra £100m’ as though it was nothing, why would/should anybody pay at least a third more than the club is probably worth.

With Rafa Benitez making clear there needs to be significant investment on the Academy and the low quality training facilities, as well as money needing to be spent on essential new signings, plus investment on St James Park, how could anybody buying the club be willing to throw another £100m+ away AND do everything that needs doing?

George Caulkin:

“There were three bids and they were genuine – I saw all of them and club confirmed them.

“But they were also rejected.

“Since then, according to Sky sources, the price has gone up to £400m.”

Asked to define ‘genuine’ by a Newcastle fan:

“I have defined genuine. I’ve seen physical proof of the 3 bids.

“Whether you think they were big enough etc is up to you. Ashley clearly didn’t.

“Never high enough for the seller, no.

“But there hasn’t been a queue of people trying to buy at his price, either.”

On 16 January 2018:

Sky Sports:

‘No deal is in place between Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley’s PCP group for the sale of the club, Sky Sports News understands.

A source close to Ashley said:

“It is only right to let the fans know that there is no deal on the table or even under discussion with Amanda Staveley and PCP.”

The source added that attempts to reach a deal had proved to be “exhausting, frustrating and a complete waste of time”.

Sky Sports News have contacted PCP and are awaiting comment.’

George Caulkin of The Times:

“Two sources close to Amanda Staveley assert categorically that PCP submitted a written bid for NUFC in mid November.

“Submitted to Ashley’s solicitors through Chris Mort of Freshfields (who of course used to work for Ashley & the club), they insist.”



  • Ba ba.

    Why don’t sky do another interview with the fat man and get his special friend davey dave Craig to do it again so he can explain just why he’s raised his price and why he knocked back the bids?… Ashley ia a total belend he either needs to sell, back rafa or die its not hard.

    • Karl

      We need to start a movement and protest at all SD outlets, this is the only way to get our club back. If Rafa leaves there will be an uprising.
      People power, we need to stick together and make change happen

      • Ram Kishore

        Lol in your dreams and I’M being prudent.. this is not a protest.. Idiocy

        • karl

          What do you mean? We can make change happen. Are you happy with the status quo.

          • Ram Kishore

            I’m not happy with the status quo
            But if u want to change something..
            U must do it infront of the stadium, match days,
            NUFC office, NUFc training center..
            Stop buying tickets..
            Not peaceful protesting in SD outlets as it wouldn’t do anything.. it will make SD more known..
            Disturb other people who are in that business locality..and not helpful in other ways..

            Protesting infront of SD distracts from your main aim..That is the club..
            U have more options than protesting at SD outlet..
            Dont forget it’s his private property too..

          • Karl

            Well, you have good ideas, why don’t we put our heads together. I do understand however we have never targeted SD.

        • karl

          Karl • 5 minutes ago

          I am in the process of setting up coordinated peaceful protest against SD and would like to build a movement to make change happen. I am looking for as many loyal supporters to make this happen.

          Thank you

      • phildene

        I’ll believe that when it happens! It’s taken so far 11years for the fans to protest against Ashley but they’re like sheep following each other through the turnstiles. They’ll mither on online but haven’t got the balls to act on it

    • joe mac

      latter for me!

      • nufcslf

        And me. Hopefully at full speed as his hellicopter smashes into the ground.

      • porciestreet

        And me…!

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    what a d!ldo… it often feels like MA is intentionally trolling Newcastle fans with this sort of behavior. Which I find especially curious, as the most likely scenario for him finally having control wrested from him is the Toon dropping to League One after years of neglect and Ashley selling for a fraction of what he is asking for now.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      The sort of behaviour that rejects undervalued offers for the club?

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        the sort of behavior where he never really intended to sell the club in the first place. this is all his normal pr nonsense.

  • Lhc

    Bored of this now! The chronicle most days put headlines up With ‘takeover latest’ in them, what takeover?! It was a made up story months ago. Which certain sections of nieve fans creaming themselves, I’m not pie in the sky tho.

  • mactoon

    Given that her reported backers the Reuben brothers distanced themselves from the bid, where was her funding coming from?. Ashley did say she was wasting his time and any future bidders needed to prove up front that they had the funding to purchase the club. They may have been actual bids but did she have the money?

