Newcastle Dismiss Takeover Talk As Absolute Rubbish

We reported on the potential sale of Newcastle United to a NY based consortium earlier today, and even gave the story some credence.


Mike Ashley – committed to Newcastle long term

But it will be a long time before we do that again, and we usually dismiss the takeover stories out of sight, but this one this morning seemed to have some credence to it.

Wrong, as the Newcastle United club have quite rightly come out and dismissed the news as “absolute nonsense”.

The report today suggested American private equity fund InterMedia Partners had been told the Newcastle club was available for £420M.

But this was all made up nonsense. We wonder who makes these stories up, and whether they just wake up one morning and think something up like this an report it, it just seems so shabby.

A Newcastle club spokesman said this afternoon:

“It is absolute nonsense.”

Well there’s not much wiggle room with that statement, is there?

We’ll have to get wise to these reports in the future, because the club have refuted reports like these multiple times in the last year, and they still keep coming.

Mike Ashley made long-time associate Derek Llambias the new Managing Director at St James’ Park last month following Chris Mort’s departure as chairman.

The two of them are now hard at work overseeing the club’s summer recruitment drive with Executive Director of Football, Dennis Wise, Vice-President of Player Recruitment, Tony Jimenez and of course Kevin Keegan, the most important of all.

Kevin was pleased with the new signing of Jonas Guiterrez earlier this week, and just today, more good news that young center-back Steven Taylor has finally signed a 3 year lucrative deal at Newcastle.

Next task on the contracts side of things will be getting Michael Owen tied down to a new deal at the club, and we’re sure that will happen fairly soon.

Ashley has been the subject of some bad publicity recently, because of his efforts to trim the wage bill, and we feel that’s been a little unjust.

But as long as that doesn’t stop Newcastle from keeping good players like Steven and Michael, and means getting rid of fringe players who were probably not worth their high wages, like Ameobi, Carr and Rozehnal, that’s OK with us.

We’ve had a couple pieces of good news in the last 3 days, with Taylor and Gutierrez, and we’re still hoping we’ll have another new face at the club before training starts up again next Monday. That would be good.
Comments very welcome.

120 comments so far

  • cooldj

    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #1

    wall virginity 😉

    i love the quote-4 words!! ha. 🙂 Someone who is very reliable told me a couple of months ago that ashley would sell before the year was out. i trust this guy but i don’t see it happening and i told him that. if ashley is gonna sell he’ll wait a couple of years in the hope that we get european football as then our value would go up. why sell now??

  • Leo

    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #2

    it might be that newcastle dont have to tell us the truth in this case, why would they if it was, lets just ignore the newspapers because the all print aload of queef

  • broon ale

    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #3

    4 words to end all speculation.

    thats all it needed.

  • dan_from_france

    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #4

    cant see him selling just yet only been there 1 year maybe when we become a top 4 club lol he might consider to get a profit from it as he is a business man. so what he needs to do is splash the cash get us ther quiker

  • matt

    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #5


    i’ve been reading the other articles from the past few days and cant understand the absolute dissrespect from some of you

    im in the alaskan tundra right now ( and i say that literally) and have been and will be for a bit and the highlight of my week is to be able to get online here and check up on newcastle (in case anyone has been wondering why i’ve been gone 🙂

    i dont know you ed, but if you ever took this site down, i’d drive myself mad. im 21 years old and there’s only two things i care about, only two things i have, and one of em is newcastle. not too mention it’s a pain in the a** to read the comments and see nothing but inane feedback.

    keep up the good work. i really appreciate it

    until next week, so long.

  • Marc Hottiger

    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Everyone else published the same story today from the daily rags to the more respectable sources such as the Guardian, Sky Sports News and BBC News. Last time I looked on teletext on both BBC and ITV they still had it up and Sky Sports reporter David Craig is still suggesting there might be something in it.

    Seemed a bit weird for something that originated in the Sun.

    Just because of what happened with the Aimar thing doesn’t mean you have to keep apologising if one of your articles isn’t quite the truth. It’s not like you are making statements like ‘Newcastle have signed Pablo Aimar’ and ‘Newcastle have been taken over’. You always say if something is a rumour and if it is the truth and I have complete respect for you for doing so.


