Are there any fans out there who still believe a Newcastle United takeover will happen?

More to the point maybe, does anybody really think there was ever any substance at all in the unlikely tale?

Of course we all want to believe it, that Mike Ashley will at last leave.

Especially when you see what it means on the pitch due to his malevolent ongoing presence at St James Park.

I still get to all the home matches and many of the aways but it certainly isn’t anything to do with football, or ‘entertainment’, it is partly duty but mostly the fringe benefits – the pub before and afterwards and seeing friends and family who I otherwise would never see so regularly.

You know what it is like, you have all of the best intentions and when you see these people you have a great laugh/time, but if it wasn’t for the regular home (and to an extent, away) matches that bind/glue you together, how often would you see them?

Put it this way, just how often do you see these people in the summer when there is no football? I rest my case.

Anyway, back to our wonderful owner and the Newcastle United takeover that he declared was imminent on 3 December 2018.

Before we have even had a chance to turn around, the ‘possible’ sale by the end of December 2018 hasn’t happened, we are already into the January transfer window and Rafa has revealed that not a single signing has been set up as yet, with the indication that he is still waiting to see what budget he has, if any.

Meanwhile, Mike Ashley has gone on holiday.

It is well and truly the pantomime season.

The journalists are all sticking together on this one seemingly, the party line being that this time it is different and there is a definite possibility of Newcastle United being sold, the only problem being that none of them appear to know anything.

They all hint at knowing a bit more than they are letting on but surely if somebody knew anything they would be publishing it to get the paper sales and clicks.

It isn’t as though they are generally shy of running with Newcastle United stories that turn out to have zero foundation or truth.

So why would this one be any different?

It goes without saying that I hope I do end up feeling ever so silly when the journalists are all proved to be correct but I’m more than prepared, thank you very much, to be thinking still that this is just more nonsense from Mike Ashley and his people, with the media also happy to be manipulated to a large extent.

When I look at this whole Newcastle United takeover farce/story, the big thing that jumps out at me is the timing.

If you had some characters similar to those that bought Manchester City and PSG, I could maybe believe it could be possible. If you are buying a football club with the intention of money being no object and some massive long-term strategy/reason for owning a club that has nothing to do with eventually intending to make a profit or at least recoup your overall investment, then fair enough.

However, those (Man City, PSG) example are very very rare and most takeovers revolve around business decisions of intending to sell sometime in the future and try to make a profit eventually.

So with that in mind, and any possible Newcastle United takeover appearing to not be a Man City/PSG type one, why on earth would you look to buy a relegation threatened club halfway through a season?

Say you believe the figures and Mike Ashley wants £300m regardless of any timings. It is plain common sense that if somebody was buying Newcastle United in May 2018, their opinion of the value would be far far different to that of eight months later when NUFC are sitting on only 18 points from 20 games, three points above the drop, with such a tough set of fixtures that they are very very likely to be bottom three by the end of January.

If you believe Newcastle were worth £300m at the end of last season as a Premier League club, then if they were a Championship club in four months time (May 2019) they would be worth somewhere around £150m-£200m at the very most.

So as a relegation threatened club with 18 games remaining, NUFC must now be worth less than £300m but more than £150m/£200m.

Everything we know and are told about Mike Ashley, tells us that he doesn’t see things this way, that he won’t take less midway through a season because of risk of relegation, nor will he accept clauses where he would end up gambling on getting some of the sale price based on staying up this season, after he has left.

It was back in September 2018 that we were first told of Peter Kenyon allegedly trying to put together a bid  to buy Newcastle United, with the help of  Rockefeller Capital Management, who take fees in return for helping to provide investors for buyouts of businesses such as this one.

Four months later, the story is still that it is Peter Kenyon and Rockefeller Capital Management, but that they haven’t yet been able to raise enough cash to buy NUFC.

Am I missing something? How on earth are we supposed to believe that a late whip round will suddenly generate enough extra funds to cover the shortfall for a relegation threatened club?

Whatever the journalists/newspapers say, it does feel like we are all having our strings pulled yet again by Mike Ashley.

Just like every transfer these days where middle men are used, any buying and selling of a football club will surely follow a similar route.

If you want to sell your house then there are plenty of estate agents desperate to try and earn a commission by putting you in touch with potential buyers.

This is now the 12th year of Mike Ashley’s ownership and if he seriously wanted to sell the club and wanted to take a fair price, then there would be numerous middle men more than happy to oblige in putting potential buyers in touch.

In April Newcastle United were safe from relegation and if Ashley wanted to sell the club, that was the time to press the button, get the middle men to approach the potential buyers, then get the deal done.