    • Guest 2

      She made three bids, in writing. Doesn’t that indicate to you she had access to the necessary funds? God almighty man, some of you will not believe the sun is going to rise tomorrow.

      • Karl

        We need to start a movement and oust our owner out. We need to target all SD outlets with coordinated protest and this way SD shareholders will be nervous and our owner will eventually get what is needed.
        Who is in for change

        • mactoon

          I have said this before, no buyer, no sale, regardless of the protest. Imagine if one/all of the fans groups like NUST or AshleyOut or the flags group contacted Staveley and put forward a plan to involve the fans to raise money to compliment her bid it could raise the shortfall in her bid and Ashley’s price. Imagine a ‘crowd fund’ effort to ask an initial 100,000 fans to sign up and contribute £500 each to add to Staveley’s bid it would raise £50 million. Then ask the rich and famous from the north east to join in and spend what they want, all in return for shares in the club (Ant, Dec, Sting, Shearer, Johnson, Gazza and so on). This would raise the profile and possibly attract more contributors. The club would be run by Staveley’s consortium and the fans would have shares and an involvement in the club.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Who is going to buy us you and Guest 2 get real.

      • mactoon

        It was ashley who said he wanted proof of funds from the next bidder. So my guess is she didn’t hold the funds in escrow and didn’t show them to him. I don’t disagree that the bids were tabled I am saying her backers backed out so she wouldn’t have had the money in place.

        • Guest 2

          Said who, Ashley? You have no clue who her backers were , nor do I, but I sure believe here over lying Mike Ashley.

          After 11 years, it’s a shame that you don’t.

          • mactoon

            I am quoting the reuben brothers statement that they had a look at providing funds to Staveley but it went nowhere and they would not be involved in buying newcastle. I am merely asking where the funds were coming from. I don’t believe anything ashley says as it’s been proven in court he is a lier.

          • Guest 2

            Aye. So? Who isn’t involved is neither here nor there. Someone is behind her.

            You should go look up the full Caulkin interview with her. ” he explains that Staveley is in the midst of negotiating 8 deals. In short, Caulkin demonstrates that Staveley is a businesswoman with a passion for football, exactly the type of owners the fans of Newcastle United FC deserve.”

            It was also Ashley who demanded a NDA – then had his stooges blab to the media.

          • mactoon

            Still no proof that she had funds available. all I’m asking is did she actually have funds available. A NDA doesn’t necessarily mean both sides are bound by it. It can be a purchaser agreement only so ashley can say what he wants. believe me I’m not an ashley fan and want him out but that doesn’t necessarily mean Staveley has the means given that her reported backers have distanced themselves from the purchase.

          • Guest 2

            Read my reply to ‘robbersdog’, above. You should learn who the Reuben brothers are and how much of Newcastle they have already invested in.
            Also the deals Staveley continues to do with them

          • mactoon

            I know how much they are investing in Newcastle in terms of Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth golf courses, Newcastle and Sunderland greyhound stadiums and development of the old police station on Pilgrim Street but the official spokesman for Reuben Brothers confirmed Simon Reuben says they are not involved in the Newcastle United purchase’. “It is true that we did have a look at it, but nothing actually happened, we are not investing in Newcastle United either as Reuben Brothers or as any individuals, including Jamie.”

            Because of that statement I am assuming they are not providing funds (at this time) so I am simply wondering where the funds are coming from.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            She bid a bag of nuts she had no backers everyone knows it.
            All the alleged backers cried wolf. George and Luke Edwards are scumbags who I hate as much as the mackems they are a disgrace who continue to wreck havic. Was only a matter of time before they they crawled out their holes. Cannot wait to bump into them to again one day.

          • Guest 2

            You’re a bag of nuts. Surprised if you even know what year it is as you sure know F all else.

            Funny how you just can’t stand anyone who criticises your fat mate.

          • Cockneytrev

            😂😂😂

  • robbersdog

    We might’ve dodged a bullet here; Staveley, who was using other people’s funds to buy the club, might’ve been a case of out of the frying pan into the fire.

    As much as I want to see the back of Mike Ashley, I was never convinced that the lovely Amanda was the right, longterm owner for us.

    • Paul Patterson

      She’s the broker, NOT the backer . .

      • robbersdog

        No, there’s no broker involved here. She would be the owner, with backing from third parties.