    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #7

    IMO I think he is going to sell, he has had to come out and dismiss this claim due to being in the middle of the transfer market, as if he hadn’t this would put doubts in our targets minds!! even if the yanks did buy NUFC it would take a few month to do the deal!! just hope if he sells he sells to the ARABS! DIC!!!!

  • Steve

    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed – I wouldn’t worry to much, you’re only reporting what else is being reported and the Ashley willing to sell story has more credence than most – I’d imagine if someone actually did come in and offer 420 million he’d take it

    Keep up the good work

  • kizza

    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #9

    MA is running the club rele well. the youth policy looks great and i feel like we are going to be like a bit of an arsenal (with english players) in the future.

    Steven Taylor could be the next john terry for england if he focuses now that he has signed his contract and sort out newcastles defence using leadership skills that we see more of the older he gets.

    However back to MA, if i were MA (who, lets face it is a business man), i would consider 420 million, which loads more than what he paid for the club. but the storys not true so it doesnt matter. Keegan likes MA too which can only mean good things for the the coming seasons


  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #10

    kizza – hope so!


    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #11

    kizza – doesn’t that say it all it does really look an ATTRACTIVE propersition for a potential buyer!!! especially if we sign some quality this summer!!!

  • euanpolo

    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #12

    I cannot see Ashley leaving when nufc have just started to get active in the transfer market. Lets hope we get back to transfer news tomorrow!

  • Ex-Pat Mag

    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Actually I am quite encouraged by this statement. The equity fund InterMedia Partners had obviously been sniffing around expecting to get the club for around 200 million so at their first meeting with MA he told them that everything has a price and if you want it then give me twice what it is worth cos I want to keep it.

  • kizza

    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #14

    good point, but we all have our doubts about MA selling the club, but when you see him at games wearing the newcastle shirt, all those thoughts of him selling just vanish, and you really get the feeling he is, dare i say it, one of us

  • Steve

    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #15

    There are no signings on a weekend so we’ll just have to make do with speculation – hopefully we’ll announce a signing on Monday

  • fazza1970

    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #16

    The fact you take the club’s word for it is sad in the extreme.
    This report was checked out with the American company in question by the Press Association. Not some dodgy tabloid – the Press Association.
    They got confirmation of it. So why blindly accept Newcastle’s side of the story?
    Of COURSE the club will say it’s rubbish. But that doeasn’t make it ther truth.

  • rutehh8

    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #17

    well chelsea got arshavin … game over newcastle 🙁

  • micknufc

    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #18

    soon as i seen the headline on the front page of the awful paper,i dismissed it.when will people realise and stop buying the thing.
    considering other fans keep on telling us we are not a big club,well this is the very reason that as other fans back up against us.front page headlines twice in a week for god sake man! granted it will only be in this regions editions.
    we need to take the scousers approach and treat the paper with the contempt it deserves.

  • Frankieboy

    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #19

    If MA has any intention of selling up it will only happen in a few years when we are again involved in the Champions League where we belong and the club is worth a lot more than it is today.
    MA would probably look at and consider any serious offer then. He knows how to run a successful business.
    My contradictory opinion on this is by then MA will be even more in love with the club,fans,area and people than he is now and may even see out his days up here.
    It has happened before.

  • HeronMag

    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #20

    micknufc – TOTALLY AGREE MATE.

    Newcastle United fans have to tolerate ridiculous stories and complete misrepresentation from that ‘news’paper.

    Whenever I see a fellow Mag pick it up I let them know exactly why they shouldn’t even contemplate the idea! Boycott the Sun!

  • Callum

    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Guys – It seems after a sleepy month, Newcastle have woken up

    New Signings
    New Contracts
    New false takeover stories, how many is that now? About 6 in the past year?

  • The Entertainers

    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #22

    I have never once started rumours or conspiracy theories on here and try to stick to my views……

    That is until now…..ha ha!

    But i do have it from a professional colleague that at some point last season Dubai International did in fact either make a bid or come very close to doing so. The reason they know this? My colleague has seen documents from Dubai to Newcastle United. I am unwilling to go further into detail for obvious reasons.

    But if this is indeed true, then i’m not sure what to make of it. Either Ashley is seeking potential buyers or he is enjoying running the club and has turned down bids.

