The Newcastle United takeover continues to make headlines with various media reports.

A little short on facts it has to be said…but high on some quite extraordinary speculation, with claims of insider knowledge that often make little or no sense.

There has been a number of these on Sunday, with one classic standing out amongst the competition.

The Chronicle have given various updates and variations on the Peter Kenyon letter, the existence of the letter that was broken/revealed by Mike Ashley supporter, Martin Samuel, at The Mail.

The local newspaper have ‘revealed’/claimed today that the Kenyon letter was ‘made public’ with the assent of both Mike Ashley and Peter Kenyon.

This is where it gets really strange though, as The Chronicle say their information is that the parties wanted to make the letter public to ‘Try to shut down accusations that a new owner is not a PR stunt.’

So the way to convince everybody that something isn’t a PR stunt, is by using another PR stunt?

Are they really trying to convince us that this is how things would proceed if another walk of life, negotiations were going on to buy and sell a £300m business?

Surely, if there was any real intention of trying to convince media, Newcastle fans, Rafa Benitez, whoever, that there is a chance of an NUFC takeover genuinely going ahead, then Mike Ashley and Peter Kenyon would release a joint statement saying that this is the case.

As for the suggestion that the supposed Peter Kenyon bidders/investors should join up with the alleged Garry Cook ones, certainly appears to be adding yet more levels of nonsense that can’t be believed.

Which other takeover of a major Premier League club bears any relation to this crazy tale of making it up as you go along?

The longer this goes on, the more the coverage suggests it is a script for a really lame TV sitcom/farce, rather than a business transaction that actually has substance and any kind of chance of becoming reality.

There is also still no explanation whatsoever,  of exactly how supposed bidders who are struggling to raise the purchase price, would then be willing to pay Mike Ashley’s top dollar evaluation for a club that is currently deep in relegation trouble.

When the Newcastle United takeover talk started, I was dubious, as always. Now I have reached the point where I think the chances of it going ahead during this season are on the same level as my own chances of winning the Lotto and Euromillions in the same week, twice each.

The Chronicle:

‘It is understood that the Peter Kenyon’s letter to Ashley over the festive period was made public with the consent of both the Toon tycoon and the ex-Manchester United and Chelsea supremo.

Indeed, both men were eager to show to the Newcastle public that there was still a realistic chance of a takeover in the new year and try to shut down accusations that a new owner is not a PR stunt.

However, Kenyon must still come up with a satisfactory offer and since the letter there is believed to have been further dialogue from the 65-year-old to Ashley with a fresh pledge that another revised offer is on the way.

A representative from Kenyon’s group was also thought to be in the stands for the 2-0 defeat against Manchester United to offer feedback to those involved with the US consortium.

Ashley will not wait forever but is ready to give Kenyon every possible chance to show he is capable of one last acceptable offer.

One suggestion from Ashley to Kenyon’s group is to consider pooling resources with the party fronted by ex-Man City and Wigan director Garry Cook.

Ashley returns from holiday this week and is eager for further conversations on the sale of United.’

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  • Ba ba.

    It’s a total shambles like everything at Newcastle United.

  • Return of the Mack

    Anyone who believes that there is a potential takeover on the cards needs to give their heads a wobble.

    • Pezza

      I’ll bet we have a new owner by autumn. £30?

      • Tweed Mag

        Better still, make a donation to the NUFC Foodbank if you are that confident.

        • Return of the Mack

          The Autimn? We will be in the Chanoiinship then. The takeover is supposed to be happening this month. I will donate £500 to the food bank if you do the same. Mike Ashley will not sell Newcastle this season.

          • Tweed Mag

            I think you should have replied to Pezza?

          • Return of the Mack

            Apologies. Yes thatis for him / her.

          • Tweed Mag

            Good luck – rarely get any sense out of him/her at the best of times.

        • graham18

          charity begins at home…bet the FCB would not make a donation-even it was for 1 pence

      • Return of the Mack

        The Autimn? We will be in the Chanoiinship then. The takeover is supposed to be happening this month. I will donate £500 to the food bank if you do the same. Mike Ashley will not sell Newcastle this season.

      • porciestreet

        Only if Cashley becomes “Born Again ” and that aint hapnin…

        • Leicester Mag

          He’d only embark on the road to Damascus if it had an out of town development

      • Toon Arnie

        I’ll bet £25 we have less than £5m net spend in January ?

