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