Johann Rupert Denies Any Interest In Newcastle


There have been many reports since Tuesday that a South African consortium has bid £300M for Newcastle United, with another £100M set aside for players and improvements at the club.

Johann Rupert – pictured in Scotland recently – and needing a shave

However, one of the South African businessmen thought to be involved in the bid, billionaire Johann Rupert of the famous Rupert family, insists he has no interest and no knowledge of any proposed bid.

Jonathan Cleland was said to be a spokesman for the group, and he revealed only recently he was 80% confident the deal would go through and Kevin Keegan would return to manage the club.

However, Cleland did not disclose who the businessmen were, so we suppose it’s still possible what he is saying is true.

Rupert however denied all knowledge of the reported takeover, and told BBC Radio 5 Live:

“I have never met Mr Cleland, never spoken to him on the phone and my secretary does not have a record of him calling.

“I haven’t spoken to any of the other parties either. I don’t know Mr Cleland, I have a preference for cricket and rugby. I don’t know anything about football and I’m not a football man.“I think it is a bit naughty.”

“They use your name, you deny it – it is a total joke.”

Oh well, we now wonder if this is just a huge smokescreen.

A number of our readers have suggested the real deal is going on, but we just yet don’t know yet who the group is, and it could well be the consortium that does eventually buy Newcastle, has not yet been identified by the press.

That might even be a good thing.

Comments welcome.



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65 comments so far

  • HAMMY14

    Oct 4, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #1

    First whooo

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  • mozza

    Oct 4, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #2

    just hope something gets sorted out sooner rather than later, the uncertainty of who is gona take over is making me edgy as hell

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  • Yorkie dave

    Oct 4, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #3

    just listened to the now famous joe kinnear interview and even though im not excited by his appointment i will say what a level headed straight talking guy he is! im sure hes been on this blog cos what he says about the press to their faces is what we are all thinking. i think he will do ok for us but the club just needs to be sold and keegan back!

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  • Dondatta13

    Oct 4, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Is that mad Mick from Wolf Creek or what ? lol

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  • surey

    Oct 4, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Just seal the deal and bring back KK FGS

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  • bill

    Oct 4, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Who suggested that this guy was part of the consortium in the first place; as usual, the media. It is typical of their tactics; they start the story, and then get it refuted; it’s just a game to them. They don’t know who these people are so they guess and then keep the story rolling. It is pathetic.

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  • mozza

    Oct 4, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #7

    agree bill the medias worse than useless and this year they’ve been at their worst level ever as far as the toon is concerned

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  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 4, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #8

    More press BS!..

    …They don’t know what they’re doin’…
    …Repeat ad nauseum…Like they do!..

    …Please direct any further boycotts at the press!..You know it makes sense!..

    …Toon, Toon!..

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  • Charlie

    Oct 4, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #9

    I’d like a

    ………….Given
    Geremi. Collo.Bassong….Enrique
    Duff….Butt…..Guthrie…Zogbia
    ..Owen…xisco

    Its a shame Shola will be starting though as that means we are a man down. Aparrently its his last chance. How many managers have said that over the years?

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  • mozza

    Oct 4, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #10

    already have punk m8, that includes the local rags as well, of out now anyway, laters

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  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 4, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Right on mozza,
    me too!..
    …Later mate!..

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  • clinta

    Oct 4, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Yawn… another spineless news report regarding the sale of our club that everyones gone and jumped on, first Indianas, than Arab, Chinese, South Africans..? did I miss anyone? well i’m sure they’ll be a few more tall stories before we eventually get sold.

    Whose next I wonder?

    Goat herders from Mongolia?

    It’s comical to me that at the hint of any old new bollocks fans and blog owners alike are jumping up and down ‘god i hope it happens- buy us now!’

    with not knowing the slightest thing about these potential buyers, there wealth or there aims and goals for the club.

    I just hope at the end of all this hugely self inflicted chaos we can get an owner in who has some of the ideas and long term goals which the guy thats getting kick out the back door had, but of course with a few less mistakes and a better concept of communication.

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  • Ganiyu

    Oct 4, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #13

    O my god not again

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  • Gordon

    Oct 4, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #14

    @ clinta – spineliness news report?!

    His supposed representative went and spoke to the press about the interest – that shouldn’t be reported?

    It’s clearly a false bid and we have to move on.

    And even if it wasn’t I wouldn’t want a potential owner who lied about his intentions.

