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Chinese Billionaire And Local Group Interested In Newcastle

2:09 pm, Sunday, September 14th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 185 Comments

The Mail and Telegraph are both reporting today that Mike Ashley is very likely to sell Newcastle United, and in the short term.

Xu Rongmao - Chairman of the Shimao Group

With the Newcastle fans so against the current regime, it’s difficult to see how they can carry on, in the atmosphere of hate that surrounds Newcastle right now.

It’s said that Ashley has already tried to make contact with representatives of Dubai International Capital, who were leading the ongoing bid to buy Liverpool until the project was personally taken over by Sheik Maktoum.

And it could be that Ashley’s attempt to get Keegan back on board could be connected with one of the two potential bidders, who are currently said to be interested in buying the club.

One potential buyer is Chinese property billionaire Xu Rongmao, who is reported to have plans to expand St James’ Park and redevelop the surrounding area. It is also understood that he would want Kevin Keegan as his manager.

There are only 10 known billionaires in China, and he is one of them, but he is said to be no Donald Trump – he’s bigger. Mr. Xu is the chairman of the Shimao Group, controls much more land than any private developer in America, and builds luxury real estate projects that put even Mr. Trump to shame for their sheer scale and flamboyance.

However, Mr. Xu almost never grants interviews and is highly secretive about his operations. Who does that remind Newcastle fans of?

There has also emerged a group of North East businessmen who are also said to be mounting an effort to buy the club.

Sources claim a group of North-East businessmen, with the financial capability to raise the money necessary to buy Ashley out, are sniffing around and may mount a bid for the club. They could always ask for £1K from fans to build their cash assets, as we’re sure quite a few fans would be willing to do that, in order that local people own the club.

Either way, the sooner this happens the better, because the current lot in charge are showing no leadership or management skills at all in running the club.

The bad news is the Newcastle club is like a ship drifting in the ocean, and going nowhere in particular.

The good news is it’s still afloat.

Comments welcome.



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185 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dan13 // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    GO FOR IT

  • 2 fraser 2k8 // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Gr8, the sooner the cokney mafia out better. Like the Chinese guys idea!

  • 3 xfer // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    If the North-East group needs our cash to build up the cash assets just to buy over from Mike, how are we to compete in the transfer? More donations?

  • 4 Lew Davies // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Oh please.!!!
    North east business men TRYING to raise the cash….
    This has got to be the biggest load of twaddle ever, surely.
    This is no way forward.

    Now a chinese billionaire sounds vey nice indeed!!!!!
    Yes please.

  • 5 Lew Davies // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Just make it soon

  • 6 toonfan // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    this story is doing the rounds….

  • 7 Fans Should Own the Club // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Another billionaire. Hooray! Prince Charming WILL come and save us!

    Keep dreaming. Unaccountable money men won’t solve the problem.

    100 pound club shares?
    Vote for the board & President?
    Fan control of the club?
    Now you’re talking…

    http://www.savenewcastle.com/7.html

  • 8 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Id rather have a ‘cockney’ than the the scum of the earth, the chinese running the club.

  • 9 toonfan // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    a local businessman was on another forum last week telling every1 about this proposal so this local buy out does have some credability

  • 10 TOON LAD // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    mike ashley is richer than the chinese dude

  • 11 Fans Should Own the Club // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Oh! Goody! Another billionaire Prince Charming to come and save us!

    It’s a bigger pipe dream to think unaccountable billionaires will save us than it is to organize and buy the club ourselves.

    100 pound shares in the club?
    Fans vote on board members and President?
    Fan control of the club?
    Now we’re talking.

    http://www.savenewcastle.com/7.html

    It ain’t perfect, but it’s better than “Save us Mr. Random Billionaire! You’re our only hope!”

  • 12 graeme // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    As long as they have the integrity that Mike Ashley and his cohorts lack, I really dont mind who takes over.

    If it puts a stop to the current ridiculous state of affairs at SJP then it has to be a GOOD thing for everyone that matters – The Club, The Players and The Fans.

    It might even make MA a few quid but thats irrelevant.

  • 13 SteveM // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Sounds like out of the frying pan into the fire if you ask me. Chinese property developers arnt esp renouned for their human rights record – we could see some luxery flats being built on St James’ Park if we are not careful. Consortium of local businessmen sounds better but £250 million is an awful lot of money to raise and I wouldnt be happy if the club had to go into major debt to finance the purchase. Trouble is MA can sell to whoever he wants to – if he bails out it wont be with any love for the fans so he’ll sell to highest bidder no matter what the bidder’s plans for the club are.

  • 14 Taxi For ASHLEY!!(GG7) // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    so why are chinese the scum of the earth then tom toon?

  • 15 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    all animal abusers.

    not to bothered about their human rights, people have the power, animals dont.

  • 16 Tom // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    I’ve been though the good and bad times in the last 22 years of supporting newcastle. I’ll always love the toon. but storys of offloading us to a rich chinese business man is something I never thought would happen. I’ll follow us to the confrence if it all went tits up (touch wood) but its all starting to just seem soulless. Some might say its been like that for a while, and thats their opinion, but ive never felt this angry and betrayed, even when shepherd sacked bobby and brought in souness, I held back my anger. Something is wrong with football, something is very wrong. Nothing will be done about it because people are too rich. Sad times

    If this man is as intent on development as it hints he would be, It’d show more than Ashley has so far with his inability to develop the first team so that 4 games in we line up with no recognised full backs, and 4 youth players on the bench. At the moment I’d take anyone just to get Ashley out, but that could lead to a bigger problem later.

    As always for us fans its just a case of keep on keeping on.

  • 17 davef // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    More bollocks from the leading ragtops who in there right mind would buy us. and if the chinese man is so anti interview how do we know he is interested, this glass is not half full it is defo half empty!!!!! MA and co will still be here this time next year!!!

  • 18 Nick 69 // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    id rather have chinese owner than a bunch of cockney w*nkers anyday, cockneys along with makems r without a doubt the scum of the earth

  • 19 KK FOREVER (Ross) // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    tom toon-i preferr to think of rapists, murderers, child abusers etc as the scum of the earth, not the chinese. thats a rather ridiculous statement you’ve just made there son.

  • 20 jules // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    I can’t believe the prejudiced comments being made about any group of people. Dont believe the press/media, just because someone is Chinese it does not mean that individual has a bad human rights record. Dont confuse Governments with individuals!
    You want more of the same from stand up guys like Ashley ? they can be trusted cant they ? LOL
    Lets be honest though any businessman wherever they are from is going to be looking for something in return for investment in any club.

