Middle East Buyer After Newcastle Last June

John Gibson, in the Evening Chronicle today, is revealing that Ashley had a chance to sell the club three months ago, and the buyers would have put a Geordie management team in place at St James’ Park.

Mike Ashley – Middle East buyer interested in June

The Evening Chronicle says that Ashley chose to reject the offer – and to rather quickly visit the Middle East this week looking for buyers.

We wonder how real that trip was, but there again we are just Newcastle fans, who are very skeptical and suspicious of the Newcastle owner right now.

Apparently Mike Ashley was approached on behalf of a prospective buyer to open talks as long ago as June 11th. Of course at that time Mike wasn’t in the market to sell so to be fair to Mike, he was keeping his word at that time, that he was not out to sell the club.

Apparently the buyers were quoted as “Middle East-based clients” and they would put local people in charge of the club, which sounds a really good idea.

But the London brokers on the potential deal never heard from Ashley, which led to the Evening Chronicle source saying his clients were “extremely annoyed and disgusted”.

The obvious thought here is that if they are still interested, they could come forward right now and contact Ashley. It certainly sounds good putting local people in control of the club, as long as it’s not Freddy Shepherd.

We still live in hope that somebody will come in and rescue our great club, and sooner rather than later.

Comments welcome.

138 comments so far

  • WesToon

    Sep 19, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Will this F@king nightmare ever end????? FFS P!ss off Ashley FFS Lad what are you doing you fat idiot!!!

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Sep 19, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #2

    “annoyed and disgusted” is a ridiculous quote for our best friend, the “insider/source” to come up with.
    Alot will maybe, in hindsight be frustrated by this, but end of the day we’d have been just as angry then as we are now if ashley HAD got up and sold the club. Everything looked relatively peachy backstage at that time. As per usual, its 1 step forward 2 steps back with Newcastle. you’d have to think though that if they were genuinly interested, 1 of 2 things would have happened already

    i) Ashley would have made an attempt to get in touch with said buyer, informing them of his trip and asking if they wished to set up a meeting/are still interested in purchasing the club.

    ii) Said buyer would have already contacted Ashley regarding the sale of the club.

    it once again begs the question: is he serious about selling up?

  • Who is Derek Llambias?

    Sep 19, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #3

    I couldn’t care less.
    I look forward to watching the team play on saturday, that’s all.
    until we’re bought, I dont want to know about all this supposed shite.

  • Safferman

    Sep 19, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #4

    There will be no sale, he’s waiting for things to calm down then carry on as before…


    Sep 19, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #5

    saffer,he will be waiting a long time mate.

  • lee

    Sep 19, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #6

    all he is doing is going through the motions of selling the club. 481 million, the blokes a joke. ppl who are that rich are rich cos there not stupid saying that ashleys a billioniar hmmm….. may be he should choos his friends better

  • lesh

    Sep 19, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #7

    Perhaps Ashely and his cronies were sipping cocktails!

  • tyneside tommo

    Sep 19, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m with Llambias on this one. Not only have I lost interest in Ashely’s antics but I’m also struggling to be motivated but anything NUFC and that includes team matches. Shame on me but I’m just so sickened.

  • thelongshanks

    Sep 19, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #9

    I wonder if ashley will be at the west ham match?Something needs to happen soon either sell or sort out club rite now!

  • JMC

    Sep 19, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Smith’s injured for 3 months! woohoo!

    Mind you, 60k a week for 3 months without him doing anything is not worth anyones cash…………………. but to be fair like, whats new!!!!!

    As for this thread, who cares what could have happened, whats going to happen on saturday is what im interested in….

    I’d like to see~:






  • Davies

    Sep 19, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #11

    In June? Wow, that really is news!!!!

    More unsubstantiated specualtion.

    I’m not having a pop at Ed here. This is what he does for us and I’m glad that his site is here, for better or for worse, because along with nufc.com, it’s the best toon site there is.

    It’s just apalling that, when the papers run out of crap to print, they start digging up rumours from three months ago.

