An interesting update on Tuesday morning following the Mike Ashley interview on Monday night.

The Newcastle United owner appearing on Sky News (see below) and talking about how the club could be sold within four weeks.

Tuesday sees The Mail give a follow on piece, saying that their information is that Mike Ashley is in talks with two different buyers, though there could possibly be more.

The NUFC owner’s words on an imminent sale of the club, came at the end of a detailed interview about his retail business and the problems facing the high street. Ashley having appeared at a House of Commons Select Committee earlier in the day where he was quizzed by MPs.

However, The Mail say that the Newcastle United part of the Sky News interview wasn’t expected, with Mike Ashley having came out with it to the surprise of both Sky and the people around him.

The Mail say that his off-script words on selling Newcastle United were because he wants to hurry along the investors he is currently talking to, whilst also making clear to any other potential interested parties, that he definitely wants to sell the club as soon as possible.

The newspaper though says that this move could have had a negative effect, as they say their information is that one of the two (supposedly) known interested buyers, wanted the fact the club be imminently sold, not to be made public.

A little hard to understand that one unless/until they are named by a credible source.

On the positive side, The Mail claim that Ashley’s supposed £300m asking price isn’t a problem for those interested in buying him out.

Newcastle fans have predictably laughed at the Mike Ashley interview as just the latest bit of PR from the owner and part of a policy for him to justify not supporting Rafa Benitez in the January transfer window BUT the newspaper claim that this definitely isn’t the case.

With all of the newspapers saying they had recently heard repeated claims of an imminent sale being on the cards and credible buyers being out there. If a sale doesn’t happen (yet again) then it would surely be a case of fans being right in any aftermath of a no deal, that this has been just another set of misleading rumours put out by the NUFC owner’s own people.

As always, hope for the best but fear the worst.

The Mag – Monday 3 December 2018:

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.”



  • Kenny

    Nullius in verba

    • Leicester Mag

      Estus horsus shittae

      • Sickandtired

        Biggus Fattus Shittus

        • Paul Patterson

          Parasitus Liarus Wankerus.

    • Themoscow72

      NVYGDOMOERA

  • Tweed Mag

    Should have kept his big mouth shut. Other times he says nothing and it would be a disaster if he has ruined a potential deal. Clown.

    • Mr_Kinnear

      Not for him.he takes in money every years and still owns NUFC lock stock and barrel.if he does not sell he’s still quids in

    • panther

      There is no deal

  • Sickandtired

    The bloke who demands non disclosure agreements and other promises from possible buyers is now spouting off on Sky about a possible sale. BS and nowt more than another precursor to no spend in January.

  • Paul Patterson

    He appears in parliament to get his message across, protests are made against him and then in an interview about nothing to do with Newcastle BANG the club will be sold in a month.

    Pull the other one . .

    • Themoscow72

      As Michelle Dewberry said on Sky today he ran rings round the M’P’s and select committee and made them look stupid as did the protesters last Saturday. Where are the articles on tonight’s big match or do the protesters not know it’s on. Sure if we get to Wembley they will jump on the band wagon.

      • JohnnyH

        Monk, in the unlikely event of the protesters driving your mate Mike out, and he sells the club. Would you get behind the new owners or would you become a protestor?

        • Themoscow72

          The protesters will have not a 1% bearing on Mike selling the club complete waste of time they are like at any club. Sadly only money talks and £300m of money. So the only person that will make a difference to him is the new buyer. If Peter Kenyon is behind it we might have an excellent chance. If not prepare yourself for a long stretch in the Championship. However that might not be a bad thing if it gets rid of the protesters and the long haired hippy on his mega phone.

          • Toon Arnie

            … and maybe even the people who leave early EVERY game regardless of the result.

          • Rabid Dog

            There is a very strong possibility you are right about the impact any of the protests have on Mike Ashley. But when people do not feel they are being listened to they become disenfranchised with the whole regime.

            It is why you come on here and, no matter what, take the opposing position to the majority. You protest against them with as much passion as the protesters do with Ashley.

