Ashley Will Be Out By End Of October

Mike Ashley should have left the building by the end of October, and since that’s a short 4 weeks away, that’s good news for Newcastle United’s faithful fans.

Mike Ashley – will be able to sell before end of October

It seems that there are some serious bids in the offing for Newcastle, with the Sunday Mirror reporting today that up to 20 interested parties have declared an interest, with 7 of them being seen as serious bids by Ashley.

It also seems that all of the key potential buyers are based outside of the UK, but exactly who the front runners are is really not known right now, and claims the Nigerian Consortium are close to nailing a deal have been denied by sources close to Newcastle.

Ashley has made the excellent appointment of Keith Harris to sell the club. Keith is the chairman of the Seymour Pierce investment bank, and he will negotiate a deal on Ashley’s behalf with the asking price being around £350M, which would be a good deal for Ashley. However, there also seem to be buyers with that amount of money available.

Harris of course has a wealth of experience in major football buyouts and we expect there are enough real buyers in for Newcastle that a deal will be made very shortly. That’s good news for our club, that’s for sure.

We also have a new interim manager in place in Joe Kinnear and he has a great opportunity to show what he can do, by reviving the fortunes of the club on the filed, and that’s his sole mission until Ashley leaves. Joe certainly seems to be readuy for the chllange and seems to be relishing the enormous challenge that it undoubtedly is.

If he can stabilize the club in the next few games, he will be warmly thanked by the Newcastle faithful.

So we believe now is the time to fully back the club and the players again, after the terrible last few weeks, now that Ashley has agreed to leave and it does seem like he’s working very hard to do just that. The last thing we want this season is another relegation fight, after all the terrible goings on since Kevin resigned.

The club now has few debts and the freehold of all its major properties such as St James’ Park, so to be fair to Mike, he’s left the club, at least financially, in a much better state than it was when he took over.

We have to take the current developments as good news for the club, and it seems that Ashley is keeping his word to get out of Toon quickly.

Now Joe has to transform our performances on the field, and by January we may even be in decent shape – and that would be very good, given the awful events of the last 4 weeks.

And what to do about those who are criticizing our club and making fun of the Toon supporters too?

We cannot do much about that, because it’s been ridiculous what’s happened these last 4 weeks, and you couldn’t make this stuff up.

All we can do is keep supporting the lads on and off the field, and we’ll again justify that we are indeed the best supporters in the land – as we always have been.

If only we had a team as good as the Newcastle supporters – that would be something.

Just imagine what the City of Newcastle would be like if we ever were European Champions – some city – some team.

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • golden xisco

    Sep 28, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #1

    sounds good now all we need ton now is which company will bey us ?? i would prefer DIC but i prob will be the nigerians

  • save the toon

    Sep 28, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #2

    if our great club goes down i will personaly hunt him down and kill him

  • Ganiyu

    Sep 28, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Xisco predictions for all the matches in england

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 28, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #4

    I noticed I initially put OUT in the title twice – a Freudian slip obviously. 😀

  • Graham

    Sep 28, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #5

    European Champions??? Right now I’d settle for a goalless draw against the mackems in a couple of weeks!

  • Charlie

    Sep 28, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #6

    I think we are a very attractive proposition. Good team when not injured/suspended. Massive crowd and great stadium. The chance to buy in and choose your own manager without having to fire someone. Bring on the new owner and hopefully a change in staff.

    It does beg the question though…knowing he was going to sell why did Ashley not fire derek and Ian (they will be fired by the new owners anyway) and keep Keegan…as surely that would have been his stipulation….at the very least

  • reillers

    Sep 28, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #7

    The sooner the better, lets hope the damage is still reversable.
    Oh and does anyone else find the wee picture of Ashley on this slightly disturbing.

  • Punk Skunk

    Sep 28, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Reillers, MA looks like he’s doin’ some kinda, lil’ girl style chat up pose in a gentlemans club, if y’know’arramean?.. 😀

  • Punk Skunk

    Sep 28, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Very coy MA… 😀

  • Charlie

    Sep 28, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #10

    Hey Reiller

    Its because he looks slightly like a German baker.

    very very dodgy

  • Punk Skunk

    Sep 28, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Maybe that’s how he’s tryin’ to find a buyer?..

  • Charlie

    Sep 28, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Yeah Punk there is a bit of a Hey love how ya doin your 18 aren’t you?
    We had such high hopes

  • Punk Skunk

    Sep 28, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Aye charlie,
    soooo friggen disappointin’ mate!..

  • Jude

    Sep 28, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #14

    Ed, ur views represent the short-sighted parochial and shallow thinking shown by too many a toon fan…in other word “cartoon” mindset.

    This is what u said:
    So we believe now is the time to fully back the club and the players again, after the terrible last few weeks, now that Ashley has agreed to leave and it does seem like he’s working very hard to do just that. The last thing we want this season is another relegation fight, after all the terrible goings on since Kevin resigned.