  • Paul Patterson

    Takeovers and private letters aren’t made public if they are real.
    It’s a $h!tty PR exercise and there will be more until February.
    No money spent and the manager shafted.
    Utter 💩💩

  • Leicester Mag

    The level of this cynical contempt for fans is breathtaking even by the low bar set by this rable.

    • Leazes.

      Contempt from day one….same as Hall and Shepherd.

  • Phildene

    I’m just surprised that Peter Kenyon hasn’t gone public to deny the whole thing considering his name’s being used by the media. He’s keeping very quiet about his part in the whole ‘lies, lies and more lies’ thing.

    • Return of the Mack

      He’ll be given a job by Ashley after all of this has ‘blown over’.

      • Billmag

        Could be right there, fatty is maybe looking to downgrade Chumley.

    • TeessideMag

      Why has nobody tried to reach out to him or his party for comment? Don’t understand. Just a simple confirm or deny

  • KennyS

    No wonder the players and staff can’t give their best when everyones focus is on the takeover and “the miracle” staying up via players bought in Jan.

    You couldn’t make it up!!

    The fat man turns Newcastle into a comedy show and nobody cares, not even the “let’s have a few pints and gan to the match” “why?” “Sorry can’t answer that” brigade.. self inflicted torture of the first degree.

  • Wezza

    I think we can safely say the club isn’t for sale!!

    • Leazes.

      You better ask Mark Jensen….he believed it.

    • Dave Pattinson

      Time to do a Blackpool?

    • graham18

      it’s one way of putting it

  • Leazes.

    How many football clubs are run in absentia of their owner by a useless third rate PR agent and a ‘Brand specialist’ Lawyer?

    It is a sham of a club…. surrounded by the most useless pressmen in the world.

    They haven’t even disclosed the reason they believed the FAKEOVER in the first place….

    C’mon Mark….. why did you believe the lie this time? Who was your source/sauce for the Lie/untruth back on the 5th of December?

    • Billmag

      And The Mag has never mentioned that they have put there name to an open letter to Ashley, Why?

      • Leazes.

        Because they believed the lie of Ashley selling….. and its come back to bite them….. the local media were fed something for them to intervene in stopping the protest Simon Bird of the Mirror was followed by Mark Jensen of the Mag then Mark Douglas of the Chronicle in that order…

        ….Who was their source though to fall for the tripe….the Mag like the rest have remained silent while Steve Watson has taken some stick on social media.

        • Mrkgw

          Leazes Ender reinvented?

  • East Durham Mag

    Still the faithfull fill his bank accounts and certain kn0bs on here defend him.

    • Leazes.

      Ashley has golden handcuffed 20,000 on ten year deals at £24 a ticket, a further family section of 8,000 (parents on £19 a ticket…. Kids at £4.70) and a multitude of student and those between the ages of 18-21 at £14 a ticket……

      … adds up to a downsized product at a downsized price for the majority.

      The PR is to keep the 20,000 interested.

  • Tweed Mag

    A contrived letter, dictated by Bishop and only written so it could be ‘leaked’.
    The Chronic fall for it every time.

    • porciestreet

      It was so easy to see through this whole load of b011!x as soon as I finished reading it.

  • Alan

    Or was it all a stunt by The Mag to keep the same people writing the same comments on the same subject.

  • Big Hairy Man

    Now we need a PR stunt to show that this is not a PR stunt. Only at Newcastle under Ashley. Anyone who believes that a takeover is happening needs serious medical attention.

    • Toontaff

      It’s like a sketch from Life of Brian!

      • Kenny

        It`s worse than that.

      • Leazes.

        …..a badly written one!

      • Kenny

        Rafa`s the Black Knight ok

    • Leazes.

      Mark Douglas wrote that he didn’t know what Keith Bishop’s role was….

      …… he’s a shiit poor PR bloke who preys on gullible journalists.

      The clue is in the name ‘Keith Bishop Associates PR with a punch’

      Ashley owns 51% of it.

  • pedrodelgardo

    Smoke and mirrors, smoke and mirrors
    Go together like a horse and carriage

  • Kenny

    FFs, He`s now the Toon Tycoon,
    it just gets more bizarre by the day & if anyone thinks that a club on the brink of relegation would be bought by anybody of sound mind and body they need to be sectioned.