  • 21 TOON LAD // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    http://extras.timesonline.co.uk/world2008.pdf

    SOME ONE BUY US

  • 22 Atoonlad // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Me Love Chinese Long Time !

  • 23 ToonStar // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    TOON LAD

    where did you get your info from? This chinese guy is 3 times richer than mike ashley

  • 24 Alex // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Does anybody actually know who these North-East business men are . How much they are worth and do they have the necessary funds to bring in new players ?

  • 25 TOON LAD // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Warren BuffET

  • 26 TOON LAD // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Warren Buffett

  • 27 zeetoon // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    please BUY our club Mr. XU!!!

  • 28 geordie // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    EVERY RICH CONSORTIUM AND THEIR PETS ARE GOING TO BE MENTIONED NOW. SAME AS PROSPECTIVE BUYS IN THE TRANSFER MARKET.WORLD CLASS LINKS BUT NO MARKS BOUGHT. IF WE ARE TO BOUGHT AGAIN ANIL ABNANI IS THE MAN TO CHANGE THE FACE OF THE CLUB FOR THE BETTER,LINKED NUMEROUS TIMES OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS, AND WILLING TO PUT HIS HAND IN HIS POCKET.

  • 29 Hadrian // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Xu Rongmao

    US$7.03 billion (2007).

    i wouldnt be so comfortbale tbh , maybe its a case of the better the devil you know /shrug .

    anil ambani was a better investor imo .

    and this group of local businessmen , as long as they didnt plan to run at to much of a profit , and benifited of all the other perks that come with your own club , then id like to see that route taken myself .
    with a better ran set of accounts , there could be alot of money left over each season to invest in the squad .

  • 30 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    commentsssssssssss

  • 31 Simon // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    I’m afraid Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway only use the value investing method, buying a company that is undervalued., and they only buy companies they can understand.
    NUFC..no chance.

    Would love a North East consortium takeover, but I can’t see it.

  • 32 Paul // Sep 14, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    If Xu Rongmao were to take over, this would be a very sinister development. I for one don’t want anyone who has such close ties with the Chinese government.

  • 33 Nick 69 // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    a north east consortium would be nice, but at the end of the day we could not possibly compete in the transfer market, i mean by what ive read it will be a stuggle to get the money to buy the club together never mind a decent transfer budget.
    anil ambani said one of the reason he pulled out is because he was unable to hold any constructive talks, get him up here for a meeting and he may well revive his interest!!!!

  • 34 graeme // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    There are some good footballers coming out of China – we would be 1st in line for a shed load of cheap players!!!!!

    And the shirts would be cheaper as well!!!

    Ying Tong United anyone lol???

  • 35 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Name some good footballers coming out of China.

    Zheng Zhi is good and Yu Dabao of Benfica is promising and they have this goalie who had a trial at Inter, the rest are shocking.

  • 36 Leo // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    animal rights? tom toon you have out done yourself, usually sensible comments from you, you cannot tarnish a person with the same brush as a whole nation due to where he is from

    otherwise us all on hear would hate you being from cambridge

  • 37 Gonufc // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Would far prefer Ambani, he seems more genuinely interested in Newcastle rather than ‘property development’.

  • 38 gosh // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Chinise is a good idea.
    There is a MASSIVE MARKET AT CHINA!
    THIS WILL HELP THE CLUB TO MOVE ONE BIG STEP FORWARD

  • 39 hitman // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    this is a year old,dont know how much he haS earned since like…….Property developer Xu Rongmao has a fortune of $2.1 billion. Xu Rongmao is a well-connected risk-taker and among the first generation of real estate magnates in China. Xu, the chairman of the Shimao Group, controls much more land than any private developer in America and builds luxury real estate projects that put even Trump to shame for sheer scale and flamboyance. But, unlike Trump, who is never at a loss for words, Xu almost never grants interviews and is highly secretive about his operations. By all accounts, Xu is a pioneer, willing to take big gambles. Through Shimao, he created one of China’s first luxury real estate brands. He bought prime land in Shanghai in the late 1990s when others were fleeing the market. Now, with housing prices rising, the Shimao Group is so profitable that Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are preparing to take the company public in 2006.

  • 40 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Leo – I aint from Cambridge, i was born in Newcastle, I justmlive in Cambridge.

    Chinese are scum, especially this guy, connections with the scum thatn they call a government.

  • 41 hitman // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    ed must of got part of his script where i did yahoo

  • 42 ANDYGLOSTOON // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Another bull**** story doing the rounds!

  • 43 Toon_Ksk // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    There is reason to fear that the club will be passed from one bad owner to another. Who can guarantee that when Ashley sells the club, the club will be in a better state?

    For those who kept calling out for the Indian billionaire, who is actually certain that he will be generous in transfer funds and bring us success at the same time?

    I think it is fair to say that the fans should own the club, however and unfortunately, it is not possible.

    Let’s see how this drama unfold. Will the Messiah comes back? Will we have a new and better manager? Will we have a new owner? Will the new owner be worse or better?

  • 44 roscoe // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    No Thanks! Next please…

  • 45 seetow // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    tom, that’s not a very nice thing to say. i’m chinese, i live in singapore but my race is chinese. not all chinese are scum, that’s just a generalisation. not very nice at all, even though i would rather ambani own the club. still, both indians and chinese are known to be stingy

  • 46 cause I got the girth // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    you guys saw this?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3bqyVQoN0k&feature=related

    couldnt stop laughin and the bloke in the video sum our fans up right now: tits!

  • 47 MichaelOWaN // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    I dont know why whenever we are link with a takeover, the prospective new owners are interested in getting KK back. But anyway, I hope this news is true. Im all for an Asian-takeover of the club, actually Im all for anyone taking over the club right now considering he have the cash to invest in new players.

  • 48 Tom // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    tom_toon

    Normally agree with what alot of your comments mate, but your attitude towards the Chinese seems rather racist tbh! You can’t discriminate against an entire race purely through the actions of a few.

    There are plenty of English people, scientists for example, who hold the rights of man over the rights of animals. Should we therefore view ourselves as scum of the earth?

  • 49 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    seetow – no it isn’t very nice and ts nothing personal, people generalise about everybody and everything and i will here when the majority of chinese people dont care for animals right and their goverment doesn’t care for human rights.