Mike Ashley could have had his money by June or early July at the latest and the new owners would have the time to work with Rafa Benitez in getting the squad in a fit state for the new season, as well as setting in motion investing in all the other parts of the football club (training complex, Academy, St James Park etc) that have been starved of funds these past 12 years.

The whole thing just doesn’t make any sense and sadly we only have another relegation struggle to look forward to with minimal/no investment in the January transfer market.

If Rafa Benitez performs another ‘miracle’ and keeps NUFC in the Premier League, then just maybe we could see Mike Ashley genuinely put the football club up for sale in May.

I won’t be holding my breath on that one either though…

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  • Paul Patterson

    If there was any intention of the club making signings, the manager would know his budget at least a month ago. You don’t just wait until a transfer window opens and then decide to start discussing budgets/targets.

    Summing up- There will be no transfers and there was never any intention of making any, plus there is no takeover and there never was.

    • KennySamsung

      Supposedly Rafa put his list in to Charnley last month or two months ago, if that is true going by past windows they (Charnley, Ashley) will have duscussed and agreed between themselves to only put in a bid of £10 million for any player on that list , when it obviously doesn’t come off the line will be ‘we did try but the selling club wanted too much’.

      Or

      There was no list and no communication about players and also no buyer for the club. Either way we’re fooked.

  • Kenny

    No sale, No players in.

  • ZinUru

    “I still get to all the home matches and many of the aways but it certainly isn’t anything to do with football, or ‘entertainment’, it is partly duty but mostly the fringe benefits – the pub before and afterwards and seeing friends and family who I otherwise would never see so regularly.

    You know what it is like, you have all of the best intentions and when you see these people you have a great laugh/time, but if it wasn’t for the regular home (and to an extent, away) matches that bind/glue you together, how often would you see them?

    Put it this way, just how often do you see these people in the summer when there is no football? I rest my case”

    The main reason why he will never sell, you endorse his product

  • Dutch

    FFS I’ve read some boring articles but this one beats the lot. You should be enjoying the start of the New year instead of writing this cr’p. Ashley will not sell so put this to bed, pop down to the pub and have a pint and give it a rest.

  • Two hours of bleeding soaps

    Dear Mr cloggy.
    It’s one lads honest explanation as to why he goes to the match.
    A lad who clearly still loves the club
    You may not agree (and I may not agree) but those who scream boycott are the very small minority.
    That’s the truth, whether we like it or not.
    50000 still go and will continue to go for what ever reason they have
    And the bottom line is that it’s their club as much as ( if not more than) those who no longer attend

  • Button Toon

    We’ve just to trust Mike does what’s best for the club. If the offers come from people or groups that can’t pay the asking price then they can stay away. If they can’t afford the price they aren’t going to have the funds to push us forward unfortunately. I’m sure if he got the asking price and the potential new owners had the funds to make an impact he’d sell. He has said several times he would sell to the right buyer. Let’s just wait and see. Either way I’ll continue to support them through thick and thin. HWTL

    • Dillon Tovak

      Dumb troll.
      Aaaaand your blocked.

      • Button Toon

        Pathetic

      • Wezza

        Ditto, that’s Pezza trolling.

    • Toontaff

      Hey, Lee, you’re certainly deeing what I asked…….lol……..

      • Button Toon

        Who’s Lee mate? Sorry I’m new to this forum so I’m not sure who’s who

        • Toontaff

          Penfold

          • Button Toon

            Ah right sorry mate hahaha

          • Toontaff

            No bother, Mr Charnley…………

        • JohnnyH

          You’re not new to this forum liar.

        • Toon

          Tosser, instead of new user names why don’t you try finding a life

    • Big Al 1967

      Okay I will bite. What has the FCB done to earn our trust?
      And he will send to the right buyer will he? This is the same man who did not meet up with Shiekh Mansour and went on the lash instead. He then went and bought Citeh instead of us.

      • Button Toon

        Rescuing us from fianacial collapse Is a good thing to be grateful for

        • Big Al 1967

          Yeah you keep telling yourself that.
          Strange how you ignored the Mansour business. How different the club could have looked with them in charge as opposed to your beloved Mike
          And liking your own posts?? Really?

          • Ram Kishore

            I always had a doubt, would fans accept Sheikh Mansour.
            Because everyone complains about Ashley’s business activities. If Mansour or someother Oatari or Saudi royal runs nufc really well pumping in oil money, would we complain about their business acts, labor issues?

          • porciestreet

            Uummmmmmmm No..!

