Wednesday brings new media claims that Mike Ashley is in the process of finalising the sale of Newcastle United to investors in America.

Rather than being a sports based story, this one comes from financial website Betaville, which is ran by former Daily Telegraph financial journalist Ben Harrington.

Believe what you will…but Harrington says that ‘usually reliable sources’ have informed him that Mike Ashley has been in America to put ‘finishing touches’ to a sale of the club to a consortium of investors.

Newcastle fans will be saying/thinking that they will believe it when it happens, especially after the farce a year ago when Mike Ashley claimed he was genuinely wanting to sell the club, only for it to come to nothing.

Supporters very sceptical due to the fact that Ashley first claimed he was trying to sell the club over a decade ago.

The Betaville site rarely has any football-related stories but Ben Harrington does claim that when it comes to business deals, the site has ‘broken several agenda-setting scoops, including the £3.5 billion merger of Carphone Warehouse with Dixons Retail in 2014.’

Betaville site:

‘This is a story that’s been going backwards and forwards for the last couple of years. And no, Betaville isn’t referring to the dreaded Brexit. It’s the potential sale of Newcastle United Football Club by its billionaire owner Mike Ashley.

Ashley, founder of London-listed retailer Sports Direct, rekinkled sale talks eighteen months or so ago and even since then buyers, such as dealmaker Amanda Staveley, have come and gone (often via the sports pages of British newspapers).

But now Betaville hears from usually reliable sources the maverick entrepreneur has been over in the US putting the finishing touches to a deal to sell the business to a mystery consortium of investors.

It’s not clear who the buyers for are but the fact that Ashley was over in America to finalize the details implies that perhaps the purchasers for the Premier League club are from that part of the world.

In fact, it was former Telegraph colleague and City Editor of Sky News, Mark Kleinman, who wrote a month and half ago that Peter Kenyon – former chief executive of Manchester United and Chelsea – and Rockefeller Capital Management, led by Wall Street financier Greg Fleming, were circling the club.

How much Ashley sells for remains to be seen but he was previously reported to want £400 million for Newcastle United.

Now Betaville is a football fan but as an avid City and deals watcher I’m almost more intrigued by what Ashley plans to do with the cash injection from the Newcastle United sale.’



  • Wezza

    FAKE NEWS!!!!
    More KBA PR to avert protests at Shirebrook and boycotts!
    IT WILL NOT HAPPEN!

    • Peaky

      Correct on all 3 lines there Wezza…

  • Oldgit

    Money will be used to purchase sports direct shares.

  • Lord

    6 weeks left until the transfer window opens

    I imagine these buyers are really serious and be getting into due diligence soon

    I suspect they’ll then be still in due diligence on Jan 1st and so transfer funds will be withheld whilst the deal concludes

    Then parties will be unable to come to an agreement and it will fall through with 1 week of the window left

    Perhaps Rafa might have to scrap around for last minutes loans in from other clubs.

    Stop me if you’ve heard this before.

    • Kenny

      Sounds like another of the Fat vermins ploys

    • JohnnyH

      Groundhog Day

    • Wezza

      Yep, seen it all before, just like last year. No January spend but selling Lascelles will be a big profit which will disappear into MASH Holdings. Douglas and Ryder will present Lejeune to be like a new player.

      • Wor Lass

        According to the muppets that jump on any bandwagon, it won`t matter if we sell Jamaal because Schar is awesome.

  • Paul Patterson

    🐷✈️

  • Carverlier football

    Not the usual avenue for these stories, but I’m filing it in the usual “I’ll believe it when it’s done”… Until then… KEEP UP THE PRESSURE!!!

  • Peaky

    Trump……..knowing our luck…

    • Kenny

      Leazes will be detecting as we speak
      😂😂😂
      Rather have Trump than the Fat Rat

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        no you wouldn’t, at least Fat Mike hasn’t declared bankruptcy …4 times… The Orange Idiot would run NUFC into liquidation and try and leave the city with the bill.

        • Peaky

          The loon is total comedy gold over here which is quite disturbing given his position….his recent verbal attack on a CNN reporter at a White House press call was beyond unbelievable…

          • JohnnyH

            Total comedy gold.. love it.
            The first thing I do every morning is check out what the Donald has been up to, he never disappoints.
            To say he has demeaned the office of the President of the USA is a massive understatement.

          • Rich Lawson

            I’m waiting for them to announce a reality tv show from the oval office ?

