Is Mike Ashley genuine this time?

Is the NUFC owner really serious about it now, after over a decade of supposedly trying to sell Newcastle United?

We were just looking for a snapshot of public opinion, on how Newcastle fans are seeing Mike Ashley’s Sky News interview.

His TV appearance on Monday night (see below) ensuring he was the biggest topic of conversation for both Newcastle fans and neutrals alike, rather than the next match at Everton on Wednesday.

So what did Newcastle fans make of what the NUFC owner had to say?

Did they think this was the real deal, after more than a decade of misdirection, is he genuinely trying to sell the club and is talking to potential buyers, with a sale destined to happen in the very near future, even as early as this month according to Mike Ashley?

Or was it just more of what we have come to expect year after year, the Newcastle United owner yet again pretending to try and sell the club, the whole thing just a farce to justify not backing Rafa in the January transfer window whilst at the same time once more winding the supporters up?

Son on Tuesday we asked Newcastle fans the question: ‘Do you believe what Mike Ashley said on Monday about selling Newcastle United?’

Thanks to everybody who voted (1,182 in total) and as you can see, an overwhelming outcome…

10% (119) Yes, Ashley’s telling the truth this time and NUFC will soon be sold

90% (1,063) No, same old nonsense from Ashley ahead of a transfer window and club won’t be sold

If ever there was a time when most Newcastle fans hope they are wrong, it is now.

Opening up your advent calendar window to see that he had sold up, would be just the best ever.

Wednesday morning reports from Sky Sports, Press Association and BT Sports have all claimed that at least four bidders have met Mike Ashley’s price.

However, as Newcastle fans we have heard it all before and will believe it when it happens.

We aren’t pessimists, after everything that has gone before, just realists!

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.”



  • Themoscow72

    Looks like the 10% will be right. That is the good news. The bad news is the interested parties will be looking for a serious return on capital invested and are not in it for the love of it. Do not think we will see another ten year deal.

    • Tweed Mag

      But they may well invest in the team, the club and the academy. That is what good owners/investors do. Fingers crossed.

      • Themoscow72

        Was there last night and even if the club invested millions in the academy it would not make the players any better. George Best was great not because of the academy it’s all a load of rubbish.

        • Tweed Mag

          I had a feeling you would see differently.

          • Themoscow72

            In all honesty if Kenyon gets the club be good for you as he the best Chief Executive there has ever been.

          • East Durham Mag

            “Be good for you”? aren’t you the superfan with a zillion points or is that for Man Utd?

          • Themoscow72

            I go regardless and how we do has no bearing on whether I go to games. Was there last night off in two minutes to Everton and be there Sunday.

          • Wor Lass

            That`s it, keep the Manure fan legend going just as people are beginning to accept that you might really be just a damaged geordie nufc fan.

    • drc74

      Right…….so are we all doing Mike a misservice, he’s not ruining… whoops sorry, typo, running NUFC for profit, but because he loves us, to show our appreciation, i think 50’000 people should shower him in jxzz, he’d like that

  • Tweed Mag

    No doubt everyone still hopes he sells, but his constant lies over the years makes it hard to believe.

    • Pezza

      Well, the Mag and moreover it’s comments section is the place for “constant lies”

      • Tweed Mag

        From some. Generally it is obvious and gives everyone a laugh.

        • Pezza

          Hmmm, Leazes’ lies aren’t funny they are calculating.

          The likes of Kenny are just thick.

  • Leazes.

    A Bombardment by the chronicle now…. they are desperate to get the lie circulating.

    • Kenny

      State normal then

      • Leazes.

        Same Lie…..same people….. different time

        Canny little article on BBC sport entitled….
        …….’have the Ashley generation had enough’

        • Kenny

          I hardly read it anymore

  • 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!

    • Themoscow72

      Be ironic if the buyers came on Sunday saw the protests and pulled out as do not want to put up with all that hassle. Be great wouldn’t it the protesters causing the sale to fall through.

      • Kenny

        you think the likes of Kenyon doesn`t know the score with Ashley
        and the protesters are the ones that are driving him out
        the oaf can`t handle it

        • Wor Lass

          Farmer Giles has been contacted, I understand.

          • Kenny

            i think he gave up, i checked back and it`s now 4 yrs since
            Michael Caine posted.
            wonder what happened to him

          • Wor Lass

            Sadly, I suspect he`s passed on.

          • Kenny

            I really enjoyed reading his posts

          • Wor Lass

            Me too – even when he called me aka Big Wendy!

