Nigerians Wait For Answer From Newcastle


It seems like the Nigerian Consortium, fronted by Chris Nathaniel are moving ahead, in case their bid is accepted by Newcastle United.

They seem in the process of putting together a long term strategy for the club, and have told Chris Nathaniel to start looking for a permanent manager for the club.

Nathaniel told PA Sport:

“We have put a bid in on Friday evening,” “We are now looking at things around improving the football club in anticipation of hearing back from Newcastle positively.”

“Therefore, the consortium have asked to look at areas of how we can improve the club while Newcastle are considering the bid.”

Of course Joe Kinnear was appointed interim manager only on Friday, and Nathaniel’s priority is now to find an experienced permanent manager.  Kevin Keegan’s popular support among the majority of Newcastle supporters is already acknowledged by the Nigerians, and we find it hard to believe they haven’t already decided on a manager.

London City sources are still a little bit skeptical about the Nigerian consortium, since Nigeria doesn’t have a particularly good name in business dealings.

The group is also to remain anonymous until a bid is accepted, but surely they wouldn’t go this far, and then it be a false bid, why would they do that?  Also, of course Mike Ashley will need to check out who the buyers are, and what their financial situation is, before he can accept the bid.

Nathaniel insists they are serious bidders, with a long-term strategy for the Newcastle club already in the planning stage. Nathaniel said:

“As far as I know we are the only official bid to have been put in,” “I’m sure they will wait for other bids and make a decision on which one to accept.”

“One thing is for sure, we will not get involved in a bidding war. We’ve earmarked money for transfers, money to buy the club and money to deal with the various deep-rooted issues behind the club like the academy.”

“A budget has been put in place and my instructions are that they do not want to go over that budget.”

We think that bids are due into the Newcastle club this week, and are being handled by Keith Harris, the chairman of Seymour Pierce investment bank, who are handling the sale.

They have an excellent track record in this, and have been involved with the successful sales of quite a few Premier League clubs these last 5 years.

Once the bids are in this week, our understanding is that Harris will then recommend one bid to Mike Ashley, with accompanying reasons for their recommendation.

Stay tuned.



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104 comments so far

  • BIGPEAOVTHEWEAB

    Sep 29, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #1

    this could take some time i think that fat tw@t ashley is just takein the mick out ov the geordie faithful

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  • HAMMY14

    Sep 29, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #2

    whoo am the first lol

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  • HAMMY14

    Sep 29, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #3

    doh am the second lol o well am a pillock lol

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  • BIGPEAOVTHEWEAB

    Sep 29, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #4

    no ur not

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  • Peter Wilson

    Sep 29, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed, there are stories that other consortiums have bid for Newcastle. Who do you reckon that they could be?

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  • wigaz

    Sep 29, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #6

    We should just let them get on with it & concentrate all our efforts on gettin behind the team & for now our manager Joe Kinear. I’m lookin forward to everton on sunday, i think we may actually have a bit of structure to the side? providing taylor is dropped like, headless comes to mind.

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  • ed_speed

    Sep 29, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #7

    ed (me) is praying for a dry winter.

    or an indian summer, we havn’t had any sun yet; the crops are dieing.

    regards,
    ed

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  • irish_al

    Sep 29, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #8

    no he’s not first or no he’s not a pillock, lol

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  • golden xisco

    Sep 29, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #9

    ashlet get oot

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  • golden xisco

    Sep 29, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #10

    edd speed u cannot spell it is dying not dieing lol

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  • HAMMY14

    Sep 29, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #11

    RE BIGPEAOVTHEWEAB:- Ta Muchly mate lol it was like when i was walking past shearers nd i saw i tv cam i kissed the toon badge and said ‘ one nowt to the toon cmon ‘ and after the result i did feel like one then like lol but hey ho lol

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  • HAMMY14

    Sep 29, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #12

    Ta Irisl Al lol

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  • Sukesian

    Sep 29, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #13

    The Nigerians will wreck the club guaranteed. The best players will be sold and then the club asset stripped. Goodnight NUFC.

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  • Jeff

    Sep 29, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #14

    hope ashley will take the offer as soon as possible!

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  • bnny

    Sep 29, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #15

    This Is How NUFC should Run..

    ______ New Owner _______
    | |
    | |
    DOF [Ambassador]———First Team Manager.
    | |
    |_____ Recuitment Team____|

    DOF = Keegan
    First Team Manager = Shearer
    Recruitment Team = SBR, Jimenez, Vetere.

    DOF is entirely to have keegan at our club in an ambassadorial role, to recruit top players with the first team manager and recruitment team.

    What Do You Think About This? Comment Please..

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  • Toon Daft

    Sep 29, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #16

    SBR? Sir Bob? He is ill with another bout of cancer I am afraid

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Sorry to pish on your Geordie parade bnny, but…

    Keegan doesn’t know anything about recruiting realistic targets.

    Shearer doesn’t know anything about top flight management.

    And Bobby, god love him, has a terminal illness.

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  • The Sloper

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #18

    Serious question: Does anyone truly believe this is the only bid in town?

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  • daiv

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #19

    The nigerians will buy the club on a £500 mil American Expres Card

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  • Ian

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #20

    Toon chicken, you cant talk you thought Ashley knows what he is doing and the director of football was a good idea.

    Keegan has a superb Newcastle track record and the stars that he created are still talked about today. Ginola’s career was all but finished when Keegan bought him, Cole and Ferdinand elevated to new heights and Beardsley was outstanding, not to mention all of the other players, only Shearer was an obvious purchase.