          • Polarboy

            Acosta’s as big a clown as Trump. A lot of his fellow reporters can’t stand him. The Washington Post last year, which obviously is not pro Trump, even had an article stating that his grandstanding was doing far more harm than good. The whole thing with the aide trying to take the mic was a farce. Did he assault her? No he didn’t, but he did touch her and intentionally move her arm with his hand. You had CNN, MSNBC and most of the late night hosts flagrantly lying and backing up his assertion that he never touched her.

            I’m a firm believer that Trump is a response to something and not the cause. Not that I’m saying that Trump is a net good. The cure for sensationalist, click bait journalism and identity politics could be worse than the disease, but we’ll have to wait and see.

          • Wezza

            Acosta wouldn’t be quiet, was cutting people off and being rude so for once I agree that Acosta had that coming.

          • Peaky

            Probably didn’t explain myself correctly….I just found the whole episode comedic especially when he turned on the other guy who was trying to defend Acosta….American politics I couldn’t care less tbh….in fact I’m not that interested in our own.

    • Big Hairy Man

      Nah! Not Trump. Uncle Mike will not just sell to anyone who might fleece the club. He said so himself that the buyer must have the club’s best interest at heart. Has anyone any reason to doubt his sincerity?

      • Ken

        Because there is nowt left to fleece, Ashley has done all the fleecing possible

  • Themoscow72

    Not a great fan of Americans full stop they make cockney’s seem like Geordies they are so over the top. What ever the truth the sale will take some time so it is important to support the team in the meanwhile like Rafa and Lascelles have requested especially on December 9th against Wolves. Mikes legacy will be saving the club £100m in interest payments. Yes he got a few advertising boards in exchange but I do not begrudge him that.

    • Paul Patterson

      Well that was predictable.
      I suppose the long list of other crimes he’s committed can be forgotten then..

    • Big Hairy Man

      “Mike’s legacy” is a once proud club which was many neutrals’ second club is now a national laughing stock.

      • Alex

        His legacy to me is that I have a child who couldn’t give a hoot about Newcastle. A 13 yr old has known nothing but aggravation, and seen nothing but kr&p football, during Ashley’s ownership. For me, his legacy is that he’s lost my next generation.

        • Paul Patterson

          A 10 year systematic process in making the biggest thing in people’s lives all but irrelevant to them..

          • Steven05

            I know that I’ve lost my football club, but at least I can look on the record books to see at least two relegations and too many unnecessary derby defeats. Thanks Mike 👍

        • Themoscow72

          I went when crowds were seven thousand and we once nearly went to the third division. Both my kids love Newcastle except for the protesters.

          • Toon Arnie

            Do they worship Ashley like you?

          • Themoscow72

            They know he provides a roof over their head unlike other owners.

          • Toon Arnie

            A roof he inherited as he’s done absolutely nothing to improve the ground since he took over.
            Another own goal Moscow – this just isn’t working for you.

          • Themoscow72

            The words were meant in terms of structure but looking after our general well being.

          • Wezza

            General well being? You’re trolling YET again!
            By general well being meaning 2 relegations, losing to Keegan in court and being proven as a liar in process. JFK, every penny lie, academy lie, asset stripping, taking hundreds of millions of the clubs money, selling off clubs land, renaming SJP (if you’re a real fan you wouldn’t like FCB just for that), Keith Bishop using PR to lie and fool the media and fans. Need I go on? You’re a troll and also your boring. Blocked for good!

          • Alex

            You’d be there in the rain then. Who was that game against?

          • Themoscow72

            Two games against Wrexham both in the rain the first abandoned at half time and one game in the top flight against Norwich all 7,000 crowds.

          • Alex

            And the rain for the second game was even worse than the first. That would’ve been abandoned too, were it not being the last match of the season. In those days, those two incidences of seriously bad rain were enough of an excuse for such a paltry crowd. That fact is often overlooked.

        • Realist

          How do clubs like leeds united sheff clubs forest Birmingham milwall coventry Portsmouth etc not lose young generations. Young family members in my family love nufc and all they’ve known is Ashley, it’s either in you or it’s not mate I’ve always believed this.

    • JohnnyH

      Monk, You usually tell us how many tickets you’ve bought for your mates, and throw in a little anecdote?

      • Coble’s Return

        I worry for this guy – I swear he gets to his seat an hour prior to kick-off to count the SD signs, in excited anticipation that there might be new one.

        • 1957

          Save your concern until big Mike eventually sells up, our friend the Monk will be devastated, he’ll be demanding a minutes applause at a home game for the man who saved NUFC.

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      In addition to being an American, I’m also Jewish, do you blindly hate that part of me too you f#%ing idiot?

      • Themoscow72

        I have worked with American at G.E. Capital and they kept a photo album and switched people round on a Friday afternoon promoting and relegating. They also called a staff meeting half way through the Christmas Party. In short a nightmare to work with as were cockney’s.