          • Big Al 1967

            Endless trophies
            Constant investment in the team
            Investment in the local community
            State of the Art training facilities
            Development of the Youth and Ladies team

            Nope I cannot see any fans accepting that!!!

          • Ram Kishore

            😁 I think u still haven’t told me about what your perspective will be
            When Newcastle united becomes another Man city?
            When oil money starts coming into the club through innovative ways, sports washing, labour issues( Qatar,Saudi migrant labour exploitation),and many more.

            More importantly the club itself has lot of problems and many usually don’t use those reasons alone to talk to criticise him. They bring all other facts outside of football related to SD to slag him off.

            Will we criticise (even when Saudi owners turn us into a Man city) for their actions outside of football?

            We constantly say Man city bought the trophies and many of us keep complaining about it. When NuFc starts buying the trophies under Royals(😂) shouldn’t we accept that fans who complained about Man city are hypocrites?

            Since u referred to Man city ownership. The future ownership I’m referring to are ‘Royals’ from middle East alone.
            I am not talking about a rich owner who comes and pours in a lot of money from other countries.

          • Big Al 1967

            Simply put if we had been bought by Mansour back in 2008 and gone on to have the success that Citeh have had, I guarantee not one Newcastle fan would have a problem with it no matter how they operated.
            You will not ever hear me say Man City bought their titles (check any of my previous posts relating to them) and to those that complain about it can be put down to one thing. Jealously
            Unfortunately this is now all irrelevant because the FCB has no intention of selling and never has unless the offer makes him a ridiculous profit which just will not happen, which all relates to the original poster saying he would sell to the right people. It just ain’t going to happen

        • porciestreet

          STFU you imbicile…!

          • Toontaff

            I’ve got the fat oaf as an avatar, so sane fans with at least 1 braincell can see what a horrible cucking funt our owner is! Obvious this troll fails the test! on both counts

          • porciestreet

            I used to have a Percy Street trolly bus on mine, then I thought ..why hide behind an avatar.
            I am who I am and I dont like the FATBASTAD.

    • New Durham Mags

      Only someone on a windup (trolling) starts with “we just have to trust Mike does whats best for the club” on here !!
      As mentioned yesterday you’re NOT fooling anyone.

      • porciestreet

        And we should trust him now after nearly 12 years of procrastination…..
        Yeh right.

  • Leicester Mag

    If ever there was an article and subsequent comments that summed our plight up it’s this. I have to go because it’s a mate thing followed by we must trust Mike because…

    A con man’s dream. 11 years and counting no wonder we are the but of jokes among other fans

  • mactoon

    It’s a conundrum

    Do we just accept the club is for sale without proof, given that any potential buyer has to sign a non disclosure agreement which prevents them for telling us it is ACTUALLY for sale meaning we won’t hear anything about the sale until it happens, and believe all the reports from journalists who know NOTHING due to NDAs

    or

    Do we just (again) believe that the timing of the announcement of another sale coincides with the January transfer window and the protests, which seems to indicate that it is just another distraction tactic by someone who doesn’t even want to sell and the only motive is to distract the general public and the fans from the fact that he has no intention of selling or buying players, even though it means it will result in losing the best manager the club has had since Sir Bobby ?
    If it doesn’t get sold this time, no players are bought in January and Rafa leaves, I would expect we will be at the lowest level in Ashley’s ownership and all hell should break loose, boycotts of season ticket holders should ensue and the ‘magpie group’ should stop organising flag waving protests and actually do something that makes a difference.
    I’ve sent them loads of suggestions and had no response. Are they just posturing but not listening to people who have genuine ideas how to make a difference? If the worst scenario happens as I have stated above and it would no doubt end in relegation, what would you want to happen?

    • Wezza

      Spot on.
      What I think is needed to happen is for us to get relegated and not come back up. This may get the FCB to sell – it won’t be at a loss though as he has made 300M from us at least!
      As long as we stay up, on minimum wage for maximum return via TV money the FCB won’t sell.
      Obviously I don’t want us to go down but it may be the only way UNLESS we protest big time and play dirty – the way the owner has played dirty all these years.

      • Button Toon

        The protests are pointless and embarrassing mate. They need to just stop. Either go to the match and enjoy it, or don’t. It’s that simple to me mate

        • pedrodelgardo

          17th place has a target on it’s back.

          • porciestreet

            So does FATBASTAD.

        • KennySamsung

          Go to the match and support the team yes, go to the match and enjoy it?

