Just like Amanda Staveley before him, Peter Kenyon is a name that as been thrust before Newcastle fan offering hope

Maybe most supporters realistically see these as faint hopes as best when it comes to getting rid of Mike Ashley – but they are hopes nevertheless.

Just like Amanda Staveley a year ago, if there is to be any potential buyout of Newcastle United, Peter Kenyon may well be fronting any bid but it would be others financing it.

The Dubai based National newspaper has given their own update on the latest Newcastle United takeover talk and they have two main claims.

They say that a ‘source’ has told them that Peter Kenyon has so far ‘been unable to raise the required funds to instigate a bid’ for Newcastle United.

Meanwhile, they also claim that their information is that there has been no further interest from Amanda Staveley and her potential backers.

The vast majority of Newcastle fans appear to be looking at the takeover talk as just more of the same, very likely Mike Ashley stirring things up with the help of the likes of Sky Sports, as some kind of PR tool and distraction away from the mess he has made at the club, and indeed House of Fraser and Sports Direct.

With all newspaper reports it is questionable as to what exactly they ever have in terms of inside information, reports like this on are so generalised and impossible to prove/disprove.

One thing that is true, is when The National say that relegation fears may make any deal all but impossible.

It is not insider knowledge of course, just basic common sense.

It does though bring us back to whether Mike Ashley has indeed got any serious intention of selling the club.

Just like a year ago, you have to think that if he was genuine about a sale, then that would have been made clear as the season closed and a deal could be done which allows new owners to come in and back a manager in the pre-season transfer window.

Buying a club during the season that could be in serious trouble before any repair work could be done in January, is most unlikely, especially when Mike Ashley will be trying to extract every last penny from a sale…if by some miracle he was up for selling this time.

Meanwhile, Rafa Benitez is left to battle on and try to make the best of a bad job. whilst Mike Ashley plays media/PR games.

The National:

‘Progress on a sale of Newcastle United in the next few weeks is unlikely while the team is struggling to win football matches, despite reports of renewed interest in a takeover of the English Premier League club.

Opto Advisers, led by former Chelsea and Manchester United chief executive Peter Kenyon, is said to be putting together an offer for the club.

However, a source aware of the matter told The National that Kenyon has so far been unable to raise the required funds to instigate a bid.

Ashley, the billionaire founder of retailer Sports Direct, has been seeking a sale of the club for a year and a potential takeover of by a consortium led by Dubai financier Amanda Staveley last season broke down at the discussion stage, amid a failure to agree how much the club was worth.

It is also understood that there has been no renewal of contact over a potential deal between Ashley and PCP’s senior principals Staveley and managing partner Mehrdad Ghodoussi.

Any buyer would have to take on all the future risk – both in terms of possible relegation and the player investment the team badly needs to avoid it.

This is likely to mean any suitors would hold off on their interest until the on-field situation becomes clearer, the source said.

Requests for comment for this article from Newcastle United’s PR advisors went unanswered.’

  • Andynufc

    I’ve had enough. Whether we Stay up or not, Rafa stays or not. My season ticket won’t be getting renewed until the Parasite sells up and crawls into a dark hole. After this season he’s not getting a penny more from me.

    • Westdentoon

      Nor me mate. I only came back after a near 15yr absence so as to take my 6 year old who was dying to go. I’ve hated every moment of it so far, the place is a shadow of its former self. Sterile and dull and rather than cement my sons life faith in NUFC it’s going to scar him for life at this rate!
      I can guarantee I won’t be repeating my mistake next season should that smirking, cocky, arrogant bar steward still have a hold on us.

      • Steven05

        It’s horrible for your son and I can relate to it, but when the time comes, it would be better to NOT give them away and just get rid of them – two more empty seats

        • Westdentoon

          Aye, agree…

  • GlasgowMag

    Must we listen to this dribble every day!! Once more the club is not for sale!!!

    • panther

      I think your right mate , no comment from Kenyon as it’s all lies and he’s not getting involved

  • Mike

    its all smoke and mirrors as per usual from this setup anything to take the limelight off the real problem GET OUT of our club

  • Dillon Tovak

    Deja vu. BS. The cycle of shyte.

  • Andrew Morgan

    It’s all BULLS**T. We’re making it worse by even talking about it. It’s exactly what fatty wants.

  • Lostprofit DBC

    A hopeless situation. I said in close season that £400m was reasonable. I still maintain that it was then but not anymore. In fact £300m is too much for relegation candidates. Our good name has been poisoned by the media and they’ve had a clear path to do so. Down before Christmas. Sad as I am to see my great club suffering it’s great to see Ashley’s club down the bottom.

  • Leazes.