    Jesus wept.

  • Obafan

    Sep 19, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #12

    The more I hear the more I want that fat b*st*rd out!!!


  • McN41R

    Sep 19, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #13

    I live in Dubai and the talk of being here is strong for talks is strong, he thinks he can walk in here and demand an audiance. He is a small fish here and if he wants to sell the club any UAE club he has to be prepared to negotiate. everyone knows what he paid for the club and he will be lucky to get 2M for the club and know where near his laughable 280M he is asking for. Greedy F**k.

  • irish_al

    Sep 19, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #14

    so is he asking for 280m not 481 then?

  • Ian

    Sep 19, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Ashley is a legend in his own head.

  • SuperShearer

    Sep 19, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m lost….why would you go all the way to Middle East if there wasn’t someone there who had expressed an interest to buy? And if they had expressed an interest why would they not come to you? All these questions lead me to believe that MA has no intention of selling the club. His asking price is a joke, I’m not even convinced that Liverpool would be worth that much and they are a much stronger club than us. MA is playing us, and any potential buyers, for fools. The problem is that he’s becoming his own worst enemy. If he isn’t going to sell he needs to appoint a manager ASAP or we’re going to get relegated and then he won’t be able to give the club away. Or if he’s going to sell he needs to lower his asking price and sell it to the best candidate. Either way right now we’re in a world of s**t and I can’t see any way out.

  • bowburnmag

    Sep 19, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #17

    SuperShearer – the more cynical of us would suggest it’s smokes and mirrors. Being seen to be out there with an intent to sell while actually just enjoying the luxury of the weather and the bars. If he goes through the motions he saves face somewhat by being seen to do the right thing while potentially not being that ar*ed about selling us right now. Of course, there may be all kinds going on in that head of his regarding his intentions for himself and our club. Speculation will be rife for a long time yet I’m betting.

  • The Entertainers

    Sep 19, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #18

    I thought a week ago things could only get better.

    Well instead of looking for buyers, Ashleys took the lads for a week in Dubai on the lash.

    Hope you all topped up your tans lads, now sell up and clear off.

    I cant even begin to explain how sick i am of the whole situation.

  • ToonUp

    Sep 19, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #19

    only thing cheering me up at the moment is spurs poor start with OneDay(the team will gel)Ramos. thought this would cheer a few people up:

    whats the difference between spurs and a toothpick?

    a toothpick has 2 points!


    Sep 19, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #20

    john ashley 20 times worse than fat fred m8 at least fred was a fan


    Sep 19, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #21

    ashleys buisness reputation is in tatters,he has to sell now for the good of the club,the longer this drags on the worse its going to get …

  • Danny Duckfoot

    Sep 19, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Its looking more & more likely that MA is gonna try to hold on to the club.

    I think the only thing in our (the supporters) favour, is that he will not want to see us involved a relegation fight this season, as the value of the club will fall drastically.

    If he doesnt find a buyer soon, he’ll have to install a new “Coach”, asap, because even these clowns who are currently running our club, must now be able to see that without “serious investment” towards our waffer-thin squad, we will be at serious risk of being relegated.

    The scary thing is, reading from the various official club & MA statements, they are all sounding like a bunch of childish idoits, who have no regard for the future of our club, or the feelings of the fans?

    This is than absolutely bizzare situation. We have an owner who doesnt want to own us?

    No manager, & no-one worth his salt whould be prepared to take charge at the moment, with the current owner & management structure.

    We have no real footballing experience at board level.

    A squad thats way too small & not good enough, even when everyones fit.

    & a fan base that is demoralised & totally hostile to all those currently managing the clubs affairs.

    These are dark days indeed, but hopefully, out of the darkness, cometh the light !

    Howay the lads & keep the faith.

  • Ganiyu

    Sep 19, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #23

    How ashley deceived Newcastle.dvd collection is out. I just finished season2

  • Micky Toon

    Sep 19, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #24

    Like others have said, what is the big whoo haa about him having a buyer in June? If I remember right everyone still had their bedsheets on their beds then and everyone thought he was the best thing since gazza’s plastic breasts.