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  • HAMMY14

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #21

    RE:- Bnny Id love SBR to be back at the club in some sort of role but hes to told now and hes a ill bloke aswell. Keegan as DOF i dont think he would take it as he would want to be involved in the first team with traing etc and Jimenez, Vetere would be welcome as a fart under a blanket as they are Ashleys lads who he brought into the club. In y opinion DOF doesnt work in English football

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  • ToonIreland

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #22

    euhm, the answer is no!!

    better the devil you know than some african consortium made up of 5-6 people pooling there few bob together – will there be any money after for transfers/wages?

    Will Ashley insist wise stays in his position?

    I reckon Ashley doesnt care what happens to the club … he’l just make sure he gets ‘his’ money. wont care who he sells to, even think that he wud sell to a less atractive proposition than say some saudi as long as the price is right just to spite the fans

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  • Nick 69

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #23

    keegan doesnt know anything about recruiting realistic targets?????
    ginola, albert, ferdiand, lee, asprilla, beardsley, cole, batty, warren barton, and by all accounts danny guthrie.

    so which of those players that keegan recruited werent realistic?????

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  • ToonIreland

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #24

    by the way, ‘nathaniel, nigerians, millions’ any one else think this sounds like an email scam crossed with an episode of ‘Jerry Springer’?

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  • Nick 69

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #25

    toon ireland- ashley couldnt possibly insist on wise stayin in his postiton, he wud no longer own the club and therefore have no say at all in who works there, u honestly think someone is going to buy a club but one of the conditions is they have to keep the man who the whole of newcastle hate, think about it man!!!

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  • craig chisholm

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #26

    ian – good to see you on line again mate, aint seen you post for a while. what a shambles eh!! just hope that we get sold asap mate, before we slip to far behind at the foot of the prem. ashley, what a twat!!

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  • daiv

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #27

    MA will sell to the highest bidder regardless of what money is left for transfers. He hates NUFC. Can’t you all see that you people?????? Or do you STILL think he will do what is best for the Toon? No he will do what is best for him and hopefully at the same time what is worst for NUFC. The Nigerians buying NUFC on a dodgy credit card sounds favourite. Can anyone really be in favour of Nigerians owning NUFC. How desperate are we?Anybody think this club is doomed?

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  • daiv

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Keegan can stay on holiday in Spain. He’s not suffering like the rest of us. He knew what would happen when he walked out again when he could not get his own way. I do not want him back. He wants old stars on megabucks. I do not want my club to become a Chelski.

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  • craig chisholm

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #29

    daiv, please do yourself a favour man, you sound too stereotype and are branding all Nigerians as thick and corupt as pigshit. this is not the case. its like branding all indians as wobble heads and all arabs has ragheads. Nigeria has more oil the russia and a hell of a lot more oil than Dubai (their oil runs out in 17 years time). The local nigerians run riot all the time cos they want the oil revenue without working and thats what causes all the bad pulicity. i have worked nigeria many times. the real men, the money men are no different than anywhere else in the world. talk sense daiv or say nothing at all.

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  • daiv

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #30

    I would rather get relegated and MA has f.. all to sell. We can then grow again as a proper club. After all we are destined never to win anything.

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  • Kash1

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #31

    Absolute PISH BDDY, to be successful we need the following:

    New Owners ….. In the background

    New Chairman ……. David Dein

    Manager …….. Kevin Keegan

    Head Scout/Director of Football ……… Whoever

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  • The Sloper

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #32

    Agree about money men – it’s impossible to make real (ie massive amounts of) money without offending some people’s sense of ethics. Take Randy Lerner at Aston Villa, who is supposedly a “great foreign owner” – according to that lot, anyway. He made his cash out of credit with MBNA, so is a modern-day loan-shark and because of banks like his, the global economy is now Donald Ducked!

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  • daiv

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #33

    Craig,
    I don’t want Nigerians owning the club. Full stop. I don’t want Arabs owning the club either. I’d rather win nothing as I have watched the Toon for 45 years. I’d rather win nothing than be owned by gold diggers.

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  • Paul

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #34

    Er Craig, you have accused Daiv of being a racist, then you wrote ‘The local nigerians run riot all the time cos they want the oil revenue without working’. Have you ever even heard of Ken Saro-Wiwa?

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  • TOONDALE

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #35

    It’s obvious that Ashley is behind the ‘Nigerian phantom bid’ to stimulate potential buyers who are sitting on the fence waiting for the price to fall! This guy is business sharp and has pulled all sorts of dodgy strokes in his past dealings.
    Get real everybody!

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  • daiv

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #36

    Chelski lost its soul and so will Man City. NUFC is so special but I think MA will sell us down the river for a quick killing. Foreign owners will kill off the Toon support unless they are ones the Toon can identify with. I know. I was right about Ashley when most thought he was great. Any consortium will be weak because they do not have the money and have to club together.

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  • daiv

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #37

    If MA does not sell the club in the next three months he will have nothing to sell because we will be relegation fodder. He is not that stupid.

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  • magpie6699

    Sep 29, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #38

    daiv – I’ve had enough of soul – I’ve followed the Toon for 40+ years and know we are full of passion, soul, loyalty whatever. But if we could just get out of this mess, play good football and win something , anything, so we don’t have to hear “You never won f… all” every game from opposing supporters, I wouldn’t care if we were owned by Al Capone, Pol Pot or the Salvation Army!

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 29, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Funny how all the players you said Keegan “targeted” have retired now.

    You’re living in the past – just like KK. For crying out loud – he was asked if he could sign any player in the world who would it be – he said Henry – says it all.

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  • hulk

    Sep 29, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #40

    i don`t want this monkeys at the helm of our club………………………….

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