            In the same way as you believe them to be pointless, your anti protesting is equally pointless. But you don’t see this irony at all because it’s all about the attention…..

      • Rabid Dog

        1. He wasn’t there to run rings around the select committee and make them look stupid. He was invited to advise. They wanted a take on his perspective having just bought house of Fraser.
        2. Why don’t you write something on tonight’s match if it bothers you so much. You seem to have plenty of time to whinge about not seeing it.

        More attention seeking from Moscow Monk. Well done. **Slow hand clap**

        • Themoscow72

          Michelle Drewberry’s words not mine and she strikes me as clever compared to the protesters.

      • Wor Lass

        I notice you resolutely refused to respond to any question yesterday regarding the thousands who routinely walk out of SJP before the match ends, preferring to concentrate on what you estimated to be a hundred or so arriving 11 minutes late. What`s more likely to affect the team`s performance? Got a song for you to learn on your way to Goodison if that`s enough time for you:

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

        In case you haven`t twigged, sing it to the tune of “Hit the road, Mac”.

        • Paul Patterson

          He/she only ever comments on protest/Anti Ashley articles. So he/she is either a troll or a wind up merchant ..

          • Wezza

            Yep Paul.
            Jezza and Leazes were right all along.
            They make usernames and assume their persona. It’s like scitzophrenia. They always slip up though.

        • Leazes.

          its Jack not Mac… sorry!

          • Rich Lawson

            Jack S##t ?

          • mactoon

            I thought he was talking about me ☹

          • Wor Lass

            Of course it is! I`ve amended it accordingly.

        • Themoscow72

          People walked out near the end when the game was well and truly over it happens. I stayed till twenty minutes after the final whistle. Be there tonight, be there Wednesday and proud to be there Sunday may even take the Monkseaton flag which only comes out on special occasions. The game was well and truly over when any one left unlike those 100 supporters if you can call them that.

          • Toon Arnie

            I’m assuming you were at Bournemouth and Watford at home ? Thousands turned their back on the players in both of those games and left well before the end yet you think it’s ok ? So if these thousands of early leavers abandon the team you’re ok with it but if 100 people ( your figures ) protest against Ashley it’s a massive issue ? Where do tour loyalties lie ?
            Support the team not Ashley Moscow – your mask is slipping. No way are you the fan you pretend to be. Fraud !!

          • Wezza

            Correct, he is a fraud and a troll.
            I quote him:

            “Long live Mike”
            “Rafa gets every penny” (after THAT summer window”
            “I’d gladly buy Mike a pint”
            “Mike saved us”
            “Mike was very generous with the loan”

            He knows Fleckman, got banned same as all the other usernames because they are his!

      • Toon Arnie

        I just wish he could do something about the hordes that leave early EVERY game and turn their back in the team. I can’t believe you support them, that’s far worse than any isolated protest.

    • Rich Lawson

      It’s got (jingle) bells on ?

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    He used to send uncle Joe Kinnear out in interviews to tell us that they were talking to two or more parties over a sale.
    Back then Joe would always tell us we would know by “Friday” every week lol

    • Rich Lawson

      Presumably where the term ”Black Friday” comes from ?

  • Arty Hume

    How many more times is TFCB going to cry ” Wolf ” ????

  • Peaky

    Stick the FatTwat in front of a lie detector and it would start pyssing itself laughing….

    • TheFatController

      Orange boiler suit, Guantanamo- get water boarding him.

      • Rich Lawson

        He’d laugh it off with the amount of lager he can sink.

    • Rich Lawson

      Or overheat !

  • Mrkgw

    We live in hope……….