    I personally believe Ashley is do a great job so far and will stay in control. However if a 400 million bid come in, he would be foolish not to think about it.

  • Matthew

    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #23

    HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Jul 4, 2008 at 16:26

    kizza – doesn’t that say it all it does really look an ATTRACTIVE propersition for a potential buyer!!! especially if we sign some quality this summer!!!


    So the way to convince you he’s not interested in selling would be to run the club poorly?

  • HeronMag

    Jul 4, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #24

    OFF TOPIC – I just need to get this off my chest. On the matter of other fans telling us we aren’t a ‘big’ club.
    For one – we don’t go on about it, other fans go on about how we aren’t a big club (Inferiority complex?)
    How come whenever we change manager or buy a player it is NATIONAL news, not confined to the sports sections on most broadcasts? I assume it’s because people are interested in this club (just as they would be in the ‘big clubs?’).
    We have a big footballing culture in the north east and that’s why we feel the club is important. Not because we think we’re as ‘big’ or ‘small’ as other clubs.

    Rant over.

  • micknufc

    Jul 4, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #25

    good on you heronmag!
    ive felt the same for years about that excuse of a rag.i walked into graft thismorn and there’ s lads reading it and talking like it’s fact,i couldnt help myself & told them what i thought of the paper & them for buying it and worse again believing it!
    boycott it!

  • Bosck

    Jul 4, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #26

    rutehh8 – where’s your source for that then? nothing on, not that i believe we will get him any more, but until i see definate proof of him going elsewhere i will still hold that tiny bit of hope!!!

  • Ian

    Jul 4, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #27

    It is about time they came out and said something, this silence has been terrible.

    I wonder if the Dubai deal fell through, hope so then we can all get on with being a football club instead of a wealthy blokes piggy bank.

  • Leo

    Jul 4, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #28

    just got a message from a mate saying that we have signed 2 more players, to which i replied is that the two foreign youngsters, he text back saying no

    batman and robin


  • Mats

    Jul 4, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #29

    After all he is a business man – what do you expect? 😉

  • ToonPhill

    Jul 4, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #30

    im up for a boycott 🙂 which paper is the suns biggest rival? may get that in rebellion

  • AndyT

    Jul 4, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #31


    The silence! Do me a favour and regularly check the reuters news on Newcasstle Utd. At 7am this was the SUN spouting Drivel. By midday every rag had it as a story, but if anybody actually bothered to READ the articles and get past the headline, they would have seen that everyone else ‘s articles were “The SUN is today reporting” and within an hour, the reputable papers were reporting that Newcastle had denied the whole thing! Oh and BTW we have now secured Taylor. Now do you support your club or do you need it to support you!

  • Leo

    Jul 4, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #32

    loving the new banner ed, who made this one. would love to know where you got the picture from the left hand side,

    it looks like st james but extended

    oh i wish it was done

  • ToonPhill

    Jul 4, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #33

    yeah leo, i was wonderin what stadium it was, coz st james most certainly dont have a scoreboard 😛


    Jul 4, 2008 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #34

    Leo – another one to add to spiderman, batman and robin


  • Lacedaemonian

    Jul 4, 2008 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #35

    I know that I post sparingly here, Ed, but believe me this is my number one trusted source for all things Newcastle United. You pull together stories from a wide range of internet and news sources and you also do some spade work in gathering background info and details.

    I dont understand why the comments were so harsh lately as the comments are usually balanced and fair on this page. WUM’s have ruined every football forum that I have ever used and I would hate for this place to go that way.

    I love your blog mate and your efforts are appreciated by me fully every day.

  • mozza

    Jul 4, 2008 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #36

    toonphill unfortunatally the suns biggest rival is probably the mirror, so it would mean you’d have to read that shower of shite, which always prints crap about us

  • ToonPhill

    Jul 4, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #37

    f**k it then, ill just go with the metro. 🙂 they dont have to worry about sales so they wont make stories up.

  • ToonPhill

    Jul 4, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #38

    actually, i think the daily sport has had more true stories than both those papers put together

  • mozza

    Jul 4, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #39

    @toonphill lol

  • 51times

    Jul 4, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #40

    layout change?


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