          The conumdrum … no boycott that’s fair enough.
          Go to the game and leave well before the end means you have a problem with the performance. Multiply that by 19 home games and to be honest you might as well boycott.

          In my opinion anyone who accepts mediocre football (happy to sit and watch awful football) due to lack of funding for better players needs their head tested. I’m not saying you have to boo players either.

          In the end it wont come down to a boycott people will just get sick and not renew.

          • porciestreet

            They take some shoving after 12 years of total mediocrity.

        • porciestreet

          You got to be dead from the neck up to enjoy that schyte.

      • porciestreet

        AMEN my friend.

    • Button Toon

      I hope these daft protesters stop. I know it’s only a tiny minority but it’s pretty embarrassing

      • East Durham Mag

        Your obviously a new I.D. for our resident troll.

        • Kenny

          Same scum, different name

      • pedrodelgardo

        Transparent Toon – thick as mince.

      • JohnnyH

        Hello monk

      • FatParosite

        You are embarrassing…. to$$er

      • porciestreet

        And so are fans like you who wander about with yr ears and eyes snapped shut.

    • JohnnyH

      Magpie group are history mate. I’d expect to see a gradual slide into obscurity.

    • FatParosite

      ‘all hell should break loose’ Don’t fool yourself. This club is already dead you can hear it on the terraces tomorrow…. Quiet as mice.

    • Mr_Kinnear

      All anyone can do us wait. See if anyone is signed in the next 4 weeks and if Ashley is still there. You will get a good idea of the future then. I predict the same old nonsense.

      • mactoon

        True all anyone can do is wait but the question you need to ask yourself is, when it all plays out, Ashley is still owner and no signings have been made meaning Rafa walks… do you still want to be part of it?

      • porciestreet

        And the same old from the supporters.

    • porciestreet

      There is NO conundrum my friend. Thinking that in itself has you on the wrong side of the devide.
      You are still believing in “posibilities” which dont and wont exist as long as this Odious conman is ANYWHERE near the club.
      The season ticket non renewal is the ONLY way to hurt ashley.
      By withdrawing your cash supply, you deprive him of his
      ” working cashflow “.
      Yes, hes a billionaire and wont be short of a pint, but the greater majority of his weath is on paper. He needs your influx of cash to mobilise without using his capital ,, otherwise , he has to live and work on his own money.
      Now, for all you “supporters/fans “who continue to plough your hard earned straight into fattys account, imagine this:-
      you work for someone for nearly 12 years with out being paid…..
      Who pays your mortgage, how do you pay your bills, who would you subsidise your holidays, how your children survive……..?
      Yes, you dig into any savings you have and /or you borrow.
      The FATBASTAD is no different. He needs working capital and you are providing it …sadly.
      So sadly, in fact that however many times you are misled by this horrible excuse for an oxygen theif, ” fans” will blindly take the same slow walk up to the abbatoir , knowing what is coming, and are even prepared to do it again next week.
      Finally, I have respect for supporters who have staunchly followed The Toon for as long as I have, but hey, if you cant see the light when they are so bright, you never will .
      The Prosecution rests….!
      FATBASTADOOT
      HWTL.

      • mactoon

        I stopped supporting the club (financially) when I gave up my season ticket back in 2013. I’m still a fan but won’t go back or put any money into the club while Ashley is there. The man sucked any joy out of the match day experience for me and I am in no doubt which side of the divide I am on.

        As I said earlier, the question you need to ask yourself is, when it all plays out, Ashley is still owner and no signings have been made meaning Rafa walks… do you still want to be part of it?

        If you do, Ashley has won.

      • Kneebotherm8

        Well said..

  • Toontaff

    Straws……………….

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    Ashley is playing mind games with the Toon, and the manager, just as he has been doing for years

  • JohnnyH

    Ashley had to lay the lies on a bit thicker this time around as he’s already used the club for sale charade. Hence the sky interview, laden with nebulous promises of an imminent sale.
    There will be no sale, no new players in January and Rafa will leave in May.

    • Damon Horner

      Yep, surely enough can go wrong between now and the summer to influence the fence sitters and the ignorant among the media to the cause.

  • Elon

    We continue to be fooled by the very crafty Mike Asshley. If the takeover fails and there is no good transfer, we must fight by boycotting all Mike Asshley products and boycotting buying tickets

    • Mxpx

      Nah we all saw straight through it he’s fooling nobody I agree with you though that a boycott is the way to hurt him season tickets are the biggest way to get that empty stadium

  • Damon Horner

    Nobody knows a thing. This is about having the best interests of the club in mind at this moment.