  • Cockneytrev

    It’s all bull💩!,,,,,,,,

  • Martin Rooney

    Peter Kenyon, man United *unt I’d rather have an assetcstriping fat cockney b

    • Ram Kishore

      Lol why?
      I am just wondering what if it was someone from Middle east like Mohammed Bin Salman.
      The Qatari royals, Emirati royals or Saudi royals 😂😂

      • Martin Rooney

        Even worse I would stop going ruining sport

        • Ram Kishore

          All their business practices make Ashley look like a philanthropist
          😂😂

  • FatParosite

    Frightened of the walk-in. Frightened of a boycott. Which idiot thinks that Ashley has too thick a skin? This is a rouse however as Ashley knows we will not win on Wednesday and the backlash is more stay-aways. However those who are on the fence when it comes to the boycott are so bereft of intellect they will buy this Newcastle for sale before xmas twaddle. I have a distinct feeling the moth breathers still believe in Santa.

  • robbersdog

    It takes 8 weeks for the Premier League to ratify ownership changes, so the premise that a takeover could be signed and sealed by next month is absurd.

    And let’s not forget – if Ashley knows that a takeover is going to happen after the Jan transfer window, but before the end of the season, there’ll be no incentive for him to release any transfer funds next month.

    • Ram Kishore

      It is possible but not backing the manager in the window could also derail the sale process right, causing further harm to the value of the club right?
      He could end up backing for the sale to go smoothly

      • robbersdog

        I like your optimism!

        • Ram Kishore

          😂 our owner is full of surprises.
          He says one thing and does something else

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        history has shown that not to be the case…

  • Viru leckworth

    If Ashley was really in such talks, would he be shouting about it in public media? It echoes the same tactic, can’t spend too much in January because we were in take over talks that didn’t happen. Read what London economic says.

    • Wezza

      Yes and look at it this way…
      Why not let the club spend its own money to strengthen team?

      It is because he takes money out, pure and simple. There’s the proof.

  • Disgruntled

    Why is everyone listening to more of ASHLEY’S bullshit and lies just more distraction from the biggest Ar*****e in football today.

  • Disgruntled

    This guy runs his life with Total BULLSHIT and LIES.

  • mactoon

    It’s just a rinse and repeat of the Staveley talks that were called off during January 2018 which proved to be a convenient reason not to spend in January. Rafa must be pulling his hair out about this happening again.

    For me it’s just too convenient, the protests ramp up, the press start to take notice and then Ashley (who demanded any takeover was done in private) comes out on Sky to talk about it.

  • Vodkamagpie

    I must be honest, if I was a potential buyer of the club, i would get it done asap. You as the buyer risk loosing out on premier league football, and a world class manager

    • Rabid Dog

      If I was a potential buyer of the club I would be doing the required level of due diligence, which would include reviewing line by line the contractual obligations of the merchandising. I’d not trust him.

      • mactoon

        Which is why there is no possibility of completing a sale by January and Ashley well knows this

      • Cockneytrev

        This is why it’s not for sale and never has been,,, he will want to keep all the merchandising, advertising etc

      • Vodkamagpie

        Rich people have thousands of lawyers, surely they can reach an agreement

        • Rabid Dog

          Have you seen how difficult it has been for Rangers to try and get out of their deal….

          • Vodkamagpie

            Don’t think rangers were very rich at the time …

  • Dutch

    This goes on and on. We will be told that Amanda is back on soon.

  • Wor Lass

    He`s so transparent that even Ryder and Douglas in the Chronic have cottoned on to this obvious ploy. Didn`t he say exactly the same thing about there being two interested parties last year? That went well, didn`t it?!

  • joe mac

    and i hope to do away with zero hrs contracts and pay all my slaves…sorry staff.. a decent wage and…blah blah blah! toad!

  • LA toon

    I did not view the video clip as listening to him spout verbal diarrhea is too much to bear. (The same with trump). However the interviewer was useless and did not ask the questions that everyone wants to ask. “It seems you had an interested party, this time last year. Is this a tactic to placate the fans in the short term and not invest in the team during the January window?” Pity Jeremy Paxman was not the interviewer.

    • Rabid Dog

      It’s as though all the journalists are scared to ask him a question he might find difficult.

      • mactoon

        Or they are given the questions to ask before the interview?

