Mike Ashley sparked things off on Monday night with his Sky News interview.

The Newcastle United owner doing an interview following an appearance in front of a House of Commons Select Committee.

At length he spoke to Sky News about the problems with the ‘High Street’, then it appeared to be a bit of an on the spot thing, when adding at the end that he was supposedly close to selling Newcastle United and it could possibly happen before January.

Newcastle fans were naturally sceptical after hearing this all so many times before and now a new report appears to back up that scepticism.

Ashley indicated there were/are supposedly a number of different bidders and indeed the media have been briefed (no doubt by Ashley’s people) that four different potential buyers have all met the asking price. Yet the only person/group the media have put a name to is Peter Kenyon, who was first linked three months ago with NUFC.

The newspapers have all reported Peter Kenyon as having been given access to the club’s financial information/books but now things have taken a backward step.

The Mail are now reporting that Mike Ashley has not even been shown by Peter Kenyon that his bid/bidders have proof of funds, with Ashley now not sure whether they have the money to do any potential deal.

It makes a mockery of Mike Ashley’s claims on Monday that a deal could be completed in December.

Indeed he (Ashley) did appear to be largely making it up as he went along on Monday night because Mike Ashley then even admitted he wasn’t even in exclusive talks with any one party, if they actually exist…

Even if you believe that anything Mike Ashley has said is actually true, then there is not even a deal agreed as yet and according to The Mail, nobody has even shown they have the money to do a possible deal.

All of that would need to be done and agreed before you would get to doing due diligence, then once all that happens, the Premier League checks/review takes a number of weeks just on its own.

Even if a deal is potentially possible, we look a long long way away from anything being completed, so at the very least, Mike Ashley’s claim a deal could be completed this month looks like pure fiction.

  • robbersdog

    No problem; we all knew that it was a load of baloney designed to soften us up for the inevitable ‘no funds available’ scenario in January.

    Every day is Groundhog Day with Mike Ashley and whatever he says is nothing more than fake news from a fake owner.

  • TeessideMag

    And the other three mystery bidders?

    I wish I could say I was shocked hahahaha

    • Sickandtired

      The useless Chron named two of them – who have publicly ruled themselves out previously!
      It’s just the same old story from last season.

  • William Harrison

    Trust the daily mail eveneven less than Mike Ashley on Newcastle stories

  • TeessideMag

    Coining the word ‘Fakeover’. Let’s get it in the dictionary before next December’s fakeover. ‘Fakeover’ – to repeatedly falsify claims that your football club or business is about to be taken over.

    • Chronicle will probably copy that in half their end of January articles if no sale and no business in January.

    • Hughie_Gallacher

      Excellent. Get the OED informed.

  • Kenny

    Didn`t take long for the Fat Rats lies to be shot to bits, did it & yesterday we had some fool write an article in the Mag saying call off the boycott,
    #BoycottWolves or live to regret it

  • Paul Patterson

    And all this ‘speculation’ is giving him free publicity. Mission accomplished . .

  • Westdentoon

    Never? Really? Honestly?

    Well we never seen that coming did we! 😂

  • Kenny

    If you watched that game last night then you`ll realise the damage done by Ashley
    when you see Newcastle play it`s an insult to football & we`re the laughing stock of the premiership.
    the players give their all but they are not good enough & we have a tactical genius as manager who`s talent is wasted at Nufc.
    we have to drive the pig out, by any means

    • Cockneytrev

      He’s ripped the heart and soul out of great club,,,
      Ashley out !!!!

    • Billmag


  • Alex

    And the back-tracking begins……….

    • Kenny

      the time frame he quoted for the sale was pure fantasy, it was all a load of

      • Alex

        You don’t say… ;-)

        • Kenny

          [email protected]@k off, troll

          • Realist

            Why you always quick to snap? Go seek some anger management.

          • Kenny

            another dikhead go do youself you piece of schitt

          • Realist

            It’s true what I’m saying though.