  • graham18

    Welcome to the asylum on the hill…..nobody knows what the hell is going on….all we know is that the FCB is a conman,and liar and an asset stripper.Message to Rafa:don’t sign a sign a new contract,let us go down to the lowest league ever.Message to the FCB:You have ruined NUFC to it’s core,Hope you are proud of what you have done

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  • Peaky

    Worst run club in the country aided and abetted by the worst local press in the country…..BAR NONE….fuckingshambles….

    • Toontaff

      Plenty of cunning stunts, though!

      • Kneebotherm8

        Stunning?……………….. I get it…….😂😂😂

    • Tino o

      You couldn’t make it up but these [email protected] do 😂😂

  • Dillon Tovak

    Why can’t our club just be normal? 🤦🏻‍♂️😂

    • Jock Mcglock

      I’ve been supporting the Toon over 40 years and we’ve never been “normal”.

    • graham18

      That is the question

      • Kneebotherm8

        To be or no to be……normal

  • Tony English

    Do we have to have such a large close up of his face above this story?

    It’s like stepping out of the shower and accidentally catching a view of your ar se hole in the mirror.

    • Taz

      Arseholes are usefull, that fattwat isnt😂

    • Big Hairy Man

      It’s the sort of face a fly wouldn’t land on.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Stick it on your mantle piece……it’ll keep the kids off the fireplace ……….he’s a bogeyman if ever there was a one…..

    • Tony English

      I’m actually a bit concerned that my ar se hole is coming out of this scenario in a bad light.

      I know which one I’d prefer to catch a glimpse of when I’m drying my knackers.

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  • TheFatController

    The only thing certain this week is that if we get a good draw in the cup – say, a big home game or a lower league home draw – tens of thousands of fans will be chomping at the bit about a cup run etc.

    The levels of delusion are unparalleled among the ‘ten times bitten yet still never shy’ brigade that hang on to hope.

    To believe that we could be in th Cup still come the end of January is to not be able to use historical data as in indicator of the future …. to believe we could have a cup run? Seriously? Yet there’ll be 36k believing no doubt.

    Nowt as queer as folk.

    • Leazes.

      The chronicle are questioning why the club isn’t aiming for the cup….. sort of in denial that the 17th most valuable squad and the gulf that exists with the top seven can hope to compete…..

      • FatParosite

        The comical question nothing.

    • FatParosite

      Jam tomorrow…..

  • Big Hairy Man

    You couldn’t make it up. Here’s me thinking panto season had finished but it seems to have been extended until the end of January. Ashley, Bishop & co. have turned our once proud club into a laughing stock.

  • FatParosite

    & when the whole thing collapses there will be a PR stunt to counter the PR stunt that countered the PR stunt….

  • JohnnyH

    The ‘leaked letter’ was hilarious in its own right, an amateurishly written attempt at diversion.

    Now this… sometimes I think his pea sized brain must rattle roond in that bucket heed

    No sale….no players in January…….no Rafa in May….cup run?…couldn’t give a toss…would solve nowt

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    I am starting to wonder whether the whole point of the exercise involving the sale, Bidders, etc, Are just part of a plan to get Rafa to sign a new contract ?
    Has the potential sale idea failed to work now they are back to threatening him with no transfer funds if… ?

    • FatParosite

      The threats are an ignorant tactic to try and make Rafa seem unreasonable but actually does the reverse.

    • Carverlier football

      They have absolutely nothing they can threaten him with. In 6 months he gets to walk away and take over at a proper football club…

  • Geordiegiants

    “Ashley will not wait forever”. Ffs man!
    It’s a comedy show.

  • BigHairyDog

    If the letter was written before Christmas, why was the ink still wet when the journalist handled it at New Year?

  • Wor Lass

    It doesn`t seem bizarre to me – just typical disdain for the fan. We`re assumed to be too stupid to see through anything as cunning as a letter dictated by Fatty and “leaked” by one of his minions. Just par for the course. I can`t imagine why he`d think we`re stupid. After all there was only 36,000 there on Saturday …. Doh!