    Is it nice for an animal that has done nothing to be skinned alive and even when they are skinned left there to bleed and infect to death.

  • 50 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Tom – Actions of a few?!?!!? Animal abuse is rife in China.

  • 51 Paul // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    I saw the “boycoutt” on the tv unfortunately.

  • 52 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Yes, all animal abusers are absolute scum, only child abusers are just as bad.

    Rapists and urderes are nowhere near as bad as animal abusers and child abusers.

    I live near Huntingdon lLife Sciences and if i actually knew and saw one of the people who perform the kind of actions on animals they do i wouldn’t be in 2 minds about a possible stabbing.

  • 53 Ashton // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    tom toon is homo

  • 54 gosh // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/29/business/worldbusiness/29titans.html
    Interesting?

  • 55 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    If I am honest, if I could kill, even massacre these animal abusers and get away with it I’d definitely do it.

  • 56 Toon_Ksk // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 14:22

    Id rather have a ‘cockney’ than the the scum of the earth, the chinese running the club.

    Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 14:28

    all animal abusers.

    not to bothered about their human rights, people have the power, animals dont.

    -So all Chinese are animal abusers and there are no British animal abusers?

    Tom_Toon, you clearly need to travel more.

    Human rights? Reminds me of Guantánamo Bay.

  • 57 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Toon_Ksk – I think you need to read comments above mate.

  • 58 Gonufc // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Tom_Toon, i don’t think u quite understand the situation in China, You expect the public to do mass animal protests in that country?? Do you not realise what would happen to those people?

  • 59 Leo // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    well but you surely get my point.

    also mike ashley has some seriously bad connections also, and isnt too bothered about screwing everyone over to get what he wants, ala the shirt fiasco.

    “Is it nice for an animal that has done nothing to be skinned alive and even when they are skinned left there to bleed and infect to death.”

    you seen pictures of the guy skinning animals alive, which animals do they do this to? and since you seem to be in the know, why do they do this, must be a reason?

  • 60 Toon Chicken // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    I have never been so embarrassed to call myself a Geordie.

    “Boycoutt the club”? What a bunch of spackers! Same as those idiots with their “cockney mafia” banner. Had they forgotten that there was a game going on right behind them and the players needed their support?

    Keegan is no messiah – he is a Yorkshire fraudster cashing in on the mindless idolism of a bunch of clueless muppets.

    Have any of you Keegan botters heard the saying be careful what you wish for? No, didn’t think so.

  • 61 HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    although Anil Ambani has stated he has pulled out of discussions with NUFC because of the turmoil that is at present in the city! to look at the possibility of buying everton!!
    I would love to see someone like Ambani rethink his decision and re-look at the possibility of buying NUFC!!!

    Ive heard a great deal of positives that lead me to believe he would be exactly what we are looking for and need!

    JUST HOPE HE MAKES A U-TURN! AS THE WAY THINGS ARE HEADING WE NEED MORE THAN A CONSORRTIUM OF FANS AND LOCAL BUSINESS MEN INVOLVED!

  • 62 Phil,Gosforth // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    TomToon – shame on you,man.

    Seetow – are you Mandarin or Cantonese?
    Your name is funny if you’re Cantonese :D:D

  • 63 joe // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    D I C would be the best, Maktoum has no qualms in buying horses for 20 million dollars so a lb should be no bother!!!

  • 64 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Leo – I have seen footage of this attrocious behaviour, they do it to any animals with fur that they can sell.

    Id rather starve to death and/or lie in squaller than skin an animals alive for money, but i’d kill an animal for food, no qualms abou that as if animals were the dominant species they’d try and eat us.

  • 65 Tom // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Animal abuse is rife in many countries unfortunately.

    You should not judge their entire race, population and culture based on that. It is not fair.

  • 66 welsh toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    i would ov donated the £500 i put on us 2 win yesterday if i knew about this, beans on toast 4 me all week now : (

  • 67 ed_speed // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    this would also improve the quality of the buffets on china town, not that they need improving.

    if china town is anything to go by, i’m all for these chinese men.

    by the way, ho buffet is by far the best one.

    regards,
    ed

  • 68 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Tom – China is by FAR the worst.

  • 69 Gonufc // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Tom_Toon, i don’t understand what you want. Do you want people to try and do something about or do you want everyone to just condemn all Chinese? Any sort of action against the government by the people would result in more pointless deaths which you are apparently against.

  • 70 Toon Chicken // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    ed_speed – before you wreck anymore bedsheets “boycoutt” is actually spelt “boycott”

  • 71 Nick 69 // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    since when did this become an animal rights blog anyway? oh yeah, it didnt.

    and by the way ed harrison, you should ban anyone who makes racist comments such as tom toon

  • 72 Ricky // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Shut up!!!Tom_Toon.
    I used to think that fans of Newcastle United are the best in the world…
    Your comments made me sick. I’m proud of my country–China,and I’m proud of being a fan of Newcatle United.
    I don’t know why you are so hostile to my country.Just stop your “scum” comments!!!

  • 73 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Gonufc – In an ideal world i want every animal abuser to be line up against a wall and tortured, after 4 weeks of starvation, needles in the eyes, bear whippings and i want each limb to be cut of separetly and then for them to rot to their death.

    That is what i want.

    Im saying everyone generalises these days and China is the country that abusers animals right the most by far in the world.

  • 74 seetow // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    hey phil, gosforth (:

    hahaha actually cantonese is just a dialect among the many chinese dialects (but yeah, i’m cantonese!)

    well in singapore, animal abuse is definitely not tolerated and we have many animal activist groups who stand up for the rights of animals.

    tom, pleaes don’t generalise against all chinese in this world. yes, in mainland china, they are run by a communist and authoritarian government, where any form of protestation against animal abuse would spell trouble for them. it’s not really fair to label all chinese as animal abusers.

    surely you wouldn’t blame me for abusing dennis wise, that animal? ;)

  • 75 Tom // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    China may be bad, but thats still no reason to condemn their entire populace. Quite simply, its unfair!

  • 76 Gonufc // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Anyway, Tom_Toon, if all Chinese are scum then surely that includes the animals too? A geographic game of chance surely seals their fate as deserving it if they’re that awful.

    Pandas are the worst, the bastards.

  • 77 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Nick – its not a racist comment you fool, its a generalistation, im talking about animal abusers, i said i would murder all english, american, italian animal abusers if i could get awat with it.

