Newcastle United takeover talk returned on Saturday afternoon.

Sky News claiming/revealing only 90 minutes before the kick-off against Leicester, that Peter Kenyon (pictured above) was allegedly trying to put together a takeover of NUFC

The report (see below) even went so far as to claim that the former Chelsea and Man Utd Chief Executive had already held ‘preliminary talks’ with Mike Ashley.

When Mike Ashley and Sky exclusive are mentioned in the same sentence, it is very difficult not to feel the descent of a heavy cloak of scepticism, with their past collaborations on a supposed sale of the club, as well as the occasional embarrassing Mike Ashley ‘interview’ screened by the broadcaster.

Yesterday was only two days short of the anniversary of Amanda Staveley turning up at the home draw with Liverpool, lighting the fuse for what was claimed was going to be an imminent takeover with the help of Middle Eastern backers.

To have this Sky exclusive revealed only 90 minutes before kick-off looked to have Mike Ashley written all over it.

Then when he appeared in the stand to watch his first Newcastle match at St James Park for 13 months, to think this isn’t an Ashley set-up is very difficult.

He was in his element, the centre of attention and lapping it up when the Newcastle fans were giving him grief, smirking as he turned  to his PR lapdog Keith Bishop.

Surely also it was no coincidence that the owner’s presence saw club staff getting heavyhanded and pulling down Keegan and Rafa banners pre-match outside the Gallowgate End

So what are we to make of this latest Newcastle United takeover chat?

The club has, according to Mike Ashley, supposedly been up for sale for over 10 years, so why believe it actually is now, and that there is somebody getting serious about buying it?

I’m still not convinced there was real substance to the Amanda Staveley saga (stooge for Ashley?) and I’m even less convinced that Ashley was ever serious about selling NUFC.

Yet again I come back to one sure thing, in my opinion, if Mike Ashley did want to sell the club and people wanted to buy it, the summer has to be the time for it to happen.

It is now six months since Newcastle became safe from relegation and that would have been the point to press the button and get a deal sorted. The owner getting the best possible price as a buyer could get a deal done and have time to put the squad in a far better shape for the new season.

Last Autumn potential relegation became the supposed stumbling block to any sale of NUFC being done.

Now 12 months on and Newcastle United are in an even worse state, there is no way anybody would be prepared to pay the same price for a relegation threatened team mid-season, as they would for that club in the summer with a transfer window to back the manager.

Come November, Newcastle have every chance of not only being bottom three but also starting to see a gap open between Cardiff, Huddersfield & Newcastle and the rest.

I think these last two matches (Palace away and Leicester home) where Mike Ashley has suddenly popped up again, are simply examples of the games he plays, wanting to show Newcastle fans that they won’t get rid of him easily and he doesn’t care how much they protest.

For any Newcastle United takeover to stand a chance of succeeding, you need a willing seller.

I simply still don’t see that with Mike Ashley, no matter how many stories he pushes to his mates at Sky.

Sky News Saturday 29 September 2018:

‘Peter Kenyon is working with advisers on a deal to buy the Magpies from Mike Ashley, Sky News can exclusively reveal.

The former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon is plotting a takeover bid for Newcastle United that could end Mike Ashley’s decade-long ownership of the Premier League club.

Sky News can reveal that Mr Kenyon has approached a number of potential financial backers in recent weeks about the idea of collaborating on a deal.

City sources said this weekend that he was working on a bid with Rockefeller Capital Management, a New York-based firm run by Greg Fleming, one of the most prominent figures on Wall Street from his time at Merrill Lynch and then Morgan Stanley’s wealth and asset management divisions.

Mr Kenyon, who is now a director of a sports consultancy business called Opto Advisers, is said by potential investors to have held preliminary talks with Mr Ashley, the Sports Direct chief executive who bought Newcastle in 2007.

He is said to believe that there is a significant opportunity‎ to expand Newcastle’s commercial revenues, with the club enjoying a significant international following as well as a large and loyal support at St James’s Park.’

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  • Chris-Chapple

    £400m for a club going down which needs at least £60m just to survive & January may be to late to get the required players in.

    • Duh

      Yeah Ashley is mental. He is going to risk losing pl income and then have to invest to get promotion.

      Not investing in the summer has probably already wiped £50-100m off the value of the club. The club’s biggest asset – benitez – will leave leave in the summer without a change.

