Mike Ashley has announced on Monday night that Newcastle United could be sold before the end of this month.

The NUFC owner stating that talks with the potential buyer are way beyond any previous talks with anybody wanting to buy the club and that it is ‘possible’ a deal could be done and dusted in December – but ‘realistic’ for it to happen this month might be ‘too strong a word’ to use.

Yet again you can’t help but have a small part of you wonder if it could happen at last BUT having over a decade now of the club supposedly being up for sale and a series of supposed near misses, most of us will believe it when we see it.

Predictably, it was Sky where Mike Ashley turned up. With cynics (all of us!) no doubt wondering if his sudden chat about supposedly selling the club, is in any way some part of a PR circus connected to his appearance before a house of commons select committee to talk about ‘saving the high street’ earlier today and/or yet another episode in toying with the hopes of Newcastle fans.

Mike Ashley talking to Sky News:

“I am hopeful for the Newcastle fans, for the club, for everybody, that I will be able to step aside and we will be able to get an owner in that can please everybody.”

‘When will that be?’

“When would I like it to be?

“I would like it to be before the January transfer window.”

‘Is that realistic?’

“Hmmm. Realistic? It’s possible, realistic is maybe too strong a word.

“Hopefully we can carry on the good form…just recent good form…and we can get the deal done.”

‘So you are in exclusive talks with someone right now?’

“Not an exclusive but…

“Talks are at a more progressed stage than they have ever been.”

‘And whoever buys the club would presumably have to put in transfer funds for Rafa Benitez?’

“Yes, I’m very keen to sell it to the right buyer, so everybody is happy, that would be good news.”



  • Wor Lass

    He sounds a bit like the Moscow Mule at the end there. It can`t be him, though, because he hasn`t mentioned the protesters.

    • Tweed Mag

      or Perez

      • Kenny

        😂😂

        • Toontaff

          MoscowMonk’s sick of Perez getting the bottom mark on here – he’s decided to do something about it – removing the bottom mark………….with his tongue!

    • Wezza

      Or his box!

  • Kenny

    We won`t know the truth in this until Monk meets him in a lift.

    • Wor Lass

      new song for the away fans to go with the Big Fat Cockney Barsteward ditty:

      Hit the road, Mike
      And don`t bother me no more no more
      Hit the road, Mike
      And don`t bother me no more …

      • Kenny

        Did you know leazes has blocked Peaky
        😂😂😂

        • Wor Lass

          Noooo!

          • Kenny

            Don`t know why, i didn`t believe him until leazes confirmed it

          • Toontaff

            Is it cos he’s not local? Or cos he went to Bramall Lane to watch Leeds? Or has Peaky kidnapped Jezza?

          • Kenny

            😂😁😂😁😂

        • Geordiegiants

          🤣😂🤣 He is as nutty as a bag of Nobby’s

  • graham18

    let’s hope so.FCB OUT and don’t come back-there will be tears of joy

  • Tweed Mag

    A proven liar, perhaps signalling a zero spend in January. Just go Ashley. Get out of the club and take your second rate brand with you.

    • Kenny

      He had no intention of spending in January anyway & he knows there will be riots if Rafa leaves so there may be a modicum of truth in it

      • Tweed Mag

        I’ve got everything crossed. Perhaps he is finally sick of all the hassle.

        • Kenny

          Got to keep the pressure up though the guys a born liar

          • Tweed Mag

            I have written to Santa Claus with one wish . . . .

      • Wezza

        Now I’m honestly not even sure, 50,000 sheep may still turn up when Rafa goes!

  • 45709

    What a caring guy….

  • Leicester Mag

    What a load of trucking scollops

    • Kenny

      😂

  • Rabid Dog

    Well done London Magpie Group. Looks and feels like a KBA hastily arranged PR exercise after his ordeal today at parliament.

    • X2

      Yes. The protests do get to him. Hopefully more will support the boycott now

  • KennySamsung

    It’ll probably fall through when they realise everyone at the club is on zero hour contracts and will be released on 31st December.

  • Cockneytrev

    Absolute ballocks,,,,,
    Ashley out,,,,

  • Wezza

    Haha.
    THIS????
    THIS is the best Keith Bishop can comeback up with to try and stop protests? I hope this backfired and more protest now!
    Lying [Insert expletive here]

  • Foggy

    Aye, Mike. Righto.

  • JohnnyH

    Zero spend transfer window, pending sale, phantom buyers fail to appear or come up with the funds, Fatwat takes all the TV money, Rafa walks, enter Bruce/Hughes/etc…….
    50,000 rock up again ad infinitum……..

    • Wezza

      Absolutely 100% spot on!