    And if indeed Ed is banning people for being racist, why is 51 times still here?

  • 78 doaa Getta job doaa getta job! YEAH! // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    that link is class on you tube daft twats how can anyone take us seriously! muppets!

  • 79 Paul // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Tom_Toon you got that wrong, people DON’T generalise about everybody and everything, only bigots like you do that!

  • 80 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Maybe i shouldn’t have said ‘they are the scum of the earth’, bu this prospecive owner certainly is as he has a relationship with the chnese government who should all be hung.

  • 81 Gonufc // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Hey Tom_toon we’re all animals, and you’re certainly abusing me by being so boring.

  • 82 Phil,Gosforth // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Seetow – yeah I reckoned you were Cantonese by your name :D I have a lot of Cantonese m8′s so knew what it meant :D LOL.

  • 83 ed_speed // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    toon chicken, shut up, or you will end up with the other chickens, in the sweet ans sour chicken balls served up in ho buffet.

    regards,
    ed

  • 84 The Corner // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Tom_Toon – who gives a f*ck about a few bunny rabbits etc, for you to say that a animal abuser is worse than a rapist is sick, i know a girl who has been raped and i’d rather kill any animal myself than see any women go through it, you little wanka.

  • 85 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    an animal abuser is far worse than rapist, at least human can defend themselves.

  • 86 seetow // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    hahaha phil, awesome! but i don’t speak a word of cantonese though ): living in singapore, a country that is riding on the wave of globalisation, i must say my english is much better than my chinese. HAHAHAHA

    actually tom, that’s true. most of these wealthy chinese businessmen will have links within the government because corruption in china is rife. and i wouldn’t want him as the owner because he is likely to be in it as a business venture, not so much as to pump funds into the club.

  • 87 HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    the Corner -have you still go Anil Ambani e-mail address! just gutted if it is true he know wants to buy everton!?

  • 88 Toon Chicken // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    wipe your chin ed_speed – you’re dribbling again.

  • 89 Phil,Gosforth // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Tom Toon,get a grip man and take 5 mins to ponder what you’re gonna say b4 every reply dood.

  • 90 Fandi // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Admin, please ban Tom_Toon for making rascist remarks.

  • 91 Ricky // Sep 14, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Tom_Toon,I suggest you visit China one day.I believe you’ll never make these comments then.Some western medias have made some adverse issues against China.Every country has its down side.Many medias exaggerated them.They are not ture!!

  • 92 The Corner // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    HPS – Yeah mate; anil.ambani@relianceada.com

    Phone; +91 22 3037 5522, +91 22 3037 5534

    fax; +91 22 3037 5577

    !!!!!!!!

  • 93 Phil,Gosforth // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    seetow // Sep 14, 2008 at 15:55

    hahaha phil, awesome! but i don’t speak a word of cantonese though ):

    Ah i see.Your English is fine! :D.You DON’T wanna know what you’re name means in Cantonese though lol :D

  • 94 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Why would i want to go to China, the majority of it is a hole.

  • 95 pedro // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    tomtoon,piss off u bell end going on about animal abuse,this is a football site.

  • 96 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Fandi – How are they racist you idiot.

  • 97 Seymour Butts // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    eh lads lets keep it about football we all have views on this sort of thing, but if youre looking for an arguement about animal abuse i suggest you find an appropriate youtube video and slag off the sick f*** who uploaded it. every nation has its faults, england is hardly the garden of eden is it.

  • 98 The Corner // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Tom_Tool, oops i mean Toon, i just squashed a spider; sue me!

  • 99 SteveM // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    tom_toon you are out of order – comments that are blatantly racist like calling the chinese the scum of the earth should have no place in a Newcastle united forum. Blatantly racist fans are a disgrace to any foorball club.

    Having seen what tom toon has written I feel i need to qualify my comments – Over the last 10 years there has been a property construction boom in china as a result of which many innocent chinese families have been evicted from their land often violently – occasionally videos leek out showing people being beaten up by property developers. This is not to say that all chinese property developers behave in the same way but since tenant rights are not strong in china I would like to know more about Mr Xu whether or not his company has carried out any actions that would be illegal in this country, and whether he has been a supporter of human rights abuses by the chinese government or simply kept his head down.

    Thirdly, it seems to have escaped everyones notice that not one of the new billionaire owners of premiership clubs is making anything like a decent return on their investment. For example £250 million would be expected to earn £20-£50million per anum on average invested in the market. This means that the billionaire owners are investing in the clubs as
    a) a vanity project/ fun challenge
    b) a political move with great access to the media
    c) for profit from a future change to the game that will boost earning substantially. Look at the PL’s proposals for the foreign matchdays – or listen to Man City’s chairman’s comments about setting up a US Style league.
    I fear that the PL may turn into the first world soccer league with all the best players and teams ripped up from their homes and transplanted into the major population centres around the world.

    I feel that the dream of a geordie club for a geordie nation is dead. Newcastle United needs to forge a new relationship with its local fans that does not isolate its non-local fans, owner, players, and staff.

  • 100 ToonSg // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    fandi, you are from singapore?

  • 101 Ricky // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Alright,whatever you say.
    BUT,If Mr.Xu bought Newcastle United,people like you would never have the access to St.James Park. I promise you.

  • 102 ObaFan2 // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Although I would say that the Chinese governments human rights record is a disgrace, I and many do not agree with Tom Toon’s rather narrow minded comments about China, it’s country and it’s people.

    I appretiate fans of football all around the world and hope that people are not offended by the comments on this thread made by some posters.

  • 103 ed_speed // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    toon chicken = racist/ cheshire cat

  • 104 xfer // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Tom, not everyone does that. Im chinese, living in Singapore, and its common to have pets here, and they do love their pets alot.

    Are the chinese the only ones abusing animals? Dont think so.

  • 105 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    As I said to seetow, im not trying to offend anyone and its nothing personal.

    I do not believe my coments are racist either as i do not have a racist bone in my body.

    My comments are against animal abusers everywhere.

    My original comment: ‘the chinese are scum of the earth’ is wrong however I still say China has by far the worst animal and human rights record in the world, maybe i shouldn’t make generalisations like this but if this man did indeed buy Newcastle and he has connections with the Chinese goverment i would be outraged.

  • 106 ed_speed // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    tom – legend

    chicken – coward. villain.

  • 107 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    comments gone again.