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          ^ the literal definition of stereotyping…

          • Themoscow72

            You seen the way they carry on during the elections. We go to the local polling booth put a cross in a box. For the Americans it’s like a Billy Graham rally.

        • Coble’s Return

          Oh well – when you put it like that, they must all be condemned. Engage brain before typing – you really do look like a fool.

          • Themoscow72

            Matter of opinion call it a class of personality just never got on with them or Cockney’s at work or socially just one of them things.

          • Polarboy

            Ever think it might just be you?

          • drc74

            😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂, he is a massive, cxckwomble isnt he, 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂

          • Toon Arnie

            Alternatively it might just be you ? It seems as though you can’t get on with anyone ?

          • KRS1

            Everyone hates you, it’s you that is the problem

          • Themoscow72

            Also what type of country let’s you join the army at 17 but you cannot have a pint till your 21. My mate who is forty got refused a drink as he had no I.D. sums them up.

        • drc74

          but your hero mike pays staff less than nmw, searches them when fi ishi g tbeir shift, has league tables of staff performance in the staff canteens, promoted staff are also made to buy sd shares

        • Toon Arnie

          Did the boss puke up in a fireplace during business meetings ? Imagine having a moron in charge who did stuff like that …..oh hold on a sec ….

        • KRS1

          They called a staff meeting as they needed a cleaner to tidy up so got you to do it

      • Themoscow72

        Also what type of country let’s you serve in the army at 17 but not allowed a pint till they are 21. My mate just been over there and is 40 and was refused a pint as he had no I.D. Would not go there for free.

        • Kenny

          in this county members of the Armed Forces have to be
          25 to buy a can of Lager in Morrisons,

        • Kenny

          you can join the Army at 16 here, can`t drink until 18

        • Toon Arnie

          In England you can get married, with parental consent, at 16 and join the army but can’t drink until 18 so what are your thoughts on that ? Absolute rubbish about the 40 year old with no ID, you’ve made that up for dramatic effect.

        • Kev Newcastle England

          Why you changed your name Monk T wat,a genuine person wouldnt need to do that

        • KRS1

          Liar, you have no mates

      • 1957

        No he just doesn’t want to see big Mike leave the club… people who are distressed often hit out at others

      • Billmag

        Block the ignorant [email protected]@t mate.

    • Kenny

      Those who don`t like Americans are the one`s who have never met one.

      • Themoscow72

        Met loads mate and worked for G.E. Capital a right bunch of tossers.

        • KRS1

          Presumably worked as a cleaner at GE Capital

      • Rich Lawson

        I lived there for a while and have visited many times,I have always been made welcome and found the people i bumped into day to day were very friendly and genuine,the American people shouldn’t be generalised with their President.

    • Polarboy

      What would you rather; to be taken over by middle eastern investors? I’d be sick if I was a Man City supporter. UAE may not be quite as bad as Saudi Arabia but they still make a mockery out of human rights.

    • 1957

      If you had said American business practices I would have agreed but as individuals they are no different to any other in the world, some good, some bad and some who might be from an alternative universe.

      • Themoscow72

        That is what I basically meant having worked at G.E. Capital. However when ordinary Americans come on Sky News at election time with their placards something out of a Billy Graham rally it is time to switch off the telly. Lets hope any new owners are as good as Mike.

    • Wezza

      You’re trolling again Monk.

      “saving the club £100m in interest payments”

      Giving with one hand and taking with another…. and taking a lot more!

      • drc74

        wezza has he answered your question yet, it must be about two months now, 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂

        • Wezza

          He never answers questions that he doesn’t have an excuse for so chooses to ignore it entirely. He has done that countless times. The work of a pure troll.

          • drc74

            a pure cxckwomble

    • Toon Arnie

      … and let’s not forget he stole the £123m tv money this season to buy House of Fraser. Let’s also not forget two relegations as another part of his legacy. Add in the way he treated Hughton, Keegan ( proven in court to be a liar ) and Jonas. Nicely topped off by flicking the v’s at fans. That’s some legacy – it must get you all misty eyed Moscow.

    • Geordiegiants

      as a post

  • Geordiegiants

    What a load of …………………. Propanganda!

  • JohnnyH

    Another concocted pile of Shyte to be used as justification not to invest in the club…………..again.