    • FatParosite

      Rinse & repeat…

  • FatParosite

    Why believe a liar…..?

  • Toontaff

    Is it Groundhog Day?

    Mike said: ‘It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life…………….

  • Ba ba.

    The blokes a absolute helmet…

  • Geordiegiants

    It’s comical, any tool believing this sh it after all this time wants to go and boil their heads

    • Toontaff

      It’s panto season!

      • Mike D

        Oh no it isn’t.

  • Geordiegiants

    People think it (Protests) doesnt get to him, but it definetly does.

    • Kenny

      Nail on the head

    • Alreet

      Totally, the sheer amount of negative press around every corner is bad for a retailer especially when competitors are reaping the rewards.

      Keep it up, the redirect website is working a treat.

      • Geordiegiants

        Money only gets you so far, sh it sticks and the fatcunt is covered in it.

  • Toontaff

    “Telegraph Sport understands that non-disclosure agreements were signed last month and the interested party is wealthy enough to do the deal without complications in terms of the asking price”. I’m not revealing my sources, mind, with Leazes lurking and someone coming out of the lift next to me!

    • Kenny

      Arabs or Americans, they are the only ones with real money

      • Rich Lawson

        Might be Russians,they could sort the door handle out for ”Mike” leaving the boardroom.

    • Leazes.

      Oh god its Ellis Short…

      • Toontaff

        Niall Quinn and his consortium?

        • Leazes.

          I think everyone has wised up to this tosh….

      • Kenny

        😂😂

  • Carverlier football

    “Hopefully we can carry on the good form…just recent good form…and we can get the deal done.” = please don’t protest

    “Not an exclusive but…” = maybe I’ll flush out a buyer who really will meet my ludicrously inflated price

    “Hmmm. Realistic? It’s possible, realistic is maybe too strong a word.” = no spend in January, wheel out the phrases “tyre kicker” and “time waster” in February

    How nice it will be on the day we are finally wrong…

  • Tweed Mag

    Ashley was very animated in front of the MPs today (clips on tabloid sites). He says he is often misquoted, not the capitalist everyone thinks he is, not Father Christmas, a fair man and most importantly “Not God”. By the end his nose is about three foot long.

    • Rich Lawson

      ”Not Father Christmas”.he’s ”The Grinch”

  • Steven05

    Nice lad that big uncle Mike – he wants the next owner to be good for the club 😘

    KEEP THE PRESSURE UP

    • Alreet

      He wants to keep his 100 ft eyesore hoarding up in the ground thats what he wants for the good of the club.

      Bloody hell, theresa May could buy us and people would still celebrate the end of 12 years of darkness

      • Rich Lawson

        She tried but couldn’t agree terms for an exit.

  • jordijohnty

    Okay, protest has to stop now. Do not want to upset the new owners who might think twice about buying. We can all return to our seats. Good times just around the corner. We won in the end and Ashley has conceded. Well done everyone

    • East Durham Mag

      Are you being sarcy or serious?

      • Steven05

        I really really hope it’s the former…

        • East Durham Mag

          Just seen his post 5 up its the former.

    • Rich Lawson

      Any tickets left ?

  • Westdentoon

    ha ha bloody ha. This foooker must shat his pants at the thought of spending money in the transfer window!

  • Alreet

    Why does such a bell still talk in public. Even your own genes dont like you. Ppl hang around you coz of your wealth that apparently you dont have.

    Never heard of or seen a billionaire with no cash ash!

    Wise up lad, the lies and white wash have gone too far. Give up and sod off.

    Anyone got any slug pellets?!?

  • jordijohnty

    Or is this just a stunt to stop the protests or an excuse not to dip his stumpy hands in his pockets

    • Steven05

      Tut tut – so pessimistic

  • Paul Patterson

    #courtprovenliar

  • jordijohnty

    If someone will buy this club, we wont know about it til it happens. He aint selling. End of story

  • East Durham Mag

    I’ve just looked out of the window and seen a squadron of flying pigs.

    • Leicester Mag

      Followed by Ashley with a large loaf and a George Foreman grill

      • East Durham Mag

        Would rather see him on a giant George Foreman grill 🐷🥓👍

        • Rich Lawson

          Better still in the ring in his SD shorts fighting him.

    • Leazes.

      They should be able to land safely because Hell has frozen over.

      • East Durham Mag

        Josef Goebbels would just love Bishops P.R. machine.

        • Leazes.

          Its done its job because people are talking about it and journalists are writing about it…. its a bull, crass… lie….

          …… he even backtracked saying ‘realistic’ was too strong a word….

          ….that’s the only thing that’s true!

          • Rabid Dog

            It’s lazy journalism.