  • 108 normski1930z // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    tom you have obviously never been to china whereas i have been on many occasions and you state that the majority of it is a hole, well sorry like but it is one of the most beautiful places i have ever been….

  • 109 jez // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    £1000 would be quite alot for most fans and to think 100 of us would only be able to pay michael owens wages it seems a little pointless!! Of course if 50,000 people were willing to pay, then we’d be talking £50,000,000 but that stillw ould be no where near enough to buy the club!!

  • 110 seetow // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    hahah phil, go on tel me, i can take it! ;) HAHAHA.

    toonsg, you from singapore?

  • 111 Ricky // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Chinese government surely have made some mistakes,like any government all around the world,more or less. But our government is always improving,like the Chinese economy.Apparently, most of the western media ignore these brightness. Many foreigners who have visited China were surprised in comparation with the news they heard in their own country.
    The first sight of a thing is always decisive,but one should judge it objectively.

  • 112 Nick 69 // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    tom toon- they very much ARE racist comments, i mean how can you say that saying all chinese are scum of the earth animal abusers is not racist, course it is you fool, and as far as animal abusers being worse than rapists because humans can defend themselves, im sure a lion or tiger or a bear could put up more of a fight against a fully grown man than a woman could

  • 113 gosh // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Tom toon is naive
    He thinks he is mature enough to start the controversy

  • 114 cause I got the girth // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    errrrrr football blog ??? anyone seen one round here??? sure it was round here somewhere!

  • 115 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Ye, ofcourse a lion/tiger could put uyp a fight when they get shot from hundreds of metres way, idiot.

  • 116 pedro // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    tom,why dont you go and find a site about animal abuse and talk about it on there,this is a football blog,plus no one wants to talk to you

  • 117 steve // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    @46 – boycoutt!!! no wonder everybody went to the game, kin idiots

  • 118 KK FOREVER (Ross) // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    tom_toon-how are your comments racist? you just called the chinese race the scum of the earth.
    what sort of nonsense is that!?
    vegitarian organisations along with PETA etc would argue that the british too, are animal abusers. and if you’d seen the footage put out by companies like PETA, you’d be unable against that either.
    normally you’re quite sensible, but you’ve made yourself to look the right fool here.

  • 119 xfer // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    I think this chinese billionaire is alright, but the problem would be his working style, too similiar to that of MA. Once bitten twice shy.

  • 120 Ricky // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Talking about human right,you remind me of Britian colonialism and the Opium War–a crime Britian did to Chinese people.Where is the human right then?
    But what’s my veiw on British?A lovely country besides its weather.That’s it.

  • 121 Gonufc // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Wait i’m confused. Why did Mike Ashley try to rape a lion? I mean just for practicality that’s a poor choice, a zebra would be far easier- plus i’ve heard he likes messin around with black and white things.

  • 122 gorskino10 // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    anyone who will get KK back and LET THE MANGER MANAGE im all for it :D.

  • 123 Nick 69 // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    well tom toon you’re the idiot actually, how can you say that animal abusers are worse than murderers because they cant put up a fight against sumone shooting at them, so if a human is shot at how can they put up a fight you fool.

    face it youve been shown up to be a racist scumbag and theres nothing you can say to defend yourself

  • 124 ToonKing // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    This guy ain’t even that rich….lol….he’s just a tad richer then the Fat One….

  • 125 Nick 69 // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    tom toon- and by the way shooting an animal from hunreds of metres away doesnt count as animal abuse does it you muppet, its hunting and killing an animal not abusing it. animal abuse would be mistreating it and beating it, or making it fight, and in that case, yes they could defend themselves better than a poor woman being raped, theres obviously something wrong with you if you think its more acceptable to rape a fellow human being than kill an animal.

  • 126 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Yes, there is, because I know im not a racist.

    But i agree, my original comment was silly but when thinking about something you feel so passionately about you say things you may regret.

  • 127 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    I dont think either is acceptable but animal abusers are lower than rapsts on a social scale IMO.

  • 128 F T Maxwell // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    “Are the chinese the only ones abusing animals? Dont think so.”

    Heres your answer

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-evening-chronicle/tm_objectid=17103637&method=full&siteid=50081&headline=man-had-sex-with-a-horse-name_page.html

  • 129 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    comments stopped again?

  • 130 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    FT Maxwell – I never said they were i just said it is more accepted, apparent and participated in, in China than any other country.

  • 131 Taxi For ASHLEY!!(GG7) // Sep 14, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    TT- your talking about this when, this is a football blog, just forget about it, its not going to happen anyway.

    your just stereo-typing all chinese blokes to be animal killers though, thats ridiculous, its like saying we are all knife wielding murderers, as we have the most percent of knife crime.

    Anyway i prefer a indian to the chinese!!!!

  • 132 Kowloontoon // Sep 14, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Tom_Toon

    I am a Chinese living in Hong Kong, I am proud to be a Chinese and I love my country. I have been supporting Newcastle United since the first Keegan Era. I am no animal abuser nor am I a rapist, but I take that your comment about all Chinese are scums is directed at me. As you feel that rapists and murderers should be hung, and the soldiers of the Coalition of the Willing are raping and murdering women and children of Iraq and Afganistan. By the same token, should all compatriots of these Coalition of the Willing soldiers be hung too?

    I read this blog everyday but I never comment, it is your comments about us that makes me want to tell you that you are wrong about us. Finally, is it a British law that if one of the family commits rape, all his family are rapists? Have a nice day and howay the Lads.

  • 133 hitman // Sep 14, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    we have done it just been confirmed onssn ashley wants to sell

  • 134 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    I hate both Indian and Chinese, and before anyone get lairy I’m talking about food.

    I love Mexican!

  • 135 Ru // Sep 14, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    @ 72 “Im saying everyone generalises these days”

    sorry, that generalisation made me chuckle! :p

  • 136 Paul // Sep 14, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Ricky, please stop copying and pasting arguments from a Chinese Government propaganda sheet. Blogs all over the world have been ruined by this sinister crap. This is a FOOTBALL blog, not an organ for Chinese government propaganda!

  • 137 Toon Chicken // Sep 14, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    ed_slow – here’s an idea for you mate…

    Next week put some of your dole money aside and buy yourself a dictionary – then go and look the word “racist” up and come back on here and apologise to me.

    You are an embarrassment to the good Geordie nation you gurning muppet.

  • 138 man // Sep 14, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    wow……..