          • Alex

            I think that satire / irony went straight over your head, matey.

      • Paul Patterson

        I said at the time, his mannerisms and speech was so ‘off’ that it sounded a pile of s*!*e.

  • graham18

    Not like the FCB to tell porkies.

  • Steven05

    Where are those who said “don’t boycott”??

    • Damon Horner

      Here. Read the article, it’s hardly anything conclusive.

    • Lostprofit DBC

      Here’s the person who wrote the article. Will the boycott lead to people watching it on Sky, his main benefactor and reason he hangs around. The channel who said 4 bidders. Sky Out!

      • Damon Horner

        Strange. Why call out those who say “don’t boycott” if he has nothing to say.

        • Lostprofit DBC

          Steven was asking the question and I answered. I suppose I confused matters by making the point about missing the match to demonstrate yet watching it by the very means that supports MA. Separate things really, any clearer?

  • Cockneytrev

    Here we go!!!!!
    He just didn’t like the nasty fans shouting things at him when he was going to Parliament,, so went to get reassurance off sky that someone loves him,,,
    Ashley out
    Keep up the pressure

    • X2

      Yes. This whole saga shows the protests get to him. He’s a nasty piece of work but surprisingly thin-skinned. More important than ever to boycott Wolves.

      • Cockneytrev

        For someone with such a thick girth, he is surprisingly very thin skinned, look at the two fingered salute (which the media made very little of, by the way, imagine if that had been the Liverpool/manure chairman who had done this, it would have been mentioned in parliament).
        The protests definitely get to him, especially when he is directly confronted, I’ve a slightly different slant on why he came out with the imminent sale statement, it’s he doesn’t want to run into any Newcastle fans over the Christmas period and spoil any drink fuelled celebration he’s involved with.
        ASHLEY OUT!!!”!

    • Lostprofit DBC

      Yes but will those boycotting watch it on Sky, his platform for communication, benefactor of 125m plus and station that reported 4 bids. SKY OUT, ASHLEY OUT.

      • Cockneytrev

        Blaming people for watching sky is you grasping at straws,,

        • Lostprofit DBC

          I think Sky is the root cause of all EPL greed. It’s also why leeches like Ashley are attracted to ownership. This is the vehicle that allows him to get his propaganda across unchallenged. Hurt Sky and they may change their ways. A bit like the boycotts attempt to hurt Ashley.

  • Geordiegiants

    Everything he says a pure fiction. The man is a compulsive liar, proven time and time again in a court of law. What else needs to be said?

  • Andynufc

    So yesterday, the media reported that 4 bidders had met Ashley’s asking price of £300mill. 24 little hours later, no one has apparently showed proof of funds. Lol Do the media ever get tired of being made mugs of? Why do fattys dirty work and report lie after lie. Smh

  • 45709

    I’m more surprised this wasn’t strung out till the new year at least

  • Geordiegiants

    The so called MUGPIE GROUP have called of the boycott, so someone is lying somewhere. Who believes the fatcunts lies?

  • DZA

    same old and the mag telling people not to boycott :( it’s time to boycott as it’s just ashley having a good excuse not to spend and blame it on the breakdown selling the club. #ashleyout #timetoboycott #letsmakeanstatement

  • I think investors want the team to rech those 20 points come January to have a guarantee the club will stay up.
    We are unlikely to finish higher than 13-14th even with investing in January.
    The top 12 teams are pretty much there for all to see.
    Ashley bled our club dry, as if we’ve spent as much as Brighton or Huddersfield we would probably be 8-9th right now.
    FCB has now taken back all the money he loaned the club, so a sale looks likely, despite nobody really believing it.
    Those 300m he gets for our club will be pure profit for him.

    • Realist

      I agree.

    • t00nraider

      He wasn’t when he put in £70mil net in in one transfer window. There was some good business in the last transfer window to help in our recovery.