  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 19, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #25

    MA you are an ar5e.

    If only this kicked off back then!

    fingers crossed lads and lasses – fingers crossed!

  • SwedEric

    Sep 19, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #26

    Ahh… One day he didn´t show up to a meeting, then the next day they had reach an agreement…

    It all just BS the media is reporting. You all know Ashley want to sell. He wanted to club for the fun of owning a club, and ofcourse he doesn´t enjoy it now…

    Until we have a new owner I want to focus on the next games and try to do what the club is about, play football! Not who owes it or not…

  • Thump

    Sep 19, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Ganiyu, you’re improving. You made me laugh.

    All of this rumour and speculation is all getting very tedious, though. I wish he’d just sell the club and let us get on with repairing the damage he’s done.

  • Shot Bru!

    Sep 19, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #28

    The board have gotta employ a manager next week, because the players need some direction from somewhere. this current shambles is sowing the seeds for relegation before january. When that window opens again and we’re propping up the table everyone is gonna jump ship and we’re gonna be left with a bunch of kids in the first team. I’m not looking forward to tomorrows game, i think we could be on the end of a hiding, which might be no bad thing as Ashley might pull his finger out and appoint a manager.


    Sep 19, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #29

    he should put oot a statement just to let us know what is going on,the man might get a little respect if he did this,coz me heed is knacking with all this sh1te

  • Mike Ashley

    Sep 19, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #30

    I’m going to be honest with you all.

    Me and Dennis had a great honeymoon in the Middle East and without you fans buying our merchandise, drinks and of course tickets; we would have only had the money to go for a few days!

    I’ve been speaking to all the possible buyers and have decided that it would be best for us all if I upped the cost to £500m, you know, just to square it off a bit. It’s unfortunate the fans want me and my hubby out because we have such wonderful plans for reinventing St. James’ Park, you wouldn’t believe!

    I’ll let the cat out of the bag a bit on that one, I think!

    I was planning on ripping out the café and replacing it with a McDonalds and changing the (rather drab) black and white interiors to pink and green (with yellow drapes, of course).

    Such great plans gone to waste.

  • Dan13

    Sep 19, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #31




  • Thump

    Sep 19, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #32

    Thanks for that input, Dan. Nothing like adding such wonderful opinions to a discussion.

  • steve14

    Sep 19, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #33

    no way this idiots going to sell the club had ample opportunites with so called middle east investors and has basically messed them about so get ready for a long messy ride.

  • The Entertainers

    Sep 19, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Its ironic that on a number of occasions Ashely has stated that if the club had been run the way it was before he arrived we were a Leeds United waiting to happen and would have been relegated and broke due to over spending!

    Well under Ashleys leadership we are now looking like no other than Leeds United.

    Lack of spending has resulted in not enough players, risk of relegation and no prospective owners, with Ashley no longer wishing to fund us we’ll be broke!

    He may have done things differently to Risdale but the outcome may be similar.

    Nice going mate!

  • Yeomsta

    Sep 19, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #35

    his sales technique for this club reminds me of watching del boy down the market, he is making a fool of himself, be best if he booked a flight back before he’s laughed out of the middle east with his tail between his legs, moron.


    Sep 19, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #36

    yeomsta,i think hes already back in the uk mate,he has made a total fool of him self,and that arabs will not come anywhere near this club now,the man is a international joke

  • hitman

    Sep 19, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #37

    ashley is one massive joke.

  • Micky Toon

    Sep 19, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #38

    The Entertainers – I have a nasty feeling that you are right.

  • ed_speed

    Sep 19, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #39


  • bowburnmag

    Sep 19, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #40

    ed_speed – pendulum – 9 letter word – ‘a device consisting of a weight on a stick or thread which moves from one side to the other, especially one which forms a part of some types of clocks:’.

    Tick tock Mike Ashley.
    Tick tock NUFC.
    Back to the Future.


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