  • 139 man // Sep 14, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    http://www.nufcth.com

  • 140 seetow // Sep 14, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    hmm kowloontoon, do you know what does my cantonese surname mean? phil apparently doesn’t wanna say.

  • 141 Shanghaitoon // Sep 14, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Tom Toon – Sorry mate but your offensive and racist comments are not needed on this site!! I live in Shanghai, China (I’m not Chinese, I’m a Geordie) but you just cannot come out with such a racist comment like that!! You bring shame on every decent Englishman with comments like that. They are people just like you and me!!! Please stick to commenting about football instead of your racist beliefs.

  • 142 azim // Sep 14, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    MA wants to sell the club

  • 143 azim // Sep 14, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    hei u TOM TOON…why u dont want a Chinese ?…Englishmans are not any better..look at MA…

  • 144 Nick C // Sep 14, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    I have to agree with some of the lads on here criticising the supporters yesterday. All that “cockney mafia” stuff was just embarrasing. Makes us look like parochial hillbillies. TBH, I think quite a few of our lot are.

    Some little fcucker pushed past me old man in the bogs after the final whistle, I got him out of the road and whilst I was having a slash he ran in and smacked me from behind, stotting my head off the wall. He then legged it out of the ground.

    Parochial, sly and cowardly. I for one don’t feel great to be a Geordie today.

    Re Tom Toon. He has apologised for the first Chinese comment. Get off your high horses now.

  • 145 Toon Raghav // Sep 14, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    most wanted terrorist ,MA has been heard of hiding in Somalia.As he is already broke he is now celebrating it their.PLzz anybody chinise ,african,australian anyboddy take out of this misery.

  • 146 boater // Sep 14, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Tom Toon ….there is a big world out there beyond your scratch-card bettabuy cues and giro day p*ss ups in boarded-up Byker working men’s clubs.

    People eat horse meat in France… oh no please no more french players… people torture bulls in spain, uh oh should we seriously consider playing xisco again? China has an animal cruelty issue – TRUE — and a human rights issue TRUE – but there is pressure on them by UN – albeit not enough – to increasingly improve these situations…and anyway what has this got to do with football, you imbecile?

  • 147 Gillmag // Sep 14, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Guys
    Confirmation the MA is to sell all over the media now.

    I personallydoen like the idea of a chinese backer beacuse of their Human Rights legacy and have also boycotted watching the Olympics because of this.
    Aniul Ambanisopunds like a better bet if he is still interested.
    Surely the Dubai Group would be even better with their wealth in terms of club investment.
    As a group however the message we sent out yesterday “dont mess with the Geordies” is to be congratulated.
    Pleased to see the back of Wise & Co.
    My gut feeling howeverin all of this mess is that Football has changed forever.

    Who is richest wins….Man City is just the start.

    Bring back playing for your local football club!!!!

  • 148 Gillmag // Sep 14, 2008 at 6:59 PM

    Sorry about the typing

  • 149 Ageordiedoonsooth // Sep 14, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    A geordie consortium would be great but unfortunately it won’t happen. Chinese mafia replacing the Cockney mafia not sure about that either. I just hope for once it’s somebody who REALLY wants to make the club as big as Man U & Chelsea

  • 150 boater // Sep 14, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Tom Toon ….there is a big world out there beyond your scratch-card bettabuy cues and giro day p*ss ups in boarded-up Byker working men’s clubs.

    People eat horse meat in France… oh no please no more french players… people torture bulls in spain, uh oh should we seriously consider playing xisco again? China is not a democracy – which means it doesn’t vote in it’s government Tom Toon. This breeds a lot of hostility and that leads to widespread human rights abuses – particularly with regard to the imprisonment, torture and murder of political dissidents.

    The UN should and could put more pressure on the Chinese government but fails to because it is too concerned with the economic trading implications that would be caused if Western countries were to ‘fall out’ with China.. not to mention their potential military might.

    The best thing we can do (the west) is to encourage China in it’s rapid growth towards a western style liberal capitalist democracy and that means welcoming investment – such as this.
    The more ‘westernised’ they become, the more Chinese people will eventually insist upon more of the freedoms that you and I take for granted… and it won’t be long before they can vote in their own party and leader elect.

  • 151 Toon Raghav // Sep 14, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    anybody else then MA & his associates would do world of good.MA should pack his bag & take his beloved wissey wid him to sunderland.As MA has already partly acheived his target that is destroying the club he should go back their & rest in peace.

  • 152 Gillmag // Sep 14, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    His statement was just trying to go for the family angle so we wont still boycott his shops!!!

    Dont fall for it.

    Pleased to see the back of the fat fecker and his mates

  • 153 keeeguuurn // Sep 14, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    First, I apologise for going off topic

    but TOM TOON you were bang out of order.

    That’s like saying all geordies are shaven headed, beer bellied, dim witted racists but I’m not.

    My wife is chinese and I have lived in Asia for a while now. China does have a lot of issues but hatred is not a solution.

    Back on topic

    If this does happen then there will be a HUGE amount of money generated from new fans in China.

  • 154 Kowloontoon // Sep 14, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    seetow

    I am sorry I do not know your surname, but if it is “seetow” you were talking about I think it means “boss” in Cantonese.

    Cheers!

  • 155 toonfan // Sep 14, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    gillmag well said mate totally agree….so now its a big ahhh sorry cashley alls forgiven sod that….out…in …. local business cosortium with the Barca people owning like joe public shareholders….LETS GET THE CLUB BACK…OWNED….SUPPORTED….FOR THE PROUD GEORDIE NATION….

  • 156 Tom_Toon // Sep 14, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    why do comments keep going.

  • 157 Obafan // Sep 14, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    I hope Ambani comes in to buy NUFC. I think he can be the man to stabilise the club and move it forward. Cause as beautiful the words MA said are, he never got the club forward. Okay financially we are better than 1 year ago, but sportive we are not going into the good direction.

  • 158 'Busa // Sep 14, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Total stupidity. No matter who buys the club, it won’t be good enough. The club was debt ridden when MA bought it, he saved it, brought in a manager with tendancies to walk out, to placate the fansm and when the manager unsurprisingly walks out, all the fans cry over it.
    if the club goes under, there is only one element of the club to blame, the fans.