    Senior Partner……Mehrdad Ghodoussi…..that’s her husband! and not listed as a partner…. their combined wealth is less than £5m and a nice tax exempt house in Dubai.

    Mehrdad Ghodoussi has a registered business in London…. its a PR agency!

    I wonder if he knows Keith Bishop…. he’s in that line too.

    • MidlandsMag

      Keep up the good work Leazes.
      I am sick to death of all of this garbage being thrown around to deflect attention from the fact that our (yes OUR) club is being destroyed.

      • Leazes.

        This is a club which has been drowning in Media BS for fifty years…. that’s not going to change any time soon.

  • bob0411

    Meanwhile with all this circus going on – what happened to the minutes that were promised from the fan’s forum? Over a week ago now, is the fan liaison officer still ‘on holiday’?

  • wheyayeman

    Newcastle United must die a horrible death before Ashley lets go of it. Personally I’m staying well away until he’s gone. The takeover is all bollards to draw attention away from the grotesque slimeball owner but his time is coming.

    • Leazes.

      Either that or Ashley dies a horrible death…. I’d go for that given a choice, but its certainly not going to get better any time soon….. we need to keep the pressure on his cabal.

      • Phildene

        He appeared to be laughing at our last match, but when he thought the cameras were off him his face changed to a rather strained worrying look, so it appears all the protesting is working! Keep it up!

        • Kenny

          It’s working Ok

      • Kenny

        Slain by an an angry mob at Shirebrook,
        I’m Spartacus

        • Leazes.

          I won’t dissuade you…go ahead!

  • Paul Patterson

    Keegan’s book is out on Thursday. Do I detect a smokescreen?

    • MrShack66

      They say there’s no smoke without fire. Unless of course it’s referring to the sale of NUFC.

    • Kenny

      KK is at the Sage tonight

      • Leazes.

        He’ll probably be talking about his hair and some amusing anecdotes…… but what people want is a rallying call against Ashley!

        • Steven05

          I’ll be there tonight with that same hope

          • Leazes.

            Give us a report back then!

      • robbersdog

        Will he be singing his 1979 hit single – ‘Head Over Heels In Love’?

        • MrShack66

          He’s still got a ton of Brut he needs to shift.

  • Kenny

    Since acquiring NUFC the Fat Rat has more than doubled his wealth, coincidence maybe.

  • MadMag83

    From the moment this non story broke, it’s been obvious that Kenyon is no more than a trye kicker. He wants to buy the club but he doesn’t have the money or serious financial backing.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s nothing more than a PR exercise designed to get fans behind the team in the hope that an air of positivity might provide just enough to get this bunch to 40 points without Ashley having to spend a penny.

    I’d rather see the club relegated and the fat man out of pocket, than endure another false dawn.

    • Phildene

      Couldn’t agree more madmag, especially with your last sentence! If we have to go down, which looks highly likely, then so be its

    • Bowlsey

      I could not agree more. I’d happily see us get relegated for a third time if it meant getting rid of Ashley for good. This season is a free for me really because, whether we stay up or go down, as long as we’re in Ashley’s clutches nothing f*cking matters because nothing will f*cking change.

  • Carverlier football

    It all seems like a carefully coordinated PR exercise designed to convince us that nobody wants/can afford us. Classic abusive partner ploy. It’s changed nothing though – KEEP UP THE PRESSURE!!

  • HarryHype59

    No serious investor will pay £400m for a club that will be worth under half that figure, after the third relegation.

    • Leazes.

      Especially as its worth nearer £800m in this division and the owner cr*ps himself at the thought of anyone really bidding the lower amount…..

      ….that’s a problem innit when you get a bid halfway through a season and not knowing which division you are going to be in….thats why its not real.

      Is that why the owner pitches the squad at 15th in the hope nobody will bid?…. seems to work!

      • Kenny

        Works every time

        • Leazes.

          Ashley also said he’s not selling to anyone who can just barely scrape together the purchase price….. he can rule out any bid he likes… and he will.

          • Kneebotherm8

            No serious bidders and no serious seller…….

      • HarryHype59

        What method do you use to get a value of £800m for a club that is entrenched in the bottom level of achievement in the EPL. Fatty has valued the club at £400m and no serious bidder has expressed the slightest interest at that price.

    • Kneebotherm8

      A quarter…..

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    The whole thing is nothing more than a PSY-OP orchestrated by Ashley and his lackeys.
    It’s purpose is to steer away from what happening on the pitch and it’s end goal is to say : “Look There’s No One Else Around, So Your Stuck With Me.”

    The whole sorry saga continues with his constant mind games and red herrings put out there with the goal to keep control over the club.
    The sad thing is it has been going on for years but a section of the fans cannot see they are being had and until they do, This will keep happening in earnest !