            The question should be, so Mike, why announce this today? Is it because you were challenged earlier on by the London Magpie Group, or is it because there is a match boycott planned for the weekend?

          • Peaky

            Aye you’re right….didn’t we go through all this recently when Keegan’s book release and tour was imminent ??

          • Rich Lawson

            Reading it now,cracking story bout what Cantona said to him after Howay 5 – 0.

          • Peaky

            The missus has bought me it for Christmas.

          • Rich Lawson

            Or somebody at the Xmas party dared him and he thought it would be a laugh ?

        • Rich Lawson

          They need to get some Hugo Boss suits to compete ?

      • Rich Lawson

        Well,The Eagles are touring again.

  • Gallowgate Dave

    My little boy thinks Santa is bringing him a remote controlled unicorn this year and still called [email protected] when he saw this on the news.

  • Kenny

    At least we have an easy cup draw to look forward to in the New Year

    • Leazes.

      He’s leaving so he doesn’t have to pay out that £20m cup win bonus.

      Sometimes when I listen to his statements I have the strongest suspicion that he is trying to be funny

      • East Durham Mag

        Gallows humour?

        • Leazes.

          Shearer just tweeted….
          @alanshearer

          January transfer window approaching again is it!!?? #groundhogday

          • Wezza

            If Shearer knows it why do 50,000 sheep buy it?

          • Kenny

            Apathy

          • Leazes.

            ….or just pathetic.

          • Kenny

            either fits the bill

      • Kenny

        i think he enjoys it in some perverse way

        • Peaky

          I’ve said it before….he revels in his own notoriety….

      • Rich Lawson

        He’s Johnny Vegas in disguise. (Both too p####d to put on a good act !)

    • Peaky

      Was dreading a non league side….can’t bide Mark Chapman.
      See the good old BBC couldn’t resist showing that bloody Hereford goal….

      • Kenny

        I HATE Chapman

      • jinkyjimnufc

        Lest we forget – we’very had those before

      • Rich Lawson

        Never forgiven them,watched them fall down the leagues with relish.

    • MadMag83

      Armstrong to bag a hat trick at SJP

    • Rich Lawson

      Reserves lose to an Armstrong goal,but it only cost £10 to get in ?

  • Taz

    Can’t believe a word that comes out of the fatlyingpigsmouth

  • Wezza

    Even if this was true in a few years we would see just how much money has been dissapearing into MASH because we will be loaded – providing we we stay up. Oh well, was just a momentary fantasy thought… back to reality.

  • Peaky

    Jingle Bells,
    FatTwat Sells,…….can’t think of anything else….

    • Wezza

      It didn’t blow away…
      The fat mans deal lost a wheel…

      • Leazes.

        ….but Ryder will print it as true anyway.

      • Rich Lawson

        It’s the end of his day,Nothing left to steal ?

    • Cockneytrev

      no one willng to pay,,
      Oh what fun it is watch the geordies pray and pray,,,,,

      • Rich Lawson

        But one fine day,that man will be away ?

        • Cockneytrev

          HEY!!!!

    • Rich Lawson

      Don’t believe a word he tells,whole thing just smells ?

      • Peaky

        There must be a “12 Days Of Christmas” that can be worked on…

        • Mike D

          You’re wrong here. On the first day of Christmas Mike Ashley gave to me FA and I don’t mean the cup and it never got better than this.

          • Peaky

            Funny I was thinking along the same lines……”And So This Is Christmas,And What Have We Done…..?”…….Fuckall….again…

          • Mike D

            All I want for Christmas is the FCB to F off.

        • Rich Lawson

          Surprised we haven’t got an Ashley Advent Calendar (all the windows are empty,just a printed V sign inside)

    • Mike D

      Last christmas I spun you a lie and the very next day Stavely went away. Next year to save me from jeers I’ll go do a sky sports special, special

      • Peaky

        😂😂👏👏…..brilliant…

        • Mike D

          Slight change so it’s easier to sing. I hope you sing it when Wham comes on.

          • Peaky

            Only version now Mike…..even George Michael is singing it from ‘the other side’….

      • New Durham Mags

        brillaint, Well done Mr D (cant bring myself to say well done, brilliant and that name in the same sentince) sorry mate haha

        • Mike D

          If it makes you feel better, I wasn’t named after him. It’s just a coincidence. He gives Mikes around the world a bad name.

  • Down Under Mag

    Literally the first thing that sprang to mind was “here we go again, getting the excuses in already for the lack of spending in January”. It will also no doubt “fail to get over the line” due to them being ridiculous and actually wanting to pay market value rather than Ashley’s (intentionally) inflated price tag and then it will be back to business as usual as the club comes off the market just after the window shuts.