  • 159 daydeburt // Sep 14, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    sky sports just had freddy fletcher on the phone, it was very intersesting what he said.
    he said two major consortuims had approached him to help takeover and that they could more than put newcastle back on track. also he wouldnt bet against keegan coming back. i think he was immplying that the two potential buyers were big and that they may want his help as he has been in charge before. i think that Newcastle wont have any problems getting someone in, just hope they understand how much the club means to the area and the fans

  • 160 geordiejohn // Sep 14, 2008 at 9:56 PM

    Oba mate … not sure where to begin mate….its not a case of NUFC needing so much debt that the club is crippled ( financially and development wise).

    that is the response of a one season 2 season wonder fan mate….the ground is within 10 mins walk of central railway station mate….its a funny club, and everybody in english football acknowledges this mate, hence why El Tell has never come here…never would coz even hes not that arrogant .and he has been approached lets not kid ourselves….this mug MA nad his cronies did think we were pure mugs up here, to their peril….its a one off EPL outfit mate….so plz think b4 you write …. we r geordies not wannabe Arsenals, Chelskis or ManUre

  • 161 geordiejohn // Sep 14, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    so do you think he could be involved as a part of this consortuim daydeburt ??? the chron has been taking any posts Re the fat freddy connection lol…wat u think ???

  • 162 Lee Atkinson // Sep 14, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    so reading through the comment we dont want ashley we dont want a chinese billionaire we dont want a local consortium. lets bite reality for a minute here WHAT DO WE WANT!!!!!!. The guy has come out and told us what the score is (ok its took a while) but hes done it lets give him that i for one fear what road our club could take we could end up with a group like the glaizers who have man utd in 600m+ debt sorry but our club cant make that back as much as we like to think it we arn’t Man Utd.

  • 163 daydeburt // Sep 14, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    sounds intersting, its just been on again that the two takeover partys are foriegn but he didnt want to be attached to them, but i think he sounds as though he could be linked with some other attempted takeover. i think keegan may come back withthe next owners.

  • 164 daydeburt // Sep 14, 2008 at 10:10 PM

    iam not bothered who takes over as long as they have money, try to run the club in an ashley like way regarding keeping the club secure, but are willing to spend a little more, (not loads) and let the manager manage. we just want a team to be proud of, and be entertained.

  • 165 daydeburt // Sep 14, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    would be nice if they were loaded and local, but that is a dream scenario. Maybe thats why the 2 companys wanted freddy shepard involved so he could relate to the fans, but have there financial back up to make things work???

  • 166 toonafish // Sep 14, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Id like a chicken curry with fried garlic mushrooms please.

  • 167 Paul // Sep 14, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    “Maybe thats why the 2 companys wanted shepard involved so he could relate to the fans…” Are you mad daydeburt?!

  • 168 billybuck // Sep 14, 2008 at 10:49 PM

    I have supported the Toon for well over 50 years. I am an ardent pasionate geordie who has been all over the world proudly proclaiming the warmth and value of my beloved North east England. The events of the last few days have saddened me greatly. Tonight on reading Mike Ashleys statement, I am, for the first time in my life ashamed to be a geordie. Cockney Mafia or no – when did we, as geordies, ever threaten people and thier kids at a football match? A business man came in and put his money where his mouth is and because people did not like what he did he has been pilloried in every sensationalist ragtop and that includes the Comical. Granted by PR machine and his board of directors were P*** poor but that does not excuse the threats and intimidation given to him. This about FOOTBALL for Gods sake – and yes I know how important it is, but do the a***holes with thier banners understand what they have unleashed not just for the club but for the city? KK has my greatest respect but I think that even he tonight should accept his responsibility in this affair. The whole silly saga reminds me of stuff I saw in the schoolyard half a century ago. I find it difficult to feel anything but shame and the realistaion that I probably wont see the Toon win anything more in my lifetime. Ah well, 3 FA Cups and the InterCity Fairs is enough I suppose, but what p***es me off and makes me even more sad is that all the Mackems Smogmonsters and all will not only gloat over what we have done but that no matter what they are now they still have hope. Hope that they will win something and have something that they will be proud of. I think I will have a wee dram tonight before I go to bed and toast all those from The Board through KK to the hacks and the doombrains from the estates not forgetting Uncle Freddie who jointly pushed the self destruct button on my beloved Toon Te morturii salautate (excuse my excreble latin – Those of us about to die salute you)

  • 169 JonGunnar // Sep 15, 2008 at 12:40 AM

    You think he is going to be in the stands with you? You think he is going to care about anything you say? Throwers!

  • 170 clinta // Sep 15, 2008 at 1:05 AM

    yeah, north east business men, pooling together the cash, but they may need a bit extra from the fans, if it happens it hardly sounds like the next transfer window will be any better than the okay one we just had!!!

    and some fans think this is the way forward? I live in China, and do a lot of business here with wealthy Chinese, so i feel this billionarre would not be the answer either, as he’d never ‘splash the cash’ as everyone so desires.

  • 171 London Mag // Sep 15, 2008 at 1:22 AM

    Oh how money, Sky TV and non-football people,
    involving themselves as owners, pundits and jonnie come lately supporters have ruined the game I love, and more importantly the club I fell in love with at the age of eight.
    The days when I queued with my mates at the Poplar side , waiting for hours for the turnstiles to open then races up the steps onto the terracing to wait for my heroes to show their faces. Promotion in 1964, the wonderful Fairs cup triumph in 69,
    Seeing the place I always stood demolished and replaced by the East Stand in 72, and the purchase of my first season ticket in the paddock. I travelled three times to Hereford before they finally played the game and sat on a hay bail behind the goal. BBC will never allow me to forget that day.
    I saw my heroes relegated and I stood in the rain with seven thousand others to see us beat Wrexham the following season.
    I’ve been a season ticket holder for forty six years, and I’ve seen the redevelopment of the ground and the team. But I’ve also seen the game I love develop in a way I’ve hated. Inflated prices, inflated egos, inflated expectations in a club which never ever had any great expectations at all. Yes, the Keegan years certainly brought about change in my club, some of it good, but in the longer term much of it bad.
    I’ve had enough of corporate supporters who view supporting NUFC as a fashion statement, and who know nothing about the real history of the club, and who don’t even know the CHORUS of the Blaydon Races.
    The life of my club has been drained. Even the atmosphere of a stadium which was once looked upon as the most intimidating place in the country is dead. Its a sign of the times when we have a singing section, when there used to be 60,000 people in that section. Its not only SJP
    but every stadium in the UK in the higher echelons of football
    Football at the highest level in this counrty is dying, and I’m so sad this is happening,
    From hereon in I’m going to watch non-league football with real supporters and watch players who care more about the game than their wage packets.
    RIP Premiership and my beloved NUFC.