      Don’t know how he ever became a successful businessman.

      • Paul Patterson

        Pure luck and timing . .

        • Duh

          I would agree

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        I’d guess a lifetime of not giving a f*ck about anyone other than himself has probably had something to do with his success at monetary accumulation.

  • Steve Smith

    The chronicle toeing the line of the meeting being “unexpected” for Ashley. Except he was in a full suit with a tie. When was the last time Ashley dressed up?

    • Duh

      There is a reason why he has popped up at 2 games in a row, anyone’s guess is why.

      My guess is the prospect of losing another £100m is it.

  • Paul Patterson

    All smoke and mirrors.
    Only a fool would buy the club for £350m+ with three months and 13/14 fixtures to play before the club can buy players to arrest a relegation slide . .
    It’s not for sale!

    • Duh

      Well it’s like going into the Gucci shop and spending £500 on a t-shirt.

      Some people want it enough and have enough money to over pay for it. They also don’t care if they trash it after a week.

      Shrewd Investors do not fall into that category where as Russian oligarchs and middle eastern princes do.

      Mikey keeps hoping for the latter but only appears to have interest from the former.

    • Leazes.

      Club is worth more than twice the annual Sky payment.

      • Paul Patterson

        Not in the Championship it won’t . .

        • Leazes.

          You know what ……that’s another reason there isn’t a sale happening ……..the price isn’t anywhere near a true valuation. Its a figure that stupid journalists think is a big number.

  • Rabid Dog

    I think, this is likely to be true. That Kenyon is trying to put together something, as I think Stavely was legitimate.

    Those initial talks would have involved the signing of a nondisclosure agreement.

    Now, whether Ashley wants to sell, different matter altogether…

    • Billmag

      How long does a non-disclosure agreement last we haven’t heard anything from Stavely for a year now.

      • Cockneytrev

        That’s a good point,, but any decent business person would never speak about a deal after signing, as this could effect different deals in the future, no one wouldn’t ever trust them again.

        • Billmag

          Cheers for that it’s just that the fat oaf slagged her off for waisting his time, I thought she might have come back and said what actually went on at that restaurant or was it just a set up.

      • Rabid Dog

        Wouldn’t know, but I would expect it to reflect Ashley’s tenure as owner

      • Ron

        For ever – non disclosure means exactly that.

        • Billmag

          Cheers.

          • Ron

            sorry!

    • Ron

      If true it will suit Ashley down to the ground to string along as long as he can before turning him down.

  • GlasgowMag

    FFS here we go again!! The club is not for sale never has been this is a distraction tactic against the protests and KK book coming out this week nothing more and nothing less!!

    • Duh

      It’saways for sale but only for an overinflated price

      • Rabid Dog

        Also factor in the likely contractual obligations for merchandising and sponsorship. It is likely the club is tied in somehow formally, not in the favour of the club I would suggest.

        • Duh

          Yeah, I would suspect the due diligence on the books would go smoothly apart from the merchandising part

        • Carverlier football

          Which makes the club worth even less. And anyone who does due dilligence can’t reveal why the club is not worth what Ashley is asking because of non-disclosure agreements

          • Rabid Dog

            Exactly

        • panther

          aya apparently his still got his pudgy claws in Rangers

      • Cockneytrev

        It’s never been for sale,, the mansours would have bought,, but he never turned up for the meeting,,

      • Ron

        It’s never for sale for an overinflated price

    • Ron

      Just what I’ve said above and on previous thread. Timing is just right, and probably the anniversary of Stavely’s attempt. Cynical?

  • Toon

    Total rubbish, a move to try deflect attention. Let me guess, this will drag on for months and will end with (to borrow a phrase from the regime) “couldn’t quite get it over the line”.

    • Duh

      Both could be true to be honest – there could be talks and it suits Mikey to leak it to sky to divert focus.

      Whether he would sell at a reasonable price is another thing.

      I am concerned that he was smirking when he was getting abuse at the game yesterday.

      • Ron

        Maybe he’s into pain!

    • Ron

      You have seen the smoke screen for what it is. It’s an attempt to stop reports on Kevin’s book. It might work at some level.

  • Leazes.

    BBC Look North are now reporting it as fact…..they are all doing Bishop’s work for him, I’m afraid it has now snowballed and Lee Ryder has been at the heart of the ruse today.