        • Geordiegiants

          That’s exactly what happens, it’s public knowledge. How the f he keeps getting away with it.
          Why was he on sky sports news anyway?

          • mactoon

            To discuss his appearance in the House of Commons where he was asked for his opinion on ‘saving the high street’.

          • Geordiegiants

            So why sky “sports” news is what I’m getting at.

          • Damon Horner

            It wasn’t, it was Sky News.

          • Geordiegiants

            Ah right I wondered why I couldn’t find it last night on tv, I had to watch it on YouTube. Cheers for clearing that up.

          • mactoon

            As I understand it he was on Sky News being interviewed about his meeting in the House of Commons and Surprisingly!!!! he was asked about Newcastle United and the rest of the interview was picked up by Sky Sports. My personal opinion is that most of his interviews with Sky Sports are pre arranged when, for example fan protests get national attention and start causing him trouble so the questions are given to the interviewer in order for Ashley to give a positive spin

  • Lostprofit DBC

    There’s as much chance of him selling NUFC as there is Theresa May, selling her Brexit deal to MP’s!

  • TeessideMag

    Mike Ashley reminds me of an onion for a few reasons…
    1. Anything he says could have been written by ‘The Onion’.
    2. Appearance of thick skin, only to peel relatively easily.
    3. Same generally spherical shape.
    4. Onions don’t know how to f**King run football clubs.

    I also can’t stand onions

    • Rich Lawson

      And leaves a bad taste in your mouth ?

    • Oval85

      How dare you. Comparing this slimeball of a man with the ONE and only vegetable you can’t cook without…

  • Geordiegiants

    I wish the fat sack ofshit would just fuckoff and die!

    • Kenny

      That would be a nice Christmas present

      • Geordiegiants

        Wouldn’t it just.

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      he has two options I’d be happy with A) see the error of his ways, sell up, devote the rest of his days to bettering the lives of those less fortunate than himself or B) die

      • Geordiegiants

        It’s only going to be. B
        That vile excuse for a human being would never do anything for anyone else without there being something in it for himself. That probably includes his kids and family.

  • Christopher Smeaton

    It’s a lie. Stammering like f&@k. Everyone sees past it. He is already shifting the blame for lack of support in January, and around and around we go.

    • Wezza

      Spot on. Pure lies.

    • Geordiegiants

      Still the sheep will flock

  • Shipcote Willy

    Just before the January window the annual club for sale Groundhog Day in full swing. What odds would you get for Ashley still being here in February and ‘Mike is committed to the club.’ Or ask the players who he told the club was not up for sale. He will be here next season

    • TeessideMag

      I’d like to see odds on the same story coming out next December

  • panther

    I expect him to still be here a good few windows time coming out with the same excuses for pocketing the cash

    • t00nraider

      He didn’t have an excuse when he spent £70mil in one window!

      • Tweed Mag

        And then got it all back from the following window

        • Geordiegiants

          And more

      • panther

        Imminent relegation and losing out on a lot more cash was his sole reason

    • Geordiegiants

      I’ve just emailed PP and I’m trying to get odds.

      • panther

        He probably has been too

  • whitleylad

    This could backfire. My son and I had already decided to boycott the Wolves game but my wife was still undecided. However, after yet another laughably transparent ploy by Ashley to justify no spending in January and to try and derail the protests, my wife has decided to join the boycott.

    • Wezza

      Good hope others join in!

    • Geordiegiants

      Still the sheep will flock.

    • Vodkamagpie

      Why would Ashley want to justify no spending in January. If he dosen’t want to spend in January, he won’t, he doesn’t need our approval

  • skarabrae

    Just watched it on sky…. the fat gurning clown couldn’t keep a straight face…. the usual transfer window bullsh#te!!

  • TheTradge

    I ain’t believing that for a second, can never take anything that comes out of that parasite’s mouth seriously!

  • Mr_Kinnear

    Even if he does want to sell I bet he would include all sorts of caveats about Sports Direct advertising and commercial rights