  • Joe g

    I CANNOT believe people are still falling 4 the same SHI. Forgods sake. No wonder people think, and with justification we ARE MAD. Get a grip people WHEN IT HAPPENS IT WILL HAPPEN.😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Hughie G

    Their is more chance of the makems doing a leicester and winning the premiership than this so called takeover going through. To me Mike Ashley has reached the point of no return if this is false news and wants the geordie public to fall for this fiction and his contempt of Rafa. If this takeover is false any good businessman would be honest and protect their investment, with funding and make the peice and get rid of idiotic charnley and replace him with kenyon or someone who is intelligent enough to realise the revenue capabilities of the club. However the ideal scenario is for Ashley to sell and I would like to thank the o great John Hall who put nothing into the club for selling out to Ashley and is partly to blame for this

  • 1ewis

    I would think that the takeover is ongoing except that the process and documents are taking longer than they expected. Hopefully it can be finalised before the transfer windows with sufficient time for Rafa to land 2 or 3 signings.

    Fingers crossed, I’m waiting for good news everyday.

    • pedrodelgardo

      Would you be interested in buying this used car from me?

      • Scott Robinson

        And I have a nice jag ‘brand new’ car 1ewis can have for £50K, it comes in a free box with free delivery and bought from Fenwick’s. If you can send your pin number and bank account details, fingers crossed. Also I’ll have a slice of that ‘moon’ cheese you are eating which has on the packet ‘made from the moon’ and directly from out of space, fingers crossed there also!

    • Sickandtired

      I have a Unicorn for sale…

  • LEE

    why would you trust Rafa with funds for new players, would he even play them?

    • Big Hairy Man

      I’d trust him more than I would trust Ashley with my pension fund.

    • Big Hairy Man

      We’ll never know until he gets some proper funds.

      • LEE

        He was fired from Real Madrid the most expensive team in the world for poor results, P18 L3 D4, Zidane with those same players P20 L1D2. thats how good he can do 900 million squad
        His time at Milan went the same way, sacked for poor after only 6 month, won 2 trophies. but he is a huge problem in the dressing room,, its all about him

    • Toon Arnie

      Attention seeking drivel. Not worthy of debate.

      • LEE

        yet here you are

  • X2

    Rafa: class. Ashley: lying leech who literally stuck two fingers up at NUFC fans. He makes way too much money from Sports Direct United to give it up.

  • Sickandtired

    Whatever the facts – Staveley is on record as saying she made three bids. She was ridiculed publicly by Ashley and labeled a time-waster.
    Kenyon now reportedly/allegedly still can’t raise more than £200 million but his and Ashley’s ‘ongoing negotiations’ are being published for all to see.
    Yeah, it makes total sense doesn’t it?

  • Mike

    Ah pooling resources …….eh? pass a bucket in the ground/pubs before the game see if we have enuff to buy the club!! crazy and laughable u could not make it up hell how far we have sunk

  • Cockneytrev

    I can’t believe it’s still being discussed,,

  • Themoscow72

    It shows that the club is for sale. All clubs are for sale at the right price. Thought the protesters would be happy but they are so institutionalised in their hatred of our club they will never be happy again. On a brighter note looks any new owners will have no money to spend on players if they cannot afford to buy the club and pay the loan off. Will give you lot something to moan about that is for sure.

    • Big Hairy Man

      It shows what we all know. Ashley is a liar.

    • Wezza

      See this is where I don’t get you Simon. I respect you are a super fan but what puzzles me is why you think our position is ok. Let’s take one example. You’ll be going to Ewood Park correct? You’d actually want us to win the game too. The next game is a big one v Cardiff. We don’t have quality squad players and our best need rested – you can blame “Mike” for not investing the clubs own money for better players. So are you happy with that? Honestly?
      Are you happy with the club using Keith Bishop Associates to fool the media and fans? This isn’t paranoia it is fact. The excuses the club gave for not investing all these years is pathetic and insulting. You should feel insulted. Why not?

      • Jarramag

        If this is Simon that worked in the same place as me yrs ago then you are wasting your time trying to get any sense from him as he is as thick as mince.He goes to all the matches but knows fck all.A grade A dunce.

    • JohnnyH

      We’re you ever momentarily starved of oxygen as a child?

      • Mr wobert

        It was longer than momentary

  • John C

    I’m a Leeds fan but I feel for the N.U.F.C fans having enjoyed many great games and trips to Tyne side to watch and enjoy a good night out in Newcastle. I believe the only way to get Ashley out is to organise a nationwide boycott of Sports Direct as this guy is only motivated into doing anything positive by money so maybe if his profits are hit he might start to realise it’s all football fans that are disgusted with his treatment of N.U.F.C.