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  • Nick

    Oct 4, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Bill’s right no one suggested Rupert was part of tbe consortium. Just more mischief making

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  • clinta

    Oct 4, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #16

    err….? gordon, i wasn’t saying I want the guy in mate? I was basicly saying that i’ll wait and see some real evidence etc.. before getting all excited over a potential owner, especially when we havent even heard what he/they plan for our club?!

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  • Ganiyu

    Oct 4, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #17

    Everton lost 3home games which is a good news to me.

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  • bill

    Oct 4, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #18

    If Joe Kinnear is telling the truth, then there are several people, consortiums, etc, looking at purchasing the club. I don’t see what he will gain from lying about it. The point is, any potential investor will want to do this in private. Going from past experience with Mike Ashley secrecy is no problem. In the past we used to get all sorts of leaks when the Hall’s and Fat Fred were there but as we all know Ashley’s lot don’t tell the press very much at all.

    In this case it is the best thing that could happen but the press want something to write so they just make it up as they go along. I know that we are kept in the dark but we just have to be patient, and with any luck the club will be sold to someone who cares about football and the fans.

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  • Ganiyu

    Oct 4, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #19

    Arsenal nigeria

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  • ObaFan2

    Oct 4, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Ashley leaks what he wants to leak like his meeting with KK the other Friday night.

    If this guy is lying, KK could come out and say he never met with him in Manchester as Jonathan Cleland claims.

    The press is rubbish, atleast we have the internet.

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  • HAMMY14

    Oct 4, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #21

    If JK does well during his time as manager here and KK or who ever comes in as permerant manager , who is in favour of keeping JK at the club in some respected role? Lets see a show or hands for and against people.

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  • Spyro - Taylor is garbage

    Oct 4, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #22

    Can somebody please assassinate Shola and Taylor? Thanks 🙂

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  • Ian

    Oct 4, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #23

    Joe telling the truth? If Ashley told the truth to Joe it would be the first time as Sam and KK appear to have been fed rubbish too.

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  • Gordon

    Oct 4, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #24

    “The press is rubbish, at least we have the internet.”

    ROFL – that’s brilliant!

    I hope it was meant to be sarcadtic, I’m putting it in my signature 🙂

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  • neeraj

    Oct 4, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #25

    this guy is not coming to buy our club, that’s for sure he can’t make a u-turn on his statement abt not buying….

    it’s simple ashley has been using the media, all this time and made jo ke as temp manager, just to show that he is leaving…

    ashley isn’t leaving……

    he is just waiting for couple of wins in the mont of october and hopes the keegan saga would end and ould either appoint a new manager or continue with joe kiner

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  • robertsa

    Oct 4, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #26

    in january we shud:

    sell owen +7 million
    sell taylor+4 million
    sell nzogbia+4million
    sell smith +3 million
    sell ameobi + 2million
    sell viduka +0.5 million
    sell cacapa +0.5 million
    sell geremi +1million
    sell edgar + 1million

    9 players out
    total + 23million

    buy curtis davies -9million
    buy heskey -1million
    buy gonzalez permanently -2million
    buy beckford -1million
    buy lucas -7million
    buy hobbs-o.5 million
    buy hammill-0.5 million
    buy delap – o.5 million
    buy christinaval-0.5 million
    buy sahin -1 million

    10 players in
    total – 23 million

    one extra player and, technically no money spent and this team looks decent:

    —————given—————-
    beye——collcocini —–davies
    ——-butt————lucas——–
    gutierez —-barton—-gonzalez
    ———–xisco-martins———-

    subs: heskey.bassong.guthrie.duff. harper.sahin.beckford.

    extra possible subs: carroll, delap, chritinaval, hammill, hobbs, doninger, ranger, danquah, kadar, zamblera, donaldson.

    that shud keep us up.

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  • bill

    Oct 4, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #27

    We could speculate all day every day about Mike Ashley’s motives in buying Newcastle, but I do now believe that he wants to sell the club. The statement about potential buyers was mentioned by other sources other than Joe Kinnear. I believe a statement was issued that said that financial details had been sent out to seven potential purchasers. Of course, it’s difficult to know what the truth of it is. As I said before, we shall just have to be patient.