        • mactoon

          No she is the deal broker. She acts on behalf of a consortium of financial backers who would provide the funds and own the club. She can however provide some of her own money as part of the deal but would only own the percentage her investment entitled her to.

          • robbersdog

            Yeah ok, but she would one of the owners, rather than just a broker.

          • mactoon

            IF she provided some of her own funds which is a possibility IF the people she is brokering the deal for allow her to contribute. They may just employ her as a non contributing broker

    • Guest 2

      Oh, so who would be? The woman brokered City’s takeover, and I’m pretty sure such an owner wouldn’t be turned down by you.

      • robbersdog

        Here’s some facts for you…

        Manchester City were taken over by the ruling family of Abu Dhabi – they are worth at least $1 trillion. Staveley was not the ONLY person who “brokered City’s takeover”; she was one of several people involved in the deal and she does not own any part of Manchester City.

        Amanda Staveley wanted to buy Newcastle United; she is reportedly worth £115m, ie, significantly less than Mike Ashley. Most of the deal would’ve been financed by other people as Staveley’s firm, PCP Capital Partners, is basically her and an answering machine. There are no other employees and the accounts show that the company has no assets, and debts of £3.6m.

        So, to specifically address your gratuitously aggressive point: Yes, I would be very happy with an owner like Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, but someone like Amanda Stavelely is a completely different proposition, and there is no valid comparison to be made between the two.

        • Guest 2

          LOL, facts my backside.

          PCP is an offshore registered company and all accounts in the UK link to a Jersey registered company, which is in turn registered somewhere in the Caribbean. That is the parent company and what are in the accounts are beyond everyone’s eyes.

          Staveley did not wish to buy the club by, or for, herself. She is a broker and she was brokering a deal just as she did with City and with perhaps a small personal stake. She’s also recently brokered a £28.5 million deal, with the Reuben brothers, for real estate in New York which she has a personal stake in. Not bad for a lass with no money and just an answering machine, eh?

          That’ll be the Reuben brothers, worth £13 billion, who own Newcastle race course and 3 surrounding golf courses. They also agreed deals to buy Newcastle & Sunderland greyhound tracks and are also developing the former Pilgrim St, police, courts and fire station into a hospitality zone (hotel, bars and restaurants).

          The fact that you cannot link a woman with those sort of connections and dealings to people of enormous wealth, is your problem.

          • robbersdog

            Wow. Just WOW! So much snarling aggression just because I said that Amanda Staveley MIGHT be out of the frying pan into the fire as far as new ownership is concerned.

            It’s an opinion, a point of view, whereas what’s fact is that you appear to be getting confused between a broker and an owner. Stavelely wanted to buy NUFC as the principal OWNER; she wasn’t acting on behalf of a third party, but she had third parties who were backing her bid. As I’ve already pointed out, that’s not a comparable situation to her role in the Man City takeover. Unfortunately, you appear to be too thick to understand the difference.

            You spend a lot of time on these forums attacking people and starting arguments. We’re all on the same side here, we’re all Newcastle fans and yours aren’t the only opinions that are valid. If you disagree with someone, then that’s your prerogative, but perhaps you should try a bit harder not to flag yourself up as an aggressive buffoon with a personality disorder.

          • robbersdog

            I simply said that Amanda Staveley might be out of the frying pan into the fire as far as new ownership is concerned.

            It’s an opinion, a point of view, whereas what’s fact is that you appear to be getting confused between a broker and an owner. Stavelely wanted to buy NUFC as an owner; she wasn’t acting on behalf of a third party, but she had third parties who were backing her bid. As I’ve already pointed out, that’s not a comparable situation to her role in the Man City takeover. Unfortunately, you cannot understand the difference. And anyway, the Reuben brothers were never involved in Staveley’s takeover:-

            Simon Reuben:

            It is true that we did have a look at it, but nothing actually happened, we are not investing in Newcastle United either as Reuben Brothers or as any individuals, including Jamie.

            Nice try my aggressive little friend, but no cigar.

        • Cockneytrev

          Here’s a fact
          ” Ashley never turned up for the meeting with the mansours to buy NUFC”

  • Paul Patterson

    Unless someone meets the £400m, he’s going nowhere and to be honest, I can imagine that he’ll up that price when/if negotiations begin . .

    • Albert Stubbins

      It’ll then go up to 500 million. Fatty has never had any intention to sell end of story.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Ashley does not want to sell its a cash cow. Can we move on now unless we plan on doing something to force him out.