  • robbersdog

    This Kenyon malarkey is what Trump would call ‘fake news’.

    • Leazes.

      It is different…. this is PR manipulating the Media rather than the media spinning things or inventing stories.

      Its definitely fake, its just a question of…… has the story come from Ashley’s team to string out the clubs suffering or from Kenyon on a half chance that the offer to sell is genuine….. the press are simply reporting the lie/spin/campaign.

      • Geoff

        Make the fans hold their breaths and focus on hope to stop us rocking the boat.
        Cause arguments between the fans over whether the stories are real, and whether we are “better with the devil we know” (we aren’t, not in a million years).
        Keep the manager and players hoping that they might be able to make their Newcastle careers work rather than look for the exit.
        Distract media attention away from Ashley’s failings and away from supporter protests.

        Ashley doesn’t try to convince anyone of anything, he’s not trying to propagandise… He simply diverts and deflects and absorbs, and as a diversion tactic, the Kenyon/Staveley stories are effective.

        The good news is that the penny has dropped. Nobody is buying this Kenyon garbage, everybody knows Staveley wasn’t legit and very few fans are blaming Rafa or the players for our current situation. The wider media is starting to switch on and push back against the shills and the Ashley mouthpieces – and our proponents are much, much bigger names than anybody Ashley has in his pocket.

        None of this will make him sell, and I wouldn’t be remotely surprised if he keeps hold of the club for another decade – but at least the screw is turning and public/media opinion seems to be shifting against him in a fairly inexorable way.

        Though knowing the footie media, all it will take is a £30m net spend one summer ala summer 2015 and we’ll be back to being “entitled geordies” and will be urged to give him a chance for the nth time.

    • Paul Patterson

      Yeah, people need to wake up and smell the covfefe . .

  • Waxi

    Fatty ain’t leaving folks so keep up the demos and ignore the Sly sports garbage. We are in deep trouble and all fatty wants to do is eat Pizza. Flipping great.

    • Leazes.

      Are you Jeremy Paxman?

      • Waxi

        How did you find out.

        • Leazes.

          A little mouse told me.

          • Waxi

            Did it have gloggs on

  • Megatron1505

    It has not, and never has been the last 11 years, up for sale.

    • Dave Pattinson

      If Ashley is really intending to sell I’ll show my bare ass in House of Frasers shop window. Its yet another sad PR attempt to distract supporters from the real issues. Keep fighting guys! Anyone hear about the ‘silent protests’ German fans used recently? They are doing it for different reasons but it could possibly be used at St James’s for big tv games. It’ll remind Fatty & Sky that fans are actually important.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Course it hasn’t……………when will the penny drop?

  • Blackburn1066

    All this talk of take overs by this one, and that one is a way of making the manager think he should stick around on the chance it will happen.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Sounds like the,supposed,Stavely takeover last year. …………after a bad run of results……….relegation clauses will be next……….time wasters,haven’t got the funds etc………blah de blah de blah…….deja vu……….fabricated potential buyers by the Ashley camp………a load of bollox that we’re fed and expected to believe…..

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    If I was a businessman I’d just wait for relegation and then bid a £100m or so less than the Premiership valuation.

  • Wor Lass

    The man`s a clown but there`s nothing funny about him. I notice that one of his demands to potential buyers is that they not only have the funds to buy but also to take the club forward! Where do you begin with that one?!!!!

  • graham18

    I stand by what I’ve said a few times before:Let’s get relegated again,let’s get relegated from the championship next season.It’s going to be painful(as it is already) but if it means getting rid of the FCB then so shall it be.Keep up the pressure on his SD caper!!

    • Wezza

      Might be the only way.

    • Jonas

      It seems to me that he wont go until it stops being beneficial to him, aka he loses money on it.
      which will take your scenario.

      would forming a new club not solve the problem of boycotting too? Ie something to do, a football fix and 100% more wholesome to boot.

  • Wezza

    Isn’t for sale.

  • Jonas

    Yeah you’d think an interested party would have got a good deal of the backing, at least, together before a story was worth breaking.
    Not when its bull though.

    though any buyer would be put off by those things – Ashley’s done such a bad job that its not worth the asking price and the damage will cost another Premier League club to put right.
    the fat pr1ck has doomed us all, himself included re nufc.

    *could all be a ruse to get Rafa to sign

  • Andrew

    I’ve lost all hope of the club being sold before Christmas.
    It is just the same as last year.
    We all know we we want Santa to give us for Christmas but we’ve already looked under our parents bed & know what we’re really getting.
    And it’s not what I put on my Christmas list.

  • Rob Brown

    Any so called “talk” coming from Staveleys office is just hype intended to improve their chances of a cut price deal. They’ll be back in again this month with a slightly improved offer and wont want any competition.