      • shear-class

        That was from sissoko and wijnaldum sales tho

      • justchampion

        That’s right ignore the years of neglect that forced him to pay out. What’s is the net spend over his entire tenure?

        • Toon Arnie

          It works out at about £1.5 million per season doesn’t it ? I remember that being discussed on BT when Rio Ferdinand made a total fool of himself blindly defending Ashley and digging a hole for himself.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Ferdinand works for Sports Direct……………say no more……….should have just shut his fckn mouth and kept his totally biased opinions to himself……

      • HarryHype59

        That money was recouped when those players were sold after the 2016 relegation. Do keep up!

      • Toon Arnie

        That was one window out of more than 20 in his tenure. Talk facts and not cherry picked rubbish.

      • To give us the chance to survive, that’s all he invested. Mitro money – gone. EPL TV Money – gone.

    • Carverlier football

      What’s the source for him having taken all the money back?

      • HarryHype59

        He will get his money back when he sells the club. This will be in addition to the millions that have vanished during his tenure as owner.

      • It’s there for all to see. Almost lowest wage bill, no investment in the summer. All that TV money has been pocketed already.

  • Kneebotherm8

    It’s pantomime season again at nufc…….

    • Billmag

      He’s a pantomime villain and not Father Xmas so he says.

      • Peaky

        He’s a fat thieving lying deviouscunt….nowt else..

        • Kneebotherm8

          Very succinctly put……

          • Peaky

            Had to google ‘succinctly ‘then….not a word I’ve come across very often….👍

          • Rich Lawson

            I shouldn’t worry,it’s the thought that counts,some t##t on here used to constantly take me up on my spelling and punctuation without referencing the content !!

      • Kneebotherm8

        The self proclaimed “Pantomime villain”……..I’m selling the club shortly………oh yes he is……..oh no he isn’t……….oh yes he is…………

  • Ken

    Well that’s a surprise and I believed every word he says

  • JohnnyH

    Thought fatso would let it rumble on till January

  • Colin Brumwell

    Just another excuse to spend nothing in January in case the new owners do not want the players he brought in

  • Lostprofit DBC

    I wouldn’t trust Ashley as far as I could throw him. That said, I believe Sky, the BBC and the press association a lot more. I will be more than disappointed if this falls through but in the world of Mike Ashley anything is possible. Never mind the boycott, people should cancel Sky his main provider of funds and the reason he persists.

  • Billmag

    Wasn’t it the same last year when the blonde was in the frame, it was mentioned by fatty’s people that there was also other bids on the table besides hers, when is the media going to take this known liar to task.

  • Dingus

    Oh, you mean, the whole thing was a fabrication? Well, what in the world? Who saw that coming??

    Effing EVERYONE.

  • HarryHype59

    So these stories have all been a crock of sh*t, just like the ones last year? Whoever would have thought it?

    • Mr_Kinnear

      Me and the lads for. The scrogg arms in walker are making a bid tomorrow. We don’t have any funds but the media are calling a press conference, do it must be real

  • jinkyjimnufc

    Now I’m really hacked off. I went to a lot of bother to tell next doors cat that Ashcan was on his way – that makes me look rather foolish now!!

  • TheFatController

    Jim, why have you not quoted the actual article in the Mail?

    None of the bidders have provided proof of funds, it says they have all agreed roughly the sum required.

    So Ashley is waiting on bids from interested parties. He doesn’t therefore need proof of funds til there’s a bid.

    The story is just today’s clockbait from
    The mail. They need something new to add today, so add in a fact that was obvious on Monday – that no one has made a bid. If there’s been a bid made, Ashley would not have gone public. He wants to push the bidders along. I am all for him using that tactic to secure a sale, in fairness to him.

  • Big Hairy Man

    Not sure who to believe here, Mike (liar,liar, pants on fire) Ashley or Craig hope of the Daily Fail who seems to just open his gob and let the wind blow his tongue about.