    Article spot on…. another reason its a lie…

    ….as was Staveley and her version of the ‘fake Sheik’ stitch up of Miles Starforth.

    • Rabid Dog

      I don’t agree, only because I can’t imagine Kenyon supporting the type of PR this would suggest.

      Do you know if there is any link between Kenyon and Ashley? I can’t find any, but I know you are good at this.

      Also, as I’ve said below, Kenyon might want to buy. Ashley wanting to actually sell is a different matter.

      • Paul Patterson

        Ashley’s a Chelsea fan?
        Jimenez worked at Chelsea?
        Wise worked at Chelsea?

        There are a few . .

        • Leazes.

          that was quick….Kenyon and Wise both using the British Film industry tax loophole,

          Kenyon registered address in the Channel Islands

          • Paul Patterson

            Previous knowledge . .

          • Sickandtired

            Wouldn’t we all if we could?

          • Superdooperhooper

            No that’s called greed. What about social responsibility ?

      • Leazes.

        Link….Chelsea football Club….Dennis Wise…. Llambias.

        • Rabid Dog

          Yeah, I’m not buying it. Kenyon putting his reputation, which is very good in the football world, for this? You might be right but I don’t see it.

          • Leazes.

            I don’t see Kenyon doing it because its Bishop spreading lies….

          • Rabid Dog

            So this is done without Kenyon’s knowledge? As said in have no idea, but I can’t believe he’d risk his professional rep for Ashley irrespective.

          • Paul Patterson

            I think if it weren’t true on some level, his ‘camp’ would have denied it by now . .

          • Leazes.

            haha

          • Rabid Dog

            My thinking also

          • Leazes.

            All it will take is a retraction in a few days which I think is likely because Kenyon doesn’t hide and is more open.

          • Rabid Dog

            And I agree, but I also think if I were Kenyon, given Ashley’s current profile it would have come out today, or 1 millisecond after it had been released.

          • Leazes.

            Probably doesn’t know about the speculation.

          • Ron

            I can’t see that – someone of that stature will have alerts when his name crops up. You can even do it on Disqus!

          • Ron

            Like I said on another thread :

            The fat fool needs to divert attention from KK book so he rustles up a potentially bigger story – an offer for the club, that’ll do.

          • Paul Patterson

            He boosted Chelsea when he went there in 2003 and they never looked back . .

          • Leazes.

            Yes Ashley boosted Tottnam when he came here….removed us from the Euro pl;aces.

          • JohnnyH

            Not sure about his reputation
            He got found out for tapping players and was involved in third party ownership of players contracts, which is banned by the footy authorities.

          • Rabid Dog

            Fair point. As a football club managing director, would you take him, over Charnley? (And I mean this strictly in footballing terms not the biblical sense)

          • Ron

            He would be Chairman – not day to day.

          • Ron

            Lovely – just what we need!

      • JohnnyH

        Aye they’re both crooks

      • Ron

        It’s not for sale

    • Pezza

      You have a nerve, aren’t you the biggest liar on here.

      • Billmag

        He’s right more often than he’s wrong but that probably wouldn’t suit your agenda.

        • Ashley-out

          another troll

          • Billmag

            It’s a curse on this forum.

        • Pezza

          He’s an outright liar mate. He repeatedly states thing that he knows are untrue.

      • Ashley-out

        F##k off, vermin troll,
        you may as well have a flashing light on your head, you moron

      • Danimal

        Having a quick break from the Tory conference Blobby?

        • Ron

          Whose Bobby?

        • Pezza

          Just brushing up on the speach.

  • wheyayeman

    Do you know what, I could not care how we approach a single game this season. I couldn’t care less if we have reached our total points tally for the entire season already. I couldn’t care if we ship goals every match or if we can’t put the ball in the net with our hapless ‘strike force’ at the other end. I couldn’t care less if Perez is preferred to Muto or if Richie gets subbed instead of Kennedy because the time of Reckoning has arrived. Ask yourself does it matter if by another series of miracles we manage to strain our necks, cheer the lads on (whilst being served up a progressively more putrid cocktail brand of damage limitation football) and creep to 17th by the season end. What would that actually achieve? What we need is Rafa out of there His presence is no longer desirable for what needs to happen. His being here at all, holding any semblance of the old order of things needs to be shifted. We need the full horror of 11 years of contemptible mismanagement to be exposed in a perfect storm unraveling around us. We need the worst to happen on the pitch, the true story of the disgusting way we have been run into the ground to surface, we need lack luster protests on match day to become something that unites the city and the stadium and forces change. Anything less, any tinkering with tactics, any criticism of a wingers performance or a fingers crossed for a few quid on a half decent striker in January or even a new 2 year or 10 year contract for Benitez is a complete la la land hope for change and a betrayal of what has to happen for light to break through the total midnight we find ourselves in.