    It’s easier to prove he’s moronic if he let’s a second “takeover saga” take place with no positive at the end. The more people he p!sses off the better participated the protests should be.

  • DZA

    These articles get worst, I’m sorry but takeover talks in may, just in time not to spend again in the summer :( the sheep need to stop renewing season tickets, purchasing shirts etc and boycott. Ashley going no where when he knows the sheep will spend money still and follow. The problem is the fans not making a stand?

    • Blackburn1066

      Here Here

    • nufcslf

      Too bloody true and really is as simple as staying away until Cashley f**ks off.

  • FatParosite

    No Sale…. Get it out of your thick skull.

    • Blackburn1066

      Yep thank you to the real Supporters

  • Allan

    Why dont these so called reporters with there exclusives get real there NEVER was a TAKEOVER BID of any kind it was all PURE BULLSHIT AND LIES by the fat b**t**d and his mates, JUST another CON JOB.
    As for future signings we will be back in the Bargain Basement and looking at free transfers.
    As we head back to the Championship with No RAFA to lead our return, just some 5th or 6th class waste of space has been.

  • Allan

    It is time for the supporters to get back to targeting anything ASHLEY has his grubby fat fingers in, target EVERYTHING especially online, blockade his shops his depot, Much as it hurts to say it but We MUST Empty the stadium at every Home game for the forthcoming future.

    • Blackburn1066

      YES Bring it on

    • Mr_Kinnear

      Empty stadium won’t happen. Just look at the pathetic excuse this article writer has for going to SJP.

      • nufcslf

        Thank you. The writer above and the rest of the sheep that still show up for any given reason are killing the club along with Cashley. F**king increadible that it simply never changes to allow fat guts to just carry on taking the pysh and doing what he wants.

  • Mrme

    I genuinely think FCB will spend money this transfer window because come the end of January we will be in the bottom 3 and that’s when Ashley spends totprotect hes investment although it’ll only be the 20 million profit he made on sales last season the prem money will be tucked away if not already spent on he’s retail empire get out of our club ya fat slug

    • nufcslf

      Very likely.

  • Blackburn1066

    NUFC was never for sale, the fans need to stand against this man who thinks you are a load of flat cap dim wits!

    • FatParosite

      Unfortunately that’s exactly what they are.

  • Blackburn1066

    I hope we go down as this will get rid of Raffa and any hope of this little FAT Tw-t being part of our club

  • HarryHype59

    Didn’t Fatty increase the price in May to £400m once EPL survival was guaranteed? He is basically a time waster who has no serious intention to sell!

    • Kneebotherm8

      Everybody else are time wasters according to the lying FCB……

  • Mr_Kinnear

    The media have no idea what conditions may be on the sale. They may be unacceptable. So Ashley just says sale is off. If any sale takes place (not any time soon), it will be quick and not splashed all over the media.

    • graham18

      exactly.

  • Toontaff

    We’re on Sky prime comedy time…………bet spitting scouse and ugly manc don’t even mention takeovers, transfers, FCB……..it’ll be all about us allowing manure to dazzle the armchair fans paying billions to watch the top 6. Rafa’ll be in bus stop mode, hopefully wrecking the ‘spectacle’………….

    • Kneebotherm8

      Rafa will be the “villain of the piece” tonight for parking the bus against Manure…………when it’s really the “pantomime villain” to blame….

  • Toontaff

    ‘the fringe benefits – the pub before and afterwards and seeing friends and family who I otherwise would never see so regularly.

    You know what it is like, you have all of the best intentions and when you see these people you have a great laugh/time, but if it wasn’t for the regular home (and to an extent, away) matches that bind/glue you together, how often would you see them?

    Put it this way, just how often do you see these people in the summer when there is no football? I rest my case.’

    • Toontaff

      That has to be the saddest thing I’ve ever read! Do you have to have an excuse to go to the pub? Are you one of those extremely irritating ‘fans’ who spend the whole game talking about shopping trips, soaps and new hair-dos? What a sap!

  • TeessideMag

    I wonder if Steve Howie has gone back to his ‘very credible source’ and asked why the takeover hasn’t been announced yet, man united game is tonight..

    • graham18

      Just dropped the wife off in Newcastle this morning,there’s a queue standing outside fenwicks, Northumberland street,The wife said they must be having a sale or something….

    • Kneebotherm8

      The takeover will be announced within the next 6 hours………….apparently…

      • Carverlier football

        According to…?

        • Kneebotherm8

          Steve Howey.