  • Arty Hume

    The club under tfcb is like seeing an advert for your dream car on ebay, you look at the pics and then ask to view then discover its nothing like stated. Im afraid thats what is/has happened.

  • Scott Robinson

    According to Daft Ronnie…. Shakealot and his mate Shriekoutloud think the Turkey will be well and truly stuffed by the xmas pudding, but as Daft Ronnie is transitioning into a Mr Blobby/ Mr Sunderland (he likes ‘pink’), well I haven’t a clue what he is on about until after xmas …

  • Mxpx

    Not to be funny but surely he doesn’t need to see proof of funds before negotiating I don’t show my bank balance to tesco before I walk into the shop money isn’t required until a deal is agreed

    • Cockneytrev

      But in that case you could have anybody bidding,, you have to show some kind of financial clout or you could have old Sid from down the labour club with his pension putting in a bid,,,

    • Realist

      I think this one is a bit different than tesco mate. You apply for a mortgage you have to show proof of deposit funds. You want to buy a football club you need to do the same and show how you’ve gained it. No one in their right mind would not ask for proof of funds. This is standard and I agree with it.

    • Mr_Kinnear

      I am glad your consortium has not put in a bid. You don’t even understand how Tesco works.

  • Realist

    Believe nothing off what you hear and only half of what you see. I think to myself what’s the point in getting involved in the Ashley is he selling is he not saga and when it happens if happens. If it’s the right buyers with fair intentions then great.

    • Ashley-out

      i believe nothing you post, troll.

      • Realist

        I wad at everton last night, were you? Haha

        • 8prestondave

          I wad as well.

          • Realist

            Nice little 2hour round trip for you. If atsu had his shooting boots on it could of been a win. My point to the gobsh1te above was he never goes and slates me as a troll for supporting the team and being positive as I’m a glass half full which isn’t liked on here.

          • Toon Arnie

            You might support the team but you don’t really come across as positive. More pro -Ashley & sarcastic.

    • Toon Arnie

      The right buyers ? Do you honestly think Ashley cares what happens to the club when he sells up ! That’s if he has any real intention of selling at all.

  • Rich Lawson

    Just going back to the top,why would you let Kenyon see the books if he had not signed confidentiality,why would you let him see the books if he had no proof of funds ? Makes no sense.

  • Mike

    ha ha more smoke and mirrors and lies now where have we heard that afore???

  • Lostprofit DBC

    Ashley’s word means nowt but you have to blame the press and tv for supporting his claims, if they aren’t true.

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      They are the scourge of English Football that mob !

  • Mr_Kinnear

    So first bid in jeopardy. Second bid from American being denied by him. Only 2 bids left to waste fatties time. Deja Vu anyone?

  • mactoon

    The problem is the reporters don’t know what process Ashley’s legal people have put in place for the sale of the club and at what stage prospective buyers need to provide proof of funds in order to continue, so it’s all speculation.

    When buying a house you have to provide proof of funds to cover the deposit straight away and get a mortgage agreement in place to cover the rest before the purchase process can continue.

    When buying a club there will be a basic agreement for the purchase of the club. This will be non-binding and subject to the completion of satisfactory due diligence by the buyer, presumably after signing a non-disclosure agreement. Then agreement would be reached and a bid would follow. The question is, at what part of that process does the buyer need to provide proof of funds?

    Ashley has said in the past that any buyer needs to prove they have the funds up front so if this is true, it is before due diligence has been carried out but reports now coming out that Kenyon is being given access to the accounts so he can report back to his consortium and hopefully persuade them to firm up their interest. If this is true, it would seem they don’t have to provide proof of funds up front to gain access to the accounts.

    Again I say, no reporter knows the process put in place so it’s all based on speculation.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Knackers like Martin asking for the protests to be called off then predictably you get stuff like this…

  • nufcslf

    Who tells all the lies
    Who tells all the lies
    You fat barsteward
    You fat batsteward
    Why so many lies??!!