  • mentalman

    I would love a reputable person to actually make a bid for the club and then come out and say whether the club was serious about selling. Instead of all the leaked pr rubbish

    • Emprex

      pretty sure they wont be able to with the NDA they have to sign

      • mentalman

        Does thst not just cover financial information etc. If a deal never happens then surely the bidder is free to discuss why without going into details about the accounts

        • Emprex

          Depends on the NDA, they could cover anything relating to the deal. That’s why I was very surprised when Amanda Stavley came out in her interview with specific details on the three offers.

    • Cockneytrev

      The mansours wanted to buy us,, but Ashley never even turned up for the meeting,,
      He has no intention of selling.

      • mentalman

        Thats only came from a disgruntled ex friend. I’ve never seen anything said by the mansours or anyone on their behalf. We get linked with the likes of peter kenyon and others and they can’t all be on the payroll but they never come out and say they were never interested

        • Cockneytrev

          No it’s not, I knew about this long before the said disgruntled employee mentioned it.

          • Cockneytrev

            I’ve just read through your previous posts,, not a good word to say for Rafa, not a bad word to say about Ashley..🤔

  • Big Hairy Man

    Best not spend any money in January then Mike.

    • Kenny

      Don`t worry, he won`t

  • drc74

    we need to get karl pilkington’s Bullshxit Man on the case

  • Scottie Chugger Dearden

    What will happen first? 1-Ashley sells up,
    2- Bas Dost finally signs for Nufc or
    3-xmas 2019

    • 1957

      Xmas 2020 for me

  • East Durham Mag

    “Once upon a time” “In a galaxy far far away” “Have you heard the one about the?” 💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩

  • 45709

    It just seems too good to be true, yet the hope I feel I’ve not felt since I was a child on Christmas Eve… I’ve set myself up for disappointment and it’s still not gonna happen and he’ll still be here destroying NUFC

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Not holding my breath until something concrete is there to back this story up.
    At this stage it is more like “BEAT-OFF-VILLE”, Than anything else !

  • robbersdog

    Is maverick entrepreneur a euphemism for c*nt?

    • Wor Lass

      In this case, absolutely!

    • molend

      I hope not!

  • Polarboy

    I think I’ll stick to the if you hear about it before it happens it’s bullsh*t maxim. That way I’ll be pleasantly surprised in the unlikely event that something does happen.

    • Peaky

      Yes…think I’ll do the same…

  • Billmag

    I learned over the last 11 years not to believe in Santa.

  • Emprex

    Press Leak just in time for January Window… Wonder if they will all go for a group Curry?

    • Mxpx

      This will fall through on Feb 1st

  • Superdooperhooper

    Here we go again! Meanwhile ashley is closing the metrocentre branch of HoF. He never misses a chance to krap on us geordies does he ?

    • Pezza

      May actually be a coup for the Magpie Group this one. SD may have taken a look at the profitability and anticipated the ill-educated protest mod and thought bow this, we’ll not bother.

      • Toon Arnie

        No I think Ashley deserves all the credit for lying to people again and putting them on the street. It’s beyond me how you can support someone like this, it actually says a lot about you. Football is one thing but we’re talking about people’s livelihoods here.

        • Pezza

          I suspect the decision was helped by TMG

        • Pezza

          I think you misunderstand the issue

    • drc74

      hes closing 4 more hof stores, hes basically turning the high street into blackpools golden mile of tat shops

    • Carverlier football

      Better it closes and someone else takes the unit then it turns into a typical Ashley tat shop – though hopefully it’s someone the redundant staff can apply to…

      • GlasgowMag

        Yip looked on the website the other day Ted Baker jacket, diesel jeans, Lacoste shirt, 12 pairs of Slazenger white socks for the price of 8, Fred Perry Jumper!!!🤔🤔😂😂🤣🤣

  • James

    I’ ll believe it when i see it!

  • Billmag

    See fatty’s closing 4 more HoF stores one of them being the MetroCentre HoF, so much for him saving 1,000s of jobs, bet all those that was giving him great reviews are thinking different now.

    • Wezza

      Spot on! He didn’t buy HoF to save it or save anyones jobs, he saw an opportunity to buy a load of stock and sell it for a profit and downsize everything and turn them into a SD tat shop. He will fall one day.

      • Billmag

        Hope so mate.

      • Pezza

        Thick twerp

        • Westdentoon

          Aye your right there mate, exactly what he has done with NUFC over the past 11years, made a schite load of money!

          • Pezza

            Possibly not his best investment, £274m down and no return as yet.

          • Westdentoon

            He doesn’t strike me as the sort of bloke to stick around for 11 years loosing money..

          • Geordiegiants

            Exactly, how right are you.

          • Pezza

            That’s what he’s done, so far.

          • Geordiegiants

            Stupid stupid comment.