          Article from the Mag a few days ago:-

          Steve Howey has said that the Premier League have been informed of a Newcastle United takeover now going ahead, according to a ‘very good source’ of his.
          The former Newcastle and England defender says that the source also told him that news is due to be made public ahead of the Manchester United match.
          This takes place on Wednesday night, only five days away.
          With so many false dawns in the past, Steve Howey is careful to use the word ‘apparently’, four times in only a few sentences.

          Steve Howey speaking to BBC Radio Newcastle:
          “I have heard from a very good source the other day, that with regarding the [Newcastle United] takeover.
          “Apparently a takeover was a lot further down the line than everybody apparently know[s].
          “Apparently, the Premier League have been informed of this.
          “And apparently, news was supposed to be going to be brought out before the Man Utd game.
          “When I spoke to my source about this, when they told me, I sort of said again, as always, ‘I’ll believe it when I see it.’
          “It is a very good source though.”

          • Kneebotherm8

            Just hope Stevie didn’t meet his”very good source” in a lift……..

          • Carverlier football

            Well from what Howey has previously said about the regime, on the plus side he doesn’t strike me as a KB stooge. Could be a patsy though… I’ll look forward to that announcement followed by one saying we’ve signed Messi and Bale…

          • Kneebotherm8

            It’s becoming apparent by the minute…….that Stevie’s “very good source” was feeding him a load of bull💩………

      • TeessideMag

        6 weeks.. 6 months.. 6 years?

        • Kneebotherm8

          6 hours according to Stevie……….😂😂

  • Carverlier football

    If we survive the price will go back up to £400m, just like last summer. Basically for anyone asking Ashley the question “how much do you want for the club” the answer is “£100m more than whatever you’re willing to pay”

  • Scottie Chugger Dearden

    Did any of you really believe him?

    • FatParosite

      Some did & there is the kernel of the problem.

  • Pezza

    I’d agree relegation is the obstacle here. January fixtures are not kind, a sneeky win tonight would put most worries to bed but Cardiff is the one we need.

    As soon as the relegation threat is lifted, I don’t see a problem

  • Themoscow72

    The price is any offer above £280m a snip for a Premiership club with round £80m owed in for players and very little out. In affect getting the club for £200m in real terms. What many on here fail to grasp is that no one is rushing to buy us and that is a major concern for the protesters. Also the amount of disposable income the interested parties will have to inject in the club via sponsorship would seem to be minimal. You may get your wish in a new owner but do not expect any major changes when It comes to buying players.

    • Rabid Dog

      £280m? You’ve been banging on about £300m until now, why drop it £20m. Name your sources or admit it is just your opinion, and you have no real insight

      • Themoscow72

        I believe he has taken £10m out after the last window closed leaving the debt at £133m add to that the £135m he paid for the club and you get £269m. He will need some money to cover the sale so £280m should be the bottom price and £300m the top price. Hope that makes it clear. Any new owners would probably have £40m max to spend plus player sales.

        • Rabid Dog

          So opinion. Not fact.

          • drc74

            he talks out of ashleys arxse

          • Themoscow72

            I have sources in the club and the press and that is what is the common ground. Any instalments will mean the advertising staying still the loan is paid off in full.

          • Rabid Dog

            So like I said. State your sources.

          • Themoscow72

            When I put on here that Ashley would be back attending matches after the Pizza meeting I got a lot of stick.
            It turned out to be true the source was at the meeting.

          • Rabid Dog

            So…. State your sources…. It’s not difficult.

          • pedrodelgardo

            Sources in the club feeding you lines to suit their purposes – jeez!

        • Geordiegiants

          Any new owner will have £40 million to spend???????
          Which new owner??????
          How do you know who they are, never mind how much money they have?
          Nurse , NURSE it’s time for his tranquilliser!

          • Themoscow72

            When the latest set of accounts come out in March I think you will find that we generated a profit of £40m. If the new owners are struggling to meet the asking price very unlikely to have much money for sponsorship.

          • Geordiegiants

            You are off your rocker. You are on another planet, say hello to Clarko while your there. 👍

        • drc74

          You said he hadn’t taken a penny out of tge club, even after he came out an said he took the 10 mil out, u also said on these pages u expect your spxnk buddy mike to spend 60 mil in jan