    • Karl

      We need to start a movement and oust our owner out. We need to target all SD outlets with coordinated protest and this way SD shareholders will be nervous and our owner will eventually get what is needed.
      Who is in for change,

      • nufcslf

        Cashley is one big pile of movement that nobody is ever going to be able to shift.

        • Coach Clagnut

          Only in his own good time after he’s had his pound of flesh.

      • Toonrobbybobson

        The only way we can make a difference is not renewing season tickets. He set this all up a long time ago with the special price freeze tickets on direct debit mid season. Hes not daft when it comes to money. Now knowing that look at everything he does and comes out with and you know where hes heading.

        He is the definition of greed. Sadly I think the only way the club moves on from him in short to mid term is if his health goes backwards.

        He simply wont sell unless it pains him.

        Thats just silently not buying at SD, club tops, season tickets etc. He only listens to money. Protests amuse him.

      • Cockneytrev

        I definitely think targeting SD is a step in the right direction,, but it needs maximum exposure,,
        A plane flying over Wembley on cup final day with waterever wrote on it ,,
        MAybe not the most original, but he won’t allow anti Ashley banners in the ground and sky doesn’t show them anyway, itv , BBC covers the cup final

  • Karl

    I am in the process of setting up coordinated peaceful protest against SD and would like to build a movement to make change happen. I am looking for as many loyal supporters to make this happen.
    Thank you

    • Albert Stubbins

      Peaceful protests never work. Youve got good intentions but your wasting your time. Peaceful protests get zero media exposure so will have no impact on fatty.

      • nufcslf

        Very true. Really needs to be a pain in the rse outside the ground every home match to get attention and the bad publicity the fat barsteward hates. I’m too far away in Vancouver to have any other effect other than not buying a bloody thing. Hope if Rafa does walk, it wakes up the sheep to the total c**t Cadhley really is, but even then I won’t hold my breath. Not too many good to honest football supporter’s go to matches anymore, mostly trendy wankas unfortunately. We shall see.

        • Mirandinha9

          The attendance of 50k fools into SJP will mean the protest would have no effect. Not enough of the sheep have any backbone to stand up to Cashley.

          • nufcslf

            Spot on and is proved with season ticket sales over the last 11 years no matter what stunts the pryk pulls. Safety again this season means nothing will change, even with a likely 5 game losing streak to finish the season. Can’t wait for next season…………

        • Albert Stubbins

          Nail on head. Thirty years ago I genuinely believe he’d have been hounded out by now. But different times different types of supporter. Apparently some call it progress!!

      • Karl

        Think about it, if we target SD the share holders will be in uproar if their name is being dragged through the dirt. Leave Newcastle out of this and target SD, its our only hope.
        Ashley will not care if we boycott games, his only love is SD fact.
        What have we got to lose.
        Someone needs to start this movement and I am ready.

        • Albert Stubbins

          Target SD? By doing what exactly.?

          • Cockneytrev

            If your a share holder your entitled to attend shareholders meetings,,,, its up to you how you wish to proceed after gaining entry,, possible being videoed and this then passed onto BBC , itv, channel 4 , I wouldn’t bother with sky as it in his pocket..

          • Coach Clagnut

            Agitation propaganda, the only way forward

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Great, I’m ordering some new running shoes from Sports Direct, if you protest next week, I can pop in and buy them quicker.

  • Rob Brown

    This really is a half-arsed mixture of quotes, speculation , opinion and fact.
    Why so much focus on confirming one bid in November if there were 3?
    Why has the price gone up 100 million? Errrr, maybe because revenue is now guaranteed at 100 million more?
    Stavely lost out. If she’d agreed to Ashley’s terms in November she’d be well up now.

    • karl

      Karl • 5 minutes ago

      I am in the process of setting up coordinated peaceful protest against SD and would like to build a movement to make change happen. I am looking for as many loyal supporters to make this happen.
      Thank you all

    • Guest 2

      The club couldn’t attract Ashley a buyer in 2008 for £400 million. Nor 2009 for £100 million, and not again now for £300 -£350 million.

      Either no one is interested in dealing with him, or fatty is just full of [email protected]

      • phildene

        It’s both-no one wants to deal with him and he’s full of [email protected] Ashley’s assert stripped to the extreme and still expects £m’s. His own greed will come back and bite him and be death knell of this club. I heard years ago that not one business person will deal with him as he’s so notoriously horrible to deal with.

