Anil Ambani Story Is Untrue – Surpise Surprise

How many times in the last year have we seen sensational reports in the Sunday newspapers about Newcastle being bought, only for all parties to deny them as rubbish the next day?


Anil Ambanai – Indian Billionaire not interested in buying Newcastle

Well, surprise surprise, it happened again over the weekend with Indian Billionaire Anil Ambani denying he is on the brink of buying Newcastle United.

The sixth richest man in the world was reported to have given Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, a one-week deadline to accept a £260M offer, which would have given Mike about £50M in profit by our reckoning.

But Ambani, who owns India’s huge mobile operator Reliance Communications, insists today that he is not even in talks with the club and his company issued the following statement today:

“There are no such plans.”

It turns out that Telecommunications magnate Ambani, 49, has even more money than Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich, after building a £21B fortune and is reported to be competing with Singapore-based investors Profitable Group for a piece of the Tyneside action.

The proverbial mysterious source, close to the deal, said last night:

“Ambani’s people have seen how Ashley dealt with the last round of takeover revelations and will not stand for any nonsense.”

“Ambani means business and if Newcastle drag their heels he will be off to invest somewhere else and show Ashley just what he is missing out on.”

That statement is almost laughable – so we suppose they’ll be off somewhere else. We do think it possible that Ash;ey wanted investment from them, but we take Mike at his word when he says he will not sell the club.

However, we need much more investment for new players from Mile, or somebody else right now.

And what exactly is it that makes the English football journalist stories always so sensationalized – and usually so untrue?

But all of this is not helping Newcastle, Ashley, or anybody else at the club, let’s be clear about that.

Newcastle United have to work out a much better way of communicating what’s going on – and use it with their fans. Saying nothing just doesn’t work, and that’s been proved many times this summer, and since Ashley took over.

We need a Kevin Keegan type person to speak for the Board of Directors, but keeping quiet and saying nothing plays right into the hands of the gossip newspapers, that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.

63 comments so far

  • deepak

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #1

    yeah first comment.kinda thought it was too good to be true for a newcastle fan especially for a one in India

  • AndyNUFC

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Can Newcastle not take legal action for the completely unfounded lies that are printed about them? Seriously?

  • Toon1978

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #3

    There is still “PROFITABLE” who have been very quiet.

  • ObaFan2

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    What a surprise, NOTW BS story on a Sunday…. and how many bloggers were already spending the reported £150 million on players and writing off KK!

    Why be so naive and gullable and believe the rubbish they print!!!!!

  • WesToon

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #5

    i dnt know how much longer us TOON fans must suffer…Its getting beyond Fekking Ridiculous this is….where the F***ing hell Is Colo???

  • James

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #6

    Profitable have also denied talks. Both parties said the stuff in the paper was utter nonsense.

    Let’s sue the News of The world! More lies

  • Toon1978

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #7

    SO WHAT Obafan2 we can all dream cant we.

  • Barry Bumhead

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Sir Bob knew and understood that the geordie people needed to know what went on at the club and he was brilliant at PR, as he also proved when he was boss at Barcelona.
    Ashley needs to grasp this fact.

    This so called turn around about the Indian turnover does not suprise me in the least especially as it comes from “sister” newspaper which constantly seem to have an agenda against NUFC for whatever reason.
    People from Newcastle should follow the example of scousers and boycott that filthy muck spreading rag of a newspaper.

  • Matt

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #9

    ObaFan2 // Aug 4, 2008 at 11:03

    What a surprise, NOTW BS story on a Sunday…. and how many bloggers were already spending the reported £150 million on players and writing off KK!

    Why be so naive and gullable and believe the rubbish they print!!!!!


    Because they’re idiots.

    “I want Berbatov, Eto’o, Robinho, Arshavin, Puyol and Kaka”


  • beessi-kosovo

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #10

    hope to be true..if he gets nufc i think that he will buy player much better than is buying ashey

  • Toon1978

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Matt, who mentioned them players mate, i was looking more towards Bullard, Lennon and Shorey .

  • Midjew

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #12

    Just Cos they SAY they aint buying that does NOT mean they will not buy the club.

    Not that i believe it.

    BUT it could still be true

  • Matt

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Ashleys already said he’s looking for investment NOT to sell so I don’t see why the papers keeps spouting this rubbish. Can they not focus on something else?

  • valle

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #14

    Andy… Any news from your source?

  • valle

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #15

    To be true i didnt know if i wanted it… Some of the charm goes out the window when a club can just throw money after players in Chelsea style… Also if MA adds a creative mid and a left back then i have been happy with our transfers even tho our net spend is an ordenary 20 million.

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #16

    The bulls*it,lies and spin that surrounds our club is just madness.

    Obviously the board can’t spend all day explaining what is true and what is not but like it has been mentioned communication must be a priority at the club as the silence and uncertainty is massive right now.

    Where is this “24 hr” signing we where told about on friday?