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  • nufc supporter

    Oct 4, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #28

    robertsa, tht is a disgraceful team u hav just picked, y dont u not sell owen in ur dreamland, hope he signs a new contract. the only transfer in i wud agree with is heskey, mainly because owen and heskey can work together really well, nd i wud luv to hav zaki as well, and taylor is good, th only thing wrong with him is he makes too many mistakes, but remember, he is only 21 years old, and still has another 15-16 years to get it ryt, by then he will b a very good defender

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  • Ian

    Oct 4, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #29

    agreed Bill.

    If it isnt sold by January then Ashley has a huge problem on his hands which could only be solved by an awful lot of spending which we know he wont do. He could be about to lose £150m ish if he gets this wrong.

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  • MarK

    Oct 4, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #30

    urgh anyone read that kinnear is thinking about starting ameobi 2moro =/

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  • JJ

    Oct 4, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #31

    Robertsa = clueless manager…

    I’ve said one hundred times, Anton Rupert will not be interested…
    But there are many other wealthy businessman in SOuth Africa…

    Patrice Motsepe is stinking rich and already owns a club in the South African premier league called Sundowns…
    He seems a likely candidate for a bid and would make a good owner… he is not scared to invest in the squad…

    He has BEE shares (Black Economic Empowerment shares) in a number of large companies in South Africa…

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  • HAMMY14

    Oct 4, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #32

    NUFC supporter has a point about Taylor people are using him as a scape goat at but i cant deny has last coupla matchs have been poor he is quaility player all round and he is a young lad he will mature into a quaility defender esp with some one like Colo to nuture his progress

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  • Gordon

    Oct 4, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #33

    @nufc supporter

    “he is only 21 years old, and still has another 15-16 years to get it ryt, by then he will b a very good defender”

    I don’t want to wait until Taylor is 36 / 37 year old to get it right! 😉

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  • Gordon

    Oct 4, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #34

    @Robertsa – agree with others’ comments.

    That is probably the worst Newcastle fan team, formation and set of transfers I’ve ever seen posted in a forum!

    SAFC fan? 😉

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  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 4, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #35

    Ganuyu…..
    Cercle Brugge-Standard Liege……..Standard win
    Leixoes-Benfica……Benfica win
    Siena-Roma…………Roma win
    Everton-Newcastle…….Draw
    Manchester City-Liverpool…..Liverpool win
    Energie Cottbus-Hamburg….Hamburg win

    Dont put too much money on this one

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  • JJ

    Oct 4, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #36

    Motsepe is worth about the same as Ashley… not saying its him or he is involved but interesting to speculate…

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  • HAMMY14

    Oct 4, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #37

    RE:- Robertsa. You cant be serious with that team. I know people have to be relistic with which players who they would like to see in the club but you have to be a mackem or a spud posting your blog entry from the loonie bin or could you be Dennis Wise in disguise?

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  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 4, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #38

    As you can see Ganiyu,i always prefer the away teams.
    Homeground means nothing to me….only extra pressure for the home team.

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  • JJ

    Oct 4, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #39

    We wont sign another striker now that we have Xisco, unless we are forced to sell Owen. In which case we could afford the wages to get Zaki to come over perhaps. Zaki and Martins up front.

    What we desperately need is someone who can cover in full back positions.
    My choice would be:

    Vasilis Torosidis (RB) (4mil)
    Emiliano Insua (LB) (loan)

    Then I might get slated for this, but our midfield lacks power and drive without Barton so I would try get in:

    Kevin Nolan (CM) 8Mil (yes I think he is worth it… hes always in the right place… strong box to box and passes and headers well… plus he is tall)

    Then I would bring in a utility creative midfielder who can play across the park:

    Sung ji Park (5Mil) (AM/L/R)
    or Ibrahim Affellay (6Mil) (AM/L/R/C)

    Sell:
    Smith (4Mil)
    Ameobi (1Mil)
    Butt (1 Mil)

    Total spent: About (12 mil net)

    Squad would look something like this:

    ————————-Given—————————-

    Beye———-Bassong—–Coloccini——-Enrique

    Park———–Barton——–Nolan———-Jonas

    —————–Owen———-Martins—————

    Subs: Harper, Torosidis, Taylor, Guthrie, Zogbia, Duff, Xisco, Viduka, Geremi etc…

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  • robertsa

    Oct 4, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #40

    jj u think im clueless.

    if we dont sell owen he will go for free at the end of the season.
    bassong = hopeless
    park= no chance
    nolan= no chance
    enrique hopeless.

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