Is Mike Ashley finally going to sell Newcastle United?

The NUFC owner’s appearance on Sky News (see below) kicked everything off on Monday night.

Then the next 24 hours saw countless newspapers/journalists falling over each other to say that they had all heard in recent days/weeks, that a sale of Newcastle United could be imminent.

The constant theme being that they hadn’t wanted to put anything out there because of all the previous sale claims that didn’t happen. Newcastle fans understandably sceptical of this, as with the ever growing pressures on media to get clicks in this digital age it is difficult to believe nobody had ran the story.

However, Wednesday morning has seen takeover talk move up through the gears.

Firstly, Sky Sports ran an exclusive saying/claiming that at least four bidders had at least met Ashley’s asking price, reporting they understood all/most are from overseas, though they named only a Peter Kenyon bid backed by US investors.

Secondly, this has now been followed by a BT Sports report which is backing up the Sky Sports one.

They quote Press Association Sport as having information that ‘at least four interested parties’ have bid at least the £300m Mike Ashley was looking for. Their report states that all four (or more) bids are from overseas investors and that it has been claimed interest has been shown from potential buyers based in Turkey, the Middle East and America.

BT Sports:

‘Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is considering four bids in excess of £300million for the club as he attempts to push through a sale before January.

The sportswear tycoon revealed on Monday evening that he was in talks with several potential purchasers 14 months after placing the Magpies on the market, and voiced his hope that a deal could be done within weeks.

Press Association Sport understands that at least four interested parties, all of them based overseas, have tabled offers and that talks are continuing amid optimism that Ashley’s timescale could be realistic.

The news emerged amid reports that former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon is ready to show his hand after spending several weeks attempting to put funding in place, while there have been suggestions that prospective purchasers from the United States, the Middle East and Turkey have made contact.’

Fair to say that Newcastle fans will still not believe anything until they see the new owner(s) on the St James Park pitch wearing/holding a Newcastle shirt.

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.”



  • TeessideMag

    Has he hired a better connected PR guy??

  • Grahame Johnson

    Even the BBC now say it may be sold!!

  • Brian Standen

    I think we have all adopted a ‘believe it when I see it’ mentality and rightly so! Although it would seem Ashley’s impromptu words on Sky were an attempt to chivvy along any interested parties!
    Yo and behold names appear and reports 4 parties have already put offers in, in excess of £300 million – how come the industrious journalists did not know about these offers 3 days ago?
    I sense some Ashley PR skullduggery!
    Oh well we can do but hope!

    • Lostprofit DBC

      They are saying they did but didn’t report due to past letdowns.

      • Sickandtired

        So, four executive boxes have been rented long term then? As I recall that was another one of Fatty’s demands…

    • Wezza

      Agree!

  • TeessideMag

    Just because more people are saying it, doesn’t make it true! I’ll believe it when the signs are down. Even Staveley made it to sjp…

  • Kenny

    the Rat will turn it into a bidding war if it`s the case that there are 4 parties interested.
    i think it`s impossible to do a deal before the Jan window closes. so no money to be spent
    he could do us all a favour and just f##king die

    • The BBC is FAKENEWS

      He does this every year. It is blatantly to excuse him not investing any of the clubs money in January.

    • Pezza

      Which is what anyone would do.

      On your final point, grow up.

      One. Your picture looks like Adam Johnson

      • nufcslf

        Death is to good for this c**t. Wouldn’t mind seeing his whole family go down in his poxy helicopter. Bloke has taken the pysh for far too long and needs to f**k off.

        • Pezza

          Wow, you are one special human being

          • nufcslf

            No , just total despair towards out right lying, theiving snake in the grass scum.

    • Kneebotherm8

      No buyers no bidding war no interested parties……he’s tekkin the pss again…..

  • The BBC is FAKENEWS

    He isn’t selling, and does this every year. Just an excuse not to sign any players.

    • Pezza

      But we signed players, what gives?

      • Toon Arnie

        Generating a £20m profit and permanent moves for two players blocked. Dear oh dear how can this still fool people.

  • The BBC is FAKENEWS

    Where has all the TV money gone mike?

    • Leicester Mag

      At a guess Greggs 🐖

    • Themoscow72

      Either in the bank or on players wages. Simple.

      • KRS1

        You are simple!

        • Pezza

          The histiricsl evidence suggests our Moskow is right

          • Toon Arnie

            Yes historically he never spends money ( net ) so Moscow is half right – better than normal though.

      • Toon Arnie

        Why is at least some of it not spent on Rafas transfer targets ? Insisting on a £20m credit on the first window after a 10th place finish is hardly building on success is it ?

    • Hughie_Gallacher

      House of Fraser.

    • Wezza

      MASH Holdings along with the Carroll money.

  • Leicester Mag

    So here is a far fetched scenario. 1 or 2 bids are semi genuine. They are worried about the threat of relegation. The deal drags on into January, no players are signed , form tanks. They now want a relegation clause. Fat boy fat refuses, takeover collapses, team cattle trucked, we limp to end of sea season finish 17th. Rafa leaves, SAP found. Rinse and repeat

  • Themoscow72

    Any bid from the Magpie Group yet. The last Magpie Group a proper organisation bought the club. The silence is deafening. Did not see them at the match last night.
    Where was the bloke with the loud mega phone protesting having a night off.

    • Kenny

      See you won the bid on Perez`s shirt
      😂😂😂

      • Peaky

        Madame Tussaud’s busy as we speak doing a lifesize waxwork ready to adorn the said shirt….