  • ToonEskimo

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #17

    I think wor Kev and Mike look like they’ve been taking illegal substances they are that happy, do they know something we don’t? I now take what KK says with a pinch of salt as usually the word definitely turns out to mean hopefully, didn’t think he was into stringing us fans along, oh and while I’m on can you send Smith back in that single seat Cessna aircraft that is sitting on the end of runway 2 as I type, I’m just making some modifications to the fuel lines.

  • No!!!! Buy us Anil!

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #18

    Oh well, looks like we are in for many more penny pinching transfer windows.

    Mark my words, if we go into our first home game without any significant improvement in terms of quality, I will personally give the fat man some advice right to his face

  • James

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #19

    Shorey is going to Portsmouth – no bids from Newcastle – confirmed by Reading.

    I still think we pay the £6 million asking price for Warnock for left back

    Then buy a top class creative midfielder, and a striker.

    3 players minimum needed before season starts.

  • darren grech MALTA

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #20

    wath about COLUCCINI ed ?

    thats the most interesting thing at the moment

    hope we will sign at least 4 more players

    the way KEEGAN talked to nufctv when asked about transfers didn’t gave me good impresion that we are going to see the new faces KEEGAN realy want

    hope i’m wrong but thats my fealing

  • Ericles

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #21

    Once again the gutter London media have taken it upon themselves to lie about NUFC and Ashley’s intentions. I believe there is a deliberate campaign of destabilisation afoot in order to maintain a newspaper selling gambit based on keeping interest in the top four and the challenging southern clubs. We must ignore all of this periodic tripe that gets served up each and every Sunday. Spewed out like an unwanted Saturday kebab and alcopop onto the pavements and gutters of Canary Wharf. True though- we need some better communication from our own club. It seems our recruitment team suits and board members rely too much on emails and mobile phones. Down to earth mateys and talk straight to the fans. We talk straight with you! Keep talking KK.

  • tony

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #22

    southern press again trying to stir the shi_te ,they are trying to mess newcastles plans in the transfer market.

  • AndyNUFC

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #23

    Nah Valle not right now sorry mate, it’s actually my mate who knows the insider, i’ll ask him today if he’s heard anything.

  • Ian

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #24

    As each contract ends and players leave on free transfers I cannot see the current rate of spending on incoming transfers keeping the club in the premiership.

    I havent sat down and worked out what is required each season but I guess it has to be around £20-25m above sales just to stand still, that would only be around 10% of the capital value of the club each summer transfer, remembering that a percentage of this value are player contracts.

    So far we havent spent £15m in two summer transfer windows.

    The friendlies were a good indication of our quality and depth of team during injuries, no goals, I am not so much bothered if we lost a friendly if it was 4-3, or 4-2, but we didnt score a goal from anywhere, that is a worry.

    I wished someone was interested, but I cant imagine a lot of businessmen who have reputations to upkeep going in to partnership with Ashley, his word appears to be worthless, example Allerdyce, Keegan and the few statements which have been less than truthful.

    I just saw a press article saying that Ashley is starting to make Fat Freddy look professional!!!

    Not words any of us would have used for Freddy!

  • Nick Dryden

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #25

    So wish it had been true. Can’t see anything but continuing mediocrity now. This is epitomised by Barton who has never once said sorry and is still in a job and stil on 65k a week even though we ourselves might have to suspend him for 3 months !

  • Hobs

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #26

    Relax folks, the signings will come! But everyone should understand how hard it is to get players at the right prize. Mike knows how to make money, and to make money in Newcastle he WILL need us to play european football.

    I feel I’m the only one here who has faith in the way the club handles transfers these days. Most of the transfers every year comes at the very end of the transfer window, when more clubs know how they stand and which players they may let go. Clubs that has a replacement for their star player may let them go for less money than if their whole team relys on that individual.

    Apart from what income UEFA football will bring us I think every position we advance in the league is worth about £500k-1mill in prize money. If we do not manage to get into europe then the absolute maximum of money we will get is a £5mill extra income this season. That is less than Mike spent last summer, and the club did not progress at all!

    If you people want the club to keep spending rediculous amounts of money then you should welcome Fat Fred back, or at least take a look at how the club performed even when we bought players for more than £20mill a year. Now look at the depts Fred left us with, we would have been the new Leeds by now if it wasn’t for Mike Ashley!

    I have no doubt that Mike want the club to perform, but we must all remember that this is his personal money he is spending, and he will not spend that money if he do not feel he vill get value for them. Signings will come, and they will be clever signings, not panic buys. Our best lineup is actually pretty good, and they will do the job till the end of the month.

    I know we haven’t spent much money yet, but not many clubs have done that. Everyone here must be careful with critism of Mike Ashley, boo boys is what eventually becomes the end of every manager we have, and it could be the end of Mike Ashley too if we don’t appreciate what he’s doing for the club.
    I am really tired of the “someone please come buy us the league trophy” attitude , we are a bottom half club now and we have to act and spend as one. Be patient and the good times will come! 😀

  • normski1930z

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #27

    god am gutted…… i really really hoped there was something in this….