  • 172 Aussie Magpie Fan // Sep 15, 2008 at 1:29 AM

    I can’t wait to see who buy’s out the club… and god help them if they don’t spend the money that we the fans feel they should spend on new players…. and they must imediately reinstate KK (who quit/ not sacked) into the managers role. Because if they don’t we will mount a hate campain against them so that they no longer feel safe walking the streets. Their families will also live in fear of assault as they go about their daily business!!.
    I have been a long time fan of NUFC and I must say the way some fans have carried on in the past few weeks has made me ashamed to be a part of it’s supporter base. I felt really hollow watching the game on Saturday as the crowd seemed to be more interested in getting under Ashleys skin, than our real opposition, the other side on the park.
    Dark days indeed!!

  • 173 Joe Aussie // Sep 15, 2008 at 6:50 AM

    THE END OF AN ERROR?

  • 174 Stan // Sep 15, 2008 at 7:24 AM

    Although I’d prefer the indian guy .. he’s the 6th richest in the entire world according to wikipedia!

    But being bigger than Trump is an achievement.

    TBH … bringing Kevin Keegan back is A MISTAKE!!!!!

    the local group will be an absolute joke & I really prefer MA over it!!

  • 175 JEFF // Sep 15, 2008 at 8:00 AM

    MA SAYS HE HAS SPENT MILLIONS ON OUR CLUB….BUT AS WEN ALL KNOW HE IS LOOKING TO MAKE A BIG PROFIT – UNDER THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES HE WILL HAVE MADE BIG RETURN ON HIS INVESTMENT ( NOT A BAD MOVE ) HE SAYS HE HAS ALWAYS LISTENED TO THE FANS, BUT HE HASNT HAS HE !!!!! IF HE HAD KK WOULD STILL BE MANAGER. HE COULD SAVE HIMSELF A HELL OF A LOT OF MONEY BY GETTING RID OF THE LONDON MAFIA – AND GETTING KK BACK ON BOARD, THAT WOULD MAKE THE CLUB A LOT EASIER TO SELL ( HAPPY FAN BASE, GOD MANAGER AND LOOKING UP – RATHER THAN DOWN AS IS NOW THE CASE. IF KK HAD A LIMITED BUDGET IM SURE HE WOULD BUY WITHIN THAT BUDGET WELL.

  • 176 seggy // Sep 15, 2008 at 8:22 AM

    What have we done?!

    Read the statement properly – long term planning, what a change that would make!

    Ashley’s mistake was replacing Mort with a clown like LLamblas. Could you see this happening with Mort still around? Perhaps he kept Wise in his place, which LL hasn’t.

    Keegan has his faults, as does everyone (Wise more than most), but fancy a club run with a real long term view instead of ending up like Leeds.

    Shame on us for driving him out when his plans were what we’ve always craved – a future with plan.

    Not for the first time, I’m glad I’m now living 12k away, so I don’t get taintedby the slack jaw fools wearing the same shirt!

  • 177 Mark-O // Sep 15, 2008 at 9:12 AM

    Tom-Toon – If you wanna have a rant about human rights and animal cruelty the fook off to another site you racist scumbag!
    Are all english men thugs because of Joey Bartons actions? well im not!!
    Are all doctors murderers because of Harold shipman? i hope not!
    What a total total tool!
    I see none of the interlectual aura in cambridge has worn off on you!!
    ………………………………………………………….

    Glad to see the back of Ashley, this would have been avoidied if he had made his intentions clear from day 1.

    Id love to seen Ambani come in. The reports are he is going to buy the club out of his personal fortune which would mean no buisness types to answer too.

    Keegan will never come back and i dont think he’s the right man to take us forward, iff he came back as a director of football (cant belive i just said that) then that would be better but i personally prefer rijkard!

  • 178 Grae_NZ // Sep 15, 2008 at 9:14 AM

    Cast your mind back to 15 months ago…
    He has put his hand in his own pocket “£20 million a year”. How much has the previous owners paid out?

    I am gutted – Mike has done a lot for the club and the long term plan for us was along the Arsenal model – We have a lot of young talent and bar the Wise Llambias mismanagement – it was going well. Such a positive start blown to bits.
    I am sorry to see him go, if he ever does go. Lets be honest I think the two villains are Wise and Llambias. No one will take over the club in the current structure. No manager will come to us with the sale imminent.

  • 179 AO // Sep 15, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Poyet was lined up for the job before the hull game but has had second thoughts after the demonstrations. I think he will be a great manager. Ashley wont getr a manager in now before he sells as the manager will probably be sacked when new owners take over. this means the club could be managed by hughton for the next few months. relegation is staring us in the face.

  • 180 Shanghaitoon // Sep 15, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Clinta and Keeeguuurn – I live in Shanghai, China, where do you guys live?

  • 181 d.c // Sep 15, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    ashleys’ words kind of made me feel a little touched…he was trying his best to make our club better in a realistic way and from the way he says it, our club was very bad when he took over…hope the next regime will be a better one and maybe ashley could stay as a chairman for his love for NUFC…

  • 182 AUS TOON // Sep 15, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    although tom_toon has definately taken this too far…i am inclined to agree with some of his points… and i would not like to see a chinese guy take over newcastle…language barriers to say the least, tho the lack of language barriers didnt make MA anymore keen to take interviews.. nothing personal about chinese people certainly but the amount in australia where i live is rediculous and i dont think, personally, i could handle another one of them in charge of newcastle. sorry if this offends anyone but its my personal view…but chinese are deffs not scum of the earth, far from it

  • 183 NewcastleKev // Sep 15, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    have u heard the latest rumors going round m ashley has sed shearer is not aloud in the ground the tw.t

  • 184 'Busa // Sep 15, 2008 at 11:25 PM

    No wonder NUFC is the laughing stock of the EPL.
    You all listen to rumours, you all react to rumours.
    MA has got to be praying to get away from the place, its a poisoned chalice…

  • 185 Michael // Sep 17, 2008 at 12:28 AM

    I am a Chinese businessman travelling in Newcastle for business investment,I found many challenges such as high rental,expensive traffic and labour as well.Now one more challenge–racism.decided set my factory in Germany or France. Bye~~




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