    • Peter

      It would be very sad to see all this happen, but I think what you say contains a lot of truth…

      • wheyayeman

        I hate to see it just like you but quite simply we need the club as it is to completely sink! It will feel like a disaster in the short term, the loss of status, manager, getting tonked by every club that plays us even fan numbers dwindling but this must take place before we rise again, free of the scumbag whose businesses thrive on cheap oppressive labour and the loss of dignity and opportunity to those he employs.

    • Leazes.

      People shuffling the deckchairs on the Titanic wont increase its buoyancy.

  • Pezza

    Wouldn’t it be great if nust / magpie group could throw £5m behind the investors.

  • Leazes.

    If Ashley was to be believed then the club was always for sale but then again he closed the clubs retail shops and absorbed its merchandising….. strange that innit….very strange denying a future owner the means to market the club and at the same time denying a fake sheik or anyone come to that the chance to do due diligence!

    • FatParosite

      On and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on it goes… boing boing to the championship…. another supposed failed attempt to sell… Idiots keep on falling for it. Next move operation discredit Rafa already underway.

    • Sickandtired

      Doesn’t though, really. Any contracts are between his ownership and SD. If he ever F’s off they would be voided, just like Shepherds were.

  • Dillon Tovak

    Bishop and Charnley at least did the usual keep your head down and pretend it’s not happening thing owners and chairmen do, Ashley is such an unprofessional psychopath he actually engages with it and laughs. He knew the cameras were on him and had to be an attention seeker as per usual.
    The man is a cretin.
    He is in his element, loving this whole situation. There is ZERO chance he is looking to sell.

  • Par84

    All made up lies again put out by Fattys PR machine. The fact we are all distracted by it and discussing ensures it has achieved its objective. ITS TOOK THE NEGATIVE ATTENTION OFF FATSO. Lets all stop discussing this made up rubbish and get back to the serious bits of highlighting what a scumbag fatty is and turning the screw to getting him out of the club. Back to ensuring the media attention he gets is all negative.

  • FatParosite

    How many times can Ashley pull off the same lie..?? 11 years of telling it… It never gets old to the 50k that still pay him to rape NUFC.

    • Leicester Mag

      BOHICA- Bend over here it comes again

  • Andrew Morgan

    So fatty and his fatty friend turn up to launch their 2018 S***** D***** Christmas advertising campaign! Now we’ll have this bulls**t splashed all over the back pages for 3 months in the run to Christmas. Same as last year – cut & paste. The story only benefits one person, hence it was ‘leaked’ to his mates at Sky. Change the record you fat [email protected], we’ve heard this tune before and its still s**t!

  • Kenny

    You will love this report in the Mail 23 mins ago.
    Mike Ashley will travel up to Newcastle this week to take the manager and players out for a meal to try and repair the relationship between himself and the squad.
    the guy is unbelievable

    • Duh

      Only for a cheap curry though

    • Ron

      If I was a player I’d phone in sick, watching fatty vomiting in the fire place wouldn’t be something I’d like to witness.

      • Kenny

        It goes on to say an approach was made to buy the club but the
        Rat refused to name a price, saying come in with an offer.

        • Ron

          Falling by the week – delay much more and Ashley would be paying him, all lies anyway.

          On a more important point – I was given a bottle of “Midleton Very Rare 2017” as a present and it’s lovely – been giving a taste to all and sundry. Hardly any left so thought I’d buy some more. Can’t buy in any of supermakets – so googled and popped my eye sockets when saw the price – just about all gone! Gutted gave 3/4 away easy! Best I’ve ever had.

          • MrShack66

            Ouch.

          • Ron

            You’re not wrong – gutted!

          • Kenny

            120 quid on Amazon, an Irish 7 course meal,
            6 potatoes & a bottle of Black Bush

          • Ron

            The price I found was £135 for 70cl. I’m trying to think of a reason my wife would understand how I should buy. Struggling,.