  • Nick Dryden

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #28

    I love what Ashley has / is doing with our club but it’s not every day the 2nd richest man in india is rumoured to be buying our club.
    can’t blame for me dreaming.

  • 51times

    Aug 4, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #29

    How depressing.

  • Eyeball

    Aug 4, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Ridiculous!!! Why is it always us that gets linked with such tripe??? I read these rags everyday just to see what crap the dig up about us…Makes me sick that its the same papers and usually the same writers that have it in for us…

    We are a big club, we will be back up there!!!

    Cmon King Kev Get the Geordies entertaining again!!!

  • Hobs

    Aug 4, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #31

    The London clubs get all the best players anyway. We would end up with the same players we can get today, but pay £20mill for each of them and give them £150k a week! No matter how many millions we have! 😀

  • BenjiToon

    Aug 4, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #32

    Well, well, well. What a surprise! Is anyone else absolutely sick of the London based media doing this? I totally disagree that it is because Ashely and co are quiet. Freddy was a blabbermouth, and it was no better then. Remember the “I’d carry Owen on my back” fiasco?

    We’ve been an easy target for far too long. Why? Four reasons:

    1) we aren’t in London or Manchester, where national media have offices, but we still get the 3rd highest gates in the Premiership and have a following that is more loyal than almost any other club. Supporters of other clubs who can;t boast the same are, frankly, jealous.

    2) previous regimes (pre-Hall, Shepherd & Douglas Hall) and players (Bowyer, Bellamy, Dyer, now Barton) have been caught in scandals. We have a recent record of creating the wrong kind of front and back page headlines. Sadly.

    3) we, rightly, believe we should be among the top achievers in English football…because the club’s turnover is big, because we have such loyal support, because we have a tremendous history. But we haven’t won anything for such a long time that the current crop of jounos just don’t get that. They think we’re mad to aspire. That’s a sad endictment of their own menatlity not ours.

    4) Having been a big spending club dogged by public intruigue at every turn, and who didn’t win a trophy, we’re now taking a different approach – spend less, get more young talent, avoid pointless statements, only speak when something is confirmed. Considering how often a ‘club insider’ used to be quoted with some rubbish or other on Sky Sports…well that change has got to p*ss a few people off.,

    I for one much prefer the new direction. I think we just have to weather the storm from those hacks down south until the team start delivering and turning attention back to the football.

    Oh and another thing to conclude my rant…

    ToonEskimo: “I now take what KK says with a pinch of salt as usually the word definitely turns out to mean hopefully”. Are you basing that on things you actually heard Kev say, or the way they are printed in the press? He’s hardly said definitely at all…more like “We hope to have 2 in by weekend, but you never know”. That sort of thing.

    Also, he’s clearly stated he’s not the one doing the signing – that’s Wise. So how can he set deadlines? Bit harsh to say you don’t trust him mate. He’s the only one honest enough to say top eight would be good for us this season.

    With KK we can build our reputation and the quality of our football again. Hold firm and keep the faith lads. Ignore the gutter press and trust what you see and hear at St James, and no one else.

  • ObaFan2

    Aug 4, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #33

    NOTW make up a story and before you know it the media around the world carry the story like it’s gospel.
    We in the North East should realise by now not to believe 95% if not more of the press speculation like the 200+ players we’ve been linked with and selling the club to the likes of Bin Laden family etc.

    I am disappointed the “press” are allowed to write such garbage and get away with it, also sell lots of papers on the strength of stories like these.

  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 4, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #34

    Ashley has already stated that he wants investers!..FACT!..
    …So the rags just spin any old BULSH & 2+2=STORY, therefore readers, therefore CASH SALES!..

    …We may as well just make our own STORIES/FABLES/FANTASY up!..

  • Hertz

    Aug 4, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Sue NOTW

  • staffsmag

    Aug 4, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #36

    Hobs – very well said mate ! I agree with you the club financially is better than it has been for many a year. Have faith in Mike Ashley and KK. The toon will entertain again !!! Howay the lads 🙂

  • staffsmag

    Aug 4, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #37

    Send this to the Sun – Berbatov spotted at St James’ Park !!!! LOL Being driven by Arshavin and Eto was also seen in the boot of the car !!!! lmfao 🙂

  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 4, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #38

    Staffsmag… 😀
    …That’s what i’m talkin’ about!..

  • xfer

    Aug 4, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #39

    “The sixth richest man in the world”

    I would welcome that.

  • Campo67

    Aug 4, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #40

    as ashley said a month ago, he is looking for investors to buy 5 or 10% of his stake to help him out a little. he aint gonna sell, only small percentages will be sold. get a grip, it bullcrap anyway, NOTW writes crap. have they actually ever written anything remotly true?


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