Keith Harris To Newcastle’s Rescue


Newcastle’s billionaire owner, Mike Ashley, will turn to former Football League chairman Keith Harris to sell the St James’ Park club for £480M

Keith Harris – to Newcastle’s rescue?

We had reported earlier in the week that Mike may turn to Keith to help sell the Tyneside club, since Keith has been involved in some big deals lately in selling football clubs.

Only last summer, Harris was in charge of former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s acquisition of Manchester City.

Harris is said to be returning from a trip to North America and will begin to look for a buyer for the North East club next week. Newcastle, who are a proud club, are now in serious turmoil and trouble, after Kevin Keegan’s resignation over two weeks ago.  Keegan is now said to be on holiday in Spain.

The good news for Newcastle fans is that sources close to Ashley say a number of potential buyers have already been in touch with the club, but only preliminary talks have taken place.

The bad news is that Ashley and his people are saying it could take months to sell the club, which will not come as good news at all to Newcastle fans, because by then, the team could be rooted to the bottom of the league, with little chance of survival.

Ashley has to at least get a new manager in quickly, while he looks to sell the club. That has to be done, to save the sinking ship, which is Newcastle United right now.

Make no mistake, this is a very serious and sad position for a proud club to sink to.

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60 comments so far

  • p

    Sep 21, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #1

    Ashley=Orville?

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  • Nacho Man

    Sep 21, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #2

    For the sake of this football club, the ownership issues must be sorted asap. ONly then can the focus of our full and undived attention on giving the lads on the pitch support.

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  • ronaldeano

    Sep 21, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Im getting very worried now…… 🙁

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  • Ericles

    Sep 21, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #4

    No way will Ashley get 480 million. This is either a ploy to retain control of a club he will see relegated because no buyers will come forward or: Ashley just sees NUFC as a source of mere profit, a speculation all along. Despite the song and dance of saving the club and getting rid of debts. NUFC to Ashley and his henchmen is just a business venture – now a circus run by the clowns. The only answer is Mr Ashley for you to temper yur amateurish greed, sell at a reasonable profit so that KK can return and NUFC can get back on the true way, the true faith.

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  • t00nL00ney27

    Sep 21, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Guys,

    This is the first post I have made to this forum. I am not here to wind anyone up but I have heard from a very reliable source that the club has in fact been SOLD. I dont know who has bought it but they are doing due diligence on the club now and expect to complete in around 4 weeks. My souce is close to Freddy Fletcher.

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  • NI magpie

    Sep 21, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #6

    Get Keith and an interim manager in ASAP or we’re well and truly fcuked!

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  • All we are saaayyinnnng..Is give Xisco a chaaaannnccce!!

    Sep 21, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #7

    Would it be possible to try and sign some sort of gentleman’s agreement that an owner will take over a club so that a new manager can be brought in knowing he won’t be turfed out immediately? I know there are no gentlemen in business but many of these guys we’re courting want us as a hobby, not a business idea. It might work….

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  • Jonas

    Sep 21, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #8

    I just feel he is making us pay for the protests. Keegan cannot be reinstated as he is in spain. So who the hell is gonna save us? Papers say 8 managers have rejected us already.

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  • TOONPIPES

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Ericles for god sake man, what is the point in a layman like you commenting on the value of a football club. You do not have any information to refer to. Do you think decisions like establishing the value of a club are just pulled out of a hat?. I will tell, o they aren’t. They are based on a myriad of indicators +comparisons with other similar products (clubs) in the marketplace and facts – financial figures + how they compare with other clubs financials. . Calling MA greedy makes you look stupid.

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  • Tom

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #11

    You can’t blame the performances all on Ashley, Wise, Llambias, Hughtons team selections and the Keegan situation. A fair portion has to be given to the players. Yes its a time of unrest and uncertainty at the club, but should that mean that they shouldn’t go out and give it their all? The seemingly shambolic performances they have been turning in are unacceptable for professional footballers.

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  • TOONPIPES

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Further it is primarily due to the NUFC ‘GEORDIE NATION’ TM insistance that millions nay billions be spent on on players that MA is in this situation. . Is the ‘GEORIDE NATION’ showing signs of greed ?

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  • bruTOOOON

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #13

    relegation season?

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  • Graham

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #14

    Proud club? I’m not a very proud supporter at the minute and I don’t think i’m alone.

    Whatever this Harris bloke does he needs to do it fast and Ashley has to drop his expectations on the price. I’m not altogether convinced he would put a figure of £480m forward, even with Zimbabwe’s inflation rate the club wouldn’t be worth that much!