      • Wor Lass

        Seriously, Monk, any buyer looking at us will know absolutely all about the situation. In fact, they`ll be delighted because a) it`ll get them a lower price and b) they know the fans will love them for buying the Fat Barsteward out.

        • Kenny

          👍

        • Paul Patterson

          And they’ll look at the situation and realise they can be treated as God’s if the come in and even make vague attempts to try and grow the club.

        • Pezza

          Not agree ING

    • Kenny

      there`ll be a bus at Everton tonight, a Big one

    • Leazes.

      Your friend….. he entered News Guardian and Evening Chronicle writing competitions years ago but it failed to progress, it was essentially the mantra he still perpetuates.

      I think it strange that he has succeeded where other trolls have failed in getting a forum to discuss HIM ever bloody day…. total success

      If you want to read his manifesto google the sentence below

      Your blog; THIS week, Simon Carr, who has been going to games since before he was even born, gets an awful lot off his chest.

      • Kenny

        😂😂😂
        👍

        • Themoscow72

          Reply to Leazes as he blocked me after one post saying well done he should have been a detective. However it was not a competition just got asked by a journalist for an alternative view.

          • drc74

            that view wasnt supposed to be of mikes brown starfish though

      • Kenny

        Monk says it wasn`t a competition, just a question.
        he wanted that passed on to you

        • Leazes.

          huh?

      • Peaky

        Do you think there’s any link to our former head of recruitment or just pure coincidence…..he originates from the NE….Corbridge I believe.

        • Leazes.

          No this one is from Whitley Bay….. it is a Northumbrian name, so he’ll be related to Alan and Graham somewhere in the mists of time……

          • Peaky

            👍👍👍

  • Kenny

    Well i`m off shopping,

    • Leazes.

      Donnay Socks?

      • Kenny

        Croft Sherry 2lts

        • Peaky

          Have you drank it all yet….🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷

        • Peaky

          Have you tried Aperol with Prosecco ? Was in Vienna two years ago they drink it hot there in the winter…

    • Realist

      Try getting a job.

  • X2

    Whether or not you believe the stories, Ashley’s effectively admitted that the protests do indeed get to him (if he’s lying, then he’s just instigated a big PR effort to undermine the boycott; if he’s telling the truth (haha) then he wants out to bring in someone more popular. I know, hard to write any of the previous without laughing). Anyway, if you want Ashley gone, then surely it will help to boycott the Wolves game.

    • Leazes.

      Absolutely.

    • Cockneytrev

      Totally agree

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      That is already happening when you look at The Chronic’s comment section.
      They are falling for the lies with a lot of them thinking that a boycott could be detrimental to the sale and getting behind the team is the only thing to do.
      You would think after 11 years of this fat prevaricator they might learn their lesson but it seems not !

      • X2

        I don’t bother with the Chronicle. Hopefully most of those sort of comments are from Ashley’s PR mob stooges. The boycott can only help get rid of Ashley, sooner or later.

  • X2

    Also. I just bought a lot of cycle parts and gear in preparation for an upcoming big cycle trip. Got it all at Wiggle – an excellent online site. Used to use Evans Cycles but will never shop there again now that it’s part of Ashley’s disgusting Sports Direct tat chain.

    • Paul Patterson

      Good chap. I cycle a bit and use Halfords.

    • Dillon Tovak

      I go to DW gym. I’m sure Dave Whelan is a scum bag too but I love that he’s Ashley’s nemesis.

      • Wor Lass

        He wasn`t too popular when he stuck up for Macmanaman when he effectively ended haidara`s career.

    • Peaky

      Was going to mention Wiggle mate but see you already have….Tredz is also a good site.

      • X2

        thanks

  • Mike

    What is the betting for him selling up?

    • Geordiegiants

      I’ve emailed PP asking for odds on the same scenario in the next transfer window. We will se if they get back to me.

  • AbusedCourier

    I’ll believe these “headlines” the day I can wave Fatty farewell and watch him depart down Gallowgate with his S****Direct hoardings protruding from his big, fat, lard a**e!

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Until there’s something concrete, HUGE TINCTURES OF SODIUM CHLORIDE !
    I fully expect these so called four bidders to played out and whittled down to Peter Kenyon being the only viable bidder over the next few weeks.
    Then Kenyon being strung out as another Barry Moat type character until the transfer window is shut !

    • Geordiegiants

      Just like Amanda!

      • Wor Lass

        Remember Knighton at Manure? The last I heard of him he was at Carlisle and had seen a flying saucer – and I don`t think he meant Penfold was guesting as teaboy!

        • Geordiegiants

          I remember him on the pitch doing keep ups.