    • GToon

      Will he be taking them out in Newcastle? That might be interesting.

      • Sickandtired

        Wined and dined, like Staveley, at a 12 quid a head curry house no doubt.

        • Taz

          And then split the bill 20 odd ways. The fattwat

      • Ron

        SJP catering!

    • Sickandtired

      I’d be grinding up glass to put in his MASH ;-)

    • Mike

      Happy meals at McDonalds?

      • Taz

        Don’t think he’d spend that much :-)

  • Danimal

    I don’t live in the northeast. Today, I’ve had an apparently intelligent friend give the “careful what you wish for” shout. Jesus Christ, what could be worse than the desperate paralysis Ashley has imposed? Why would anyone want to buy the club and run it down even more???

    • Sickandtired

      PMSL! They have no idea do they!

  • fistsofsteel2

    We haven’t got a player on the books worth much more than £10m, and most would fetch less than £5m…….and some would be lucky to be valued at that. So we have no assets in terms of players. I fail to see how Ashley expects circa £350m. He has, for a supposed businessman, demonstrated a complete lack of comprehension of what a football club needs to be valued. His lack of investment in quality players has devalued the club and created so many negative vibes around the club it has become almost toxic, and certainly not an attractive proposition for potential investors. Add our current predicament where relegation looks highly likely, then frankly Ashley’s asking price just seems to be him chancing his arm that some mug will cough up that sort of money. Even if anybody comes in I’d estimate they’d need to spend upwards of £100m on new players to improve the squad sufficiently enough to secure premiership status, or win promotion back into the premiership next season.

    • Kenny

      There you have the problem, we need nearly a whole new team.
      about £100m

      • fistsofsteel2

        £100m would buy 4 or 5 decent players in todays market – which is why I said ‘upwards of £100m’. It would be no use buying players at the £5 – 10m mark…..we’d not be progressing.

      • fistsofsteel2

        The other issue is whether good players would want to come to Newcastle given the current plight we’re in……

      • Taz

        I’d say about 300 mill

  • Wezza

    Good article.
    This is so obviously Keith Bishop PR and it was predictable.
    We need to ramp up the pressure more and more.

  • Jonas

    The only hope in any of these rumours is the concept that the clubs value is going down until he leaves – that’s money to him.
    Rafa leaving, relegation, season ticket plummet will half his 300mill.
    with few assets and loss of income, hopefully helped by a boycott, he will have to find the money himself on an ongoing basis. You’d think he wouldn’t wait until then.
    other than that I take them as bull until proven otherwise.

    that nightmarish scenario has become hope, is how bad it is.

  • RAFmag

    Selling now might just be his best chance to maximise the selling price and minimise any further investment required. This squad has little chance of staying up without £100m plus investment in January as we are going to be well adrift of safety by then. This squad would not bounce back easily from the Championship. 2 years in the Championship and his investment will be worthless as the club will be worth less than he believes he is owed in loans. Am I the only one who would be happy to be in the Championship to see us rid of this utter, utter, Barsteward?

  • S.G.M.

    Anybody else getting a sense of Deja vu?

  • Christopher Smeaton

    The treatment of Jonas tells me everything i need to know about the puppet masters at the club. Devious, inhumane, and cold. Flitting from moments of stupidity to absolute evil genius.

    The delusion and tenacity of persevering with a narrative that has been exposed as falsehood countless times reminds me of Trump.

  • BanJones

    I hear Rumplestiltskin and King Midas are preparing a counter offer.

    • Mike

      I heard Santa was comin in December

      • Taz

        Wot you trying to say is Santa not real? Fk I didn’t think I could be any more depressed than I already am :(

  • mactoon

    I was thinking the same thing. It’s exactly 12 months since the Staveley bid which had the effect of taking the sting out of fan protests and managed to be strung out so long that it effectively diverted our attention away from the January transfer window and became the main talking point during the window because it gave us hope. All through that time we heard nothing from Staveley and it all came to nothing. Let’s hope that if this is the same type of smoke screen that:

    1. Peter Kenyon is decent enough to come out and say if the whole thing is rubbish

    2. The protests are intensified to make sure Ashley has no doubt in his mind that as far as we are concerned his position is untenable, potential sale or not

    • Taz

      The staveley situation got as far as them having a curry which she probably had to pay for, the fat tight disgrace if a human being