    Desparate times me thinks, and its going to get worse before it gets better…

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  • TOONPIPES

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #15

    Possibly bruTOOOON . . If only kev hadn’t walked – makes me sick

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  • Graham

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #16

    bruTOON – do you not miss going to Crewe, Preston, Rotherham and the likes?

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  • TOONPIPES

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #17

    Graham – we can’t expect a business man to come in + invest as MA has – barrack him for his methods basically run him out of town + expect him to sell at a massive loss – the idea is even more perplexing that the fact that peolple blame his 100% for this mess!

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  • Ericles

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #18

    OK Toonpipes – so you are the “expert” then. Where or what is your experience and knowledge on football club finances coming from? If I do not have information then where is yours coming from? You are not the anonymous “insider” by any chance are you? Ashley is a capitalist and thinks and acts accordingly. We are ordinary working class fans and also act accordingly. What sort of “layman” are you Toonpipes? I am really beginning to wonder about some of the contributions on this site from so-called fans. As for me – I remember when we argued to get Alderman McKeag off the board.

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  • TERRYHIBBITONTHEWING

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #19

    KEEPTHEFAITH, lads and Lasses, it will get better, we might have one foot in the championship by then, but the situation will improve!!

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  • save the toon

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #20

    keegan should not have left until th end of the season

    ifits not sorted soon we will go downwhat will kill me

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  • Graham

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #21

    Toonpipes – I dont blame him 100%. He didn’t run the club day to day, that was down to Lambias, wise etc. Unfortunately, Keegan jumped ship, and he too must shoulder some of the blame, rightly or wrongly.

    Mike Ashley has been very naive at best. Whatever has gone on though, he is the owner, and its over to him to find a buyer

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  • beyethegreat

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #22

    why didnt ma tell kk about the transfer polocy before he came atleast then if kk quit it would have been kks fault

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  • Nick

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #23

    Ashley has hit the self destruct button big time.

    As a classic compulsive gambler and professional p..shead, he is in a downward spiral with his HBOs shares (losing 380M allegedly,) sports direct stores being savaged by the credit crunch and NUFC collapsing around his ears.

    By hanging on and asking a ridiculous price at way over the odds, he could end up with nothing as he is crashing and burning big time. It’s not in his interests to hang around just to p..s us off.

    I don’t know if getting KK back is the answer. It may be, but at this time someone like Houllier on a rolling contract could be absolutely ideal.
    Not Roeader as he was only good when A.S was with him. And please not whoever suggested Coppell!!!! (sorry that was another site)

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  • Nick

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #24

    Beye – ashley insists he did tell KK

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  • Toon1978

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #25

    F..k M.Ashley, i detest the bloke so much i’d would love to see him sell the club only to lose ALL his money afterwards and end up pennyless. We are in a nightmare scenario he is saying it will take months, is that AFTER he has sold all of the best players at NUFC to make himself money THEN sell the club for more money and leave us high and dry after he has ravaged our club to bits to feed his obsession with money. NUFC is knackered and CC football is the way we are going no ifs or buts. Ashley will be the only winner out of all of this while us toon fans suffer even more. WHY is it always Newcastle United fans that get the sh1t. May Ashley rot in hell.

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  • Shot Bru!

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #26

    ToonLooney27
    If that is the case does it mean we are stuck with Hughton in charge for the next 4 weeks?

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  • Guinea Mag

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #27

    £480M????

    MA won’t get that for Newcastle and must realize he needs to steady the sinking ship before the value of our (his) club reduces further.

    KK has gone and need a quality replacement manager quickly…….

    MA as a businessman, it’s easier to sell a successful product than a product with major problems. Please step in and clean up this mess!

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  • Kieran

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #28

    SNAP OUT OF IT…ALL OF YOU.

    THESE ARE DEPRESSING TIMES…I ACCEPT THAT. BUT WE NEED TO STAY GREAT

    WE NEED TO LOOK AT POSITIVES,

    BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY WE NEED TO STAY UNITED AND IF OUR CLUB CAPTAIN OR OWNER CANT LEAD BY EXAMPLE…THEN WE NEED TO.

    WE ARE AND ALWAYS HAVE BEEN…A CLUB OF PRIDE, PASSION, LOVE AND RESPECT.

    LETS NOT LET OFF-FIELD MATTERS RUIN OUR CLUB AND JUST LIFT THE PLAYERS AND THEY MIGHT JUST FEEL THE 12TH MAN… THERE REAL CAPTAIN…ARE WITH THEM

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  • slinkie

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #29

    Toon Looney27, did Freddie Fletcher tell you about how much he loved starring as Judd in KES too? 🙂

    t00nL00ney27 // Sep 21, 2008 at 9:54

    Guys,

    This is the first post I have made to this forum. I am not here to wind anyone up but I have heard from a very reliable source that the club has in fact been SOLD. I dont know who has bought it but they are doing due diligence on the club now and expect to complete in around 4 weeks. My souce is close to Freddy Fletcher.