        Thank John Hall-you’re to blame for all of this due to your own greed.

        • Guest 2

          And let’s not forget the tax man. They said every transfer was dodgy since 2010.

          • Peaky

            Aye,the silence from the HMRC investigation is deafening.

          • mactoon

            This won’t go away, I believe it is one part of a bigger investigation throughout the Premiership clubs. The collation of evidence and making a case will take time

        • Toonrobbybobson

          Aye John Hall has alot to answer for. He did no due dilligence on the fella and just wants shot of the club. He did not care and makes on like he does in interviews.

          • mactoon

            He asked Ashley why he wanted to buy the club, Ashley basically replied that he wanted to use the club to promote SD and Hall agreed to sell his shares which Shepherd had no choice but to sell while in hospital with pneumonia. John Hall was the catalyst for all of this

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            The banks were the catalyst, Hall knew the game was up, concerned he was going to lose the lot under Fat Freddy and Dougie, took matters into his own hands and stitched Ashley up.

          • mactoon

            I mean hall was the catalyst for ashley getting his hands on the club but yes it was the potential collapse of the club and the risk of losing his personal fortune that pushed him to sell up. It’s a shame history couldnt have repeat itself earlier this season when we were close to relaxation but ashleys gamble paid off and now the club is in a good position financially with more to come so I don’t see him going anywhere soon.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Yes, Hall was the catalyst but unbeknown to Ashley, there was nowhere for Hall to go, he had to get Ashley otherwise he was facing the banks taking control of the situation as RBS had done with Liverpool. The question still is why was Ashley spooked into paying over the top for the club, Hall must have done a good job.

            I think you misunderstand the position of the club now Vs 2007.

            Much that you dislike the way the club is run, he has got things very robustly sorted financially, he’s not going to be forced into selling off at any price even with relegation.

            For that reason, a low ball offer from anyone was never going to cut it.

          • Toonrobbybobson

            He just wanted out and happily sold out underneath Shepherds feet as well.

        • East Durham Mag

          Spot on the old [email protected] sold NUFC down the river and made a mint out of it.

      • porciestreet

        Do you really need telling which one…! He couldn’t lie straight in bed.

  • Peaky

    I’ve often wondered if she was in cahoots with Fatso….all this nonsense at the Indian restaurant with the owner of the Daily Express….something odd about the whole scenario.

    • Guest 2

      Aye, he set her up! Wake up man.

      The meeting was arranged by Desmond, owner of The Mirror, they of NUFC ‘favoured media’ status.

      • robbersdog

        Wrong again; Desmond owns the Express, not the Mirror.

  • nevfur

    Sort out the you tube and iPhone pop ups mag. It’s infuriating and losing you readers

    • Peaky

      Not just me then…it’s doing my head in.

      • Coach Clagnut

        Ad blocker….works for me 100%

        • Peaky

          Yes going to look into that…

          • Coach Clagnut

            so far, its blocked 11 ads from this site.

          • paul mclaughlan

            They are still happening just not as often.

          • Coach Clagnut

            R U using AdBlockerPlus?

          • paul mclaughlan

            I’m a tight ar5e so just using a free one.

          • paul mclaughlan

            Just installed an ad blocker on my iPad. Amazon survey ad popped up straight away. But only the once. Fingers crossed that’s it or I’ll stay off here. It’s only happening on this site.

      • nevfur

        No, judging by comments on Facebook a lot getting bombarded by them. Makes it almost impossible to read anything

  • Callum

    Agree with nevfur the pop-ups are annoying on top of what is already a declining site

    • Peaky

      Don’t know if everyone gets the same ads but if I see another one for Harry’s bloody razors I’ll 🤬🤬🤬

      • nufcslf

        It seems to be different ads, but feel your anger. Half the time they are even in the sodden way of the box you type in. Try to close it and it just opens the f**king thing…..

        • Peaky

          😂🤣😂
          I’m getting cheap parking at Birmingham airport now 🤬🤬

          • Coach Clagnut

            With that kind of luck the lottery has to follow.

          • Wor Lass

            I keep getting that MonkSatan mag popping up on my feed – id love some cheap car parking instead!