          • Pezza

            A he’s not said there has been a £10m repayment

      • Pezza

        The media widely report £300m

      • Kneebotherm8

        Don’t know who the source is,but he met him in a lift…

  • Hughie

    The usual repetitive story. But apart from our dodgy league position, the pound value is sliding, Brexit is in chaos which could if the cliff edge happens completely alter the transfer market, and any valuation of the club adds £139M payback to Ashley– although it is understood that he was paid back £15-20m of his loan last summer. An incredibly risky time to invest in anything British let alone a football club where risk is always high.The club has served its purpose for Ashley as an advertising platform, but as long as it continues to do that he has no need to sell. The story about a failure of Kenyon and co not raising the extra £100 is probably fiction too, spun from an alleged offer simply not meeting the 300m asking price. Ashley could also be inserting caveats into any sale– eg SD hoardings to be kept at SJP or, perish the thought– the MD is retained. The key decision now is not a sale, but whether the regime releases adequate funds for transfers to cement the league status, because a failure to do so risks relegation and losing Benitez. Unfortunately our owner is a gambler who appears to defy logic…..so as the author says don’t expect any common sense to prevail.

  • drc74

    if im honest i hope we get relegated this year and dont stay up, rafa’s going anyway, the fat twxt has stripped the club bare, and in all honesty why should rafa and the players sa e relegation just so the fat cxnt can pocket the cash again

    • We’ll support you evermore

      I don’t get why anyone would want us to go down at anytime but especially this time, as if we go down again I think we could be down there a good while. Isn’t it best to scrape by in the premier league and hope a buyer comes along than fighting it out in the championship which is a very tough league. Tougher than prem imo but for different reasons.

      • drc74

        yep scrape by season after season, not competing in anything, especially when we’ve got hughes allardyce or pardew as manager, giving the fat twxt money to strip the high street, watching him get free advertising and stripping the club and watching his queens speach every xmas about someone buying the club

        • We’ll support you evermore

          If we go down again though we could end up having to scrape by in the championship even worse off. I’m not sure being relegated does the club any good for the long term. Look at Leeds boro Sunderland and many more.

          • drc74

            but that shouldn’t be an issue as youll support them evermore

          • We’ll support you evermore

            The league we play in doesn’t play any part in me going, I’d go any division. What I’m saying is common sense, let’s add pompey Coventry to that list I mentioned as well.

          • drc74

            common sense, so your happy to see a team that struggles nearly every game and not compete in anything because of a severe lack of investment

          • Geordiegiants

            Won’t happen, the council own our ground and will always keep it for the club. They need the weekly income in the city.

      • Geordiegiants

        I don’t get why people are happy to sit season after season watching that shyte. That’s what the fatcunt wants, to scrape by every season.
        If as your name suggest, what difference does it make which division we are in? It would rid us of the spectators and people that just go “because it’s a day out and it’s the only day I see _______.
        Down a while and the club is worthless, a “FANS” share may also be an option then.

        • We’ll support you evermore

          Sounds to me mate you want certain supporters gone from the club. Away games there is a good loyal core who are there every away, I’d say about 20 30 %, are these supporters the type your meaning? Or is it the supporters at home games who are maybe visiting Newcastle, or parents with children, or people who just genuinely can’t afford to go week in week out? My name is just a name mate but yes I stand for what the message says. Why doesn’t the likes of big Al ant n Dec – no joke! chip into a consortium if they care about the club as much as they say? Yes I think a fans share would be a good thing but will it ever happen I very much doubt it.

          • Geordiegiants

            I agree with a Shearer or Ant and Dec type of leader standing up and being counted, maybe not those in particular but someone.
            Then the “fans” would stand up and be counted, at the minute the spectators attendance out weighs the fans actions and this alone is not enough, as the fringe fans are sitting thinking it’s not worth it as the spectators do nothing anyway. The spectators are more interested in the day out and unfortunately there seems to be more of those than fans these days. As long as this happens the fatcunt has control.
            So for the likes of yourself or any real fan, it’s irrelevent which division we are in, as it’s Newcastle United you follow not money. This club will be around in another 100 years and it will always be a part of our community no matter which division we are in. We need him out at any cost.

          • We’ll support you evermore

            Kenyon has raised a reported 200 million. Big Al ant n Dec could bump it up to 250. A guarantee their outlay paid back with interest. Us fans could chip in and have a share. I’m sure there is plenty businesses in the north east or further afield that could make up the remainder. The problem is those that can don’t want to risk their own money. They’d rather just hoard and moan than being pro active. The club is the heart of city and always will be whatever happens. Newcastle has got nothing else for the working class.

          • mactoon

            Put out an ‘expression of interest’ to the fans and ask them to commit to investing say £500 each in order to get shares in the club and add it to the potential buyers bid. It would take 100,000 investors to make the £50 million, It doesn’t need to be £500 if you can afford less, fine. If you can afford more (Shearer, Ant and Dec, Jimmy Nail, and so on) invest more and raise the public profile. We have so many rich Geordie celebrities who are doing nothing but if we don’t ask who is willing to get involved we will never know how much we can contribute. I lay the task directly on the doorstep of the magpie group, isn’t that why they formed?