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  • Ian

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #30

    It is very obvious now that Keegan isnt the problem at all, if you know anything about football at all you only need look at the side to see that it is not complete.

    If a new buyer came in next week and Keegan accepted the job again we are going to struggle to be more than three or four places above the relegation zone.

    That was a very poor West Ham team, no Bellamy and no Ashton and we looked poor.

    One thing is for certain the closer we get to January without a sale the less this club will be worth, one club ruined by one person – Wise, but the blame lies with Ashley as he appointed him.

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  • KIZZA

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #31

    SNAP OUT OF IT…ALL OF YOU.

    THESE ARE DEPRESSING TIMES…I ACCEPT THAT. BUT WE NEED TO STAY GREAT

    WE NEED TO LOOK AT POSITIVES,

    BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY WE NEED TO STAY UNITED AND IF OUR CLUB CAPTAIN OR OWNER CANT LEAD BY EXAMPLE…THEN WE NEED TO.

    WE ARE AND ALWAYS HAVE BEEN…A CLUB OF PRIDE, PASSION, LOVE AND RESPECT.

    LETS NOT LET OFF-FIELD MATTERS RUIN OUR CLUB AND JUST LIFT THE PLAYERS AND THEY MIGHT JUST FEEL THE 12TH MAN… THERE REAL CAPTAIN…ARE WITH THEM

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  • beyethegreat

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #32

    nick there were statements on the official website by wise when he first came that kk would have the final say on transfers

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  • TOONPIPES

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #33

    Ericles I know sufficient amount to make the comment I mad + in anycase its hardly complicated is fing obvious. .
    On another point I remain convinced that Keegan knew about dwise + the structure and/or he hasn’t ustood the finacial constraints placed upon business over the last 6 months + therefore the reason he walked is cos when he realised + finally ustood he didn’t like it and so he did what he does + walked

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  • Shot Bru!

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #34

    Nick,Houllier is the only man for the job @ the moment, give him the job permanently. He has always hinted in the past since he left liverpool that he would fancy the NUFC job. He would bring stability, motivation and direction on the playing side of things at the very least. He would command huge respect from the players and might be able to persuade Owen to stay. You kinda feel he still has a point to prove in the premiership.

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  • SuperShearer

    Sep 21, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #35

    KIZZA well said mate but at the same time something needs to happen with a new manager of new owner ASAP as otherwise we might be a very passionate club in the Championship! But I do agree we need to get behind the players so as they feel like they are playing for something.

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  • ronjohno

    Sep 21, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #36

    I have had plenty to say about Ashley but I cannot see it being in his interests to wallow in NUFC plight because each defeat and low league position both weakens his hand and makes any potential buyer more unlikely to bid.
    What is of more concern for me at the moment is the team being left in the hands of Hughton. What a useless excuse for a coach. His tactical acumen makes KK look like a world beater. Two weeks he has put teams out that beggar belief.
    I despair about coming Wednesday to see where his and the hierarchy allegiance lies.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Sep 21, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #37

    A sourse close to Keith Harris said “I wish I could fly way up to the sky but I can’t”

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  • Gordon

    Sep 21, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #38

    “I remain convinced that Keegan knew about dwise + the structure and/or he hasn’t ustood the finacial constraints placed upon business over the last 6 months + therefore the reason he walked is cos when he realised + finally ustood he didn’t like it and so he did what he does + walked”

    I think KK new that he’d report to a DoF but I don’t think he knew that person would be Wise (although I’m not sure).

    I also believe KK thought he’d have responsibility for transfers, which is backed up by what Wise said in the Feb programme (and has never been denied by MA anyway … if you look at Ashley’s ‘it is a fact’ nonsense he’s careful to say that KK agreed ‘not to speak to the press’ about transfers rather than actually saying he did not have responsibility for them).

    As to what KK knew about the finances available, I have no idea.

    Can’t see that any of that matters though. KK is gone. MA is here (for now).

    It’s up to MA to make the next move.

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  • KIZZA

    Sep 21, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #39

    thank you super shearer. i understand that completly that we need a new manager. but sme of these players are already great. and we dont have a motavational manager on bored. and are players look scared if im being honest. thats why we need to make the players look forward to playing for us, so they want to give there all…for us. we have the power do do that. we need to be louder and than ever for our team.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Sep 21, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #40

    ronjohno: Well said.

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