          • Leicester Mag

            Perhaps he’s getting adverts for date my cousin

          • Peaky

            😂😂

          • paul mclaughlan

            10/10

      • paul mclaughlan

        I keep on getting an Amazon and YouTube survey with a promise of a gift card popping up. Apparently it’s a weakness in the Mags site. They need to sort it or I’m off forever as it’s so frustrating.

        • mactoon

          Firstly you need to stop pop ups on your computer then get free programs called Adaware, Avast and Malwarebytes and run scans as you have malware on your PC which is giving you targeted adverts.

          • paul mclaughlan

            It’s on my iPad mate. I’ve installed an ad blocker so fingers crossed. If not I’ll just stay off the Mag as it’s only happening on this site.

          • mactoon

            it’s malware

          • Leicester Mag

            Half the tat Ashley sells is Malwear

          • Peaky

            I used to go to school with a lad called Mal Ware….always knew he’d turn out to be a wrong un….

          • paul mclaughlan

            How do I get shot?

      • mactoon

        cut your throat? lol

      • Toonrobbybobson

        Aye depending how you come into the site such as facebook etc then ads take over the browser scripts wise and boot you into scam sites for surveys and stuff.

        Annoying! Getting 20 seconds into reading and booted off somewhere else.

        Oh yes id love to complete a survey considering youve just wasted my time taking me away midway through my reading…

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        I think it’s based on search history, I get ads for women who live within 5 miles, that may be difficult where you live.

  • HarryHype59

    I gave up on the Stavely deal months ago! It is never going to happen.

  • PercyArcade

    Ashley is a wind-up merchant.
    End of.

  • Leicester Mag

    Why why do fans put up with this ? Show me any other set of fans who’d be so subservient to this? The only surprise about this is that anyone is surprised.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Why do fans put up with an owner rejecting a low ball offer?

      If fans really cared, they would get together and buy the club. We had the chance in 1991, I sent off my cheques, too few of my fellow fans bothered.

      • Leicester Mag

        I agree in part with you, even as a student at the time I still enrolled. Most didn’t for multiple reasons. Many didn’t have the luxury of that option nor the experience / knowledge or concept of what being a share holder meant. It failed but to some how blame fans 25yrs after the event for the soulless shell presided over by Ashley is on my view opportunistic and ignores the real issue.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          But the point here is why haven’t the fans got together? Protesting, punching horses, stealing your mam’s bedspread and getting out pitchforks is fun but when will fans put their money where their mouth is?

          • Leicester Mag

            Part of the problem is the Mag and local newspapers they simply provide a platform for fans but no leadership. No equivalent to Spirit of Shankly

          • Toonrobbybobson

            Spot on.

            There are solutions but fans also need to start holding Ashley to ransom financially. Its the only language he speaks. He knows week in week out that stadium is full and his direct debits get collected. He has no reason to sell. Never has. Anyone believing it would and ive been guilty myself as you always *hope* are being conned time and again. Hes a master at it. It works every time for him so he has no reason to change.

            The season tickets have to drop. Its the first action fans can take but it will take at least a year to filter through. That will make it cost more to him AND devalue his asset. Next step would be to boycott watching matches on TV. Our games will be picked up less by Sky/BT and in turn the club receives less money. It would have to be a step by step. We could organise the TV boycott as you could get good publicity without trouble around that as Sky would pick that up. They won’t be happy as they will lose money themselves. NUFC are big business on TV. The loss of TV viewers eyes and subscriptions would hurt.

            But protests of marching etc don’t work end of. He finds that amusing. Its his form of entertainment.

          • Leicester Mag

            Perversely as fans we need to realize that hurting the club is the only way he will get. Rangers fans took it to the brink. You don’t remove a parasite through words.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            What happened at Rangers was that fans actually raised money themselves. Much as Rangers fans didn’t like him, he and Sports Direct were the only ones prepared to put money into Rangers. The other shareholders and Directors weren’t putting anymore in.

          • Rob Brown

            Ashley will sell. The club is too volatile. If a decent offer comes along, he’s gone.
            Why would he even mention that its up for sale if its not?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            The spirit is Shankley was great for jf96 but Stavely ran out of patience with the, paraphrasing her is they wanted a lot of say but not having to pay anything from their own pocket.

            Much as I dislike Man U, they at least raised significant investment to try and force out the Glaziers. What our Must should be doing is getting an investment trust set up. Get some money pledged from fans and investors.