          • Wezza

            Let me guess, the troll claims FCB hasn’t made a penny profit? No wonder he is blocked.
            Pezza = David Lee.

          • Pezza

            Wezza, I love being challenged, especially if I’m dealing with an intelligent, evidence based argument from a bright, articulate contributor.

            You can imagine how disappointed I am that you blocked me.

          • Pezza

            Go on, explain the figures. I think you will find I’m right, as ever.

          • Geordiegiants

            You might on the face of it appear right, but we all know that the fatcunt wouldn’t still be at Newcastle if he wasn’t making money.

          • Pezza

            Unfortunately, he’s found we are difficult to move on.

            He’s had £2m worth of advertising in exchange for a £274m interest free investment. He may make money when he sells but he’s not done so yet.

          • Toon Arnie

            £2m of advertising ? You mean per season right which equates to £22m. Also what about the money he’s taken back in January as per the statement from the club ?

          • Pezza

            Well the championship seasons were less.

          • Geordiegiants

            🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂🤣

          • Pezza

            Oh GG, you are going down the Wezza route and faced with evidence you get all animated.

          • Geordiegiants

            You can’t really expect even the most loyal Jabba servant to believe that rubbish can you???

          • Toon Arnie

            ‘As ever’ ? I can’t remember you ever being right about anything ?

          • Pezza

            You need to read more, remember to read Bobbi Fleckman’s posts and before that, my banned account was Artie Fufkin.

            I’m always right

          • Geordiegiants

            I can’t explain them and neither can anyone else, that’s why the club isn’t selling. People are looking at the figures and in shock at the way he has things tied up. It’s not the price.

          • Toon Arnie

            If you’re including the interest free loan ( to himself ) within the £274m he’s just taken some of that back in January hasn’t he ? 11 years of free advertising must be worth a bit as well. So when he sells the club he’ll kindly pay himself the remainder of his loan back. Add the missing £123m tv money from this season and I think he’s done really well out of it.

          • Pezza

            How much?

    • Pezza

      Actually, the magpie group could claim some influence on this one.

    • JohnnyH

      He’s doing what he does; asset stripping.
      Apparently bought Evans for £8 million, with a stock inventory valued at £28 million. Not hard to work out what happens next is it?

      • Pezza

        He sorts out

      • drc74

        aye, the dti are concerned over is pre-packaged takeovers, its leaving people unpaid, the main issue being, yep mike saves fronine jobs, however its at the cost of all the feeder companies, which has a knock on effect, hes a proper txat

    • Steve Smith

      Wait until after thr Christmas shopping season is over. We’ll see lots more stores closed down. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Evans Cycles killed off altogether as they must do the vast majority of their trading over November and December.

  • Pezza

    I doubt this one

  • graham18

    We’ve been down this road before.false promises.But where there’s a will,there’s way.FCB out!!

  • London_Mag

    Ashley selling club = transfer window approaching

  • Leazes.

    Don’t worry Mr Bishop….I know nobody on here believes it…… but the chronicle will buy it, because it’ll fill a page….. and they are a very good friend to Mr Ashley.

    #BoycottWolves

    • Carverlier football

      I know one or two on here that will believe it… Well, that will say they believe it… Ok, as you were!

    • S.G.M.

      What about BetVictor?

  • deadtrail 74

    And in other news Messi agrees to sign for Newcastle in January on a free. Probably not a game now in front of Rondon.

  • Down Under Mag

    Have they bought a 10-year box at the ground and transferred the required funds to MASH to view the accounts? Or is it just transfer window approaching and need for a diversion? Or maybe it’s just an international break and some news needs to be dug up out of anything? Perhaps even just a case of trying to keep fans preoccupied while they have nothing else to do and hopefully avoid more protests?? Who knows with this club any more hehe.

  • wheyayeman

    Stop panicking Clarko with these wicked rumours, he’s very sensitive!

  • Mike

    is Santa an American?

  • Taz

    its sounds like a load of BALLS to me, the fcw has no interest in selling. I hope im wrong but cant really see it happening

    • Steven05

      I guess uncle Mike just loves us too much to say goodbye, he still wants us to win the champions league

  • MadMag83

    Mike Ashley a maverick? It’s normally a veiled compliment to an unorthodox approach that gets results. Ashley is more of haphazard del boy who operates on his principals of staff intimidation, selling bulk and asset stripping.

    • Peter C

      Your statement is a more accurate and appropriate description of Ashley, and his business practices, in my most humble opinion, but I’m sure, not in his.

      We can only hope that this report, is some way correct. It would be a very pleasant, early Christmas present, but I’ll believed it, when I see it, haven’t we been here before.