    • MadMag83

      You can see the excuse already. I wanted to complete a sale before January but the investor delayed things and then I went on holiday until the window shut. It then turned out they weren’t serious. Sorry guys, no signings again!

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      The same ruse has been used time and time again to get him through difficult periods of his tenure at the club.
      The first time it was used was in the aftermath of “KEEGAN-GATE.”
      It was used again after relegation as an excuse not to give Alan Shearer the managers job and install a what they thought was a malleable figure in Chris Hughton.
      From that point on it has served as a useful tool to him when ever his back is against the wall to which it is strung out and spun out until no one can be bothered anymore.
      He then carries on regardless when the dust settles declaring himself as the best option for the club.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    As usual Mike Ashley says a lot but says nothing at the same time, If that makes any sense.
    True to form when he says something there is always a key word you can pick up on that reveals the truth of what he is saying.

    When asked if a sale was “Realistic” to which he responds that is too strong of a word with “Hopeful” being used, You know it is rubbish yet again !
    January is fast approaching and he knows the manager, Media etc will put the club under the microscope in terms of net spends.
    Personally, I see it as nothing more than another annual ruse by Ashley to extricate himself from the next window, Pain and simple !

  • MadMag83

    Yes Mike, and I’d like to win the Euromillions jackpot tomorrow night. It’s possible, but realistic is too strong a word.

  • Peaky

    Have you noticed every time this rumour comes out….even as we know it’s all bollox…..the Ashleylites/trolls all disappear under their shitstained rocks…..

    • Leazes.

      No I haven’t……. I don’t see them at all because I block them

      • Kenny

        Peaky said you had blocked him

        • Leazes.

          no you said it.

    • Kenny

      the chrons` up and running with the sale

      • Peaky

        😂😂 “5 People Who Could Buy The Club”…..Ryder won’t sleep tonight..

        • Kenny

          hinting it`s genuine
          😂

          • Peaky

            See GlasgowMag is having trouble with Disqus not showing his posts….have tried replying if you’re reading Glasgow but they keep bouncing back…

          • Kenny

            his posts just disappear

          • Peaky

            I went through a phase of that where they were reporting everything as spam then it just corrected itself without any explanation…??

          • Kenny

            i just tried to answer him and the post disappeared
            😂

          • Peaky

            Hate to say it…but I fear Clarko has taken Glasgow to faraway galaxies….🛸🛸🛸

          • BigHairyDog

            I can’t wait for the 5 things you’d like to shove up Ryder’s ar**
            article

          • Peaky

            😂🤣😂🤣

        • TheFatController

          Which is a shame, as it won’t improve his grammar ..

  • jordijohnty

    This BullPlop has made it to radio 5 lives sports news. Why are the BBC (quoting sky of course), reporting this non news. Must be a very s l o w news day

    • Leazes.

      BBC Newcastle have taken the bait too.

      • jordijohnty

        Why are we discussing this. Nothing to see here. Move on

  • TheFatController

    Doesn’t makes sense he’s about to sell : breaking non disclosure – why? Would suggest it’s nonsense

    Does make sense he’s about to sell : preventing the Wolves boycott because with a sale likely to go through, wins are vital element to completion
    Also makes sense : would go public just prior to final stages to eek out interest like the shameless businessman he is!

  • 5floorshigh

    24/12/18 breaking news – buyers pulled out, xmas greetings from Mike….maybe there should be happy new year to Mike from the fans via a January of an empty St James.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    More realistic Santa coming down my chimney…

    Nothing changes until we are told hes sold.

  • Mr_Kinnear

    I am guessing negotiations will drag on beyond the transfer window then collapse. No money spent because Ashley was expecting an imminent deal.

  • Themoscow72

    A very simple situation in that a £300m bid will more than cover the money put in and legal costs. The new owners could be worse who knows but if Peter Kenyon is behind it that will be a very good thing as he is a top Chief Executive second to none.
    Lets hope the damage to the players confidence that the Magpie Group and protesters have achieved does not result in relegation as any new owners may not get us up first time and they might have to live with second tier football for years to come. Massive game Sunday biggest game of the season and Rafa and Lascelles need your support could be the difference between staying up and going down so still tickets left so get them now. Also support the reserves tonight on the road to Wembley be plenty wanting to go if we get there.

    • Tweed Mag

      We all hope to get a new owner who is competent and invests. Ashley’s basic errors are there for all to see, you choose not to look. As far as anyone knows, the boycott did not influence the team against WHU and neither do the Magpie Group. They played badly and some of them should be replaced asap (dare I say Perez?). By all means encourage the team, but don’t look for excuses when they failed miserably on the pitch.