    So now that u have convinced your sorry self that Ashley is goin, you will return to support the club…
    U call urself a fan, a geordie, and yet u do not think that not standing by the team through thick and thin is what it takes to pull a team thru…foolish thinking is what i call it.

    Rightly so the last thing we want is a relegation fight and i’m glad u know getting behind the team is one major component of preventing that…which leads to me to this..if u r that wise and u know this truth, why did take the stand u did?
    Or ur shallow thinking thot ur shouting will get Ashley out in a day? Once again nonsensical thinking.

    U also say “the terrible things..blah blah blah….SINCE keegan left”. I don’t care what Wise or Ashley did to him, he left us…hangin out to dry..he deserted the team….knowing full well what the thinkless lot like urself will do…if anyone is to blame, it’s him….

    Westham and NUFC were in the same position. yet look at where West ham is now with Zola…and look at where we are with people like u finally seeing the sense to support the team….just because you now think Ashley is truly goin….foolish cartoons, that’s what u all are

    Then u also say and i quote:

    The club now has few debts and the freehold of all its major properties such as St James’ Park, so to be fair to Mike, he’s left the club, at least financially, in a much better state than it was when he took over.

    That in my opinion is the best thing to happen to this club….without silly fans like you lot, it will have been a sound foundation for us to move up…

    I’m sick and tired of fans like you…When some of us were in the stadium backin the boyz against Tottenham…u lot sat at home….desperate to make a point not even worth making…and then when we lost…u were surprised and continued blaming Ashley and co…

    Pretty fu****d up u lot, no?

  • happy toon

    Sep 28, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #15


  • Sav

    Sep 28, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Ed, I admire your eternal optimism.

    But I think its rather late in the day for Ashley to start ‘keeping his word’ as you put it. As for whether Ashley has done us any favours by clearing the debt – well he intends to claw that back in spades, doesn’t he? 350 million being at least £100million clear profit – oh, and what about our income for this season; the 30-odd million TV deal and then there’s all our season ticket money he’s going to walk out with in his arse-pocket. Get real, if its not screwed down, this bloke intends to take it with him.

    Just to put that into perspective, lets suppose he’d sanctioned say, £25 million (that’s out of the TV money, not out of his own funds) to be spent on a couple of full-backs, a centre-half and a decent midfielder, do you think we’d be in this disgraceful mess we are in and Keegan would not still be at the helm? Chances are we’d have continued the good start we had made, be well up the table and none of the corrosive events at our club we have seen in the last 3 weeks would have dragged us through the mud.

    Theoretically at least, the less a new buyer has to pay Ashley, the more there will be for the next manager to spend. Neither should other fast-buck speculators be encouraged to own our club so I hope Ashley gets as little as possible. Until he is gone, the campaign stands.

    Only one good thing can b said to have come out of all of this, and that is the fans have finally been driven to organise themselves. I hope that will continue regardless of any new owner. We have been pushed too far once too often to allow this to happen again and we have the muscle to make ourselves heard through consensus.

  • piman

    Sep 28, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #17

    I believe staying true to the team is to be commended, you are obviously a true fan however I totally disagree with your thinking.
    How long must the loyal fans of this great club put up with mediocrity? We deserve a club with firm foundations paid for by the money that we pay every week to support the team. Too long have we stood by whilst the club has been mismanaged and money has been thrown away by bad decisions. It IS about time we stand up and say enough is enough. We have been too forgiving in the past and we have let our enthusiasm and passion rule our thinking.
    We want a solid business foundation and a platform for the future and we should kick like f**k until we get it.

  • Sav

    Sep 28, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #18

    Oh, and Jude, – I make it a rule never to post while I’m still pissed from the night before. You should do the same. I’ve never read such incoherent bolix in my life.

  • Jude

    Sep 28, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Piman, i agree with you that for so long we’ve been given far short of what we expect or deserve…

    but the truth is Ashley’s brought some sense into the running of this club which was never goin to bring the success we were lookin for overnight. This club had been run down too much….what we lack is patience. my point is basically this if we had been patient all this while, why don’t can’t we realize that there is a change and why don’t we be patient for just a while to see how it works…

    we were prepared to wait under keegan..even endured losing 10 games in a row under him…and then when he resigns we forget all about patience and want to throw away everything that’s bringin stability to the club

  • piman

    Sep 28, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Well said mate!

  • Sav

    Sep 28, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Porker Ashley Out! – Rupert the Boer In!

  • wigaz

    Sep 28, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #22

    I said from the get go that i questioned Ashleys comitment to making it work & the minute he brought wise in i knew that would be a disaster too. I just cant belive what he was thinking! you a bring in a guy with 5% of the managerial experience of KK to effectivly be his boss? stupidity of the highest order! Now on to KK’s return, as much as i think the bloke is fantastic, and that he is the 2nd best manager we’ve had in recent times ( sorry but Bobby was a better manager & had the team playing better overall in a more difficult league) he has walked out on us twice! once new owners are in i think we should try for david moyes or steve bruce as thats the type of gaffer we should have. Bruce being a geordie helps but i think moyes would be fantastic.