            I say 150,000 pledging £3,000 will do it, that may be a pipe dream but if NUST had £40m ready to call in, it could go to Stavely and say, here, offer Ashley £340m, pro rata the shares and I’d guess the owner will accept.

          • Rob Brown

            Why should it be up to them to provide leadership?

          • Rob Brown

            Never – because not all the fans feel the same way.
            It’s just a fairly small vocal minority.
            All those demos that were supposed to sort him out, that band of merry dreamers NUTS.
            The biggest demo at the peak of the fans hatred dropped the gate to 40,000 at a time when 48K was normal. What does that tell you?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            You mention NUST (or NUTS, I’m not sure which is the better representation). So far, they have raised nothing, 9 years and really they have just been talking shop.

            I don’t recall the attendances falling as low as 40,000 for a league game which I think makes your point for you. The antipathy towards Ashley is perhaps over-stated.

            The idea of fan ownership is a pipedream, I’m quite aware of that, however, if NUST had run their trust as a real investment trust or at least got commitments they could mobilise interested parties.

            The asking price may be £400m but Ashley will accept around £350m (I don’t know this for a fact, just a supposition and rough estimate of the value of the club). As Stavely prepares her next move, it would oil the wheels somewhat is a fan’s investor’s group could back her investors with an additional £50m. Her investors may not like the dilution but it would certainly force their hand a little.

          • Rob Brown

            Serious investors would not even consider teaming up with the fans. That’s not the point of the purchase.
            The wheels do not require oiling.
            With the people Stavely will be tied up with availability of money is not a problem. It’s simply about getting as good a deal as possible.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I think you are spot on in that the money will be available and if not, they are no good to NUFC.

            It would be ‘nice’ to have supporter shareholders it would also avoid the toxicity in attitude we have now, dilution would not really affect the big boys. I’ve always thought Ashley should invite bidders for his shares to share the burden of ownership, then, should there be an accusation of being tight, he can point out that fans were invited to put their money in.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Do you think Stavely is still considering a bid? It’s been quiet, Rafa is clearly negotiating a new deal with Charnley and Ashley’s team. If Stavely is considering putting in a proper bid, would Rafa not wait for Stavely to buy the club?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            You seem a sensible chap. If there was a clear positive business plan inviting investors, would you put a bit of your hard-earned in?

      • Rob Brown

        So you think the fans can afford 400 million quid?

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          I think there are about 150,000 die hard fans, £2,500 each buys the club at about £350m plus £25m extra for the pot.

          If fans don’t want to risk their money, it seems hypocritical to ask someone else.

          • Rob Brown

            Hypocritical?

            You don’t like the way the club is being run, so you should buy it?

            I don’t think Staveley is interested in buying it just because the fans want her to.

            I’m trying to decide if you’re serious or just taking the mick.

            It’s been tried so many times and just falls flat.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Had to be George from the Times or Luke Edwards the two people who hate Newcastle. What did she bid a bag of nuts with a clause in saying she wanted them bag if we got relegated and with a free hair do. That woman was a complete waste of time who sent us into the bottom three. Looks like we have seen the last of her as she has got no money or mates by the looks of it. Hope George and Luke crawl back under the stone where they came from.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Ashley flushed out the real backers and wasnt happy. He likes these games. End of day hes a bully playing life is tough on me.

      • thewildchimp

        His SD business strategy isn’t “sell the best goods available” but “drive the competition out by any means possible”. That alone tells anything anyone needs to know about Ashley.

    • Wor Lass

      She sent us into the bottom three not the toe-rag who owns the club. That`s your best ever, I`d say.

      • paul mclaughlan

        Still popping up?

  • Ian Breen

    For god sake sell you spurs loving tosser

  • Magman

    King Kev said the FCB told lies and he was right
    He also said whilst he is owner of NUFC the club is not going anywhere. Right again. All he wants is to spend the bare minimum to stay in the EPL season after season coining it in. He couldn’t give a FF about competing for trophies or challenging for Europe. The FCB.

  • phildene

    You can try and block the adverts by hitting the cross at top right corner, that is if there is a cross. Apparently i think the site gets paid by said advertiser to show their adds, so if true most adds won’t get blocked/stopped.

  • Jonas

    never doubted her
    or him for that matter