      • Themoscow72

        Could not afford it as was the most expensive one. On a different note my son bid couple of hundred pounds for Coloccini shirt few years back won paid the money and guess what he never got the shirt. He is massive Perez fan to and thought Rondon should have got the stick for Saturday not him. If it’s any consolation son and daughter think I am mad to.

        • Toon Arnie

          You’re not mad, just misguided in your love for Ashley ahead of the club/team.
          If he ever does sell there’s maybe still hope for you yet.

      • Kneebotherm8

        😂😂👍

    • Toon Arnie

      I think he left early – i’m surprised you didn’t pass him on the way out !

  • Carverlier football

    IF this were true I wouldn’t put it past MA carefully selecting the worst buyer… “What’s your plan for the club? Reuniting the fanbase, maximising club potential and pushing for trophies? I’ll think about it. How about you? Fleecing the fans, selling off SJP and moving the whole club to Plymouth? Sold!”

  • Kenny

    The Rat may have twigged on to the fact that there`s nowt left to asset strip.

    • HarryHype59

      What about the Jan TV money?

  • Albert Stubbins

    BULL..

  • Wor Lass

    My sources tell me it`s true! A Toon fan on holiday in Turkey found an abandoned right hand drive bus with some guff about the NHs and the EU on the side and £350 million on the front seat. He drove it back via Moscow and Monkseaton but it`s all taking longer than expected because he couldn`t get it into the lift at FA headquarters. Plus the bus needed a deep clean as the hitchhiker he picked up in Buckinghamshire kept hoying up into the microwave. Happy days!

  • Lostprofit DBC

    I’m beginning to believe.

    • Peaky

      In Santa ????

      • Lostprofit DBC

        Definitely, I wouldn’t get presents otherwise.

        • Peaky

          😂🤣🎅🏻🎅🏻

  • Lostprofit DBC

    If this was proven to be what we all hope it isn’t, Ashley would lose face with all the key organisations that he is keen to satisfy (Sky the main one). There wouldn’t be a need for any more toothless protests.

  • Tweed Mag

    Don’t know what is worse, watching the Brexit shambles or the rumours about the sale of the club.

    • Lostprofit DBC

      Both will come to a sticky end haha.

  • Peaky

    It’s just the Staveley scenario all over again but on a much bigger scale imo…..the FatTwat thinks we are all stupid…

    • Lostprofit DBC

      Obviously not just us, Sky, BBC, all the reputable tabloids, press association etc.

      • jinkyjimnufc

        “Reputable tabloids” – now there’s a phrase you see very often

        • Dillon Tovak

          Bit of an oxymoron that.

          • jinkyjimnufc

            “Oxymoron” – now there’s a word not often seen on this forum – the ‘standards are rising me thinks/hopes – hohoho

        • Lostprofit DBC

          Haha, very true, not many good ones. They’re about as reliable as your namesake to have a good game but brilliant when he did.

  • JohnnyH

    Taken from Franklin Templeton investments inc. Wikipedia page;

    “In December 2018 the fund bought Newcastle United FC that wonderfulGeordie football club from the evil parasite that is Mike Ashley.”

    Hilarious.

    • Lostprofit DBC

      As Rockafella says, I just gotta have those Geordies.

    • Brian Standen

      That is so funny whoever stuck it on their Wikipedia page – credit where it’s due for being innovative

    • drc74

      more reliable than the chronicle, 😂

    • Brian Standen

      Should send sky a link to it they will prob believe it lol

      • Sickandtired

        The Chron most certainly will!

    • Paul Patterson

      Yeah, sorry. I was a bit drunk when I edited that. 🙏😂

      • Sickandtired

        F’n outstanding that, regardless if it was you or anyone else!

  • Cockneytrev

    It’s all 💩 And this will be Ashley biggest shot in the foot,, it will be the boy who called wolf with all the national media,, this may be the turning point and finally the national press will start to take side with the long suffering fans..
    ASHLEY OUT
    KEEP UP THE PRESSURE !!!!!

    • Lostprofit DBC

      Yes, failing to deliver will turn the media for sure.

    • Sickandtired

      I think if he threw a Sky reporter over a desk and rammed him up the hoop live on TV, they would still give him a platform.

      F knows why they allow him to get away with what he does and says unchallenged.

  • HarryHype59

    If and I repea if,

    • Dillon Tovak

      Also if, and I repeat if, four parties are interested he’ll definitely find out who has the least amount of money and sell to them.
      Vindictive a-hole.

  • Leazes.

    Some people are so gullible that they believe the light goes out when you close the fridge door…..

    • Dillon Tovak

      You’re one of those light stays on conspiracy theorists I see.
      #fridgetruther

    • Lostprofit DBC

      I drilled a hole in the back to find out but my fridge fused and all my lights went out. My conclusion was inconclusive. Mind this will be one game too far if it isn’t true. The media are watching with interest.

  • Sickandtired

    Well that would only go to further prove what a conniving lying [email protected] Fatty is.

    The only way anyone could know that four parties were interested is if the club leaked it (God forbid, right?). That in turn makes a mockery of the Fat one’s demands for so called non disclosure agreements.

    It’s the very same garbage as was ‘leaked’ last year.

  • AbusedCourier

    According to a piece in The Independent today, Fatty will sever all links with NUFC including SD advertising and the shop at SJP.

    True or not, only time will tell.

    • Angelswithdirtyfaces

      He’d have to – no new owner is going to be tied to SD tat and branding everywhere.

  • Jorge

    Call me cynical, or a realist, but I’ll not believe it until I see the FCB heading south on the A!