  • Greek Toon

    Sep 28, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Agree with wigaz on this. I loved Keegan from that wonderful day in Aug 1982 when I was at St. James park. Was very happy to see him back and didn’t want him to leave now. However the present turmoil requires a full clean sweep at all levels and that’s why I don’t want him back. Thanks for the memories Kev.

  • my turban is durty

    Sep 28, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #24

    europen champs wot a load ov codswobble edd u been on the laffin gas again i wud settle for a top 6 finish with the crap thats went on its possable coz if we were to string a few wins together we wud be right back in the mix

  • Matt Lacey

    Sep 28, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #25

    Don’t be surprised if Ashley’s still around at the end of October – seriously.

  • Jonthetourist

    Sep 28, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #26

    Quote: he has walked out on us twice! once new owners are in i think we should try for david moyes or steve bruce as thats the type of gaffer we should have.

    If you look at Steve Bruce’s record he has walked more often than KK. And can anyone say walking was wrong, the more we see of the Ashley regime?

  • Stamford Toon

    Sep 28, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #27

    The problem is that most of you have unrealistci expectations. Nobody prepared to give MA the chance of carrying out his 5 year plan. Prepared to accept any replacement for MA without knowing anything about them and expecting that to be the right way forward for the club. Calling our players rubbish despite the number of internationals we have in the team. One bad game and you slag them off and want them out. Seems to me that there isn’t a player on earth that would satisfy most of you and the same will happen with a new owner, when the push comes to shove you’ll be wanting yet another owner. Talks of relegation are unrealsitic after so few games and so few pointss between the bottom clubs. Come on guys get real. The new manager? Again unrealistc to expect a new owner to chose the manager of your choice, KK. Why should they? He has walked out on us once to often and if they did appoint him they would be giving way to fan power. Not a good way to run the club as the fans, no our fans, do not live in the main in a real world but cloud cuckoo land.

  • Walter

    Sep 28, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #28

    The clueless simpletons that inhabit this board have got their wishes but they are still moaning.

    When will you thickies realise that you are the main culprits of Newcastle Uniteds fall from grace .
    Quit your moaning, you made your bed so go and lie in it…. and stop whingeing!

  • GeordieDeb

    Sep 28, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #29

    Can’t believe the mentality of some of the people on this blog – for christ sake people complaining because someone has a personal worth of £1.7bn and they don’t think they’re rich enough to buy Newcastle because they believe we need, no, deserve that to happen! I love the Toon as much as anyone having been supporting since a bairn in the early 70’s but I’d like to think I am realistic. As much as some people believe we deserve to be up there competing amongst the best in the world – we aren’t and won’t be in the short term so start smelling the roses and take a reality check. No wonder people up and down the country are laughing at us

  • JakartaDean

    Sep 28, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #30

    @Jude, I think you’re too kind to Ashley, mate. I think he deserves full marks for straightening out the finances once FS was persuaded to get his hand out of the till, but that’s about all. Wise was not the man to be KK’s boss. The structure was top-heavy, expensive and led to conflict. To students of organizations, that might have been obvious from the start. I think MA knew better, from his past success, but for some reason was convinced that this was the way to go. Beats the hell out of me…

    But, no, there was never gonna be stability under MA. Never.

    P.S. Your first post could have been tightened a little — what are you in favour of, for example?

  • ziad

    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #31

    Great News!! 😀

  • ziad

    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #32

    And Ed good article dont mind the critics…

  • Sav

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #33

    I think you mean smelling the coffee, not the roses, GeordieDeb?

    Well said, jonthetourist

  • Stardust

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #34

    Ive never posted on this blog for days as I have been so embarrassed by the MOB who’ve demanded their blood when let down by their “Messiah” – oh no Ashley made him turn his back on those he loves – and Keegan didnt put eog and a hissy fit first – sorry I forgot.

    Good to see level headed posts – Jude et al.

    I for one will always be sad the Ashley wasnt allowed by the MOB to build from solid foundations and the ground up. I wanted to see youngsters brought up to play with Newcastle values and spirit and belong to the club from the ground up – yes the way Arsenal do it.

    The only sad thing is that these desperate low intelect band wagon jumpers are everywhere around our club………the embarrassment of being associated with their short sighted, short termist simpleness, bedsheets with Bouycout on drives me to the depths of despair.

    Even now as the events continue and they have their wish “Ashley OOT” he goes, the deal takes time, yet everything is still his fault.

    Yet these consequences are the MOBS fault and their Messiahs – no one elses. All other problems were workable and repairable.

    The only problem with our club is the MOB – you know if that term applies to you – shame on you if it does for you may have ruined our club for a very very long time.

    Its a shame you all have voices and bus passes to go with you moronic views.


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