            All it takes is the magpie group to either converse with a potential buyer (Peter Kenyon for example) or attract another potential buyer with this idea.

          • Mr_Kinnear

            I can’t see this happening. People don’t want to risk their own money. Also massive investment needed. Where will that come from?

          • mactoon

            If a consortium is putting together a bid for the club they will have brought together a 5 year business plan which will include an amount they are willing to pay up front for the purchase price. Part of the plan will include further funding to invest in the club on an annual basis.

            The amount they are willing to pay for the club wouldn’t be the total amount they are putting together for the club but the amount stated is what they will be willing to pay the owner up front, that is the only figure we hear about. That is what the fan investment will subsidise, hence only the need to raise the shortfall between what Ashley wants and the figure the consortium is willing to pay. The subsequent investment will be provided by the consortium as part of their business plan.

            No consortium would just say here’s £300 million and not have a plan and further funds available to invest on a year by year basis. That’s like buying a car with no money to put petrol in it.

          • Sickandtired

            The same ‘fans’ who relish cheaper seats? The majority of St James’ can’t even be bothered to sing let alone protest, so not a chance they’ll put a hand in their pockets either.

          • Geordiegiants

            We need a figure head to interact with the fans. It could be anyone but we need a figure head.

          • mactoon

            Keegan or shearer would give any effort to get things moving a massive boost. They just need to be approached

          • Geordiegiants

            I think it’s proabaly to much for Keegan now. He hasn’t got any money as he went bankrupt a few years back and age is probably against him as well. I would think if Alan saw an opportunity he would grasp it with both hands.

          • mactoon

            But as a motivational speaker he is brilliant. He could be a fantastic figurehead

          • Geordiegiants

            There’s no doubting that. He could be an excellent buffer for a new consortium and the fans.

          • Sickandtired

            Give over, man. If Kenyon hasn’t the funds still, then he wouldn’t have been given access to the clubs accounts. No one knows anything and it’s equally likely to be nothing at all but another jackanory from Fatty.

          • Mr_Kinnear

            How do you know he has seen the accounts? Ashley did not say and Kenyon did not say. The media said this but they also said he can’t raise the funds. I am expecting no sale in 2919

          • Sickandtired

            That was my point.

          • Mr_Kinnear

            Apologies I should have read it properly

          • Geordiegiants

            I’m not sure about that, there is alsorts going on in our city these days.

      • porciestreet

        This is not about whether we do or dont stay up. Its ALL about getting rid of the fat creeping death..!

        • Geordiegiants

          To me at the minute, nothing else matters!

          • We’ll support you evermore

            Such as?

          • We’ll support you evermore

            My mistake, comment above was for all sorts going on in the city.

    • Carl Marks

      I wish this site would stop publishing photos of the smirking obese parasite and replace it,with something more ‘pleasing on the eye’ eg
      a dollop of decomposing animal faeces!!!!

      • Kneebotherm8

        Spread all over his grinning mug…….

  • sickofthis

    Hi all, long time reader first time commenter. Toon fan all my life but haven’t paid to see a game for about ten years.

    Here’s what I don’t understand:
    Mike Ashley is the problem at OUR club.
    Mike Ashley is only here because of money.
    People keep giving Mike Ashley money, (and then feel they still have the right to complain about him!!)
    Am I alone in my bafflement?

    • Rabid Dog

      The answer is, in my opinion of course, that most of the people who go to matches a St. James are spectators. As Roy Keane so delicately put it, the prawn sandwich brigade. The whole model is now different, it’s a match day experience vs. something owned by die hard fans.

      I’ve long given up my ticket, but I pay for a stream so to continue to watch from my sofa. There are many others like me.

      Most contributors on The Mag, would describe themselves as fans, but in order to make real changes at the club they are not the ones who need targeting….. It’s the spectators… and there is the issue. The mainstream media, the best way to reach them, do not promote action. Metro Radio for example, never said a word about the planned boycott until it was cancelled, then it made every news bulletin… unless the game changes at a spectator level, then nothing will change.

  • Kneebotherm8

    ANYTHING Mike Ashley says at ANY time…………is suspect..

  • sickofthis

    Why would he sell when people like you keep giving him money?
    He lies to you, he laughs at you. What will it take?

    • Tomb

      and played the fans for mugs to successfully get the boycott called off. gullible springs to mind